My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris
Read by Christy Admiraal
Emil Ferris won the best writer/artist Eisner for
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat
Read by Kyle Anderson
Steven Moffat adapted his own script for the 50th anniversary
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
Read by Mica Arbeiter
Godzilla FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the King of the Monsters Bookby Brian Solomon
Read by Benjamin Bailey
I’m currently in the middle of Godzilla FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the King of the Monsters, which is a history of cinema’s greatest monster. Author Brian Solomon does a great job of covering all facets of Kaiju history, from the original Toho films to the less than stellar track record of American adaptations. It even breaks down the key actors, the directors and producers, the international releases, and overall performance of the films. It’s filled with gorgeous visuals, too. A total must-read for any Kaiju fan.
Room to Dreamby David Lynch
Read by Eric Diaz
Director David Lynch has never been a conventional filmmaker, and it turns out his biography/autobiography
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
Read by Rachel Heine
If you watch Alpha Book Club, then you know that when I’m not reading something for the show, I’m reading a mystery. Peter Swanson’s
Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi
Read by Rosie Knight
Rumiko Takahashi is easily one of my favorite creators of all time. Arguably her best known work Inuyasha is a vibrant and wonderful contemporary fairytale that is set in Feudal Japan. Telling the story of a young girl called Kagome who falls down a magical well and ends up in the past. This magical story sees our heroine team up with a half-dog demon named Inuyasha and travel across the country trying to find the shards of a magical jewel before an evil demon does. Takahashi is a master at creating fantastic female characters and I love this series with my life.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Read by Kelly Knox
You might think you know all about Thor, Loki, and Asgard after catching a Marvel movie or two, but the endlessly talented Neil Gaiman tells you what really happened in Norse Mythology, and in his own voice. I’ve been listening to the Norse Mythology audiobook, narrated by Gaiman himself, and it’s like having an incredible bedtime story told to you night after night. There’s no superheroes here; the characters of Norse mythology are just as flawed and full of themselves as humans are. My favorite tale so far has to be “Freya’s Unusual Wedding,” in which Thor goes to astonishing lengths to retrieve his hammer, Mjölnir. He loves his hammer.
Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover
Read by Amy Ratcliffe
“This is the twilight of the Jedi. The end starts now.” Within a single page, Matthew Stover’s
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Read by Lindsey Romain
I’m always on the hunt for books with complicated, dark female characters, a trope I’m preternaturally drawn to, like moth to lamp. I was recommended Moshfegh’s well-regarded novel
The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson
Read by Michael Walsh
The first time I heard about artist Damien Hirst’s stuffed shark, titled “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,” I didn’t get it. Why is this art, but other taxidermy isn’t? And why would someone pay millions for it? Fortunately Don Thompson’s inside-look at the absurd world of high-end contemporary art explains how it’s really a business of marketing, brand building, and manipulating egotistical billionaires to part with large sums of money for things many of us wouldn’t call art. I still don’t get “it,” but now I understand what “it” is.
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