Patrick Loehr was at this year’s Denver ComicFest. A really nice guy even asked about our Edible Raven T-shirts. My sister got a book of his illustrat...morePatrick Loehr was at this year’s Denver ComicFest. A really nice guy even asked about our Edible Raven T-shirts. My sister got a book of his illustrations and I got his children’s book, Mucumber McGee and the Lunch Lady’s Liver. I will confess I got it because of the back cover design with the upside down black umbrellas and the raven perched in the tree. The story is about Mucumber McGee arriving late for lunch and the only thing left is the mysterious lunch lady’s liver dish. It’s a very cute tale with great illustrations.(less)
If the Shroud of Turin was stolen I think it is quite obvious on who you would call to get it back. That’s right, Harry Dresden – Wizard. A representa...moreIf the Shroud of Turin was stolen I think it is quite obvious on who you would call to get it back. That’s right, Harry Dresden – Wizard. A representative from the Vatican, Father Vincent, contacts Dresden to help them locate the stolen Shroud of Turin, which they believe, has been taken to Chicago. Could this be related to the headless and mutilated corpses that he has been asked by the SI detectives to help identify? And who or should I say what is also after the Shroud and appears to want Dresden dead?
Then if that is not enough to deal with, there is also that pesky little duel to the death with the Red Court Vampire Duke to end the war between the vampires and wizards. Oh, I should also probably mention that Harry's ex-girlfriend and the new man in her life show up on his doorstep. In other words just the typical non-stop action adventure can’t put down Dresden File book.
I just love the Harry Dresden character. Probably because I too have the attitude that it doesn’t matter how bad, dark and bleak it gets...it can always get worse. On to book 6.(less)
With the Adversary defeated the Fables can now freely choose where and how they want to live their new peaceful lives. Yeah right, think again. The wa...moreWith the Adversary defeated the Fables can now freely choose where and how they want to live their new peaceful lives. Yeah right, think again. The war had left the homelands in ruins and through the pillaging a new evil force has been released. This new villain makes the Adversary look like a fuzzy bunny. Supernatural and paranormal powers always trump those of magical wooden soldiers. It looks like it could get very grim for the Fables and us mundanes.
I found this one on the aftermath of the war far more brutal than volume 11 on the war itself. A very harsh storyline with Boy Blue and then with Kay cutting his eyes out. Both gave me the heebie jeebies.(less)
Let me start out by saying I am the writer of these stories thus perhaps a little prejudice with the 5-star rating.
I definitely feel I was influenced...moreLet me start out by saying I am the writer of these stories thus perhaps a little prejudice with the 5-star rating.
I definitely feel I was influenced by Edward Gorey’s Doubtful Guest in writing the short, nonsense, possibly a bit on the odd side (okay maybe a lot on the odd side) tale of a curse’s visit to a town in The Curious Curse.
The Divine Library, a story written by one of the other voices in my head, Iris T. Catman, (the one that doesn’t talk to me in rhyme) is basically a short story about an interior designer allowed to run loose in a library. Decorators could find it more of a how-to book where true book lovers may view it more as a horror story.
Though I might be prejudice on the stories, I am not on the illustrations. Out of 5 stars, I give it 15 stars for eye-candy. Created by Pamela McCarville, they are amazing filled with lots of intricate nuances.
P.S. The Edible Raven is available through MagCloud, who is having a sale up to 25% off through 5/9, promo code MOM.(less)
n this volume we finally come to the battle between the Fables and the Adversary who took over their Homelands. There is no such thing as a fairy-tale...moren this volume we finally come to the battle between the Fables and the Adversary who took over their Homelands. There is no such thing as a fairy-tale war, and this is no exception. I enjoyed the story of Cinderella trying to rescue Pinocchio. I tell you she is one tough cookie. I think she and my favorite Wizard, Harry Dresden, could do some serious damage together.
The war is over, but another chapter is just beginning.
P.S. Loved the sketchbook and illustration gallery at the end, 5-star eye-candy(less)
Not a good time for our favorite wizard detective. His girl friend has left town to deal with an identity crisis, the Red Court of vampires wants his...moreNot a good time for our favorite wizard detective. His girl friend has left town to deal with an identity crisis, the Red Court of vampires wants his head, and the white council is all too eager to deliver it to them. Just when it seemed things could not get worse, the Winter Knight is murdered and the Winter Queen of Faerie comes to Dresden to figure out who-dun-it. As it turns out, you don’t really have a choice when a Queen of Faerie offers you a job, you take it. No pressure though. If Dresden can’t figure out who killed the knight, it only means his death. Oh, and did I mention he only had a couple of days to figure it out?
