How is September over already? Between celebrating my birthday, an unexpected visit from out-of-town family, an upper respiratory infection that wouldn’t die, plus my usual business goals, last month was a whirlwind. I can’t believe it’s time for another set of Tell Me a Story recommendations already.
I didn’t get to enjoy as many stories as I would’ve preferred, but I did manage to stumble across a few titles in September that I absolutely loved.
Here are my story recommendations for September:
I didn’t know anything about this Amazon Prime original comic book adaptation going into it, but I love a good super hero story, so I thought I’d give it a shot.
The Tick is technically a satire of comic book stories, but it’s so good that I’d argue it actually elevates the genre, at least as far as TV adaptations go. Every character is well-thought-out and superbly acted, and the storylines, relationships, and character development are tight and will hold your interest from start to finish.
On top of all that, The Tick is hilarious and absurd in the best possible way. What other series has a homosexual, sentient boat for a breakout character? It was the most fun I’ve had with a TV show in a long time. As the Tick himself might say, “It’s nigh perfection!”
The Tick is a quick two seasons, and although it’s now been cancelled, the series finale wraps things up pretty nicely, so you don’t have to worry about being left with a frustrating cliffhanger for a series ender.
If you like laughter, love, friendship, weirdos, dancing, sassy gay boats, talking dogs, singing lobsters, and spoons, definitely check it out!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Okay, this is technically cheating because I already read this book a few years ago for a course on adolescent literature. But I recently stumbled across a copy at my neighborhood bookstore and just had to snatch it up and read it again.
What a treasure of a book, and honestly it’s the perfect slightly spooky read for this time of year.
The Graveyard Book is a coming of age story about Nobody “Bod” Owens, a boy who is raised by the inhabitants of, you guessed it, a graveyard after his parents’ grisly murder leaves him orphaned and alone. Gaiman was heavily influenced by The Jungle Book when writing this, and it’s certainly comparable to that classic (although thankfully lacking any of Kipling’s racist views).
The Graveyard Book is by turns funny, scary, and heartwarming, though always clever in true Gaiman fashion, and if you’re not crying by the end, you’re as dead on the inside as Bod’s adoptive family is on the outside.
The Thing About Pam
As soon as I heard that Dateline NBC was producing a podcast voiced by Keith Morrison, I was in. Excuse me, but Keith Morrison hosting a podcast? What did I do to deserve such a gift in my life?
The Thing About Pam is a six episode true crime podcast from the Dateline crew and He Who Leans that details one of the weirdest stories I’ve ever heard.
According to the website, “Two days after Christmas, 2011, Russ Faria came home from game night to find his wife, Betsy, dead. Betsy’s brutal murder set off a chain of events that would leave one man dead, another man implicated, and expose a diabolical scheme. It would also see Dateline NBC—the true-crime original—become a part of the never-ending saga that proves the old adage: Truth is stranger than fiction.”
If you’re a Dateline fan, you can’t afford to miss this one. Listen for free here or wherever you get your podcasts.
That’s about it for September. Hopefully I’ll have time to get into even more stories this month.
In the meantime, I want to hear about your story recommendations! What titles are you geeking out about right now? Tell me what I should be reading, watching, or listening to in the comments.