The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker (★★★★☆½)
This super original novel — Walker’s sophomore follow up to The Age of Miracles — explores a mysterious illness that quickly infects residents of an allegedly cursed college town in California, trapping the infected in a perpetual state of sleep. With a premise that’s as intriguing as her first novel (if you’re not in the know, it’s set in a world where the earth’s rotation begins to gradually slow down), it’s no surprise that I was immediately hooked. Pick up The Dreamers for the unique story, stay for the beautiful prose.
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson (★★★★☆½)
True crime enthusiast Stevie is determined to solve the decades-old murder and kidnapping at the prestigious Ellingham Academy boarding school. With a story that alternates between the present day and the events of 1936, when Albert Ellingham’s wife and daughter were kidnapped, Johnson’s new series is a fun-page turner full of a lovable cast of weirdos and several intriguing mysteries to solve. The only downside? The book ends on a major cliffhanger that will leave you wanting so much more.
My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Robin (★★★★☆)
Much like Hot Tub Time Machine, you know exactly what you’re getting with this graphic novel. Starring a cutesy girl named Nora who happens to be dating a bear, My Boyfriend is a Bear is a surprisingly adorable story with even more adorable artwork from artist Cat Farris. A little weird at times (for obvious bear on human reasons), this graphic novel may be a metaphor for prejudices and the way that opposites attract … but also might not be a metaphor at all? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (★★★★★)
The Disaster Artist is the unbelievably true story behind the making of The Room, the so-called worst movie ever made. Written by actor Greg Sestero — who plays The Room‘s Mark — the novel details his tumultuous friendship with the man, the myth, the enigma: Tommy Wiseau. With on-set tales that range from hilarious, to baffling, to downright awkward, this is a must-read for anyone who has ever seen the cult phenomenon that is The Room.
The Walking Dead Vol. 29: Lines We Cross by Robert Kirkman (★★★★☆)
An uneven and pretty slow arc, the 29th volume of The Walking Dead comic suffers slightly from a few snoretastic issues. Thankfully, a brand-new character named the Princess arrives to shake things up. To make matters better, the entire collection ends with a huge emotional bang 74 issues and five years in the making. Promise.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand (★★★★☆)
Sometimes you just need a dumb, mindless read, and The Afterlife of Holly Chase is exactly that. This young adult tale inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol follows former socialite and failed Scrooge Holly Chase, a ghost who is now being punished for her sins in life by the workers at Project Scrooge, who force her to become the Ghost of Christmas Past. Nonsensical and predictable, I had so much fun reading this stupid book.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick has a super ridiculous premise that we’re 100% behind: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand.
One of the authors of My Lady Jane — which explains the bonkers presence — The Afterlife of Holly Chase follows an entity who spends her afterlife stuck as the Ghost of Christmas Past.
It’s basically Dead Like Me meets A Christmas Carol, and we can definitely get behind that premise.
The Afterlife of Holly Chase hits shelves on October 24, 2017, just in time for the start of the Christmas season.
Just in time for the holidays, AMC is reportedly working on a small screen adaptation of Joe Hill’s fabulous horror novel NOS4A2 — merry Christmas Charlie Manx!
The sort-of holiday-centric tale (full review here) tells the story of seemingly immortal Charlie Manx, the children he takes to the amusement park inside his mind known as Christmasland, his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2 and the girl who plans to stop him: the Brat.
The studio — who is producing alongside Tornante TV — is currently looking for someone to pen the project, because we assume Joe Hill is very busy getting ready for his new novel The Fireman.