Booklife Now: Cool Alterna Comics, Richard Morgan, Stone Rabbit, and More

Jeff VanderMeer • January 9th, 2009 @ 10:56 am • Book Reviews, Booklife Now


(A favorite new cover: just another day at the office with my needle-fanged maggot-parasite.)

A slow week as publicists everywhere uncurl from their cryogenic cyborg slumber in sensory deprivation tanks and slowly take up again once more their ancestral positions influencing the minds of gatekeepers across the multiverse. Processing new permutations of press release boilerplate at the rate of a billion bytes a second. Sixth sense straining to discern through the ether the presence of new reviewers, pink and naked under that merciless, predatory gaze, and to make out, too, the dark husks of reviewers gone belly up, forwarding address unknown, once more escaping the Life into life… (Gawd, I’ve got to start another piece of fiction soon.)

Anyway, here’s some Morgan, some great new stuff from Alterna Comics, an outfit I hadn’t heard of before (I’ll be reviewing some of this for Amazon), and a new fixture: a classic book cover to punctuate the post with an exclamation mark rather than a period.

5 Responses to “Booklife Now: Cool Alterna Comics, Richard Morgan, Stone Rabbit, and More”

  1. Matt Staggs says:

    Here’s hoping “The Last Barn on the Left” is nothing like the movie that inspired its name….

  2. JesseFord says:

    Dammnit, where did you get those older Angela Carters? I just started reading her work after I found an early 80′s qp edition of Saints & Strangers, but other than that I only manage to find the newer editions, with the art I kind-of don’t like.

  3. John Coulthart says:

    I wrote a blog post last year about the shoddy covers on the latest line of UK Cormac McCarthy paperbacks. I guessed that all the photos were stock images (something Picador have been using on too many books recently) and sure enough that wolf on the Kelley Armstrong book appears on the cover of The Crossing:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crossing-Border-Trilogy-paperback/dp/0330341219/

  4. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    I bought them several years ago, Jesse. They are first edition hardcovers of the UK and US editions of that book. Quite nice!

  5. Alex says:

    I’ve never heard of World of Dreams.

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