Abhorsen

Review by Spencer "Spenny" Holmes
This is the final book in my absolute favorite fantasy epic. Garth Nix weaves a clever tale that is refreshingly original and deep in its unique mythology about death, magic, and spirituality. I highly recommend this to anybody who is looking for a fantasy novel that is outside of the box. Also, we don't have the first two books yet, but I'm working on it!

Generation Hex

Review by Kryssanne Adams
This book is a wonderful introduction to magick! It features number of short essays by different authors, many of whom discuss their first experiences with magick or successfull spells. It's a good jumping point to further immerse yrself, but some essays are stronger than others.

Spies and Commandos

Review by Spencer "Spenny" Holmes
Didn't read this, but it was sitting in the cart with a sticker asking it to be removed, so I picked it up and thumbed through it, and here's my two cents. This book is foul and insensitive. It makes little of rape, child abuse, and murder; and pseudo-worships people who are famous for doing these things. Not the kind of book you'd want your mommy to find, and legitimately not a book that we want to represent the library. Based of the fact that its only been checked out one time, its probably acceptable to toss it if the community of librarians concurs. There is an interesting backstory to this magazine involving a local (but nationally covered) obscenity lawsuit against a distributor, and then a counter-suit against the City of Bellingham on 1st amendment grounds. So if people were actually checking this book out, there might be a legitimate argument for keeping it on the shelves; after all, this is a place for books that aren't welcome in the normal library. But thankfully, our community doesn't seem interested in this book, and if its offending people that its here, I vote we remove it.

Raymond Pettibon

Review by Future Man
Unbelievable monograph! I could not have guessed at the quantity of output or the scale that Pettibon had worked himself up to before seeing this. Nearly everyone has seen his iconic punk album covers and show fliers from his early days, but that is where common knowledge of his artwork ends. Beyond that, however, he has done some HUGE mural and installation pieces for galleries that maintain the most vital aspects of those earlier work, but take it to the next level. The reproduction of that work here is fantastic and the writing that accompanies it gives a perfect introduction to his work for anyone who is unfamiliar.

Different Dances

Review by Zoe Petersen
This oversized book rests in my top 5 favorite books of all time. Shel screams emotion through illistration. Uncensored for the ears of young tots, this comic reveals the dark side of the moon.

Bottomless Belly Button

Review by Mike Graves
This book made me feel like I was on a really really good vacation and I never wanted it to end. But then it ended. And I was sad. But it was GOOD!

Black Hole

Review by Mike Graves
At first I thought this book was about Space and shit. Then I took a closer look and was like, "WHAAAAAAAAT!" Its Dah best DOOD!

The Making Of

Review by Future Man
The brightness of Brecht Evens' art is the first thing you'll notice when you look at The Making Of. It's so beautiful, it was hard for me to stop flipping through pages and actually begin reading the story. Once I did, I was almost immediately taken by the humor, well-paced storytelling and dynamic characters, each uniquely flawed in the most charming ways. The plot roughly follows a group of people creating an art show, though each of them explain to the reader throughout the story the unimportance of the actual event and offer up an alternative meaning to be perceived through the story. Really fun read!

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel

Review by Naomi Gibson
If you've ever felt so frustrated with life that you just want to take a break to do nothing but think until you reach some sort of conclusion, you'll probably be intrigued by this book.

Survivor

Review by Naomi Gibson
I checked this book out cuz the cover was pretty and I've been meaning to explore mr. palahniuk's work for a while. My inner horrible person thought it was a riot, my outer regular person was impressed by the artistic merit. No idea what any of it means, really, but 'twas enjoyable nonetheless.

The Life of Pi

Review by Jon Maurins
A truly magical story. So magical, in fact, that I am not tumbling over whether or not it is entirely true or not. It serves as an adventure into the limitless realm of imagination, the miraculous ability we have been granted from some mysterious force... Whether you believe that force is an accidental, circumstantial result of a plainly scientific chemical reaction, or whether you choose to use the (more captivating and engulfing, in my opinion) concept of god to signify the source of this experience as it is, you will find joy in reading this book. As others have noted above, it is a quick read; I read it in a few days. Nonetheless, The Life of Pi is a story as thick as any with existential instigation. Come to it with an open mind, an open heart.

The Handmaid's Tale

Review by Ryan Schafer
Gilead is as terrifying and complex as Oceana. If you want to be transported to a post-apocalyptic dystopian realm and spend some time thinking about gender and power structures read this book.

Susceptible

Review by Kryssanne Adams
Susceptible is told through minimalistic simple panels and soft cursive to soften the blow of Goglu's hard daily life. We follow her from early childhood up through the moment where she finally decides to leave her mother's emotionally unhealthy home. Many times Susceptible left me with eels in my belly, but it's worth reading to see Goglu find sources of empowerment in her life.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Review by Kryssanne Adams
What are you doing on the Internet? Are you growing as a person or is your brain just 'feasting' on an overload of information? Read this book and find out!

Rise up

Review by Jeff Hoiland
sweet

Thin Kimono

Review by Jeff Hoiland
sweet

True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise

Review by Jeff Hoiland
This was the first book I checked out at the Alternative Library, I couldn't find it at other libraries. This book is a memoir written byTerence Mckenna described as “a chronological narrative of a story that is both true and extraordinary.”

Eeeee Eee Eeee: A Novel

Review by Jeff Hoiland
I read this after reading 'Richard Yates', 'Shoplifting from American Apparel', 'Bed', 'Cognitive Behavioral Therapy', and many things posted on the internet by the author: Tao Lin. This was his first published novel. I think the title is the sound a dolphin makes when trying to communicate its deep & profound feelings of [something]. I feel excited when I think of reading the sentences of this book in the future. Sometimes I say "Tao Lin is my favorite author."

Ghost World

Review by Jeff Hoiland
sweet

Black Hole

Review by Jeff Hoiland
Sometimes I say 'Black Hole is my favorite graphic novel.' I remember thinking of 'Black Hole' as a quintessential graphic novel of [something regarding young adulthood, high school, post-high school, and related bodily/mental/life changes]. The first time I read this I was ‘very stoned’ and ‘hiding’ in my room at my mother’s house.

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