If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read.
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (5th Edition)
Organized by personality and not afraid to be subjective, this exhaustive survey of international film is the kind of thing we could get lost in for… well, it’s 1088 pages and we read slow. A long time.
The Mind’s Eye
Have you ever wondered if when you look at a thing and someone else looks at the same thing, are you actually seeing the same thing or are you just agreeing on the word for that thing? We have, and this book is totally about that.
Do you remember when Jon was enthusiastic about Hater? Well, this is the first of a series of four self-published novels Moody wrote before that book. Sadly, by the time Jon got to the party they were out of print. Happily, that all ends tomorrow.
The Last Run: A Queen & Country Novel
For a comics-loving, spy-loving anglophile like Jon, nothing is better than Rucka’s stories of British esionage agents. The stories have flipped back and forth between graphic novels and prose novels, and this one (prose) looks like the end of the road (?) for Tara Chase, Rucka’s greatest fictional creation. If you’re looking for the ground floor you’ll want to be getting Queen & Country: The Definitive Edition, Volume 1. It’s a lot for a little.
Jon actually got an advance copy of this one, so a slight break from format. This is a graphic biography of Chantler’s grandfather’s experiences in WWII. If you are any of these: (a) related to a veteran, (b) Canadian, (c) a war history buff, (d) someone who appreciates masterful comics storytelling, or (e) someone who likes stunning book design, you are going to adore this book. Between this and Alan’s War there is some kind of weird war comics memoir renaissance going on.