The summer has arrived and you know what that means?
Okay, maybe not for everyone but for this young geek, summer meant a ton of time to sit down and get through a ton of books and comics. With that in mind, I wanted to give some suggestions for books to take with you to the cottage or a long road trip that will help pass the time. My selections are a bit of the new, a bit of the old and a bit of everything. Here’s my Summer Reading List.
Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Grey
Okay, so please note, I’m only half way through this novel but if you have to scratch your Star Wars itch but want something a little bit different, this novel isn’t a bad way to go. Set six years before The Force Awakens, Bloodline follows Princess Leia as she navigates her way through a possibly disintegrating senate and the fact that the secret of who her biological father has become public knowledge. It’s a solid read so far and it’s nice to have a Star Wars book that doesn’t entirely focus on lightsabers.
Dune by Frank Herbert
An oldie but a goodie, Dune was released in 1965 but the novel doesn’t seem dated at all. Herbert weaved a masterful epic that looks at humanity but also takes you on a great adventure. Remember how you kind of got bored of the trade wars in the Star Wars Prequels? In Dune, they are actually exciting. And how can you not love a novel with giant sand worms?
Sandman Mystery Theater by Matt Wagner, Steven T. Segal, Guy Davis and others
I’ve recently re-read this series and it holds up incredibly well. Taking the golden age DC Sandman and turning him into a pulp vigilante, Wagner and his team did some really solid work on the character and gave us a few intriguing variations on a number of classic DC heroes. Great story telling and gritty art, it’s definitely worth checking out, especially now that DC is reprinting the books.
Doctor Strange: The Way of the Weird by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo
Jason Aaron’s run of Doctor Strange has been nothing short of awesome. This volume collects the first story arc. It’s a great re-introduction of the character for those who want to check him out before the film hits this fall and it lays the foundation for The Last Days of Magic storyline that’s currently running which will be a must read by the time it’s finished.
Radio, Records and Rock Stars by Jeff Woods
I talked about it last week and I honestly can’t help but throw it into the summer reads bin as well now that I’m finished. If you’re a fan of classic rock or have any interest in how the world of radio in Canada works, you should give this a read. For me, I was weirdly more drawn to the more autobiographical parts of the book. Jeff has big balls for putting a lot of his life out there (more then I think I would allow anyone to read of mine). It’s an honest and compelling read and very well written for a first time author.
Jerusalem by Alan Moore
Now, this won’t be out until September but some of us get late vacations. Jerusalem is Moore’s second novel and it is huge. Clocking in at 1312 pages, Moore has been working on this book for years and I’m not quite sure what it’s about. The official description reads
“In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England’s Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district’s narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrolcolored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the second-century Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent specters of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament.”
Still not sure what it’s about, still dying to give it a read.
If you’ve got any suggestions to add to the summer reading list, send them to us via the comments section.
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