The Death-Ray: “Daniel Clowes submerges us in profound alienation and the development of one’s own moral code in his newest graphic novel, The Death-Ray. It’s a sad, thoughtful story that also explores desire and the fronts one puts on when out in the world. It’s also a story of consequence.”
There is No Year: “Like [Warren] Ellis, Blake Butler is the overlord of his own irregular literary land, and judging from some of the cover blurbs, the recipient of his own “emulations.” I am not going to tell you to wear Butler “around your neck in wreaths” any more than I would construct some sort of awkward mescaline and Dr. Whiskey metaphor talking about Warren Ellis, despite my enjoyment of his “Good morning, sinners”-isms. Most importantly, I am not going to pretend I completely understood what the fuck it was that I just read.”
Finally, Chronicle Books is hosting a giveaway where bloggers list $500 worth of their books that they’d like to receive, as well as a charity they would like to receive the books. If I am the winner, one commenter on the post will also win the books, so head on over and tell me what you think.