Four Short Reviews (Part 2)

Like Dante, I’m using my Florentine exile to write. In my case, that means book reviews.

A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman

This graphic novel is a Lovecraftian retelling of the first Sherlock Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, without the disconcerting “Mormons wandering in the desert” section and ending with a very Gaiman twist.

Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

It’s Scooby-Doo meets Lovecraft in this thrilling adventure/mystery I find difficult to describe but was incredibly fun to read. I hope Cantero writes more of their adventures.

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone

I love listening to Paula Poundstone on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! so I was excited to find this book at my local library.

I laughed along as Paula looked for happiness in yoga, driving expensive (rented) cars, and watching movies. I cringed a bit in the organization chapter, and the irony wasn’t lost on me as I read the exercise chapter while pedaling a stationary bike.

Ultimately, though, I came to the same conclusion as the author of Ecclesiastes: everything is vanity. At least in this case, there were laughs along the way.

Wait. Isn’t that Epicurean?

Death: The Deluxe Edition by Neil Gaiman

I bought this book to complement my just-started collection of Sandman comics.

I also bought this book because one of the artists, Chris Bachalo, would be at Raleigh SuperCon, and I wanted his autograph on one of his Death drawings.

In that, I was successful.

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