Two thumbs up for The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport by Samit Basu. Science fiction.
“Aladdin” meets Snow Crash, with a brother and sister as the leads—a cyborg monkey and a beautiful human travel guide—narrated by a friendly piece of alien intelligence who is trying so very hard. Among all the books I read this year, this one brought me the most pure joy.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Way of the Househusband Volumes 1-9 by Oono Kousuke. Comedy.
A Yakuza retires from the business in order to become a househusband, a job which he takes Oh So Seriously, right down to the Instagram account for the bento boxes he makes his wife for lunch. Although all of the episodes are essentially variations on the same joke – there’s no “story” here – it’s still exceedingly delightful.… >> Read more
Two thumbs up for Paladin’s Grace, Paladin’s Strength, and Paladin’s Hope by T. Kingfisher. Fantasy romance.
T. Kingfisher has been on my radar for a while because someone who knows *my* books recommended her to me. And yes, that was correct. Her sense of humor and the things she finds interesting are pretty much a 100% match for mine.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for On the Run by Susan Amanda Kelly. Contemporary romantic comedy.
A strong silent type (Mike) gets pulled into rescuing Minnie, a(n almost-super)model who is a real delight. Did I actually just read a motorcycle club romance? Maybe? But it was a comedy so I don’t think it counts. Thank you Dorkas for insisting that I read this; you were right.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q Sutanto. Crime.
Meddelin Chan accidentally kills a guy on a blind date; her aunties leap into action with a plan to dispose of the body, while simultaneously managing a two-thousand-guest resort wedding for their family business. Insanity ensues. I was a little mislead by the fact that after “humor” this book was categorized as “romantic comedy”; it is in fact a crime farce, and while the heroine’s attempt to get back with her ex is important to her, it’s a fairly minor point in a wildly complicated plot.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Baking with Kafka by Tim Gauld. Comics.
Book-related cartoons. Received for Christmas, flipped open, immediately began laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe.
The publisher has a PDF with some sample pages here.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons. Literature/Humor/Science Fiction (sneakily—watch for it).
It’s always a dangerous business when you search out whichever classic it is that has almost the same plot as what you’re writing. Some authors refuse to read That Book (whatever it is for them), and I’ve sometimes fallen into that camp. This time, though, I don’t really care.… >> Read more