These Magnus one-shots are a lot of fun. I fully intend to check out every author Cassandra Clare has collaborated with on these, as so far they've be...moreThese Magnus one-shots are a lot of fun. I fully intend to check out every author Cassandra Clare has collaborated with on these, as so far they've been done with the utmost panache. But the elusive Mortal Instruments Magnus was always going to demand something darker and more substantial than was realistically going to be done in a book of whimsical YA shorts... so to fanfic I go.(less)
Well I for one am very happy with the way Charlaine Harris chose to wrap up this series, and enjoyed this book as much as any of the others. I can't i...moreWell I for one am very happy with the way Charlaine Harris chose to wrap up this series, and enjoyed this book as much as any of the others. I can't imagine True Blood doing what she's done with some of its beloved characters and relationships, but the two have already diverged so much that it feels like two great fandoms for the price of one, and as long as the show is still running I won't be too sad the books are over. 13 is definitely enough. I enjoy Charlaine's authorial voice and certainly wouldn't rule out starting another of her series at some point. It's comfort reading but not entirely fluffy - she weaves in bits of 'know thyself' wisdom to reflect on, and I always come away from them feeling like I've had a pep-talk.(less)
I can happily pass on monster porn... the reviews and the concepts presented on the cover have got to be far more entertaining than the actual executi...moreI can happily pass on monster porn... the reviews and the concepts presented on the cover have got to be far more entertaining than the actual execution. But I love H.P. Lovecraft and I love fanfiction, so this was a case of purchase-on-sight - what an amazing cover! If you've ever read any Lovecraft then you'll know that cthulhu and erotica are perhaps the most unlikely two words to find in the same sentence. Yet in this collection several determined individuals have demonstrated how sex can be shoehorned into the Lovecraftverse in variety of colourful ways. It's quite a leap, but the "crackiness" (ie. you would have to be on crack to come up with it) is what I love about fanfiction. The unbridled enthusiasm and the sheer audacity of vision just plain ol' delight me.
The stories are not very explicit - just as in Lovecraft the nameless horror is never fully revealed, nor is the sex in this book. I am very happy to keep it that way. Other than some mandatory silly tentacle porn it's all impressively psychological. If he wasn't so busy turning in his grave I think Lovecraft would have approved. But while he would have denied it, can we really be sure that the man who wrote:
Shreiking, slithering, torrential shadows of red viscous madness chasing one another through endless, ensanguinated condors of purple fulgurous sky... formless phantasms and kalaidoscopic mutations of a ghoulish, remembered scene; forests of monstrous over-nourished oaks with serpent roots twisting and sucking unnamable juices from an earth verminous with millions of cannibal devils; mound-like tentacles groping from underground nuclei of polypous perversion... insane lightning over malignant ivied walls and demon arcades choked with fungous vegetation...
didn't have some deep seated sexual basis to his horror, possibly related to the female body? (And if he didn't, you do now.) Maybe he denied it to himself by completely excluding women from his books. Well there was that one, but she turned out to be possessed by an ancient spirit... who turned out to be a man. The stories are all very short - more proof of concept than well developed ideas. But what ideas! I'd say there were some really good novellas/novels that could be drawn out of them if the authors felt up to it.(less)
Graphic novels are pretty new to me and I'm not sure how I feel about them, being so unaccustomed to the format. My boyfriend is nuts about them and w...moreGraphic novels are pretty new to me and I'm not sure how I feel about them, being so unaccustomed to the format. My boyfriend is nuts about them and was trying to spread the love when he picked this up for me. Having been exposed to some Alan Moore and lots of Warren Ellis, I found this a bit pedestrian in comparison. Having read a fair bit of Charlaine Harris, I think you miss out on her humour and subtle observation in this format. So overall, I don't think this comic brings anything particularly earth-shattering to the world...(less)