I only finished one book in September, which is looking more and more like the status quo going forward. This one, and the one I’ve finished so far in October, is a reread.
The Curse of Chalion
Lois McMaster Bujold
I’ve read this several times and it remains one of my favorites. It is just about the perfect one volume fantasy story. It creates a world that I wouldn’t mind spending more time in, but it tells a complete and thoughtful story within this one book. I don’t really have anything new to say about it. It is a very enjoyable and comforting read. That is why I turned to it for a quick read when I didn’t really have time to do anything else.
Father Brown Mysteries
I didn’t complete this, but I did read the first three or four stories on this complete collection, enough to get an idea of what these stories entail. I am going to keep reading this and will write about it fully when I finish the whole thing. So far I’ve found them very enjoyable.
Vision Vol. 2
Tom King & Gabriel Walta
Tom King is still fairly new to comics, which is startling to think about considering how great Omega Men, Sheriff of Babylon and now The Vision are. (That is to say nothing of his excellent work on Batman and Grayson) He has also had the good fortune to have worked with some excellent artists, and Walta is no exception. I am not really competent to describe art, other than to say that Walta’s work here is really good, more grounded than most superhero art which is perfectly suited to the very human tragedy of this story. The Vision tells a somewhat heartbreaking story of a superhero watching his life and family disintegrate. It plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy; the end result was inevitable but you can’t help but wishing things could turn out differently. It is hard to discuss without spoiling completely. It is great.