Gary obsesses over stories, mostly ones with massive worldbuilding and epic tales of fantasy! A pop culture geek at heart, he also devours media tie-ins for series like Star Wars or Welcome to Night Vale. And don't get him started on Harry Potter!
I’ve been a fan of the McElroy brothers and their podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me for years, so when they began their D&D campaign, The Adventure Zone, I was totally on board. The podcast may be finished, but the exploits of the Tres Horny Boys live on in the graphic novel adaptation of their first arc, Here There Be Gerblins! The story follows the fighter Magnus Burnsides, the cleric Merle Highchurch, and the wizard Taako (you know, from T.V.) on their very first mission! With Dungeon Master Griffin McElroy always available to drop in and offer some sage advice, the boys fight gerblins, charm a bugbear, and flee from a flaming dwarf. This book is a delight, and I’m legitimately excited for the follow-up. Whether you’ve listened to the podcast or not, this book is worth your time. (But seriously, listen to the podcast. It’s free!)
This book is epic! Dragons, dungeons, lost treasure, undiscovered civilizations. I couldn't get enough. Read it!
I’ve always been fascinated by tales of immortality, and this book delivers! While stories of folk like Nicholas Flamel or The Count of St Germain are full of magic and whimsy, this book takes a more pragmatic view of the situation. Our hero, Tom, was born in 1581, and he’s lived a very lonely existence since, losing first his mother, and then his wife. When he moves back to London, the weight of the past nearly overshadows his life in the present. Matt Haig weaves an incredible tale of history, love, and loss through the centuries. Tom’s introspective nature, coupled with the ultimate warning — “Never fall in love” — gave this story a weight that I haven’t encountered in other immortality stories. I love it, and you will too!
Aaron Mahnke is a masterful storyteller, proving that the history behind our most recognizable monsters can be even more horrifyin gthan the fiction. The book is rich with historical accounts; meticulously researched and presented in nice bite-sized chunks. Whether you're a fan of the podcast, the tv series, or just a horror junkie, this book is a must!
The newest novel from the world of Night Vale is a delicious study of the intersection between science and religion. It's a book about belief, relationships, interlopers, a mysterious desert otherworld, and a Smiling God. It follows a scientist, Nilanjana Sikdar, who is on a mission to discover the origin of mysterious sinkholes appearing around her town. Are they the result of a government conspiracy? Divine retribution from the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God? Do they have something to do with the House that Doesn't Exist? Can Nilanjana figure it out before all of Night Vale is consumed? Whether your a fan of the podcast or not, this book is a treat! I couldn't put it down!
Joyfully, it devours!
For fans of Star Wars and/or theater alike, The Force Doth Awaken is a delightful addition to the Shakespeare’s Star Wars saga! Doescher’s dedication and love of theater shines through every scene, from playful references to BB-8’s own iambic verse. I loved this book so much I can hardly wait for the next one.
SOLERI is epic fantasy at its finest. As a die hard fan of high fantasy, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for massive world-building, and the Soleri Empire feels true and ancient from the very first page. Inspired by Egyptian and Roman cultures, in which empires rose and fell in the shadows of their ancestors, Johnston breathes life into this civilization. The Soleri have been the ruling family for thousands of years, with loyal subjects and the blessings of the gods. Though grand in scope, the novel is rather intimate. It follows a family, separated by politics, who come together in what could very well be the fall of an empire. I really loved this book! Do yourself a favor and pick it up today!
In the years preceding the Battle of Yavin, the Empire was at the height of it's power. Imperial officers scramble for power through cunning and manipulation. It's amidst this turmoil that we meet Thrawn, a Chiss warrior from the Unknown Regions of space. Exiled from his militaristic homeworld for radical thinking, he turns out to be a powerful tool for the Emperor. With the help of his translator, Eli Vanto, and the up-and-coming Arihnda Price, Thrawn quickly moves up the political ladder, securing his place as one of the most powerful people in the galaxy.
As a fan of Timothy Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy, and the animated series Star Wars: Rebels, this book does an incredible job of showing the Chiss warrior's brilliance and ruthlessness. Despite being a Rebel at heart, this book had me rooting for the rise of an Imperial Officer and cheering as he coolly dispached any opposition.
In the not-so-distant future, humanity has discovered that we are not alone in the universe. Huge monoliths have settled on the Earth like giant trees, exerting their pressure on the populace. Ten years later, we still know nothing about the alien craft. Cities in the shadow of the Trees have fallen into various states of chaos. And now, after a decade of silence, the Trees are preparing to speak. This book was so compelling. I waited far too long to pick this up, but it's quickly become one of my favorites. It follows characters spanning the globe, showcasing different cities around the world and the people who call them home. Highly recommended!
The hottest Broadway musical of 2016, Hamilton has become an absolute sensation! For those of us unable to travel for the live show, this book is the next best thing! Hamilton: The Revolution contains a full script for each song, along with introductions, cast photos, annotations, and more. I've spent hours poring through this incredible book and I feel like I've barely scratched the surface. There's so much to sink into, and it’s rich with information. The perfect gift for any fan of Hamilton!
The newest release of the Star Wars canon, Catalyst sets up the events of the new "Rogue One" film. The story follows Jyn Erso's father Galen. A brilliant scientist, Galen's research has attracted the attention of Orson Krennic, a top member of Chancellor Palpatine's Death Star project. Determined to create a superweapon before their enemies can, Krennic enlists Galen to do his bidding. Trapped under his thumb, the Ersos must escape Krennic's plans in order to save themselves and the galaxy!
This in-universe book is a look at all of the Propaganda Art inspired by events of the galaxy. This book features a lot of incredible art by some great artists. Any fans of Star Wars should absolutely check this title out!
After walking away from the Jedi Order and narrowly surviving Order 66, Anakin Skywalker's former padawan is just trying to keep her head down and avoid any unwanted Imperial attention. Weaponless, and on the run, she's found a home on Raada, a backwater moon good for little more than farming. When the Empire arrives, Ahsoka is forced back into action. Relying on her wits, and some inconspicuous use of the Force, she's determined to find a way to save her friends and undermine the relentless grip of the Emperor Palpatine. For fans of Clone Wars and Rebels, Ahsoka is like revisiting an old friend, and watching as she forges alliances to spark the Rebellion.
In Neil Gaiman's universe, all of the gods are real. Deities from cultures all around the world come together in this epic fantasy spanning the crossroads of America. When the Old Gods are no longer worshipped, they'll do whatever it takes to regain relevence. Shadow Moon, freshly released from prison, finds himself entagled with a mysterious man known only as Mr. Wednesday, and is dragged across America in this wonderous tale of myth and modernism.
Mostly Void, Partially Stars is the first volume of the Welcome to Night Vale script books. Whether you're a long time listener, or you've never heard of Night Vale at all, this is the place to start. This volume contains the first year's worth of podcast episodes, illustrations by "our favorite weird artist" Jessica Hayworth, and behind the scenes introductions by the extraordinary creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor.
Night Vale is a quiet desert community where conspiracy theories are always true, and all us residents can do is tune in to the Community Radio and hope for the best. In these volumes, you'll learn about the forbidden dog park, Old Woman Josie and the angels, a foreboding glowing cloud (ALL HAIL), and a budding romance between our subversive radio host and that new scientist with his perfect hair.
Mostly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe are the first two volumes of the Welcome to Night Vale script books. Whether you’re a long time listener, or you’ve never heard of Night Vale at all, this is the place to start. Each volume contains a year’s worth of podcast episodes, illustrations by “our favorite weird artist” Jessica Hayworth, and behind the scenes introductions by the extraordinary creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Night Vale is a quiet desert community where conspiracy theories are always true, and all us residents can do is tune in to the Community Radio and hope for the best. In these volumes, you’ll learn about the forbidden dog park, Old Woman Josie and the angels, a foreboding glowing cloud (ALL HAIL), and a budding romance between our subversive radio host and that new scientist with his perfect hair.
In a galaxy torn apart by war, two lovers from different side of the conflict run away together. In a desperate attempt to protect their newborn daughter, our heroes travel the galaxy in search of a safe place to call home. I cannot express how wonderful this series in. Volume 1 is only the first steps into the most epic space opera I've read in recent years.
This is the first installment of the Scott Pilgrim saga. Scott is an average 20-something who only wants to find love. But first, he must battle Ramona Flower's Seven Evil Exes! Written and illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley, and the inspiration for Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, this series captures the heart through music, video games, and failed relationships.