We have trolls, assassin ghouls, tree creatures, changelings and that is just in the Walmart parking lot. I really enjoyed this one with the two realms of the faerie world, Winter and Summer as well as the thought of these worlds being underneath our cities in subway tunnels or on hotel rooftops.(less)
Don’t hold me to it because perhaps I overlooked a demise of a Fable or two in the 228 pages, but this may be the first in the series where we don’t f...moreDon’t hold me to it because perhaps I overlooked a demise of a Fable or two in the 228 pages, but this may be the first in the series where we don’t flat wipe out 20 of them during the duration of the graphic novel. The story centers around Flycatcher, the janitor prince, regaining his memory of the execution of his family. With the assistance of the Forsworn Knight and other Fable Ghosts, Flycatcher makes his way back into the Homelands where he must defeat the Adversaries forces in order to create a sanctuary for the Fables and provide a strategic advantage for Fabletown in the upcoming war.
I enjoyed this volume because he was a good prince. It was nice for once to wear rose color glasses and live in a world for awhile where peaceful happy endings existed. Sometimes you just need that.(less)
This volume contains several stories as the Fables face an inevitable war against the Adversary. The Adversary, who is still keeping his identity hidd...moreThis volume contains several stories as the Fables face an inevitable war against the Adversary. The Adversary, who is still keeping his identity hidden from masses of the Homeland, calls a meeting with his highest-ranking officials to plan the best strategy to not only defeat the Fables but also the mundane along with them. We also learn the back-story of Hansel and Gretel. Let’s just say not the sibling love that we are use to in other stories.
Another main story is Bigby and Snow taking the cubs to celebrate Christmas with Grandpa North Wind. Then at the end there are a handful of short humorous stories answering burning questions up to this point. As with all the past volumes, 5 out of 5 stars for the illustrations. (less)
After the first two books I was like there is absolutely no way that Jim Butcher can put poor our poor wizard, Harry Dresden, through anymore abuse an...moreAfter the first two books I was like there is absolutely no way that Jim Butcher can put poor our poor wizard, Harry Dresden, through anymore abuse and near death experiences without, well, just killing him. Needless to say, I was wrong. I am not sure we even make it through a dozen pages before ghosts start hurtling the wizard through the air into a fiery inferno. Good stuff.
In Grave Peril, ghosts are haunting amok in Chicago. But what has the supernatural world in such a dangerous tizzy? And why does it seem like Harry’s friends are their targets? Who or what is behind opening the door between our world and the nevernever and torturing the spirits? Dresden has never encountered this sort of paranormal activity in all his years of sleuthing, but unless he can figure it out, this nightmare will literally consume him. Oh, did I mention there were also vampires? Because yes, lots and lots and lots of vampires.
To say this mystery is a fast-paced thrilling adventure would be a grave understatement.(less)
I saw a write-up on Lemony Snicket that likened him to Edward Gorey, my all-time favorite author, so I decided to check out one of Mr. Snicket’s Serie...moreI saw a write-up on Lemony Snicket that likened him to Edward Gorey, my all-time favorite author, so I decided to check out one of Mr. Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.
I feel I must first point out where there were a series of unfortunate events in this story; there were no unfortunate demises of children unlike the 26 in The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. However, even though I did not find Mr. Snicket’s style at all like Edward Gorey’s, I still highly enjoyed his book and sense of humor.
Of course when starting a series it makes sense to start with Book 1, but as we know, I rarely make sense, thus I started with Book 9, The Carnivorous Carnival. The serious of unfortunate events are those experienced by the Baudelaire orphans told by Lemony Snicket who has been researching and recording their ill-fated and disastrous lives. This particular archive of the children’s saga finds them at a run down carnival trying to keep hidden from their arch enemy Count Olaf and his misfit troupe while trying to find out the secrets of Madame Lulu’s crystal ball while also trying to avoid a pit of annoyed and starving lions.
I’m hooked. But, I would though recommend starting with book 1. Obviously I was able to follow along with no problem as Mr. Snicket does an excellent job with getting you up to speed with the unfortunate events to this point, but in doing so, I know the suspense won’t be quite as great when I go back and read the previous 8 books. Oh, and if you don’t like books that end on a HUGE cliff hanger, then this one might not be the one for you.(less)
I was so excited when I saw that there was a new Hellboy volume out and I was not disappointed. The story starts out with the Giants of London awakeni...moreI was so excited when I saw that there was a new Hellboy volume out and I was not disappointed. The story starts out with the Giants of London awakening followed by the Queen of Blood, who of course wants to destroy all humanity. We see how past characters and mythology start to tie together and then Mignola adds in a King Arthur twist that was most excellent. Can’t wait until volume 10.
P.S. Also enjoyed the Duncan Fegredo gallery at the end of the book and his “Wow, gorgeous...Why?”(less)
In Volume Two, Hatter M – Mad with Wonder, we continue to follow Hatter Madigan’s search for the princess of Wonderland, Alyss. This time the glow tak...moreIn Volume Two, Hatter M – Mad with Wonder, we continue to follow Hatter Madigan’s search for the princess of Wonderland, Alyss. This time the glow takes us to America in the Civil War Era. Like Volume One, 5-stars for illustrations and graphic set-up, great eye-candy. Also like Volume One, it starts out a little slow and takes a while to get back to the meat of the story. I think I almost found Hatter M Institute for Paranormal Travel back section more fascinating than the story, but when it hits the selves, I will be picking up Volume 3.(less)