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The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs (The Narbondo Series, #5)
I became a fan of the newly-named Steampunk genre in 1985 or 1986, after reading James Blaylock's Homunculus. Now, 25 or so years later, it's interest...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
Unlatched (Latchkeys, #1)
A new children's fantasy series, by Steven Savile and others, gets off to a good start in this first installment. The story introduces Matt Fisher, a...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
The Viking Prince (The Joe Kubert Library)
These classic stories, beautifully illustrated by the great Joe Kubert, show a great deal of influence from Hal Foster's Prince Valiant. Kubert says a...more
Feb 28, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
Graham Nolan's Monster Island
Comic book and comic strip creator Graham Nolan's Monster Island, originally published in 1998, is back in print in a nice new edition from Pulp 2.0 P...more
Oct 06, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
The Festival of Bones (Mythworld, #1)
Available for the first time in English, the first book in James Owen's Mythworld series feels very much of a piece with his Chronicles of the Imagina...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 26, 2011
Dead to the World (iZombie #1)
Gwen Dylan works as a gravedigger in a Eugene, OR cemetery by day. By night, she hangs out with her friends, tries to figure out the meaning of her li...more
Mar 27, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 3 (The Promise, #3)
The final part of this initial post-TV series story wraps things up nicely. The highest compliment I can pay it is that it feels like a good adaptatio...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
The Buntline Special (Weird West Tales, #1)
I had been really looking forward to The Buntline Special. I love Weird Westerns in general. I had also read on the publisher's blog that they didn't...more
Feb 03, 2011
Feb 02, 2011
Down the Mysterly River
A talking badger, a talking bear, a vicious feral cat, and a boy scout who solves mysteries find themselves thrown together in a mysterious forest. Pu...more
Sep 17, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
Awakenings (Guardians of Aandor, #1)
Two men: Cal MacDonnell, a police officer, and Seth Raincrest, a small-time pornographer. Neither one remembers anything beyond the past thirteen year...more
Sep 11, 2011
Sep 11, 2011
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (Guardians of Childhood)
This second Guardians of Childhood picture book (following The Man in the Moon) has the feel of a classic myth or fairy tale, one that has been told a...more
Oct 05, 2012
Oct 02, 2012
The Osiris Ritual
While I've enjoyed George Mann's other work that I've read, this book was a bit of a let-down. The story was exciting and fast-paced, and had some nic...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 08, 2012
The Sandman and the War of Dreams
I love William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood series. The picture books, the novels, the movie… they’re all a lot of fun. I’m sad that the movie—which...more
Jan 2014
Dec 30, 2013
Enter Wildthyme
While this is the first full-length Iris Wildthyme novel, she's a character who's been around for a bit. She first appeared in Paul Magrs' first novel...more
Jul 03, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy
Stan Sakai is a consummate comics creator, and this collection represents stories spanning his entire career. While these mostly comedic and light adv...more
Apr 04, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
Girl Genius, Vol. 1: Agatha Heterodyne and The Beetleburg Clank
Phil and Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius is a fast-paced, antic introduction to the adventures of Agatha Heterodyne and her world. Like the first prose nove...more
Mar 05, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
Lone Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond, #1)
**spoiler alert** This new series, set in the world of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, can be read completely independently. (At least, this first book app...more
Nov 27, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
Midnight Riot (Peter Grant, #1)
Aaronovitch wrote the Doctor Who story, Remembrance of the Daleks, which is fantastic. He also wrote a couple of Doctor Who tie-in novels that were fa...more
Mar 15, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Shadow Wolf (Wolves of the Beyond, #2)
Kathryn Lasky continues her tale of wolves in the world of the Guardians of Ga'hoole. While I've only read the first Ga'hoole book, this series feels...more
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
Tales from Dragon Precinct
Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Dragon Precinct series has become one of my favorites. Set in the city of Cliff’s End in the land of Flingaria, the three novel...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jun 20, 2013
Ragnarok and Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet
Cassie Zukav is a weirdness magnet. After graduating from college and driving across the country, she found herself in Key West, FL, where a planned t...more
Sep 2013
Aug 30, 2013
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Price of Freedom
When I was a kid, I read Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides, and loved its mix of pirates and magic. When the Pirates of the Caribbean movies came out, I b...more
Jun 17, 2011
May 30, 2011
Baltimore, Vol. 1: The Plague Ships (Baltimore, #1)
Mike Mignola and Chris Golden created the vampire plague-ridden world of Baltimore in their 2007 prose novel (heavily illustrated by Hellboy creator M...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Lost Adventures
This book collects all the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics from Nickelodeon magazine, plus over 70 pages of comics never before printed. It's a shor...more
Jul 31, 2011
Jul 31, 2011
Demon Circle
The story of the creation of this story is almost as interesting as the story itself. Detailed on the publisher's web site, the story was created in R...more
Aug 04, 2011
Aug 06, 2011
Ghosts of Manhattan (The Ghost, #1)
Ghosts of Manhattan was a lot of fun. Unlike a lot of pulp homages, Mann doesn't try to echo the clunky dialogue and purple prose of the originals. In...more
Mar 30, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Freefall (Season 9, #1)
After the big, epic events of "Season 8," Dark Horse Comics' continuation of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer continues into "Season 9," still under the watc...more
Jan 04, 2013
Aug 03, 2012
The Parting
Following on from two short stories, The Parting is the first full-length O.C.L.T. novel. Or rather, it's the first novel featuring characters from wh...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
The Indigo King (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #3)
I really enjoy James Owen's Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series, and I am by no means a fan of epic fantasy. Generally, if a book comes w...more
Oct 19, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
I've been a fan of J.M. DeMatteis for a long time, between his comics work and his canceled-too-early series of Abadazad novels. Imaginalis was certai...more
Oct 17, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
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