Science Fiction with a decent premise. I found myself having to go back and revise assumptions I had made about the characters and setting several times - I might re-read it later and see how my mental image of the book changes knowing the later bits beforehand. I want a utility fog outfit!
Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
Bear at her most cruel, to her characters at least. An urban fantasy full of fae folk and wizards. Bear does something clever with POV in this book that I think works very well. I'd recommend this book to anyone who isn't looking for something cheerful.
From the Notebooks of Dr Brain by Minister Faust
ZOMG funny. A self-help book for superheroes. At the same time, an intelligent, aware deconstruction of superheroes, and a good story. Did I mention it is funny? It is.
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Informative. The first of McClouds three examinations of comics. I didn't get as much out of it as I did from the third book, Making Comics, but I'm not surprised - this one is older, and has a different focus. I'd still recommend this one for anyone with a serious interest in the art form.
Soul Kitchen by Poppy Z Brite
The third novel in Brite's chef books. I love these. If you've read Brite's horror fiction, and didn't like it, you should read these. If you *did* like her horror, you should read these, too. Especially if you like food. Brite's writing has always been focussed on her characters, with the plot mostly serving as something to show of the characters. The difference with her chef books is that her characters are now *likeable* instead of being psychopaths and self-absorbed teenagers. On another note, I keep imaging Ricky as looking like Rob Feenie, though as Liz notes, his personality is more like Anthony Bourdain.