July Books Recap: Perdido Street Station, Sandman & Preacher Comic Series

July Books Recap: Perdido Street Station, Sandman & Preacher Comic Series

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I started this month off with a gamble by reading Perdido Street Station by China Mievelle. See, a few years ago I read another book of his Kraken and couldn’t stand it. The story was absurd and his introduction of useless characters drove me nuts. However, I heard from many folks that I might enjoy a different work of his and they were absolutely right.

Although at the start of Perdido I judged Mievelle’s writing as over-the-top and pretentious, once the story got started I was hooked. Everything was continuously kicked up a notch without it getting so complicated that I wanted to give up. When shit really starts going on, I couldn’t put this down. Unfortunately the ending was pretty predictable and a total cop-out but the rest of everything was so much fun I can’t fault Mievelle for going out that way.

The other surprise of this month was the Preacher comic series by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. I am more of a graphic novel reader than comics but have had this series recommended to me a lot. Once again, I was not disappointed. The story sucks you in immediately, the three characters have their own personalities & stories, the story line is complex yet interesting, and each new plot development comes as a surprise, sometimes actually taking an emotional toll on the reader.

Similar to my marathon watch of tv show The Wire, there were definitely times when reading Preacher that I needed to walk away to process what the hell just happened. If you love sci-fi stories and intriguing storylines, I absolutely recommend this series even if you’re not usually into comics as a medium.

Pick of the Month

Perdido Street Station
Author: China Mievelle
Genre: Sci-Fi/Steampunk
Source: NYPL
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Mieville creates these amazing worlds filled with creatures & new laws of physics. The plot device is weird but great story.

The Rest

One Last Thing Before I Go
Author: Jonathan Tropper
Genre: Angsty Washed-Up Men
Source: NYPL
Rating: 2/5
Summary: Exactly how many books are there about angsty men in their 30’s/40’s? Why is this a thing? Read ‘High Fidelity’ instead.


The New Drawing for the Right Side of the Brain
Author: Betty Edwards
Genre: Non-Fiction/Drawing
Source: NYPL
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Great book specifically for beginners or even those just interested in learning more about the workings of the brain. This book does not teach you to draw, it teaches you to see – which is what you’re ultimately trying to do.


Blueprints of the Afterlife
Author: Ryan Boudinot
Genre: Sci-Fi
Source: Own
Rating: 4/5
Summary: A re-read but still just as fucked up as the first time.


The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Comics
Source: Own
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Interesting story of the character representing “dream”; beautiful artwork but the story itself didn’t keep my interest.


Preacher Vol 1: Gone to Texas
Author: Garth Ennis
Genre: Comics
Source: Own
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Brilliantly violent, intriguing story, and amazing writing style. Just enough humor & wit to balance out the gratuitous gore.


Preacher Vol 2: Until the End of the World
Author: Garth Ennis
Genre: Comics
Source: Own
Rating: 5/5
Summary: Perfectly blasphemous with a story that will keep you wanting more.

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4 Replies to “July Books Recap: Perdido Street Station, Sandman & Preacher Comic Series”

    1. Thanks! I’m still going to be a bit weary just because of that first experience but will certainly continue on and see how it goes.

  1. David is a big Mieville fan. I might steal your idea of monthly reading recaps (assuming I get off the computer and read more). I’d like to share my favs/not-so-favs on the blog (I already do on Twitter), but I don’t really feel like writing whole reviews for most of the books I read.

    1. Oh yeah, I don’t have interest in doing full reviews. I just want to share a short list of books and tell you if you should or shouldn’t read them. I love seeing what other people have read so I definitely think you should do this.

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