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(Really cool Batgirl sketch by Gregg Schigiel from SDCC 2011.)

Summer doesn't officially end until September 23rd (which, by the way, is the day before Detroit Fanfare starts, so get your tickets now.) That leaves time for some last-minute book recommendations to close out our summer reading list series.

Our first book rec is from Stacey of Comic Racks, which has sadly stopped updating since losing their libsyn account. (Never fear, soon we will be hosting their archived shows here at Geektress.)

If I could recommend you read one book in your entire lifetime, I'd suggest it be "I, Lucifer" by Glen Duncan. It's the story of a depressed, nigh-on suicidal author who becomes the human vessel for Satan. That's right, God has decided to gice Lucifer a second chance; he can rejoin his celestial buddies back in Heaven if he can manage one month on Earth without committing a sin.

Although Duncan's style can take a little getting used to, he does an amazing job of telling the tale of Satan's exploits on Earth, with wit, humour, intellect and style. I absolutely love it!

And our last recommendation is from our friend Michelle Doll, who has posted on the site before, and who makes delicious pastries for a living (so maybe she'll send us a recipe for our Sweets contest!) (Look, she made a giant Reese's Cup cake.)

kissingmanhat.jpg Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler

Kissing in Manhattan is a perfect book for a summer transitioning to fall. This book follows a number of characters through gothic Manhattan, searching for love, sex and meaning. It's often times hilarious and romantic against the backdrop of an apartment building called The Preemption, common to many of the characters. Schickler does an amazing job of capturing the Manhattan we all want: dark and gritty with wet sidewalks glittering under the flicker of vintage street lamps. It feels at once strange, magical and fun. He deftly intertwines the story lines between characters keeping the pace of the book up and interest piqued. I read this book years ago and forgot how naughty it was. Enjoy : )

Thanks to everyone who sent us a list of book recommendations. I hope everyone found something this summer that became a new favorite.

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