Stop raking those leaves for a little while, fix yourself a snack, and catch up with what our editors liked best this week. Our usual inspired mix of reviews and commentary will entertain and educate.
From Music Editor Connie Phillips:
Brand new to Blogcritics, Rhys Williams jumped right in making his first article part of the on-going focus on the blues. Blues Bash Interview: No Questions Asked, They Are The Answer! is a wonderful up-close look into the band and the music they make.
DJRadiohead's review of Leigh Nash - Blue on Blue incorporates his review with a fantastic account of how the album grew on him over time.
Eric Berlin examines every aspect of this expansive release in his review of The Doors - Perception (6 CD/6 DVD Box Set), bringing back a few memories and persuading me to consider a purchase.
From Asst. Music Editor A.L. Harper:
Big Geez continues our musical education, this time with a history of some of the most famous and talented songbirds.
Assistant Music Editor DJRadiohead lets the voices in his head change his opinion of Leigh Nash's solo album Blue On Blue.
From Books Editor Natalie Bennett:
There's dedication, then there's real dedication, and that's what Ian Woolstencroft shows in Ian's Cornucopia of Comics, a monthly round-up of not only what's new in comics, but what is on the way. I hate to think what the bill for this extensive collection must be, but Ian buys all of these - the good, the bad and the plain old-hat - so he can tell others what are musts and what can be left on the shelf. If you know a comics fan who doesn't read it now, send them Ian's way.
For something complete different, check out Karen DeGroot Carter's review of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun. There have been so many awful genocidal disasters since then that Biafra - the first to occur in the age of instant international news - has almost disappeared from memory, but as Karen says, it is both a particular story and a general story - how humans survive and remain human, and humane, in the face of the worst their race can do to its own.