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Graphic Novels from Fisher & Co., King & Others, and the EC Archives | Xpress Reviews

The diversity of Fisher’s characters and the intermingling of absorbed personalities are well done; this top-notch movie adaptation is a gory nightmare fun house worth exploring again and again; the high artistic standard and compellingly literate noir tales by the industry’s finest

Nonfiction from Actor/Father/Friend Jeffrey Tambor | Xpress Reviews

Jeffrey Tambor’s memoir is an insightful meditation on adversity and how it intrinsically shapes us all, this essential read will have broad appeal

Fiction: Black, Cantero, Chase, Clayton, Drew, Huntley, Jewel, Leigh, McKay, and Williams | Xpress Reviews

Black spins a poetic and enthralling tale; highly recommended for fans of Scooby-Doo; shabby glamour and dark atmosphere make for an electric setting; for folks seeking a whip-smart erotic romance with nuance; an in-depth character study of a flawed man; resonating well among the current rash of psychological thrillers; with appeal to both the NA and YA markets; an eerie glow on the denizens of London’s criminal class; for those who enjoy unearthly tales grounded in historical events; the neatly tied-up conclusion is especially impressive

E-Originals from Armstrong, Harris, Platt, and Sands | Xpress Reviews

This close-proximity M/M tale is indeed hot; fans of new adult romance will sweep this up, as will readers with a heart for the friends-to-lovers angle; Platt’s Regency turns up the heat on the battlefield and in the bedroom; this sexy sequel sets the scene for the rest of the series

Graphic Novels by Grell and a Gaming-Themed Biography by Kushner and Shadmi | Xpress Reviews

A worthwhile title for fans of sf, action-adventure, and 1980s nostalgia; Kushner offers an affectionate tribute to the classic Dungeons & Dragons and its creator

Nonfiction: Vin Baker, Takuichi Fujii, Neuroscience, Concentration Camps, Trans Men | Xpress Reviews

The NBA and addictions; Coppola’s live cinema; healing philosophies; the life and art of Takuichi Fujii; an engaging combination of science, detective story, and memoir; a unified picture of concentration camps as a tool of government; the lives of trans men at the turn of the 20th century; a disappointing look at slave ships and POWs

E-Originals from Etchison, Lovelace, and Moran | Xpress Reviews

With dialog that is witty and realistic, Etchison’s latest is great for fans of military romance; fans of Lovelace’s series will enjoy this second title; a can’t-put-it-down emotional read from Moran

Fiction: Beattie, Brookmyre, Conroy, DePalo, the Hammers, James, MacColl, Moggach, Waters, More | Xpress Reviews

A medieval tale; Beattie’s welcome stories; Jack Parlabane races against the clock; Conroy’s impressive literary fiction; DePalo hits a lot of right notes; a solid Scandinavian noir; Holohan’s debut is elegantly written; Conroy is totally satisfying; MacColl’s historical fiction is a perfect fit; a darker Moggach; a heaping dose of scientific and historical intrigue; and overpowering pieces from Waters

E-Originals from Gaddy and James, with Debuter Ferndale | Xpress Reviews

Ferndale’s debut introduces a character that has faced challenges and learned to overcome; the couple’s love of animals, their backstories, and the drama will keep readers engaged; James’s fans will find here the comfort and snowy wonderlands they have come to expect

Graphic Novels: Kelly & ILYA, Langridge & Lagacé, Pak & Co., Perlson & Robbins, and Snider | Xpress Reviews

Visually dizzying and delightful, though light on story; Betty Boop is back; an esoteric Western yarn; a labor of love for both Robbins and her well-selected stable of illustrators; a wonderful addition to the self-help shelf and for anyone seeking encouragement with a dose of wit