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The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone By by Robert Kirkman, et al

I’m new to The Walking Dead, having heard about it from my brother, then watching and enjoying the series on AMC. I finally got around to reading the source material over this weekend.

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Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid by Simon Pegg

I don’t normally read celebrity memoirs, but I’m a fan of Pegg’s and had been hearing good things about this one. It was an engaging read and made me laugh a few times. The problem is, these sorts of memoirs are a rather thin sauce when it comes to substance. Seemingly the biggest hurdle Pegg had to overcome was being from a rural area, so there’s not a lot of drama. My favorite bits were his critical analyses of Star Wars and other genre films. I think that if he published a book like that I could unreservedly recommend it, but for this one I can only recommend it if you are a Pegg-mad super fan.

Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey

This is the second volume in Kadrey’s Sandman Slim series. I reviewed the first back in January and I hear the third is due out later this year. I picked it up, and started reading it, shortly after I finished the first one. I sort of got distracted part way through, which often happens to me when I try and read through a series in a straight run. I’m glad I picked it back up, because my distraction was no fault of Kadrey’s.

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Weird Tales #357

As soon as I learned that Weird Tales was offering e-book subscriptions, I signed up. This was my first issue. I wasn’t sure if I should include it in my reviews, because it felt like a cheat considering the shorter length of an issue as compared to a full-length book. Then I got over myself and decided you folks are as busy as I am, why the hell not? I won’t be reviewing most of the non-fiction portions of the issue, and I expect that to be my practice in all similar reviews in future.

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Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson

Probably most well known for The Men Who Stare at Goats, Ronson specializes in books where he takes an open-minded ride-along with a weirdo to see what the real story might be. In  this one he travels the world meeting up with political and religious extremists to see what truth, if any, there is to their wild-eyed conspiracy theories.

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Farthing by Jo Walton

“One summer weekend in 1949–but not our 1949–the well-connected Farthing set, a group of upper-crust English families, enjoy a country retreat. Lucy is a minor daughter in one of those families; her parents were both leading figures in the group that overthrew Churchill and negotiated peace with Herr Hitler eight years before.”

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Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

I’ll admit it, I’m a Vowell fanboy. Ever since I discovered her writing with The Partly Cloudy Patriot I’ve made it a point to acquire and then devour all of her new books. He’s a history nerd after my own heart, obsessed with the people and events of the past with a post-modern pop culture sensibility – yet she never glosses over nuance in service of an engaging read. Instead her style illuminates and makes vivid the humanity or the past.

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