I've been on a bit of a comics hiatus the last couple of weeks and have only read a few trades, but I've been all over my stack of fiction titles, which has grown during the past semester.Recent reads
This one came to me as one of the most hyped manga titles since Akira. The first volume was a good read, and it certainly made me want to pick up the next one, but I don't think anything could really have lived up to the hype.
Alexander McQueen is probably the most talented fashion designer who ever lived, and he is one of those artists who far transcends his chosen medium, able to speak to the emotions of people far outside of his particular niche. I know I most likely won't get much traction with this, but I recommend Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
, the MoMA exhibition and the book, to anyone interested in contemporary art and design.
Talk about shelf porn! This book is just gorgeous, and it is great flipping through it and marvelling at the breadth and depth of Stuart Immonen's talent. Glad I got on board the limited slipcase edition.
I recently discovered the small publisher Soho Press, and in particular their crime fiction imprint Soho Crime, and I love their stuff! I've been buying a bunch of their titles, and this was the first one I read. A great cop novel set in Mahattan's Chinatown during the 1990s, in a very well written noir style infused with Asian American themes and the filth of New York City.
This was one of the first novels by Japanese Ryu Murakami (who later wrote the extremely unsettling Audition and In the Miso Soup). It's setting is very much like that of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian wood, but this one is much more up beat and the introspective sadness of the protagonist of Haruki's novel is replaced with a neverending quest for fun and, well, sex. A very refreshing, short, and enjoyable novel about life in small-town Japan for your typical 1969 high school student.
Burdett's crime novels set in Bangkok are pretty good, less so for their plots than for the very detailed setting descriptions. This one, the second one I believe, deals with Thai prostitutes, tattoo artists, and wayward CIA agents. A good, fun romp through the streets of Bangkok.
Can you tell that I've been on an Asian literature streek yet? Anyway, I love love love Kobo Abe, one of my favorite authors ever, and this one doesn't dissapoint. Surrealism and nightmarish visions as only the Japanese master can write them. If you like Haruki Murakami's more surreal stories, you owe it to yourself to check out Abe's work. Current reads