Five new release picks for Tuesday, August 24

The media of today is hard to keep up with -- it comes from so many directions and in so many forms that it's next to impossible to keep track of your favorite artists, let alone new ones. Because we're devoted to your convenience, we're going to pick five things each week that rise above the pale, that have some distinction, that, ultimately, we think are worthy of your notice. Feel free to sound off on anything you plan on picking up on release day in the comments.

5. Comedy in a Minor Key by Hans Keilson, translated by Damion Searls We had the chance to glimpse a bit of this one last summer, and we can say with certainty that Keison's 1947 debut novel packs a hell of a punch -- and this is your first chance to read it in English. Comedy in a Minor Key runs in line with a long tradition of dark-World War II-comedy, and trust us: this is a book worth reading. Searls distinctive translation technique captures Keilson's unique style and wry humor while updating it accordingly.

4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #3) The Hunger Games series has quickly become a very popular young adult trilogy, and the final release in the series is sure to stir the plot once more. As it goes, post apocalyptic life isn't as good as we'd hoped for, and Collins' Running Man-esque universe is no different. With reality shows taking over, District 12 crumbling and President Snow declaring no one safe, things aren't looking good for Katniss. Will she survive again? Will the Capitol shut her down? While we've no idea how it will play out, we're certainly excited to see it happen.

3. Shank (PSN, Xbox Live) Downloadable games have been making the usually boring summer months worthwhile for gamers, and Shank is no different. Taking influence from the likes of old beat-em-ups and adding an overlay of great art design and violence, you'll find yourself in a rousing action title. For $15 you'll get all the fun and excitement of a major release for a third of the cost.

2. Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec by Jacques Tardi If we told you this was an adventure story taking place in World War I Paris involving a revived pterodactyl, would you be interested in reading it? What if we mentioned a demon from the depths of hell? What if we mentioned that all these things coalesce into climax that takes place atop the Eiffel Tower? Fun, adventure, excitement and pterodactyls? Count us in. We're pretty sure this is the first time this has been translated reliably in English, and for that, we're thankful.

1. Lost box set Whether you somehow managed to miss Lost or the series left you in a perpetual state of confusion, now is your chance to figure out what the hell was actually going on. You've been able to pick up individual seasons for a while, but this marks the first time you can snag the whole series in one shelf-friendly box set.

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