? One night in New York City, a woman is attacked by an unknown beast. The woman is taken to the hospital and is intensive care until the sun sets, when she turns into a werewolf, killing and maiming half a dozen more people. The next night, the survivors also turn into werewolves, and those they don’t kill turn into werewolves the next night, and suddenly there’s a goddamn werewolf epidemic.
This is Hugh Sterbakov’s City Under the Moon
, which is half-action movie in written form, half-plague thriller where the epidemic is something that science cannot possibly understand, and which the government must try desperately to contain. It’s a real world horror thriller kind of like World War Z
, but without any goddamn zombies, which I imagine is quite a draw to a lot of you. It’s a hell of a fun read, only $5 on Kindle, and I’ll actually be shocked if it doesn’t get picked up for a movie soon.
? I cannot in good conscience review Matt Wilson’s The Supervillain Handbook
, because Matt Wilson is a TR
contributor, and I’m kind of biased. So when I tell you I think The Supervillain Handbook
is really fucking good, you should possibly take it with a grain of salt. That said, Wilson’s very funny “ultimate how-to guide to destruction and mayhem” — which was dictated to him by well-known supervillain King Oblivion Ph.D — explains how to pick your villain persona, pick a lair that’s right for you, staffing that lair with henchmen, and more. It’s fun as hell. If you’ve ever laughed at anything The Monarch said on The Venture Bros.
, I’m extremely confident you’ll enjoy this book.
? Beyond the Wall
is a collection of essays — like, critical thinking n’ stuff — about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire
series on a wide variety of topics from a wide variety of writers. It includes an examination of Romanticism in ASoIaF
, how PTSD manifests itself in the series, an examination of Petyr Baelish, a close look at how GRRM’s Dunk and Egg
stories fit in, and more. If you like taking a scholarly look at your favorite nerd pursuits, I highly recommend it — or if you just need a way to pass a little time until The Winds of Winter
comes out in 2016 or so.