I've started and abandoned a few books and comics recently, but these three were terrific:
1. Joyland by Stephen King: Probably the best Hard Case Crime book to date. How should I describe it? The dull official description is:
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.This book deserves something a little more sensational. How about,
It's the team-up you've been waiting for! Can a group of meddling kids help a (sexy) gunslinger, a telepath, and a dog unravel the mystery of a haunted amusement park before the killer strikes again?!Joyland showcases King's considerable gifts for suspense, supernatural horror, and touching coming of age stories. There's an unmasking straight out of Scooby-Doo. Yet it can easily fit alongside the Dark Tower series. The regular version, featuring a cover by Glen Orbik, is $7 at Amazon. There's also signed and unsigned limited editions featuring a cover and interior illustrations by Robert McGinnins. Highly recommended. (By comparison, I did not enjoy King's other novel for Hard Case Crime.)
2. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi: I loved the first three quarters of this book. Imagine William Gibson's Neuromancer with just a touch of China Mieville's bizarre world building - - in a richly imagined future world, a thief with a damaged memory teams up with a mysterious warrior woman to steal a poorly defined but incredibly valuable item. My only complaint about the book is that it's so overfilled with ideas and twists that the last quarter of the book feels rushed. Not much of a complaint. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. $7 at Amazon.
3. Prophet, Volume 1: Remission by Simon Roy, Farel Dalrymple, Giannis Milogiannis, and Brandon Graham: This is a comic where you're better off knowing as little as possible. Suffice to say that it's a terrifically-illustrated post-apocalyptic thriller. Like Saga, every page seems to present a brand new inventive character, or design, or planet, but you never feel lost. $8 at Amazon. I could even say, "If you loved Thundarr the Barbarian, you'll love Prophet."