Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel. We pick up nine years after the events of Sleeping Giants with a robot similar to Themis landing in the middle of London. After which things go pretty full on crazy, with revelations coming thick and fast but somehow serving only to create more questions. We get some new characters, a lot more of the Interviewer, and some bonkers sci-fi goodness. And then! Holy shit!! That last line!!! There are so many twists and turn in this book and yet I did not see that ending coming.
Solar Bones – Mike McCormack. A story told in one sentence, Solar Bones has been nominated for numerous awards. The tale of an ordinary man from the west of Ireland, it captures both the Irish landscape and the ups and downs of how people in Ireland speak easily and beautifully. when this book is good, it’s so very good, but it does dip in places. For every few lines of effortlessly poetic prose, there are whole pages to push through. Overall, Solar Bones is definitely worth your time if you’re interested in experimental fiction, and, honestly, even if you’re not I’d give it a go.
Anthropology: 101 True Love Stories – Dan Rhodes. 101 stories told in (more or less) 101 words. Funny, disturbing, baffling and definitely worth picking up.
Six Days in Cincinnati: A Graphic Account of the Riots that Shook the Nation a Decade Before Black Lives Matter – Dan Mendez Moore. A gripping read, but the writing is far too simplistic. In trying to give an overview of wider events, Dan Mendez Moore leaves out a lot of detail which leads to a lot of confusion for readers like myself not overly familiar with what happened. Plus, sad to say, the art is not exactly great. You either need the writing or the art and I’m not sure that this has either although it does well to cover a riot I’d previously heard little about.
Pop Gun War, Volume 1: Gift – Farel Dalrymple. A young boy happens upon a discarded set of wings and moves around his city, interacting with a cast of strange and unusual characters. I don’t pretend to have understood it, but I really enjoyed it. Plus, the surreal-style artwork was captivating.
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, Volume 1: Who Is Oracle? – Julie Benson, Shawna Benson and Claire Roe. I could see what this title was aiming for and I quite like the idea of what could have been. Unfortunately, the writing wasn’t quite where it needed to be, leaving both the plot and the characterisation feeling clunky. The art seemed to be aiming for the same fun vibe as the last Batgirl series, but it misses the mark quite badly, especially in the first half of the volume, with characters looking straight up crazy rather than fun and light-hearted. Basically, I would be really interested to read a better version of this.