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Soulless: The Manga Vol. 2 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga #2)
Gail Carriger
Asymmetry (Twelve Planets)
Thoraiya Dyer
Mullumbimby Madness #1: Never Trust a Book with a Colour Cover
Neil Dobbs
The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After
Charlie Adlard, Robert Kirkman
Sunburnt Country
Fiona Palmer
Bark at the Moon: Bert Rokey's Letters from the South Pacific, 1942-1945: How a Soldier and Sabetha, His Kansas Farm Community, Survived World War II
Cleta Gresham Rokey
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
Girl Defective
Simmone Howell
Midnight Blue-Light Special
Seanan McGuire
My Policeman
Bethan Roberts
Blackbirds - Chuck Wendig And this started so well! I inhaled the first 70 pages without blinking. And then... it all went downhill. Needless over-the-top gore, failure to really explore the core fantasy concept (maybe in future books?), unnecessary overuse of the R-word and misogynistic insults (If you won't use the N-word, don't use the R-word!), lots of sexualised violence. I mean, sure, whatever, if you're into the gonzo I'm-so-edgy thing, this might be the book for you. I was just disappointed and grossed out, after being sucked into the hook so effectively.

Don't get me wrong - Chuck Wendig can WRITE. His grasp of voice and pacing is superb. There's a pile of potential here, if he can shake off the shock-jock stuff. And do a little more research-picking; a couple of egregious factual errors bugged me.