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Aug 31, 2023Liked by Shannon Hemmett

“Geek Love” by Katherine Dunn — think you’d enjoy that one — dark/creepy, side-show, tattoos, disfunctional family, love, misfits, cult, and dark/creepy (did I say that already?)

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I’ve seen this book around for ages but never picked it up, I’ll give it a try soon.

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Aug 31, 2023Liked by Shannon Hemmett

I loved RayGun. I still have several copies although i was disappointed with the article on JAMC because the text intentionally faded away as you read it. It was artsy and beautiful, but didn't allow you to finish the article. Oh well.

I think i still have my copy of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe somewhere

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Yes! Also the Bryan Ferry interview was typeset entirely in Dingbats. Haha.

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Aug 31, 2023Liked by Shannon Hemmett

Great list, Shannon! As the resident “comic guy” your inclusion of Daniel Clowes work made me happy. His artwork has so much kinetic energy to it. Got into him through the Ghost World graphic novel. The book store was always my second stop at the mall right after the record shop. I was a HUGE fantasy nerd starting with the Elfquest GNs which led me to Narnia and LOTR, etc etc etc. I went down that rabbit hole into my early 20s before getting into harder Sci-Fi stuff, Orwell, Heinlein, Huxley. Stephen King’s Dark Tower led me into his world of horror and now I find myself dabbling in a bit of everything. I highly recommend anything by Jeff Vandermeer. He’s like the David Lynch of fantasy. His book City of Saints & Madmen was one of my favorite books of the last 10 years.

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I’ll check out Vandermeer! I have not read anything by him yet but the indie bookstore near me offers a whole bunch of his books. Re: Clowes, I really liked David Boring too. I enjoy his realist period, but prefer his stories when there is a touch of mystery or strangeness.

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Aug 31, 2023Liked by Shannon Hemmett

I'm halfway through 6 books. Ugh. I do miss magazines. In the 90s, every payday was about buying 2 or 3 CDs and a new magazine. Rolling Stone, Spin, Outburn, Propaganda and of course a free copy of LA Weekly from Tower Records.

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Totally! I forgot about Outburn, good one.

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