Let’s Talk Books — Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris

Warning: Spoilers!

This is my third David Sedaris book, and by now I’m fairly familiar with his writing style and know what to expect from him. I’ve enjoyed all three books (the first two being Barrel Fever and When You Are Engulfed in Flames) and can easily recommend them. Most of what I said in my review of When You Are Engulfed in Flames can be applied here, so I’ll try not to repeat too much of it.

For those unfamiliar with him, David Sedaris publishes collections of essays about his personal life and presents them in a humorous manner. He uses a lot of observational humor about the everyday jerk you might encounter in a checkout line, on a bus, in your own family, etc. He’s also got a dry wit, so nothing is ever felt forced onto the reader. He’s also very well traveled, so you get a sense that he knows what he’s talking about.

I enjoyed Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls more than When You Are Engulfed in Flames (and possible more than Barrel Fever; I don’t remember much of it aside from the Macy’s Elf story), and I think that’s because I got a better sense of variety from these stories. With the previous book, I remember feeling like while I enjoyed it, a lot of the essays felt kind of samey, mostly involving him getting either drunk of high and telling the reader about what happened afterwards. Don’t quote me on that, though. That’s just what I happen to remember feeling.

With this book, however, I felt each essay stood out more. You could still classify most of them as either about his family, his friends, or his travels, but I still felt there was more diversity.

There’s also a few short chapters written as fiction, or at least some sort of fiction. David Sedaris isn’t narrating these himself, it’s more like he’s playing a character in an exaggerated story. For example, in “Just a Quick E-mail,” the narrator is a spoiled, wealthy woman writing a sarcastic thank you message for a wedding gift from another woman. The narrator insults her because it was merely a gift certificate for pizza, but as the story goes on we find out the narrator has crippled the other woman in a car accident and stole her husband, all while criticizing her throughout this E-mail.

In another story, “Health-Care Freedoms and Why I Want My Country Back,” the narrator is a very right-wing mother and basically bashes Obama throughout the entire chapter. She enlists help from her left-wing son to make her protests more effective, and while she believes he’s helping her it’s obvious to the reader that he’s setting her up for failure. Some reviews I’ve read have criticized these short stories, but I thought they were a welcome mix into an already diverse collection of essays.

In regards to the essays themselves, some of my favorites revolved around David Sedaris’ father. A stubborn man that refuses to believe he’s wrong, he makes for a very interesting character, at least the way David Sedaris writes him. In reality I can imagine the frustration he must have felt growing up with him, if not from experiences with my own father than from other male figureheads, but for the purposes of this read he was an extremely entertaining antagonist. I especially enjoyed “The Happy Place,” in which his father continuously nags David Sedaris to get a colonoscopy (which has been happening since his twenties) after receiving his first one. When he finally does, he jokingly tells his father the doctor found cancer. His father believes him and shows rare emotional support to him, while his sister mouths that he’s going to hell while David Sedaris embraces the comfort before revealing it was a joke.

I don’t feel like I can do any of his stories justice by summarizing them, so definitely go read a copy of this book if you haven’t already. He’s a pretty funny guy — the only thing I think people might not like him for is his political views. He’s left wing, and it shows, but honestly unless that alone is going to turn you off I think you’re going to have a good time with this one.

Thanks for reading! Hope you’re having a great week! 🙂


Info for my edition of Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls:

  • Published 2014 by Back Bay Books
  • Paperback, 288 pages
  • ISBN 978-0-316-15470-3

Let’s Talk Books — The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Warning: Spoilers!

I just finished reading an interesting book the other day — interesting in premise, anyway. I didn’t dislike it, but I felt confused throughout the story. I didn’t even know if I was going to bother writing a post about it, as I don’t have too much to talk about. But what the heck. Let’s try.

I guess you could call The Watchmaker of Filigree Street historical fantasy. It takes place in London during the late 1800s and the book definitely feels like it does a good job describing that setting. The main character, Thaniel, is a telegraphist, horse and buggies carry passengers through the streets, people light lamps, etc. There was only one historical reference I felt I needed to look up, and that was the Clan na Gael. They’re an Irish organization that more or less acts as a looming terrorist threat for the book, although after reading the whole thing I think most people could put that together for themselves. History buffs may appreciate the historical references more than I could, but as a whole there isn’t too much in here you need previous knowledge of to enjoy the story.

