Hex-Rated by Jason Ridler is a pulp, urban fantasy novel that’s the first in a duology called the Brimstone Files. It takes place in the 70s and follows a newly licensed PI of the strange and supernatural named James Brimstone, who was a former child magician and a vet of the Korean war. After attending his dead mentor’s funeral, Sir Brimstone signs his first client with an unbelievable story of sex, demons, and violence
Astra Lost in Space is a shōnen, science-fiction anime that follows a group of high school teens who participate in what is supposed to be a short trip to a different planet for a rite-of-passage sort of summer camp. However, shortly after arriving they encounter a mysterious glowing orb that chases them down and consumes them. Suddenly these kids find themselves drifting in space above an unknown planet a few thousand light-years from where they’re supposed to be.
In an effort to check out older content, I browsed AniList’s catalogue of manga from 1990-1994 to see if anything would catch my attention. I tried to pick stuff that I either hadn’t heard of before (outside of my reference books) or that I knew would be a good complement to my specific tastes. I found five that seemed pretty interesting across the board,
Since I’ve been in a mood to read about serial killers and the psychology of criminality, most of the books that I snagged are nonfiction or true crime titles to do with those subjects. I did get a couple that aren’t so centred on such dreary and disturbing topics, but overall the haul is rather dark.
I like to think of these as simple comforts, little discoveries that for some reason will fill my little heart with joy. Because even though it’s essentially mediocre, the title will still pop into my mind when asked for recommendations. This unanticipated treat of a series that I’d like to discuss today is Earl and Fairy.
Recently, I finished reading a book on female serial killers called Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer and it has me craving true crime narratives like a catnip addict. In addition to my nonfiction treats, I also have a science-fiction book or two to help break the tension and heaviness of the dreary and decrepit. One of these sci-fi titles is marketed as a Fungalpunk trilogy
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a British magical realism novel about a middle-aged man that returns to his childhood home upon the passing of a relative. During the post-funeral wake, he takes a step away from the crowded building to explore a farm at the end of the lane, wherein he comes across a small pond on the property.
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami is an own-voices Japanese surrealism fiction novel about a young woman named Sumire and her long-time best friend who is only ever revealed as “K.” They have an intimate, unfiltered sort of friendship where they like to have discourse on an array of topics including rather personal events and experiences as well as simple, harmless banter on the mundane.
Sea of Death by Tim Waggoner is the third and final volume in the dark fantasy, sword and sorcery series, The Blade of the Flame Trilogy, which is set in the Eberron universe. It follows an assassin-turned-priest named Diran Bastiaan and his half-Orc best friend, Ghaji (pronounced Gha-yee), and their little crew of chums as they try to unite two opposing nations by ending a curse a hundred years in the living
King’s Heir: Rise to the Throne is a historical adventure, hidden object game developed by Cordelia Games and published by Artifex Mundi that released in May 2018. The story follows two knights that are pulled into a conspiracy for the crown upon the demise of the kingdom’s royal ruler.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a Gothic romance literary classic that is told via a series of letters and other textual materials to express a tale obsession, of science as well as death and morality. The story revolves around a man who believes that he can bring a human back to life after their demise, and when he accomplishes this task, the consequences leave him writhing with disbelief and absolute fear.
Mars by Fuyumi Soryō is a shōjo romance manga series with a dark story that revolves around two individuals with very fucked-up pasts that find each other during a time in their lives where they are most impressionable and dealing with some severe emotional trauma. As they begin to lean on one another, their bond grows deeper and more dangerous along the way.
Ever since I created BiblioNyan back in 2015-16, I haven’t done any “spring cleaning” type of gig on here. I’ve tinkered a bit with the organisation of my content, but I never dived in and cleaned things up. Well, this weekend, I’m not sure what crawled into my brain and triggered my OCD, but I began tweaking the categories and it led to a rather in-depth dive of deletion and decluttering.
Every now and again I will find a book that sinks itself straight into my soul, as well as my heart and mind. It leaves behind an intense imprint on how I perceive the world around me as well as the people in it, helping me grow and become more self-aware. Shanghai Girls is precisely this kind of novel
Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea is a cyberpunk action novel about a young lady criminal named Koko Martstellar who retires on an island that basically offers a theme park experience for shady ass people. She owns a business and has essentially retired from her blood-soaking shenanigans. But when an old acquaintance sends a team of assassins after Miss Martstellar, her retirement hopes and dreams get blown to bits just like her brothel. On the run and spectacularly ticked off about this latest event, she decides to take out the acquaintance before her ass can get further fried.