New Books & Novel Discoveries (June 2021)

I hope everybody has been enjoying the hotter weather we’ve been having here in the Northern Hemisphere lately. I’ve got mixed feelings about it, because I like it warm, but when it gets to hot I become a sweaty mess and I struggle.

While I was starting to put this post together, I noticed that I actually read all of the books I got in May between that post and now. Has that happened before? Maybe. But I’m gonna celebrate it anyway. Hooray for reading book purchases in a timely manner!

And without further ado, on to yet more books.

New Books

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The High Republic: The Rising Storm by Cavan Scott I actually wasn’t expecting to get this month. I knew it was coming out this summer, but had preordered it a few months ago, so it was a surprise a few days ago when I saw it’d be showing up soon. Though it’s not the next book in The High Republic that I need to read, it is the follow-up to Light of the Jedi, so I’m excited to get to it soonish. This new era of Star Wars has been a lot of fun so far.

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone was a whimsical purchase from a local bookstore a week or so ago. With things opening up again in my neck of the woods, I really wanted to just browse a bookstore with no purchases in mind. This book was one of them, a book I’m sure I featured in one of these posts many months ago, about two clashing, time-traveling entities.

During that same trip I also purchased Hope Is The Thing With Feathers: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but I want to try and go out of my way to read some from time to time, just to keep my horizons a little broader. I especially like the idea of reading poetry purely for the fun of it, most of the poetry I’ve read having been for school. Dickinson is a poet I’ve wanted to read more of, so this book fit the bill perfectly.

Digital purchases were a little more abundant this month!

Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV et al appeared on my radar not too long ago. It’s a series I was considering picking up physical copies of, but seeing as I don’t actually know if I like it yet and suddenly the first two volumes were on sale, I decided to go digital. Here’s hoping I don’t let them languish too long in my digital library.

The Immortal Hulk: The Keeper of the Door by Al Ewing et al, the next volume I need to read in the series, was on sale too. I should probably keep up with these volumes better, on sale or not, but I’m happy to have gotten this one cheaper than normal anyway.

Norse Mythology Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman et al was a graphic novel I didn’t even know existed until I saw it for 50% online. I don’t know if its adapting Gaiman’s versions of the myths from his book of the same name, or just him working on yet another Norse mythology project. Either way, I think a visual element would be a great addition to such tales, so I decided to jump on it soon after discovering it.

Novel Discoveries

I sincerely cannot remember where I first heard about Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger and Sarah Kipin. Nevertheless, Poison Ivy is a Batman villain that I have a certain soft spot for, so I really like the idea whole graphic novel being a sort of character study of her.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint is a novel that feels like it was written in the same vein as those by Madeline Miller. I absolutely love reading Miller’s novels, so I’m hoping this book (and others) really are adapting Greek mythology in the same way. This one in particular isn’t about the Trojan War in some way, which made it stand out especially to me.

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig actually stood out to me more for the author than the apparent horror content. Don’t get me wrong, those elements definitely drew me in, but I haven’t read of any of Wendig’s work other than what he’s written for Star Wars. Enough elements came together that I decided I wanted to read some of his original work.

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo was a fairly straightforward addition. Apparently, this novel was the inspiration for the song “One” by Metallica, and is a brutal representation of the perspective of someone heavily wounded by war. Definitely worth at least looking into.

Truth of the Divine by Lindsay Ellis is the second book in the author’s Noumena series, the follow-up to Axiom’s End. I still haven’t read that first book yet, but I went out of my way to preorder Truth of the Divine this past month, as I’m a fan of the author in general.

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix first stood out to me because I just love how much the cover seems to recall vintage horror. If you look into the cover art for horror novels of the 70s and 80s, you’re in for a grotesque treat. Can’t remember much about the premise itself, other than what the title evokes, which definitely arrests my interest.

Recently, I finished reading Alien: River of Pain by Christopher Golden, finishing off a trilogy of Alien books that came out from 2013-2014. Despite not particularly loving any of them, I developed a bit of a taste for them anyway. So, I decided to put a pin in an array of other Alien/Aliens books that have come out since that trilogy. Don’t know when and if I’ll actually pick them up, but it can’t hurt to keep them in mind, right?

Closing Thoughts

Do you have a series or genre of books, media tie-in or otherwise, that you feel continually drawn to picking up despite them not being all that great? I think Hellboy novels probably fit this mold for me too, more often than not. I swear, every Alien story is kind of just the original film again. It’s a hard universe to meaningfully expand, yet I still want to see what they do.

Until next time, thank you for reading.

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