Currently Entering Ye Olde Eyeholes: 1-31-15
Yep. Went right from short stories to novel. Had it on request from the library and couldn’t wait an estimated 1-3 days for it to come in (Amazon, HO!) And me, I’m supposed to be cutting back on all sorts of things related to the forking out of a fortune for my Gen Con room (booking folks, take note: slot in the reservations queue should be in order of log-in NOT randomly assigned).
Definitely a worthy trade-off for something I haven’t decided I “need” yet. Good pacing, an eminently likable but also creepy, mysterious, and vaguely shady protagonist. A world populated by ghosts so lovingly crafted they’re more real than the living, soaked in the sights, smells, and sounds of New York.
This is a book to get lost in. At 70%, I want to crawl under a blanket with a flashlight and pretend the real world doesn’t exist.
Only complaint: that is not at ALL what Carlos looks like in my head…
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How did I miss this book? Not rhetorical, I’d really like to know because, um… American Noir, blood, guts, mystery, conspiracy, murder … Also, folks back from the dead, wandering spirits, and that oh so elusive skill blend horror and the every-day to produce an utterly, deliciously terrifying hybrid (see: Horns and Heart Shaped-Box. NOS4A2. Anything by Joe Hill really).
Ah, well. Travesty rectified and all caught up, my eternal gratitude to Comixology for having the trades and more recent issues in digital. And thanks to Image for continuing the whole creator-owned, hella innovative, distribution deal.
I did skip the Revival/Chew crossover issues, with the exception of the first one, which I downloaded accidentally and figured I might as well read because I paid for it. I’ve been jaded by the random Future’s End issues they keep throwing in between real issues of my DC books. Which make no sense. And across the board suck.
The one Revival/Chew I read was in continuity and it was certainly better crafted and integrated than the DC randomosity, but they aren’t integral to the main storyline and I’m on a budget. Though I am intrigued by the concept of a “food psychic” so, perhaps, when I tired of something else, I’ll trade off for a wider sampling.