So Thaniel is an everyman that gets up, goes to work, and comes home every day. He doesn’t have any friends, and the only family he has is his sister and her children. One day he finds a pocket watch left in his home, and some time later it goes off just before a bomb set by the Clan na Gael goes off.

Thaniel tracks down the maker of the watch, a Japanese immigrant named Mori. He’s a very talented clockwork artist, and his home is filled with things that run off clockwork including a pet octopus). Thaniel questions him about the watch and why it went off when it did, and eventually discovers that Mori has limited foresight and is something of a clairvoyant. He’s very nice to Thaniel and the two get along, so Thaniel decides to take Mori’s offer of renting a room and moves in.

The police, after believing that Thaniel wasn’t connected to the Clan na Gael bombing, want him to spy on Mori to see if he can uncover anything that may relate Mori and the bombing. Thaniel keeps insisting Mori isn’t involved, but the police are desperate to place the blame on him since the clockwork in the bomb was Mori’s handiwork.

Meanwhile, a woman named Grace is finishing up her studies at Oxford. There’s a lot of science descriptions with her introductory chapters that I admittedly don’t understand, but I guess the basic gist is that she’s studying ether and how it can be used to prove that clairvoyance is real. I’m sure you can see where this is going.

She and Thaniel eventually meet and end up agreeing to a mutually beneficial marriage so she can inherit a house with a basement she can use as a lab and he can have a new place to live. However, Mori doesn’t seem to like Grace, despite her attempts to befriend him. Eventually Grace becomes suspicious of Mori and believes he’s using Thaniel for something. She believes he’s trying to separate the two of them, and Thaniel continues to insist that Mori isn’t. Eventually the story revolves around Thaniel trying to prove that Mori is a good person with an unusual ability to see into the future, while the rest of the cast (and some people that knew Mori beforehand) insist otherwise.

The book definitely has an interesting premise, however the pacing made the entire experience feel extremely underwhelming. It built up very slowly, and honestly, I’m not even sure what it was building up to. I heard the book had a slow start and eventually got more exciting, but I couldn’t tell you when the turning point was. Despite my attempt at summarizing the book, I still don’t fully believe I could give a short description of what it was about. It was just about Thaniel and Mori, really, and their building relationship.

And that would be okay except the characters didn’t feel particularly strong. I don’t want to say they were bland, but they could have stood out more. There was plenty of dialogue, but unfortunately a lot of descriptions and narration took priority over character development (and plot advancement, unfortunately). Part of me feels like the author was trying to make the characters and their relationships subtle, which is fine, but I think they could have been written better.

At the end of the day, I don’t really know what to think of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. The cover is amazing. I’ll definitely say that. But unfortunately, I think it gave me the impression the book was going to be more like an adventure or something bigger than it actually was. Many reviews I’ve read say it’s like a steampunk Sherlock Holmes, but since the closest thing to Sherlock Holmes I’m familiar with is The Great Mouse Detective, I’m not really qualified to confirm that. 🙂 Many readers that are fans of him seem to really enjoy this book, while other readers shared similar opinions to me. It seems to be a love or hate novel. I still think there’s potential here, and I heard the author is going to write two more books based off these characters. I’m intrigued enough to look at her next book when it comes out, but I hope it’s cleaned up a little better than this one.

Anyway, give it a read if you’re interested. Just tread cautiously. Maybe borrow it or read a couple of chapters first before spending $25 on a hardcover copy.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great week! 🙂


Info for my edition of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street:

  • Published 2015 Bloomsbury USA
  • Hardcover, 318 pages
  • ISBN 978-1-62040-833-9

Let’s Talk Books — Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Warning: Spoilers!

Last fall, when my computer was broken for about a month, I ended up watching a lot of Netflix on PS3. Something I finally gave a look was Orange Is the New Black.

And I loved it. ❤

I loved the variety of characters, I loved the drama, I loved the humor, I loved how each episode focused on someone’s past (a lot like Lost, another TV show I fell in love with about six years ago just as it was ending), and I loved just how into it I got. I don’t find myself really diving into much these days and fully getting lost in the magic, so I was very happy to find myself watching episode upon episode for hours and hours without losing interest. Seriously, I must have finished the three available seasons in about a week. That’s how much I liked it.

