In Benny the Blue Whale, Andy Stanton has delivered a raucous illustration of the ways that ChatGPT can work as a storytelling engine. Peppered liberally with his Talmudic commentary on the story he and ChatGPT create together, this book is not just about Benny the blue whale, but about the ways storytelling works. This book is strange, funny, compelling, and, as the subtitle says, completely mad.
This hybrid picture book/graphic novel is perfect for all ages. The fable-like story of three rogue magicians pursued by a huntress and her terrifying companion is a beautifully illustrated, exceedingly odd allegory for lost childhood. Absolutely stunning!
A ripped from the headlines thriller that is nonetheless entirely original. Nina is missing but her boyfriend came home from their vacation. As each family grapples with the fallout of the search for Nina and Simon's increasingly erratic behavior, this thriller spins into a dark and inevitable conclusion.
This novel is part police procedural into a missing influencer child Kimmy, and part character study of the two women at the heart of the case: Melanie, the missing girl's mother, and Clara, the detective investigating the case and scouring Melanie's social media accounts starring her children to discover what might have contributed to Kimmy's dissapearance. A tense, gripping indictment of the ways social media exploits children.
This book is a roller coaster of weird that you won't want to end. It hooked me from the very first page with its ruthless matriarch, Candelaria, fighting her way across the city to get to the Old Country Buffet after an earthquake ignites a phantasmagoria of strange phenomenon. The voice is everything in this novel, from hard as steel grandmother Candelaria to her wounded granddaughters: abandoned Bianca, recovering addict Candy, and mysteriously returned Paola. Outstanding!
Cartomancy, intrigue, reversals of fortune, and page-turning historical drama: this book has it all. Red learned the secret of the Square of Sevens telling fortunes on the road with her father, a Cornish cunning man. When he dies and leaves her with a guardian, Red embarks on a mission to learn more about where she came from, who her father was running from, and what really belongs to her.
Believe it or not this Victoria novel from 1860 is a PAGE-TURNER! There's romance, there's intrigue, there are villainous husbands and wives threatened with the madhouse. And best of all, there's the brave, resourceful, and utterly entrancing Marian Halcombe. It's fantastic!
If the last few years have left you questioning what has happened to the world around us, why previously non-political relatives have now embraced conspiracy theories, and social media feels thornier and more impossible to navigate than ever, read this book. Naomi Klein examines our current political reality by examining the way her name Doppelganger, Naomi Wolf, went from lauded liberal feminist to a vocal anti-vaxxer who rubs elbows with Steve Bannon. An astutely observed analysis of the way the left and the right have come to define and mirror each other.
Fashioned like a true crime narrative, this book features interviews, blog clippings, podcast transcripts, and other found materials to tell the story of a brutal murder in a run-down English coastal town. I read it almost in one sitting, but I am still thinking about it even weeks later. An examination of the true crime genre that implicates even the reader. Utterly compelling!
I loved this novel and its thorny, unanswerable questions. Imagine Shakespeare is alive, Irish, and writing novels, and you have the tragicomic genius Paul Murray. Mother, father, daughter, son: each character makes increasingly terrible decisions until they are all entangled in a closing net. Is it a mess of their own making or is it something else? Fate? A curse?
A moving, funny, tragic exploration of what it means to love your family and want desperately to escape it, to know what you want and be unable to grasp it, and to feel overwhelmed by a world you no longer understand, and maybe never did.