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book review: mooncop

Tom Gauld’s Mooncop is beautiful. The quietness of the police officer’s story on a gradually emptying satellite matches Gauld’s art-style perfectly. I can’t really say much more about it besides that it is good. I read it on half a lunch break and spent the rest of the break thinking about it.

If you like Jason‘s work — I do — you’d find Mooncop very similar.

book review: how to live safely in a science fictional universe

I loved How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu so much. It’s a story about a time machine repair guy named Charles Yu who’s been living safely off in a null-zone where time doesn’t really pass, thinking about his father who disappeared, the inability to change the past, the trajectory of a life and closed time-like loops. But really it’s about loneliness and memory.

It’s a quiet book, introspective. I think I’d thought it would be funnier, but instead it was just beautiful. Also a good crossover book for people who like literature and aren’t necessarily interested in “science fiction.” There’s lots of stuff tossed in there in technical language, that’s cryptic but decipherable. It encourages study and reading slowly, really settling into the book (which is not long at all).

Definitely one of my new favourites. Yu’s new short story collection, Sorry Please Thank You, is now on my must read list.

book review: the complete essex county

The Complete Essex County, by Jeff Lemire, is a story about loneliness and abandonment in southern Ontario. And hockey. Old-time hockey. It’s so sad and good.

There are three books and some minicomics in this collection. The first story is about a boy being raised by his uncle, and who befriends Jimmy the gas-station guy who scored a goal in the NHL. The second story is about Jimmy’s father and uncle and how they were hockey players in Toronto and never spoke for twenty five years and then came to be old lonely men after everyone else around them dies. The third story is about the county nurse who meddles in people’s lives and tells Jimmy his uncle has died. There’s also parallel story set way back in time with the nurse’s ancestor who was a nun in charge of an orphanage.

All three stories work together and the book’s exactly the kind of thing I’d recommend for someone who wanted to see what kind of serious literary stuff comics can handle.

book review: the last musketeer

The Last Musketeer is a Jason book about a Musketeer who doesn’t really have much to do, until aliens invade. Then he goes off to Mars and buckles some serious swash. Like a lot of Jason’s work there are unexplained assumptions (like why Athos is still alive, and that Mars is okay for walking around on) but the story is a pulp action tale with this detachment and loneliness to it. It’s great.