Matt C

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Matt Chic is a freelance illustrator and creator of Night Light Comics (available at Strand Books). He's been self-publishing NLC since 2004 and is currently working on a second graphic novel. His other hobbies include snacks, naps, whiskey and playing in his band, Shockwaves. His reading taste varies by mood, but he tends to enjoy weird mind-benders that make you think about what it all means. He moved to Brooklyn from Milwaukee in 2013, and remains a dedicated Cheesehead. For more info, check out: www.mattchic.com.

Matt C's Reviews

The Three-Body Problem

by: Cixin Liu

Believe the hype, but don't let the synopsis on the back dissuade you. There's a lot more to The Three Body Problem than some sort of “Independence Day” alien-invasion blockbuster. Liu introduces us to a world of heady science and big ideas. His characters are constantly trying to push the limits of what man is capable of discovering. This involves nanoparticles, quantum realities and interstellar communications. There are some mind-bending concepts, and things come together in strange and unpredictable ways, but you don't need to be an astrophysicist to appreciate or understand it all--the narrative/translation flows quickly and easily. P.S. No offense to “Independence Day.” I love that movie.

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The Vegetarian

by: Han Kang

Such a strange story. A violent and bloody dream sends Yeong-hye down the path of becoming a vegetarian, but this changes much more than her diet. The events that transpire - all connected through various family members - range from bizarre and brutal sexual encounters to deep rooted emotional trauma and questions of sanity. Dark and unique, this is definitely a noteworthy release.

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  • 1Q84

    By Haruki Murakami

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780307476463
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: January 2013
    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo. A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector. 1184p.
  • Area X (The Southern Reach Trilogy)

    By Jeff VanderMeer

    Our Price: $31.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780374261177
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: November 2014
    In time for the holidays, a single-volume hardcover edition that brings together the three volumes of the Southern Reach Trilogy, which were originally published as paperback originals in February, May, and September 2014.Annihilation is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, Authority is the second, and Acceptance is the third. Area X—a remote and lush terrain—has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything. After the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the Southern Reach—the secret agency that monitors these expeditions—is in disarray. In Authority, John Rodriguez, aka “Control,” is the team’s newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves—and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he’s promised to serve. And the consequences will spread much further than that. It is winter in Area X in Acceptance. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown—navigating new terrain and new challenges—the threat to the outside world becomes more daunting. The mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound—or terrifying.
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

    By Flannery O'Connor

    Our Price: $8.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780374504649
    • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    • Published: January 1965
    Flannery O'Connor was working on EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE at the time of her death. This collection is an exquiste legacy from a genius of the American short story, in which she scrutinizes territory familiar to her readers:race, faith, and morality. The stories encompass the comic and the tragic, the beautiful and the grotesque; each carries her highly individual stamp and could have been written by no one else. Nine stories that zing with the currency of fiction-writing genius. 269p.
  • Speaker for the Dead (Ender Series #2)

    By Orson Scott Card

    Our Price: $7.19
    • Format: Mass Market
    • ISBN-13: 9780812550757
    • Publisher: TOR
    • Published: August 1994
  • The Hunter (Parker #1)

    By Richard Stark

    Our Price: $12.60
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780226770994
    • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
    • Published: September 2008
    You probably haven't ever noticed them. But they've noticed you. They notice everything. That's their job. Sitting quietly in a nondescript car outside a bank making note of the tellers' work habits, the positions of the security guards. Lagging a few car lengths behind the Brinks truck on its daily rounds. Surreptitiously jiggling the handle of an unmarked service door at the racetrack.They're thieves. Heisters, to be precise. They're pros, and Parker is far and away the best of them. If you're planning a job, you want him in. Tough, smart, hardworking, and relentlessly focused on his trade, he is the heister's heister, the robber's robber, the heavy's heavy. You don't want to cross him, and you don't want to get in his way, because he'll stop at nothing to get what he's after.Parker, the ruthless antihero of Richard Stark's eponymous mystery novels, is one of the most unforgettable characters in hardboiled noir.  Lauded by critics for his taut realism, unapologetic amorality, and razor-sharp prose-style—and adored by fans who turn each intoxicating page with increasing urgency—Stark is a master of crime writing, his books as influential as any in the genre. The University of Chicago Press has embarked on a project to return the early volumes of this series to print for a new generation of readers to discover—and become addicted to.In The Hunter, the first volume in the series, Parker roars into New York City, seeking revenge on the woman who betrayed him and on the man who took his money, stealing and scamming his way to redemption. “Westlake knows precisely how to grab a reader, draw him or her into the story, and then slowly tighten his grip until escape is impossible.”—Washington Post Book World “Elmore Leonard wouldn't write what he does if Stark hadn't been there before. And Quentin Tarantino wouldn't write what he does without Leonard. . . . Old master that he is, Stark does all of them one better.”—Los Angeles Times “Donald Westlake's Parker novels are among the small number of books I read over and over. Forget all that crap you've been telling yourself about War and Peace and Proust—these are the books you'll want on that desert island.”—Lawrence Block 

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