So naturally I noticed the little “based on the book” or however it was phrased during the intro credits. Naturally, I wanted to check it out. But then I found out it was a memoir and my interest faded. I still wanted to check it out at some point, just to see what it’s like compared to the show, but seeing as I’m not a big fan of nonfiction, biographies, and memoirs I was okay if I couldn’t get to it for a while.

I’d check to see if it was in my library whenever I went and a couple of visits ago, it was. I wasn’t really in the mood for a memoir and I wasn’t sure I was going to have time to read it before finishing the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books, but seeing as this was the first time I even saw it in during the several months of checking I didn’t want the opportunity to go to waste.

As I mentioned, I’m not a fan of this genre of literature. I’m going to have a bias. But as I said in my Dirty Daddy review, I’m trying to branch out into new types of books I wouldn’t normally try. I’m more or less trying to update my opinion of nonficiton, seeing as I’ve avoided it for so long. So I gave Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison a shot, hoping I would at least have my love of the show to keep me interested.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really like the book too much. Which is a shame because as far as biographies go, this one was probably the best written of the ones I’ve read. It wasn’t amazing or anything like that, but I could tell this was a step above the standard celebrity autobiographies with large print and rushed sentences.

The thing that actually bothered me about this book was… well, the narrator, Piper Kerman. And I don’t necessarily intend for that to sound meanspirited, but seeing as the majority of other reviews I’ve read also held this opinion, I’ve got to say it:

For someone that spent a year in prison, a lot of nice things happen to Piper. And it doesn’t make for a very interesting read.

If you’ve seen the show, then real life Piper is very similar. She comes from a family of wealth and privilege, she spent time traveling with real life Alex and got busted for an incident in Alex’s drug business, she’s living a happy life with her fiance Larry — things are more or less peachy until she finds out she needs to go to prison for her offense almost ten years ago.

And I’ll say right now, for both real life Piper and TV show Piper — I don’t think she should have been sent to prison. What happened was so long ago and small in the grand scheme of things that it felt irrelevant. Prolonging the actual case felt even more unnecessary and felt like it just rubbed salt in the wound.

But here’s where the show and book start to differ. In the show, Piper’s family wasn’t particularly supportive of her. The only really supportive people were Larry and their friend Paulie, and they both stopped being supportive pretty quickly. I may not be the biggest fan of Piper in the show, but at least there’s some interesting drama and a struggle we can see herself fighting against.

The book though… well, Piper’s got a ton of friends and family that remain super supportive of her throughout the entire book. And she lets you know that, and how grateful she is. A lot. Which is great and all for real life Piper, but… it doesn’t exactly make for an interesting story.

It also doesn’t help that most of the inmates she mentions in the book are also surprisingly supportive of her. With the exception of a couple of people, everyone sort of just… gets along. Yeah, even when Piper says she’s doing a year and someone else says she’s doing ten, there’s surprisingly no animosity or spite involved between these women. Which again, is great and all for real life Piper, but… it doesn’t exactly make for an interesting story.

Most chapters are basically little stories of things that happened during her stay. I think the book progresses in a fairly linear fashion, although sometimes I felt like the timeline jumped around a little. They’re all feel good stories, usually ending with Piper feeling blessed and grateful for the people in her life.

Which again, is great and all for real life Piper, but… it doesn’t exactly make for an interesting story.

Admittedly, this is one of my issues with memoirs. Everyone wants to tell their story, but sometimes those stories unfortunately don’t make for interesting reads. This is the kind of story that’s probably more interesting to hear in person at a gathering or something, not one you’d want to read 300 pages of.

But maybe you would. Like I said, I’m not really interested in this genre of literature.

I suppose the point of the book was to show what prison life was like, particularly for other inmates. I guess we were supposed to learn how these women try to manage themselves and their relationships while incarcerated. But… eh. I guess that’s there, too. But the focus is on Piper and how grateful she is that her prison experience wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

One thing I could recommend reading the book for is seeing where many of the characters and events from the TV show came from. With the exception of a few people, everyone’s name has been changed, but you can tell who’s who. If you’re a huge fan of the show and are curious enough to see how everything started, you might be able to get enough out of the book to warrant reading it. I mean, I didn’t. But you might.

