July Reads

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July was a slow reading month for me, and I talk about that here. But, I did venture into new mediums, and I can honestly say they were fun reads.

July Reads

Descender is a sci-fi epic featuring AI’s and quite spectacular illustrations of space flight, space battles, and alien landscapes. The series is by writer Jeff Lemire and illustrator Dustin Nguyen, who both do a fantastic job of drawing the reader in. The story of Descender was fun, heartbreaking, and intense, and I was really excited when I realized that there is a sequel to the series.

Young Robot boy TIM-21 and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Written by award-winning creator, Jeff Lemire, Descender is a rip-roaring and heart-felt cosmic odyssey. Lemire pits humanity against machine, and world against world, to create a sprawling epic.

Collecting issues #1-16 of Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Trillium) and Dustin Nguyen’s (Little Gotham) critically acclaimed, bestselling new science fiction series in deluxe oversized hardcover format featuring extensive never before seen behind the scenes material.

Summary from Goodreads


Ascender is the sequel series to Descender, with Jeff Lemire and illustrator Dustin Nguyen yet again showing their talent in the field of graphic novels. One of the things that drew me in about this series was the artwork, and Dustin Nguyen continually outdoes himself on every page.

Powerhouse creative team Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen launch an all new series in Ascender! Set 10 years after the conclusion of Descender’s storyline, here magic has taken the place of machinery and the rules are very different indeed… Mila, the daughter of Andy and Effie from Descender, spends her days exploring the lonely wilds of the planet Sampson and trying to stay out of the clutches of the evil disciples of the all powerful vampire witch known only as Mother. But like her parents, Mila doesn’t like to play by the rules and when a certain robot pal of her dad’s shows up, nothing will ever be the same! With all the scope and heart of the sci-fi classic, Descender, Lemire and Nguyen reunite to take readers on an unforgettable fantasy quest!

Summary from Goodreads


I review Foreigner more fully here, and I am currently reading the sequel, Invader. One of the aspects of Foreigner that really intrigued me was how in-depth and introspective the conflict was, and how much of the danger depends on the delicate balance of human/atevi social interaction, which, most of the time, depends on one man.

The first book in C.J. Cherryh’s eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race.

From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

Summary from Goodreads


The Way of the House Husband Volume 2 continues the lighthearted, episodic comedy that was evident in volume 1. Kousuke Oono brings an almost satiric slyness to his domestic comedy, and the misadventures of the former “Immortal Dragon” are hilarious.

It’s a day in the life of your average househusband—if your average househusband is the legendary yakuza “the Immortal Dragon”!

A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!

The legendary yakuza “the Immortal Dragon” has washed his hands of the gangster life for something far more dangerous—becoming a househusband! Cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking… These days he’s doing everything he can to succeed as man of the house, if it doesn’t kill him first! The cozy yakuza comedy continues! 

Summary from Goodreads


Those were my reads for July! Like I said, it was a slow read month, but I did enjoy story in other mediums.

For example, I watched The Old Guard, Cursed, and Warrior Nun on Netflix, all pretty awesome shows.

And I’ve been diving back into Stargate SG-1, which is an old favorite.

What have you read (or watched) this past month?

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