Happy May Day! The sun is out and it’s getting warmer here in Seattle. I don’t know about you, but May is usually the time when I start getting excited for Summer.
Onto books, here is a summary of What I Read in April. Lots of paranormal reads for the month.
1. Poltergeist by Kat Richardson (Adult Paranormal)
2. The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza (Adult Thriller)*
3. Mist by Alice Keys (YA Paranormal)
4. The Screaming Staircase by Johnathan Stroud (MG Paranormal)*
5. Spirit Hunters (MG Paranormal Fiction)
6. The Mesmerist by Ronald L Smith (MG Paranormal)
7. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Adult Horror/Dark Fantasy)*
8. Crooked House by Agatha Christie (Adult Mystery)
9. Dark World by Zak Bagans (Adult Nonfiction/Education/Paranormal)
10. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Children Dark Fantasy)*
My top favorites for April are The Screaming Staircase by Johnathan Stroud (MG Paranormal) and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Adult Horror/Dark Fantasy).
The Screaming Staircase of the Lockwood and Co. series by British author Johnathan Stroud is my new favorite paranormal series. I’ve just read the first book, but I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the rest of the books in the series. In brief, this series is about a group of three young ghost hunters in London that gets hired by clients to get rid of spirits. I love the dynamic of the group: two guys and one girl, who is the main character, Lucy. There is good humor, surrounded by fantastic writing. You get immersed in their cases and adventures. The whole read is a mix of mystery, paranormal, humor, and friendship.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is about a man who returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral and remembers events that happened to him as a child. Neil Gaiman did a good job with this. I love the Hempstock women in this book, and the way Gaiman told the story of the past in the main character’s point of view as a child.
Second favorites are The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza (Adult Thriller) and Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Children Dark Fantasy).
The Night Stalker is my first read of the Erika Frost detective series that is set in London and written by Robert Bryndza. I didn’t know what to expect, but I ended up liking this one and could see reading more out of the series. It was a page-turner and the main character was likable, along with her colleagues. I really enjoyed it — so much so that I can say this is my new favorite series for crime fiction. The whole time reading this, I felt like I was watching a detective crime show with details visually unfolding throughout. I love detective crime movies, so this really resonated with me as I read The Night Stalker.
Coraline was well-written and another brilliant, imaginative read by Neil Gaiman. I’ve watched the Coraline movie when it came out, but this is my first time reading the book. I liked and enjoyed the movie but don’t remember everything about it. The book, I felt, always touches you on another level with the characters and details.
1. Venom Issue 12 by Donny Cates and Joshua Cassara
2. Tales of UFC: Return to the Octagon by Dave Dwonch and Jason Federhenn
3. Batman Detective Comics #1000 by various writers and artists
4. Superman Brainiac by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank*
5. Reborn by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo
6. Spawn: Origins Volume 1 by Todd McFarlane*
My favorite for the comics was Spawn: Origins Volume 1 by Todd McFarlane. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline and artwork. Spawn, who was formerly Al Simmons, died and made a deal with the devil. In order to see his wife again, he’d give the devil his soul to return back to ‘life’. But one problem, he comes back as Spawn, Hell’s soldier who looks like some creature that is far from human.
I have to mention Superman Brainiac by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank for the artwork. Are you getting tired of me talking about Gary Frank’s artwork yet? As long as I’m reading something with his work, his artwork will always be my favorite. However, this time, the storyline by Geoff Johns wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t bad, but I definitely enjoyed Spawn better.
That’s it for April. See you in May for more What I Read.