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The Physiognomy ~ Jeffrey Ford (1997) fantasy (218 pgs)
Dark new fantasy tale. Different than anything else I’ve read, will try to find rest of the series.
Out of Line, The Art of Jules Feiffer ~ Martha Fay (2015) biography, cartooning (269 pgs)
Great book with lots of samples of his life and career in comics, cartoons, theater and movies!
Memoranda ~ Jeffrey Ford (1999) fantasy (262 pgs)
Second volume and even odder things happen, just going along for the weird ride!
The Beyond ~ Jeffrey Ford (2001) fantasy (218 pgs)
Final volume of the trilogy, different and stronger writing, unexpected ending. Want to read more Ford!
Matchless: A Christmas Story ~ Gregory Maguire (2009) short story (104 pgs)
Re-telling of Andersons "Little Match Girl", slight effort, only got into print based on Maguires other, stronger work.
The Postmortal ~ Drew Magary (2011) novel (365 pgs)
Dark and depressing story of what would happen if people could suddenly live forever. Well done, but damn, it’s dark!
Professor Gargoyle ~Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1 ~ Charles Gilman (2012) young adult (168 pgs)
Basic YA, doesn’t do much with the Lovecraft connection, trying for a new "Goosebumps" franchise, I guess.
We Thought You Would Be Prettier ~ Laurie Notaro (2005) humor, essays (223 pgs)
Frequently laugh out loud material, dark humor, really enjoy her work.
The Meaning of it All ~ Richard P. Feynman (1998) science essays (133 pgs)
More great almost stream-of-consciousness thoughts from a 1963 series of lecture by Feynman.
The Asylum of Dr. Caligari ~ James Morrow (2017) fantasy (182 pgs)
Morrow filters WWI through an expressionist art lens, and his usual amazing originality of ideas.
Egg & Spoon ~ Gregory Maguire (2014) novel (509 pgs)
Another wonderful fantasy tale, this time based around Russian folklore, from Maguire.
Soon I Will Be Invincible ~ Austin Grossman (2007) novel (318 pgs)
What would it really be like to be a superhero, or supervillain? Clever novel of a world where they do exist.
Life, God, and Other Small Topics ~ Eric Metaxas (ed) (2011) essays, religion (367 pgs)
Disappointing, mostly sets up strawmen to knock down about those who do not believe. Pascal’s Wager? Seriously?
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland ~ Patton Oswalt (2011) essays, humor (267 pgs)
Wonderfully weird, twisted and brilliant writing from Patton— he even plays with the "About the Type" page!
Outside the Dog Museum ~ Jonathan Carroll (1992) novel (304 pgs)
Carroll is always fascinating to read, though a bit disappointed at the abrupt ending, leaving much unresolved.
Jesus on Mars ~ Philip Jose Farmer (1979) science fiction (256 pgs)
Farmer is always there with the high concept weirdness, but this one kind of just fell flat. Great title though!
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