City of Brass by SA Chakraborty: I didn’t finish this. I’m not sure why this one didn’t click with me; I liked it at first and I was intrigued by the setting, but after a while, it didn’t seem to be going anywhere, and there was nothing I felt strongly enough about to keep me reading.
The Sandman Companion: A guide to the comics series; most of the book is interviews with the writer, Neil Gaiman. I loved it! Most of what I thought was really interesting was very specific commentary on the stories, so I am not sure how to review this one. Towards the beginning, Gaiman mentions a few writers that influenced him. I recognized Roger Zelazny (I really liked A Night in the Lonesome October) and Samuel Delany (I have read a couple of novellas by him plus the novel Babel-17.)
I read a graphic novel version of two Oscar Wilde fairy tales illustrated by P Craig Russell (in one volume): The Devoted Friend/The Nightingale & the Rose. Lovely illustrations! I have read and reviewed The Nightingale and the Rose before. I can’t really think of anything to say about the other one.
“Come Lady Death” by Peter Beagle (Podcastle podcast): I read this years ago as part of a short story collection by this author, but this is my first time listening to a Podcastle episode! I hope to listen to some other Podcastle episodes before next year’s Wyrd & Wonder.
I listened to the album of the “Orpheus in Hadestown” musical (2010) and I highly recommend it.
Once upon a time there was a railroad line
Don’t ask where, brother, don’t ask when
It was the road to Hell, it was hard times
It was a world of gods…and men!
Look out for my 20 Books of Summer list soon!