His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars.
It seems that this is the kind of book that people either love or fucking hate, at least judging by the reviews floating around online.
I’d had it on my to-read list for quite some time – I remember being interested when it was published, but wanted to give the fanfare a bit of time to die down – and I’m glad I did, as I went in with no real expectations.
Paranoia Star by Suehiro Maruo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Ero-guro or Edgelord: The Manga? YOU DECIDE!
That, in essence, covers the realm in which Suehiro Maruo works. His stock-in-trade is beautiful violence and sexualised despair, presented in a manner that borrows from older German and Japanese art.
I mean, not this bit.
He presents abhorrent content in a lovingly-rendered format that would, in the hands of a lesser-skilled artist, be probably considered little more than pornography. (more…)