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Weekend Recommendations: Books & CDs

Each weekend,’s staff of whackos will wrack our brains to give you interesting and new things to do over the weekend. Books, movies, whatever. We’ll throw them out, you do with them what you will. Incidentally, we’ve provided links where we can for you to buy the stuff or find out more if you’re interested, courtesy of those Amazon types.

Hey, come on, we can’t be totally selfless in this, can we? Okay, books and music first…

Book of the Week: Mirrormask: The Illustrated Film Script by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean. I know we can’t stop from talking about this film, but you’re just going to have to get over it. This Gaiman/McKean collaboration brought to full-on life is amazing, and this script book is flat out necessary. It includes the full script (including the deleted bits) along with storyboards, scads of McKean artwork, correspondence between Gaiman and McKean where they were working up the story, a short essay of each of them talking about the other, and the lyrics to “If I Apologised,” the kickass song that ends the movie. This is from William Morrow. Would you see the damn movie already? (Buy it)

Audiobook of the Week: Fishing on the Edge by Mike Iaconelli, Andrew Kamenetzky & Brian Kamenetzky, read by Iaconelli. I’m not a big fan of fishing. I know that some people find a zen-like quality in it, but it’s just not my thing. It seems simpler to drive to Publix and pick up something, you know? Also, there’s that Dave Barry quote about how there’s a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot. All that to say, there would be seemingly no way for me to find such a book as entertaining as I did. Iaconelli is what we refer to as “quite the character,” and he reads his own book here in this Random House release. (Buy it)

CD of the Week: Vol. 5: Anatomic by Afro Celt Sound System. It’s hard not to like this band. Their job is combining all the best bits of world music–and not just trying out a particular feel or style from an area of the world, but throwing them all into a tasty ass-moving gumbo. Each of their releases has built on the last and their fifth one, hitting from Real World Records, is no exception. If you doubt, grab tracks like “When I Still Needed You” and “Sene” and listen for yourself. Great background music to work by. (Buy it)

Magazine of the Week: Alter Ego #52. TwoMorrows presents the latest issue of Roy Thomas’ fanzine and it’s nearly a hundred pages of Silver and Golden Age comic goodness. The main bit is a huge (almost thirty pages) interview with Joe Giella, DC inker extraordinaire and newspaper strip artist. There’s also interviews with artists Jay Scott Pike and Martin Thall, another section of Michael Gilbert’s remembrance of the late, great Will Eisner, and more. If you enjoy the classics, then you’re only hurting yourself if you don’t grab this. (Buy it)