I’m really disappointed I didn’t like this book more. I knew I wasn’t going to love it, and I knew it wasn’t going to be like the TV show, but it’s still unfortunate I ended up flat out disliking it. I don’t want to say this because as a memoir, it feels like an attack, but Piper didn’t present herself as a particularly sympathetic character. Going to prison must have been awful and terrifying, but when she constantly brings up the love, support, letters, and gifts her family, friends, and inmates give her, I can’t exactly feel bad for her. She didn’t make prison seem awful. The year she spent there seemed to be more of an inconvenience than punishment. And I can’t say she learned anything from the experience; I mean, she already knew what she did was wrong all those years ago and appreciated all the support from her family and friends before being sent to prison, so… sigh.

There was an interview with Piper at the end of my copy, but seeing as I rushed through this book in a few days so I could get it back to the library in time, as well as the fact that I just didn’t like it, I gave it a pass. There might be something worth reading in there that would give me a different outlook. But if the first 300 pages didn’t do much for me, I don’t think the last handful would have changed my mind.

I just feel bad for the unsuspecting person that finds this in the bookstore and buys it hoping it’s the novelization of the show or something. Especially since there are now copies with the cast of the show on the cover. I always hate when books do this; making copies of the cover with the actors from the movie or TV show adaptation in an attempt to make the book more appealing to potential customers. I mean, I get why they do it. But I still hate it.

It doesn’t help that the copy I read had everyone on the cover represented at some point during the book except for my favorite character, Nikki (at least I’m pretty confident she wasn’t; I feel like I would have identified her if she had been). I wasn’t expecting even half these characters to originate from the book in the first place, but seeing that everyone was except my favorite character… I don’t know, man. Just one last selfish thing that annoyed me about the book. :p

… Bring back Nikki in season 4, please. ❤


Info for my edition of Orange Is the New Black:

  • Published 2013 by Little, Brown Book Group
  • Paperback, 344 pages
  • ISBN 9780349139869

Let’s Talk Books — Library of Souls

Warning: Spoilers!

Well here’s the last book of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. If you haven’t read my reviews of the first two books, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children  and Hollow City, you may want to take a look at them before reading this one. Library of Souls picks up right where the last book left off, as will this review!

So at the end of Hollow City there was a pretty awesome series of events that led up to a cliffhanger I was incredibly impressed with. Even though I give a spoiler warning at the beginning of each review, I still felt like I had to spare spoiling what happened because it was probably the most exciting reveal in the series.

That was for Hollow City, though. Chances are you’ve read it if you’re reading a review for the next book. And since a huge portion of this book deals with this reveal, I’ve got to come clean with the spoiler.

Jacob can control hollows.

After finishing this series a week ago and giving myself some distance, it doesn’t exactly seem so impressive that I needed to hide it. But within the context of the story, it’s really, really cool. For two whole books we’ve been led to believe that the hollows are these mindless, terrifying monsters that only act on the behalf of the bad guys. And now Jacob’s abilities have evolved again, and he can share a mental bond with them. I don’t know, I think that’s really, really cool and fun and probably why this book was the most entertaining of the three.

Anyway, Hollow City left off with the bird the children had been carrying around all this time revealing itself to be not Miss Peregrine, but Caul, Miss Peregrine’s brother and leader of the wights. Most of the children and Miss Wren were taken away by wights, Addison (the amazing dog with goggles and pipe) arrives out of nowhere to save Jacob and Emma, and the book ends with a hollow cornering them only to reveal that it can understand and obey Jacob.

Jacob uses his newfound ability to have the hollow help them escape the wights. They eventually decide to try rushing into the wights’ home base directly to save their friends. It’s located in a lawless loop called Devil’s Acre, where peculiars are used and traded like prostitutes, a drug called ambrosia is used to temporarily enhance a person’s abilities and strength before leaving them addicted and craving more, and where most people basically live an oppressed, decaying lifestyle.

