Toxic Planet, by David Ratté

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

isbn: 9780759529281

This book, which is a collection of one page short stories and gags, is visually stunning and totally hilarious. The art style is fresh and sharp and the work that has to be done by physical acting (since everyone is wearing a gas mask) is really well done. Although some of the strips are more disjointed than others, together they make a lovely portrait of a world gone totally gross.


Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre

isbn: 9780007284870

This book is not yet available in Canada, which is a shame since I so rarely have excellent non-fiction books to recommend to customers. This is an awesome book about the failings of typical medical reporting and the quacks people have to deal with when it comes to demystifying health care. It can be such a scary and misunderstood topic, and he makes it all make sense. Goldacre is funny, friendly and clever, and really shows how important it is to understand what you are reading before you turn it into front page news.

If you are not in England right now and you want a taste of it, try his blog, which is a reprinting of his
column from The Guardian.