I've been worrying that seeing as I am the one who chooses what goes on this blog that I'm limiting myself. Certainly most of the reviews on this blog are positive, not all, but certainly I'm more likely to read things I know that I like.
So with that in mind I decided to take a little bit of a chance when I stumbled upon a blind bag of books in Forbidden Planet in Glasgow.
The floor of Forbidden Planet is littered with these unassuming black packages, each one bearing a sticker which give only the slightest hint to its contents.
Basically, due to the high volume of books coming into the store every week, they must run out of space and choose to bind random volumes in these packages in an effort to get rid of abunch of them quickly.
Some of the packages bore stickers saying "Novels, Sci-Fi" or "Graphic Novels" I decided against these figuring that they'd be more likely to contain numbered volumes, things like Shazam Vol 4 or the tenth entry in some long running book series.
Indie comics are more likely to be one off books and self contained stories, also more likely to be something I'd never heard of before.
Here's the package when it's open, it contained three graphic novels and two art books, none of which I have ever heard of. The books contained were.
Take what you can carry
Kevin C. Pyle
Samhita Arni & Moyna Chitrakar
The sketchbook adventures of Peter Poplaski
People I've never met & conversations I've never had
The Troll king
So there we are, five books that I've never heard of and which I have no idea about. After a quick flick through I must say they all look lovely and I can't wait to read through them. Stay tuned over the next week or so while I read and review the five. If they're any good I may well do this again, the store had a lot of blind bags after all.
"This is where the dragons went. They lie...not dead,
not asleep, but...dormant. And although the space they occupy isn't like
normal space, nevertheless they are packed in tightly. They could put
you in mind of a can of sardines, if you thought sardines were huge and
scaly. And presumably, somewhere, there's a key...
Guards! Guards! is the eighth Discworld novel - and after this, dragons will never be the same again!"
"Fleeing Las Vegas and her abusive boyfriend, Allison Johnson moves to
Reno, intent on making a new life for herself. Haunted by the mistakes
of her past, and lacking any self-belief, her only comfort seems to come
from the imaginary conversations she has with Paul Newman, and the
characters he played. But as life crawls on and she finds work, small
acts of kindness start to reveal themselves to her, and slowly the
chance of a new life begins to emerge."
"iDEATH is a place where the sun shines a different colour every day and
where people travel to the length of their dreams. Rejecting the
violence and hate of the old gang at the Forgotten Works, they lead
gentle lives in watermelon sugar. In this book, Richard Brautigan
discovers and expresses the mood of a new generation."
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, teenager Will
Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson! Two teens with the same
name who run in two very different circles suddenly find their lives
going in new and unexpected directions. Culminating in epic
turns-of-heart on both of their parts, they team up to produce the most
fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage.