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ComicStoryworld Recommended Read: Batman: The Black Mirror
Unfolding at the same time as Grant Morrison’s Batman Incorporated and featuring Dick Grayson as the Batman of Gotham City, Scott Snyder’s run on Detective Comics is a further testament to the limitless storytelling potential of Batman. If Morrison’s Batman Inc represents the gonzo magical madman contingent of Bat-continuity through the lens of modern comics storytelling, then Snyder’s Detective is the heir apparent to Year One, the gritty noir Batman whose enemy is not the world-ravaging psychadelic international threat of Leviathan, but the horrors built into the very foundations of the city he protects and the characters he calls friends and allies.
While both Snyder and Morrison are historians of the Batman mythos, Snyder is a historian of character, exploiting the uncovered truths in stories past that inform the nigh-unspeakable horrors he puts the characters through in the noir-infused present of Gotham City. Featuring the searing artwork of Jock and Francesco Francavilla, Batman: The Black Mirror is a collection that should be on the shelf of every fan not only of comics, but of great storytelling.
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The Biblio-Mat is a custom-built vending machine for random second-hand books
Toronto bookstore The Monkey’s Paw features a unique and intriguing way for readers to obtain new books: the Biblio-Mat. Created by the store’s owner, Stephen Fowler, and The Juggernaut co-founder, Craig Small, the Biblio-Mat is a vending machine built from an old metal locker than dispenses random, used books for $2 each. In an interview with Quill & Quire, Fowler said that his original idea was to put one of his assistants inside of a painted refrigerator box, who would then drop a book out when a coin is inserted — fortunately, Small suggested otherwise.
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“If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or, as it were, fondle them — peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on their shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that if you do not know what is in them, you will at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them at any rate be your acquaintances.” — Winston Churchill
Should you be looking for the right Christmas gift for a book-lover or history buff, I recommend that you look no further than this beautiful boxed set of William Manchester’s three-volume biography of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, 1874-1965.
Like the multi-volume biographies of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris and Lyndon B. Johnson by Robert Caro, The Last Lion is a monumental work that took decades to complete. The first volume, Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 was originally published in 1983. The second volume, Alone, 1932-1940 was published in 1988. And the third volume, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 was just released this month. The first two volumes are pure Manchester, and we’re fortunate that the legendary historian turned to Paul Reid shortly before Manchester’s death in 2004 and requested that Reid complete the third volume. On their own, each of the books are epic; collectively, they are a masterpiece.
You can get the books individually, of course, and even download the trilogy for your Kindle, but this work is the type of treasure that deserves a spot on your shelves and the boxed set is gorgeous. I just received my copy today and I’m handling them much in the same way that Churchill described in the quote above. Anyone who loves to read history needs The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, 1874-1965 (Oh, and Amazon has it for sale at nearly 50% off the retail price right now!)