Summerland by Michael Chabon; A very nice novel for young readers from the always reliable Chabon. It a tale of baseball, myths and America where a boy that hates baseball must go to a land all about baseball to find his missing father. It has been a while since I have read it so I must read it again next baseball season.
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon: Another one by Chabon but for adults this time. This is one of my favorite books. An alternate history tale of displaced Jews living in Alaska and a murder that happens within the Federal District of Sitka. Totally Noir and a great read. It is an amalgam of so many genres, it is amazing it holds together so well. I hear that the Coen brothers are prepping a movie version and there couldn’t be a more perfect fit. I can’t wait to see what they will do with this story.
The Silent Gondoliers by William Goldman (as told by S. Mergenstern): An offbeat fable of the gondoliers of Venice and why they no longer sing. A light book of 110 pages with simple illustrations that is especially wonderful read aloud. If you have read The Princess Bride then you know a bit of what you are in for.
Hellboy- The Lost Army and The Bones of Giants by Christopher Golden: These two books are tales of Hellboy illustrated by Mike Mignola (of course). Golden is a great pick to write these books of Hellboy versus the supernatural and the strange. My edition of The Lost Army is autographed by Golden for me personally.
Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Christopher Golden: A tale of horror playing off the old Hans Christian Anderson tale and the horrors of WW1. What really was the cause of the plague. This is an over sized hardcover edition illustrated by Mignola. I highly recommend this to fans of gothic horror and vampires.