The written word really inspires Miguel’s paintings and, as a result, he has the longest reading list ever! Among his favorite writers are visionaries like Octavia E. Butler (Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind), Christopher Pike (The Blind Mirror, Thirst) and Clive Barker (Hellbound Heart). Mainly, he looks for books where vampires, werewolves, plagues and catastrophes of the human soul horrify lovable characters for pages on end. Good times!
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Miguel S's Reviews
The Book of Strange New Things
by: Michel Faber
Faber's writing is so mesmerizing you don't realize he is leading you down a very messed up rabbit hole until it's too late. Epic, heartbreaking,ambitious. A summer must read!View In Store
The Lathe of Heaven
by: Ursula K. Le Guin
A great starting point if you are new to Le Guin's work. I have given night terrors and lucid dreaming a lot of thought throughout the years and this novel strikes a creepy cord in me. This book questions the nature of reality and the power of hopes and dreams. Also giant flying turtles!View In Store
Under The Skin
by: Michel Faber
DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE BEFORE YOU READ THIS GEM OF A BOOK! THE 1ST SCENE WILL RUIN MUCH OF THE STORY. As heartbreaking as it is horrifying, this book will haunt you and make you feel for monsters. Really super good!View In Store
A Single Man
by: Christopher Isherwood
At a time when Isherwood and his much younger lover were having problems, the author boldly imagines his life as a single man. The title character, George, loses his lover in a car accident. This was my honeymoon read.
I knew the premise before I picked it as my beach read. My husband looked at it with “Really?” in his eyes. But I figured this would be the best time to read such a book. I have always wanted to read it, but the prospect of a life without my lover was a bit terrifying. I guess being married made me feel more secure; mortality be damned.
What I did not expect was a celebration of life, of love, and of the present. George goes through stages of extreme bitterness and rage. In a way isolating himself further from the people around him. But these moments don't last. Little things bring him happiness, or rather ease his loss. In the end it's a novel about cherishing all that life gives, whether it be grief or love.
Seed to Harvest
by: Octavia E. Butler
I read this book about once a year - it's that great! These four novels are Octavia Butler's masterworks. Here you meet Doro and Anyanwu, two immortals engaged in an epic battle of wills. Together they travel history loving and hating each other. Needing each other. They become mother and father to a race of new humans - madmen, telepaths, and shape-shifters. An empire they can belong to. Bulter's themes of power, race, and gender are beautifully illustrated here. Her prose is lean and exquisite, at times heartbreaking. Read this book - you're welcome!View In Store
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
by: Suzy Menkes
Fashion bad boy Jean Paul Gaultier shows off in this beautiful tribute to androgyny, cone bras, Madonna, stripes, and the avant-garde. This tome contains sketches and stories from behind the scenes of his notorious runway shows. Generously illustrated with never before seen photos this monograph is a must for your coffee table!View In Store
Princess of Mars
by: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar Rice Burroughs, the man who created Tarzan is as comfortable in space as he is in the jungle. The hero here is John Carter, a Virginia gentleman mysteriously transported to the planet Mars. There he meets dangerous green men and falls for the beautiful red skinned Dejah Thoris. Burroughs is a man of action and romance. If you like epic pulp fiction you'll love this title. If you can still breathe when you finish this book check out the next (12) equally exciting books in the series.View In Store
by: George Orwell
The farm animals are fed up and they are not going to take it anymore. They will work for themselves now. Forget the humans! In this biting satire George Orwell lets the minority rise up, and find it's collective voice. A must have for any library.View In Store
The Hunger Games
by: Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen steps in for her young sister to compete in the Hunger Games, a kill or be killed competition that the ruling Capitol forces on the young people of the nation. Katniss is unintentionally likable, strong and smart. You will find yourself cheering and screaming at the pages when the bow and arrow are in her very capable hands. Get the two sequels rCatching Fire and Mockingjay!View In Store