Weekend Reads #32: Science-Fiction & Fantasy & Comics, Oh My!

Happy Saturday morning, chums! I hope that you are all doing swell. The weather in my corner of the world is very chilly with a high chance of rain, which makes me very happy. This means that I have an excuse to drink lots of hot cocoa all weekend long. I can’t really complain about that, now can I?

Rainy weather also means that I can spend my time being a blanket-wrapped potato who shall be reading, playing video games, and watching lots of Asian things. My goal is to start watching a new Korean thriller this weekend, which I’m very excited for!

Since I will be potatoing, I wanted to share with you the books that I plan on digging my stuffy nose into for the next few days. On the 22nd, I have to go to the library to pick-up some holds, so I really want to (need to because I’m maxed out on check-outs, go me) finish these titles and return them promptly. As I was stacking the books together, I noticed that every single one of them is either fantasy or science-fiction, which feels nice. I think there is a decent amount of variety to the bibliophilic pickings this weekend regardless of the similar genres, which further fuels my anticipation towards reading them.

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Exit Strategy is the fourth and final instalment in Wells’ science-fiction, artificial intelligence series, The Murderbot Diaries. Thus far, I have thoroughly been enjoying my experience with the overall narrative of the series and I’m quite curious to see how it will all wrap-up. I won’t provide a synopsis for this book to avoid spoilers for previous instalments, but if you’d like to learn more, you can read my review for the first book here or check out the GR page here.

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Dragon Pearl is a middle-grade/young adult, science-fiction, #OwnVoices Korean novel that is steeped heavily in Korean mythology, following a young girl that embarks on a quest to find her brother who has gone missing from the Space Forces. Everything about this book so far is absolutely mind-blowing. The writing is beautiful and sweeping, the characters are full of life and energy and individuality, the world-building and atmosphere is so creative and immersive, and the lore and mythology are so stunning and imaginative. Yoon Ha Lee will more than likely become a favourite author of mine if this keeps up. If you’d like to now more, or add it to your TBR, here’s the GR page.

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream is an adult urban, portal fantasy novel and the fourth instalment in McGuire’s Wayward Children series. While I have enjoyed all of the volumes I’ve read up to this point, the series has a whole has been slightly hit or miss for me. This volume specifically follows a young girl named Lundy and the adventure that she experiences when her special door arrives to greet her. I feel like this is going to be another instalment that you may be able to read without reading the predecessors (Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which is book two, is one of those types of reads). If you’d like to know more, my review for book one is here, and the series’ GR page is here.

Moonshine Volume 1 by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

Moonshine is a historical, supernatural, thriller graphic novel that is written by one of my favourite writers from the medium. Aside from the author, I was originally drawn to this because of the gorgeous artwork. It’s been sitting on my shelf for the better part of a year (was a gift from Sir Betrothed) and I’ve really been wanting to read more comics this year, so I figured I’d toss it onto the weekend stack. It follows a city-slick gangster during Prohibition era, who is sent into the Appalachia to hunt down a new supplier of illegal booze. However, on the way there, he ends up stumbling onto one hell of a dangerous supernatural secret. If this sounds like something you’d like, add it to your TBR here.

Toshiro by Jai Nitz and Janusz Pawlak

Toshiro is another graphic novel, this time from the steampunk horror genre, and another one that’s been on my shelf for far longer than I’d care to admit. I remember that the premise sounded so fucking wild to me that I just couldn’t not get it. It follows a mechano-samurai in a clockwork world who is travelling around killing baddies, until one day he comes across Earth’s most terrifying foe yet: a soul-sucking, zombie-creating jellyfish! It seriously sounds like some psychedelic shit, which just further enhances my curiosity. Feeling as intrigued as I am? Add it to your monstrous, gelatinous TBR here.

That does it for my stack of wacky reads for the weekend. Do any of these books sound appealing to you? Have you read them? Please, come chat with me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you. Wishing you all a sweet weekend ahead.

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