Fires & Murmur by Lorenzo Mattotti, Jerry Kramsky
Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 15 Feb 2017
Absolutely gorgeous. Fires and Murmur is expressionist art in the form of a surreal graphic novel. The paired stories are tantalizing, if disturbing, dreams that stir the imagination and linger in memory. Reading was like gazing at a piece of art. I found myself pausing, repeatedly looking back and thinking about what I’ve seen. Fire and Murmur is beautiful, horrifying and awe inspiring. It delves into the area that lays beyond normal perception where genius and madness walk half in hand. Both are tales of voyages, of transitions in form and thought.
Fires and Murmur is definitely not your average graphic novel. It is a fantasy, but far more surreal than many readers are accustomed to. The art is incredible, and when paired with the stories makes an even larger impact. Personally I see Fires and Murmur more as a sti...
The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann
Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Pub Date 24 Mar 2017
The Cleaner is a one of a kind blend of mystery and espionage. It is all the more enticing because the lead is an individual without special skills, technology or backup. Judith is a cleaner, but she is smart, persistent and determined.
A series of coincidences lead Judith Kepler, a crime scene cleaner, to discover that what she has been told about her origins was completely false. Before the wall fell, she was brought to the Yuri Gargarin Children's Home, assigned a new identity and left to suffer the abuse the home was known for. Angry and confused why a murdered woman would have her file, Judith begins digging for answers. Her search angers powerful people, because if the truth comes out it will not only embarrass current German intelligence, it will also bring attention to those who worked for East German intelligence before the wall fell and their crimes....
Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
By Ken Liu
Science Fiction & Fantasy
Pub Date 01 November 2016
Invisible Planets is an incredible collection of science fiction stories from mainland China. Each of the stories is a gem, multifaceted, beautiful and utterly unique. What you perceive depends on the angle from which you look at it. So many wondrous places and amazing characters. What all of the stories have in common is their ability to enthrall the reader and excite the imagination.
If you enjoy short science fiction, this is an anthology that you must add to your collection. You won't be disappointed by the quality and the variety of the pieces included. The opportunity to explore the perceptions of writers long unavailable to the English speaking public is an added bonus.
I received a copy of Invisible Planets from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.