Summer Reads - Kira

Hobo #16

I can hardly wait to leaf through this splendid issue while sipping an iced tea, leisurely, in a hammock. Some of my very favourite people are featured within, including: the inimitable Tilda Swinton (gracing the cover), Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Ursula K. Le Guin! As if that lineup wasn't enticing enough, I snuck a peak at Ian McAllister's gorgeous photo spreads of the wild wolves that still inhabit my native B.C. and my heart grew at least two sizes.

Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and the Wickedest Man in the World - Gary Lachman

What can I say? This new Crowley bio (written by one of the founding members of Blondie, no less) has piqued my curiosity. Though I haven't previously cared to dabble in the infamous occultist's doings, I'm intrigued to hear what Lachman has to say about the self-styled "wickedest man in the world." He's certainly served as inspiration to some pretty fantastic heavy metal songs, and for that I am grateful. Plus, if I read this in the park, people will surely give me a wide berth, thanks to Crowley's mug staring out at them from the cover!

Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan - Shigeru Mizuki

The second volume of Mizuki's graphic, autobiographical history of Japan's Showa period is calling my name this summer. Summer reads needn't all be fluffy, after all, so Mizuki's account of the lead-up to WWII in Japan will lend some gravity to my reading list. Maybe not for light-hearted poolside times, but for languid evenings sitting by the fan, this will hit the spot.

The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume Two - Outer Space, Inner Lands - Ursula K. Le Guin

Oh boy, am I ever excited to delve into this collection of short stories by one of my all-time favourite authors. Volume Two focuses on her best sci-fi stories, whereas Volume One is composed of her more realistic, earth-bound tales. Either one would be a safe bet, but I've had a hankering for some quality sci-fi to contemplate these days (when do I not, though?) so Volume Two fits the bill. As soon as I finish reading Octavia Butler's Blood Child, I'll be all over this like wasps on a popsicle!

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