Thumbs up for Fables Volumes I and II by Bill Willingham. Graphic novel/fantasy.
These are quite good, but after reading xkcd, Girl Genius, Steinbeck, John Sandford, and Mary Roach, and watching the most recent seasons of Doctor Who, “quite good” is not good enough for me right now. I would, however, happily recommend them to someone who just wanted something clever to read, but was not coming off an endorphin high of “great.”… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Zombie Fairy Vol. I by Daisuke Torii. Manga.
My ex thought I would be amused by this. He is correct. It is utterly silly – the kind of thing where the ninja-fairy shouts out the names of her attacks as she uses them. How can you not chuckle at a manga in which there is a chapter entitled: “Bizarre!… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers. Fantasy.
When I first started this book I was so happy: finally, a well-written and exciting steampunk classic! But then it went on…and on…and on. It was never bad. Powers is a good writer, and a smart guy. I am deeply impressed by the way he weaves the various time streams together.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Fantasy.
This was recommended to me by someone whose taste I trust, as, firstly, a vampire book for someone who didn’t like vampire books, and, secondly, a Robin McKinley book for someone who didn’t like Robin McKinley (I’d read one of her books once and hated it. And no, it was not Deerskin).… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Green Lantern: Secret Origin by Geoff Johns. Graphic novel.
I’ve read chunks of Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern before, and some of this ground had been covered via flashbacks, but this was still a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the various plot lines that twine through the series.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Fantasy.
This is a book that raises a quandary. It is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. Each line is like poetry and there are a dozen passages I want to copy out to savor again and again. But it is also one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Good Neighbors: Kin by Holly Black.
Interesting (and short) enough to finish, but not interesting enough that I want to read the second volume to find out what happens. So, meh.
“Don’t be total clowns. You saw the vines catch her. This is the part in the movie where that guy says, ‘Zombies?
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Thumbs up for White Cat by Holly Black. Young adult fantasy.
Holly Black’s Tithe and Ironside are two of my favorite fantasies, which outweighed my hatred of novels written in the present tense just enough that I thought I would give White Cat at the very least a half-assed try. Well, on p45, after a slightly slow start, things started taking off and I whizzed through the rest.… >> Read more