BY SEAN CLARK

[In this feature, we highlight a handful of the best book reviews appearing over the weekend in major newspapers.]

 

Anomaly, by Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin. Reviewed by Ben Fritz (Los Angeles Times).

Here’s a debut sci-fi graphic novel penned by a lawyer and longtime reader of Heavy Metal magazine. This is more a puff piece than a review, but it’s interesting all the same. The elevator pitch for the book (Earth ruined by overpopulation; humans migrating; pre-human alien conflicts to circumnavigate) sounds interesting enough–if kinda Mass Effect-y. And, most likely due to Brittenham’s professional connections, the movie option’s already been picked up.  If you want to be first in line to pronounce the book was better, give this a go.

Find it on Goodreads.

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With Robert Lowell and His Circle, by Kathleen Spivack. Reviewed by Michael Dirda (Washington Post).

A memoir about hanging out with a bunch of poets isn’t something that interests me, especially not a clumsy one at that. But I could read Dirda’s reviews all day, especially when he doesn’t like the book and quietly castigates its “ramshackle” shortcomings.

Find it on Goodreads.

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Quickly: I’m really glad the Bad Sex in Fiction Prize is a real thing, and equally glad I didn’t win it. This 2-volume LoA compendium of American sci-fi might have to be a later addition to my Christmas list. Columbia has a “gang scholar.”

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Very Important! This Calvin & Hobbes search engine is maybe the best thing that has ever happened to me.

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