Annual list of the novels, audio books, graphic novels, and trades I read—as I go.

CALL OF THE WILD

Jack London

Not since freshman year of high school had I read this rough and unique POV tale of life in the Gold Rush Yukon as Buck struggles free from the trappings of modern life.

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING

Haruki Murakami

Nothing has inspired AND shamed me as a writer and a runner than this book.

TENDER

Beth Hetland

A well-done psychological goor graphic novel that grapples with the power of internal and external self-image.

FOUNDATION

Issac Asimov

Nothing more to say than, a benchmark that inspired so many tales in the genre. It was long past time I read this.

THE WAR OF ART

Steven Pressfield

While familiar with much of Mr Pressfield's creative manifesto through articles and podcasts, I found reading the entire collection empowering—and it's a super quick read.

MUD MAN

Paul Grist

I've admired Paul's, KANE series from afar, so when I spotted this on the shelf of my LCS, I snapped it up. It's an enjoyable teen superhero origin story with as many questions as fun character and action bits.

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS

Christopher Paolini

This one came recommended as companion book to my own novel, and damn, they would make for a great pairing. This one blossoms into a grand interstellar conflict that resolves in an unexpected sacrifice.

FULL TILT

Jason Copland

This massive, non-stop, action-packed expression of the author's passion for comics took years to make, and packs three-hundred-plus pages with love, betrayal, and dozens of double-page spreads.

AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD

John Le Careé

Following a quick choice to put aside my SFF trilogy, and begin the first draft of a mystery, this was the first book I devoured as I wrote. Le Careé was an author I'd wanted to read for a while, and I'm glad I had the "excuse." He displays masterful control of the form and crystalline prose. I will return to this literary world, but start at the beginning.

PHENOMENA; THE GOLDEN CITY OF EYES - BOOK ONE

Brian Michael Bendis & André Lima Araújo

The first book of a science fiction fantasy adventure trilogy that springs from the grounds of this fertile genre, and comic masters like Ottomo and Mœbius. I can't wait to read the next installment!

PHENOMENA; MATILDE'S QUEST - BOOK TWO

Brian Michael Bendis & André Lima Araújo

The second book in this trilogy. Bendis and Araújo pull off a tightening-in on the characters, yet pull-back and show more of the story world. Hard to put down between the unfolding story and breathtaking art.

SHAZAM!

Jeff Smith

The Monster Society of Evil is a modernized primer, to introduce any young reader to the world of Shazam!

THE DARK HOURS

Michael Connelly

I'm a sucker for high-paced page turners and my first visit into mister Connelly's LA, did not disappoint. Detective Renée Ballard is a strong protagonist who navigates the turbulent waters of LAPD politics with a moral compass and instinct to deliver justice.

TIME UNDER TENSION

M. S. Harkness

A deeply ambitious work where a protagonist struggles backwards and forward. Elevated cartoon strip page designs bend and stretch into elaborate spreads of labyrinthine complexity, that reflect psychological & emotional struggles.

THE ROAD

Cormac McCarthy

A father and son scrape out an existence in a dying world of unknown creation—walking through the cold gray toward an undefined hope. The prose is stripped bare as the ashen wasteland of the book.

GONE GIRL

Gillian Flynn

A veiled epistolary mystery filled with sumptuous prose about two pathologically selfish people, who get what they deserve.

LEAN MEAN THIRTEEN

Janet Evanovich

An agenda-less lead living in a "colorful" New Jersey, filled with all the crime, oddities, and personalities that would make Carl Hiaasen smile. Auto lovers beware.

ECHOLANDS VOL 1

JH Williams III & W Haden Blachman

The ultimate mash-up, not only in genre, but, layout, and artistic style. A glorious adventure through a familiar and mysterious world, in one hardcover edition.

THE LATE SHOW

Michael Connelly

First in the Renee Ballard line-up, and a fitting start for this surfing LAPD detective. For Ballard, the late show bleeds into the day, and she puts everything on the line for the victims, to the point of becoming one.

BARBARIAN DAYS

William Finnegan

A rich and informative memoir about the author and people outside the spotlight. Mr Finnegan’s impact on the world in and out of the ocean is inspirational. This is an unvarnished love letter to the next great wave.

THE ENFIELD GANG MASSACRE

Chris Condon & Jacob Phillips

A western comic that kicks over the social apple cart in this remote patch of fictional 1875 Texas. While players have roles, the author shifts them against type, to bloody effect, as the artist's bold use of black set upon a fauvist palette amplifies this tale.