To get there, Jacob, Emma, and Addison enlist the help of a mysterious man called Sharon. He runs a small boat tour, but after discovering his relationship to the peculiar world, Jacob convinces him to take them to Devil’s Acre. He guides them deep into the loop and eventually teams up with them to find a way inside the wights’ fortress. After some searching, they arrive at the home of Bentham, Miss Peregrine’s other brother. Bentham lives in a particularly wealthy estate and has created a machine called the Panloopticon, which connects his loop to other loops throughout the world, including the one inside the wights’ fortress. However, it needs a hollow to work (still not sure why, to be honest). And while Jacob’s hollow has been tailing them this whole time, the residents of Devil’s Acre have captured it. It’s being held at this kind of underground gladiator-style ring where participants take ambrosia to try fighting the hollow as long as they can.

Jacob enters but refuses to take the drug. Instead, he mentally connects with the hollow and the two sort of stage a fight that’s supposed to be convincing enough not to raise suspicion. Unfortunately, Jacob hadn’t counted on a kid clean of ambrosia taking out a hollow was already suspicious enough, and they run into some trouble sneaking the hollow out. But they do, and they take it back to Bentham’s. He gets his machine working again, and Jacob and Emma sneak into the wights’ fortress.

Jacob and Emma eventually find their friends and after almost two books, finally reunite with Miss Peregrine. They escape back to Bentham’s, but Miss Peregrine is angry with him for creating hollows and wights in the first place, as well as tampering with Jacob’s grandfather’s soul, which caused him to lose his powers, encouraging his decision to leave pecuiliardom.

Perhaps it’s because of Miss Peregrine’s adamant decision to stay mad at Bentham even though he’s been trying to right his wrongs, but Bentham double-crosses Jacob and his friends and turns them over to Caul. With the Panloopticon working again, Caul takes Jacob, Emma, Miss Peregrine, and Bentham to the Library of Souls, a place where peculiar powers are stored in jars that no one can see except for those with the ability to do so.

I wonder who that could be.


It’s Jacob.


Anyway, Jacob is forced to lead Caul down into the deepest parts of the Library until he finds the most extravagant power. When he does find it, he turns into a very boring, giant monster kind of thing you’d expect the villain from an animated Disney film to transform into at the end of the movie. And like said villains, Caul only lasts about five minutes in this form before he’s defeated.

Bentham, still wanting to redeem himself, takes some powers into himself and also transforms, leaving Jacob and the others to escape while the two monstrous brothers duke it out. Miss Peregrine and the other ymbrynes collapse the loop, destroying Caul and Bentham in the process.

With peculiardom saved, Jacob now needs to make the decision he’s been avoiding for the whole series (even though he already made it at the end of the first book): is he going to stay with Emma in the pecuilar world or go back home? Jacob still acts pretty wishy-washy about the whole situation, and in the end he and Emma sort of settle on being friends for now and to write each other letters until Jacob grows up a little.

When Jacob reunites with his parents, they’re extremely pissed that he’s been missing for so long. I kind of forget what exactly happens here, to be honest. With Jacob completely refusing to make up his mind about anything throughout the entire series, I don’t remember if Jacob tells his parents the truth about what happened (with Miss Peregrine and Emma backing him up) or if Miss Peregrine erases his parents’ memories of the whole thing and Jacob just continues his charade of being confused and depressed because of his grandfather’s passing, and he made up the peculiar stuff and they were all just imaginary friends.

Either way, he still gets letters from Emma until his parents intercept them and even go so far as to stop having the mail delivered to their home. Thinking that Jacob made up an imaginary girlfriend and is writing letters to himself, his parents decide to send him to some kind of treatment center. As they’re pulling out of the driveway, however, Emma, the peculiar children, and Miss Peregrine all miraculously show up and show off for Jacob’s parents, who are left speechless. Honestly, this whole final scene reminds me a lot of the James and the Giant Peach movie towards the end, when all the bugs come down and surprise the two evil aunts and give them their comeuppance.

