If Only We Could Read Faster (for July 26)

Well, that was a longer hiatus than planned!
If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read.
This edition brought to you by second chances.


Collecting Cooper
Paul Cleave
I read Paul Cleave’s Blood Men last year and it was a perfectly good thriller, but I have a rather low threshold for bad things happening to children, which it exceeded, and that’s why you didn’t hear about it on the show. Nonetheless, the writing was strong—he certainly knows how to execute the ‘sympathetic character + clear objective x the toughest obstacles imaginable’ formula—so I am well up for giving Cleave another spin.
(Review. Book trailer.)

Sam and Twitch: The Complete Collection
Brian Michael Bendis (writer) & various artists
Ten years ago when I was voraciously devouring every Bendis book I could get my hands on, the price point on the first collection of his run on Sam and Twitch stopped me in my tracks. $34.95 for a black and white paperback? Forget that! And then five years later a new edition was released, this time with a second volume collecting the rest of the Bendis S&T stories: still paperback, still black and white, $31.99 apiece. Sigh.
Now, another five years later, they’ve finally got it right. The entire run in one hardcover, plus backmatter, for $37.50.
By all accounts these are top-notch crime comics, and I’m really looking forward to finally reading them.
(Review of an earlier edition.)

Touchy Subjects
Emma Donoghue
When a writer is as good as Donoghue, is getting her back catalogue reprinted on the heels of a massive success considered a cash grab or a public service?
Oh, who cares? If you’ve read Room then you know this book’s title is probably the least-kidding title on a long list of titles that are not fucking kidding.

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