I didn’t accomplish as much in this short month of reading as I wanted to, but I read some quality books! I also realized that my January roundup only covered the Vintage SciFi reading I did so I’ll share a post on the rest of my January reads in another post. But I digress… on to those books of February!
Hellboy In Hell: The Death Card by Mike Mignola
I still remember the first time I saw a Mignola comic book. His artwork captured my young imagination, but honestly I know I appreciate the beauty of his work more as an adult. I’m truly saddened to see the conclusion of his Hellboy story. This was a master at work. Sadly it felt like a hurried master ready to be done with what the masses wanted from him, but still a masterful work. Sad and beautiful.
Invisible Republic Volume Two by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko
This was an incredible follow up to the first volume! An amazing SciFi tale of an oppressed civilization, an out of luck journalist, and a secret history that is just coming to light that could shake the population to its core.
Saga Volume Six by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Still showing what comic books can and should be. Still keeping me on the edge of my seat. Still challenging how you see the world.
The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book by Clair McLafferty
This book is amazing!!! What a wonderful reference! Loved learning more about a craft I admire and enjoy. Already planning Old Fashioned parties!
The Player Of Games by Iain M Banks (the second Culture novel)
I loved Consider Phlebas. I wanted to devour the series, but I worried that there wasn’t any chance that the rest of the series could live up to the first novel. It would be impossible. So I delayed and promised myself later later later…. then my friend Imyril started her reread of the series and I knew it was now or never. So I jumped back into the Culture hoping for a good book. I wasn’t prepared to love this book as much as I did!! I can’t fully explain how much I am loving this series except to tell you I’m already almost halfway through the third book and I’m honestly not sure which book I love the most out of these three! I can’t wait to read more!
Thank You Bear by Greg E Foley was an adorable Children’s book that has a good message and will be in my child’s bookshelf one day.
On audio I listened to two Andrew Vachss’ books: A Bomb Built In Hell which was Vachss’ first attempt at a novel, and while it is really good that ending still just feels odd… but then again the book is a case study in what makes a monster so it fits. Drawing Dead is the third and possibly final novel in the Cross series and it is a jumbled mess of a book. The message still shines through but this one is a tough read due to the writing style.
I also tried Chuck Hogan’s The Killing Moon but halfway through the book I had to tell the book: “It’s not me, it’s you.” and walk away. While the story had potential none of the characters did.
There are several books I made a lot of gains in this month, but I haven’t finished them yet. Hopefully March is good to my currently reading pile and I’m able to tear through it!
What was your favorite book that you read in February?
Thanks for your post. As a heavy reader of Sci-Fi I have to admit to seeing some unfamiliar titles. I may look into ‘invisible republic.’
It’s really good! I missed all the announcements and advertisements for it and just stumbled over the first volume one day. Really impressed with it.
February was hit-and-miss for me. I read “A Case of Conscience” by James Blish, which I really did not like. But I read “Moonglow” by Michael Chabon, which I loved. A few other things which were okay.
Always good when you really love at least one of the books you read!