A few recent reads

“Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney’s Humor Category”
The humor is hit or miss, but the bite-sized stories and jokes make “Created in Darkness” a fine addition to any bathroom bookshelf.

“Hannibal Rising” by Thomas Harris
Abolutely without merit and beneath discussion.

Sandman “Brief Lives” by Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson, et al.
I’d read this particular storyline years ago, but decided to pick up the trade paperback in anticipation of an interview I’m doing with artist Jill Thompson this week. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman was never more interesting than in this story arc, which finds Dream hitting the road with sister Delirium in search of lost brother Destruction.

“Homeland” by R.A. Salvatore
I never was a D&D guy. Similarly, I never thought much of elven worlds and sword and sorcery-type fantasy. I missed the boat. For those who like the idea of Tolkien, but find his writing too dense or too slow, this is the book to pick up.

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