If that wasn’t convenient enough, everyone’s internal clocks were reset when the loop holding the Library collapsed. Now Emma and everyone else will start living one day at a time, aging normally. She and Jacob can finally be together. Yay. ❤

Unfortunately, there’s not much more I can say about this book that I haven’t said about the previous two. It’s unfortunate that the peculiar children started developing more in Hollow City but are effectively missing throughout most of this book. It’s Jacob, Emma, and the new characters for most of this ride. Emma still remains awesome and has the most realistic personality of the bunch, and Jacob still remains as boring and main hero-ish as he ever was. The new characters were pretty interesting, too. I wouldn’t call Sharon or Bentham too complex, but they had more layers to them than most of the other characters in the series, and I appreciated that. Especially Bentham —  I guess you could argue whether or not he was a villain. He seemed pretty torn and ultimately just wanted to right his mistakes, even if it meant betraying people.

Complexity is something I wish Caul had more of. He was introduced at the very end of Hollow City, so I can’t exactly blame him if being evil was his only thing. But he pretty much remains the bad guy for the sake of being the bad guy throughout Library of Souls, and I guess I was hoping we’d get to know him a little better. At the end of the day, this is a YA fantasy series. It’s going to boil down between good vs. evil. But still, I like complexity in literary characters. I wish the main bad guy of the series was layered a little more, just how I wish Jacob was, too.

Overall, though, this was a pretty fun series. I really had a great time reading through these three books. And it was nice reading a trilogy that hasn’t been totally hyped up by Barnes and Noble, a film adaptation (although one is already planned), and tons of merchandise flooding Hot Topic. Yet.

That being said, I felt like it fell short just enough to prevent me from really loving it. I think because at the end of the day, it’s a pretty standard adventure/fantasy/coming of age teen series that plays it safe when I wish it had taken more risks. I’ve already mentioned I wished there were more developed characters, but other things just felt off, too. For example, in the first book there were some parts of the story that seemed like Miss Peregrine was hiding some dark secrets about herself and seemed like she was tricking the peculiars into staying within the loop. And I guess you can ultimately say it was because of the threat the wights posed, but I don’t know. I was kind of led to believe she had a darker side and was disappointed this wasn’t really brought up again in the other two books.

The one peculiar, Enoch, was such a prick throughout the entire ride I’m still honestly shocked he didn’t betray anyone. Which makes me think how much more interesting the children would have been if there were some bigger arguments that led to either temporary or permanent separation. Maybe have Enoch join the wights. Maybe have one of the wights join up with the peculiars, either voluntarily or as a hostage.

I also had a beef with chapter length. I’ve bitched about this before and I’ll bitch about it again, but I don’t like long chapters. It’s not always easy to find a good breaking point if I need to stop in the middle of a long chapter to go to work or take a break or something. I’d rather have a bunch of smaller chapters that felt like they ended at good points in the story. So when Library of Souls is giving me chapters that last 40, even 50+ pages, it gets a little discouraging when I need to stop at an inconvenient location to do something else.

My personal issue with chapter length aside, I also think too much happens in each chapter for events to stand out as much as they could. Each chapter can take you through multiple locations, significant events, and character interactions that ultimately blend in too much simply because too much happens in one chapter. Thinking back, this may have contributed to why I had a difficult time remembering specific events in Hollow City. Each chapter could have easily been split up into two or three, and I think those events would have left more of an impression if they had. This chapter length issue is admittedly something I’ve had a little problem with since the first book, but I hate bringing it up because I feel like a whiny baby. But it got worse with each book, especially this one, and I thought I should just go ahead and bring it up for anyone that can only read a little at a time or has to squeeze reading into a tight schedule.

The photographs also continued to seem unnecessary. I still admire that Ransom Riggs wanted to blend a narrative with photos and I still think there’s a lot of potential there, but they still feel forced at many points in the story. There were some more interesting ones than the photos in Hollow City, mostly the pictures of people, but they still felt unneeded at many parts throughout the series.

Don’t get me wrong, I think the series was good and fun to read. I just… I don’t know. I guess I couldn’t help but think of other possible opportunities to improve the series as I was reading it. It really was fun, but if you’re interested in getting into the series yourself, maybe consider borrowing the first one from the library or a friend to get a feel if you’d like to go out and buy the books. I still think it’s worth the read, just maybe not worth the price of three hardcover copies.

Anyway, sorry this post took a little longer to get out. I hope you enjoyed reading it, and have a great weekend! 🙂


Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)

Info for my edition of Library of Souls:

  • Published 2015 by Quirk Books
  • Hardcover, 458 pages
  • ISBN 978-1-59474-758-8