I rarely re-read, but for some reason The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman was calling to me last week. I took three evenings to read it which is fairly slow since this is one of those gobble-up-the-goodness type books. I originally read it in one sitting when it first came out, but it was so nice to revisit this favorite with a little more eye toward the detail. It was just as good, if not better, upon re-reading. Just as magical and tearful as the first time.
Next up was The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips. Try typing Beautiful Bureaucrat a couple of times, and tell me how difficult that is. My fingers want no part of it. I'm glad to report that it was much easier to read than it is to type. This mysterious, haunting, experimental novella was a fun one. Another book that could've been enjoyed in one gulp.
Finally, an instantaneous favorite. Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios was simply glorious. I've heard plenty of people say that this is one of the finest comics around, and I'm just sorry I waited this long to read it. Part western, part myth, part folktale, it's pitch perfect. I'll have to write a full review if I'm going to get this gushing out of my system, but just to give you a little peek...it's about death's vengeful daughter. Hell yeah!
What are your favorite reads lately?