Zane is a big video game/graphic novel/scifi-fantasy nerd who, you know, maybe is gonna write those one day. He was a bookseller in Denver for a couple years before moving back to Fort Collins because Fort Collins is amazing and he's also a big nerd for amazing places. Essentially, big nerd. He generally can't decide what kind of music he wants to listen to, is writing a book about a monkey girl, and has a perfectly healthy fandom for the Broncos (and a normal and reasonable amount of fantasy football teams).
Gideon the Ninth is the best book ever of all time. If you don't get excited about LGBTQ representation and also necromancy in space then I guess it's not for you. But also, dude, come on. This book has some of the best dialogue I've ever read, is clever and funny, and features a whole cornocopia of necormantic magic that is written so well that you might start to believe Muir is actually a practicing necromancer herself. It's about a group of different necromantic prodigies and their loyal(ish) swordmasters exploring a rundown gothic mansion in competition with each other. Gideon is one of the swordmasters, and she just plain hates her petulant, arogant necromancer charge, Harrow (which is who book two is about), both of whom hail from the Ninth House, Keepers of the Locked Tomb, House of the Sewn Tongue, the Black Vestals (does that sound rad or what). It's got mystery, some bone-crunching action (literally), a little bit of horror, and a lotta bit of awesome. Everything about this book is fine-tuned to perfection, down to the minutia of the swordfights (in a fun way, I promise). And Gideon is just such a great character. If you've taken the time to read this whole review, you gotta have time to read this. Ooooh boy it's good.
Saga is far and above my favorite graphic novel series. It's one of the best adventures I've ever been on. Its setting is a galaxy entwined in the war between one planet and its moon, and the main character is a child whose parents are defectors from each side of the war. It is full of amazing characters (some of my favorites being the Lying Cat, a big blue cat who knows when people are lying, and Izabel the ghost babysitter, and also every other character). It's also got equally amazing settings, and heartwrenching story dips that will, and I'm not kidding, just wrench the hell out of your heart. The narrative that Vaughan and Staples have put together is bonkers and simply incredible. ALSO, it's been on hiatus for nearly three years but it's finally coming back in January. All I ask is that you start reading it so that you can understand what great news that is.
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A little bit like Stephen King's It, if there were a lot more Pennywises and also an underground society hunting and killing the Pennywises. Monsters that grow stronger by being feared and by killing, adults that can't see them because they don't believe in them. A very compelling reluctant heroine that is good at slicing the monsters up real nice. Great dialogue and atmosphere that makes for characters you're going to really like. Great worldbuilding. GREAT ART. And spoooooky. Read pls.