This post will track every book and comic I read in 2018 and which of them I thought were particularly noteworthy. They won’t have real reviews, but it will at least allow me to look back over my thoughts about books and comics and, maybe, help you discover some great new works. I’ll be doing the same thing in another post about movies.
I’ll update this list periodically.
Media Diet 2017: Books and Comics
- On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder
- Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado—Wow, is this collection of weird, feminist short fiction terrific. Don’t miss this one.
- Happiness, vol. 1, by Shuzo Oshimi (comic)—Well, that was generic.
- Attack on Titan, vol. 1, by Hajime Isayama (comic)
- The Divine Madness of Philip K. Dick, by Kyle Arnold—An interesting psychological biography of the SF writer.
- Attack on Titan, vol. 2, by Hajime Isayama (comic)
- The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, by John Le Carre
- Another Way to Fall, by Brian Evenson and Paul Tremblay
- The Blair Witch Project, by Russ Gomm
- Sleater Kinney’s Dig Me Out, by Johanna Babovic
- All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire, by Jonathan Abrams
- Kill Creek, by Scott Thomas
- Leaving Lucy Pear, by Anna Solomon
- What a Wonderful World! by Inio Asano (comic)
- Killing and Dying, by Adrian Tomine (comic)—Between reading his stuff, I forget how good Tomine is, how well he’s mastered the literary fiction form in comics. As a fellow writer of short comics, I should examine his work more closely.
- Flayed Corpse and Other Stories, by Josh Simmons (comic)—An essential work from one of the two or three best horror-comics makers around today.
- My Pretty Vampire, by Katie Skelly (comic)
- Soundtrack from Twin Peaks, by Claire Nina Norelli
- In on the Kill Taker, by Joe Gross—A terrific look at Fugazi, their history, and their creative process. Reinvigorated my love for the band and their albums are getting a lot of play in my house again.
- The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor La Valle
- Attack on Titan, vol. 3, by Hajime Isayama (comic)
- Kid Eternity, by Grant Morrison and Duncan Fegredo (comic)
- The Dark Dark, by Samantha Hunt
- A City So Grand, by Stephen Puleo—I’m not one for regional pride normally, since where you’re born is totally out of your control, but after reading this history of Boston from 1850-1900, I’m pretty damn proud of the city where I’m from. I’ll stack up Boston’s contributions to literature, science, industry, moral and ethical leadership, governance, city design, and more against any other city in the country and I’ll feel good about Boston’s chances for coming out on top.
- The Vegetarian, by Han Kang