As proud as we are here at galaxioncomics.com to know that all you readers are fans of webcomics, we know that you crave other forms of entertainment as well. You need to curl up with a good novel (or even non-fiction!) now and again! (And then go back to reading the comics. That goes without saying.)
So to help you find something good to read, the Galaxion readership has come together to share their list of books they recommend. This list is constantly growing, so please contribute any good books you’ve read and think your fellow Galaxion fans would enjoy!
- The Eye of the World (and subsequent books, including the most recent Gathering Storm) by Robert Jordan
- Earth to Hell (part of the Dark Heavens series) by Kylie Chan
- Ombria in Shadow by Patricia McKillip
- Children of Chaos series by John C. Wright
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman
- The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
- Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary ed. by Carol Serling
- Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks (it’s been so long since I read these!)
- The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton
- Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
- Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
- Graceling and its sequel Fire by Kristin Cashore
- Stravaganza series by Mary Hoffman (begin with City of Masks)
- Have Spacesuit, Will Travel by Robert Heinlein
- Stardance by Spider and Jeanne Robinson
- Commonwealth Saga (begin with Pandora’s Star) or Night’s Dawn Trilogy (begin with Reality Dysfunction) by Peter F. Hamilton
- Jhereg by Steven Brust
- Dresden Files (begin with Storm Front) or Codex Alera (begin with Furies of Calderon) by Jim Butcher
- Mortal Engines by Philip Reeves
- The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Momo by Michael Ende
- Sursis pour l’orchestre by Fania Fenelon (I think the English translation is titled Playing for Time?)
- The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space by Gerard K. O’Neill
- Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (and also, his earlier Thursday Next series by Fforde– begin with The Eyre Affair)
We promised our son that he would get to be a Dalek for Halloween, and here is the final result! His verdict: an awesome costume to rival last year’s Ghostbusters uniform (which was a big success all around).
When his heart first became set on this notion, I tried to caution him about a Dalek’s traditional… limitations. He insisted he’d be fine, so we forged ahead, collecting cardboard and styrofoam balls and spray paint. But sure enough, when the day came to put the costume through its paces (Friday’s Halloween parade at school), he discovered what most of us have known for a long time– Daleks really can’t go up and down stairs. Yes, it’s a shame we weren’t able to build one of those newfangled Daleks with the hover option!
There were only a handful of people at his school who had ever watched Doctor Who, and were able to identify what he was dressed up as. At least one person asked if he was supposed to be a cheese grater. But those who knew were suitably impressed. During our trick-or-treating trip around the neighborhood he garnered a lot of puzzled looks from people who obviously don’t appreciate good TV series, but there were enough people who did murmur “Doctor Who!” or “Dalek!” as we passed to make us all feel good about our efforts. One lady who was handing out candy did a double take and almost screamed in delight, announced she was a huge Doctor Who fan, and then genuflected (seriously!) at us for bringing the delightful nerdy goodness to her Halloween evening.
I had to assist him at all the houses that had stairs leading up to the front door (“Trick or treat! I’m holding this bag here for my son the Dalek, down there, who can’t negotiate your stairs. Happy Halloween!”). There are lots of these in our neighborhood. He had to move at a much slower pace than his typical racing-to-the-next-house marathon, and a few bits fell off along the way, but he still came home with an enormous bag of loot. I’d say it was a successful night.