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77
The Terrible Troll-Bird
3.86
liked it
The Terrible Troll-Bird is the third book in this year's B-Day present to my niece, Claire (see my reviews of the other two: Supposing and Ounce Dice ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
78
Ounce Dice Trice
4.26
liked it
Ounce Dice Trice is the second in my B-Day trilogy that I mailed to my niece the other day (the first being Supposing, by the same author, the third, ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
76
Supposing
3.76
liked it
Having decided that The One That Got Away, though good, was for a younger audience than Claire, my soon-to-be six-year-old niece, I settled on Supposi ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
 
52
The Book of Genesis
4.02
liked it
How to review The Book of Genesis, the first book of the holiest scriptures of two of the world’s great monotheist religions, and honored by its third ...more
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
 
173
Leaves on the Wind (Serenity)
4.25
it was ok
Rather disappointing story about Malcolm and his crew post events in Serenity (the movie). The artwork is subpar and the story feels slapped together ...more
Nov 12, 2015
Nov 15, 2015
 
165
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
3.95
liked it


Point number 3, "If you nap here it rises up and down - feels like riding a warm sailboat across the comfy seas of awesome," is my cat Emma. Even to t
...more
Sep 04, 2015
Sep 04, 2015
 
104
Age of Bronze Volume 1: A Thousand Ships
3.90
it was ok
I waffle on whether to switch my shelving from "mythologies" to "historical fiction" since Shanower - like Wolfgang Petersen in the execrable "Troy" - ...more
Jan 05, 2013
Jan 07, 2013
 
73
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
3.93
liked it
I picked this up from the Covina Library's shelves on a whim, and wasn't disappointed. It's Moore's usual take on our heroes (and Brad's review anent ...more
Jan 21, 2012
Jan 20, 2012
 
292
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga)
4.11
liked it
I didn't realize that this was a manga-ized version of the Parasol Protectorate series when I picked it off the shelf at the library. Those novels kee ...more
Sep 27, 2017
Sep 24, 2017
 
328
Greek Street, Volume 3: Medea's Luck
2.99
it was ok
I was never "taken" with the series but I enjoyed the first two volumes well enough. This final volume, though, was a disappointment both in terms of ...more
Nov 16, 2017
Nov 16, 2017
 
49
The Savage Sword of Conan, Volume 5
4.11
it was ok
Artwork: 3.5 to 4 stars
Stories: 2 (2.5 on occasion)

The artwork is very good (certainly better than the stick figures I could manage) but the stories a
...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 06, 2009
 
268
The Ruby Throne (Michael Moorcock's Elric, #1)
4.23
liked it
I have Dungeons & Dragons to thank for introducing me to Michael Moorcock and his White Wolf.

This graphic novel and its sequel, Stormbringer, carr
...more
Apr 24, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
 
337
Clean Room, Vol. 3: Waiting for the Stars to Fall (Clean Room, #3)
3.93
it was ok
2.5 compared to the previous volumes. It seemed rushed and some of the characters acted out of character (or seemed to, there was no real set up for w ...more
Dec 02, 2017
Dec 03, 2017
 
87
Dark Empire II (Star Wars: Dark Empire, #2)
3.40
it was ok
Suffers from a poorly thought out story and not-very-good artwork. Alas, if only they'd let me loose to revise the whole SW universe :-)

Ah, well, I ha
...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
34
The Savage Sword of Conan, Volume 2
4.27
liked it
I read Volume 1 in this series and noticed that the best stories were the adaptations of real Howard stories. The same held true for this volume. Fort ...more
Nov 27, 2008
Nov 13, 2008
 
111
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Volume 1: Force Storm
3.71
liked it
I'm not a big Star Wars fan beyond the original three movies and Timothy Zahn's Thrawn books but this is a well drawn and reasonably interesting look ...more
May 2013
Apr 27, 2013
 
107
Doorways
3.29
it was ok
Rather disappointing. The artwork is so-so as is the story, whose chief weakness is that I never quite believed how the hapless Dr. Mason got roped in ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
285
Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites
4.15
liked it
Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites is a collection of stories about a pack of neighborhood dogs and a stray cat who’ve been tasked by the Wise Dogs with p ...more
Aug 03, 2017
Jul 30, 2017
 
56
Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars The Jesse Marsh Years
3.20
did not like it
The first John Carter book I ever read was The Gods of Mars Barsoom 2. Like my first encounter with Tolkien (The Two Towers), I was thrown into a stor ...more
Jun 2010
Jun 20, 2010
 
89
Conan, Vol. 2: The God in the Bowl and Other Stories
4.17
liked it
A weak 3 stars:

The artwork was good, though not as good as I found in Volume 3. The titular "god in the bowl" was particularly lackluster and disappoi
...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
75
The One that Got Away
3.75
liked it
An interesting review in the New York Review of Books of Percival Everett’s Assumption and the approach of my niece Claire’s sixth birthday came toget ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
95
Nosferatu
3.82
liked it
A rather good retelling of the Nosferatu story made famous in F.W. Murnau's classic silent film.

I'm no connoisseur of the artwork in graphic novels or
...more
Jan 05, 2013
Nov 04, 2012
 
90
Batman: Harley Quinn
4.18
liked it
Easily the best of the comics I've been reading recently. If the Joker has a soul mate, it is surely Harley Quinn (aka Dr. Quinzel, erstwhile intern a ...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
45
The Trigan Empire
4.08
liked it
This Christmas (2012) I gave in to nostalgia (once again) and purchased a copy of The Trigan Empire, which I first read when 13 or 14 (?).

This is the
...more
Jan 1980
not set
Jan 30, 2009
 
47
The Savage Sword of Conan, Volume 3
4.26
liked it
Three stars primarily because it contains what is (arguably) Howard's best Conan tale - "Beyond the Black River," which has no scantily clad maid nor ...more
Apr 26, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
 
105
Age of Bronze Volume 2: Sacrifice
4.14
it was ok
Not much more to say here than I did in my review of volume 1, A Thousand Ships, except that his plot for this chapter closely follows Michael Kakogia ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 27, 2013
 
174
MAD's Greatest Artists: Mort Drucker
4.16
it was ok
4+ stars for the artwork: Mort Drucker really was an amazing artist.

2 - 2.5 stars for the parodies: A lot of the parodies don't age well, though I was
...more
Nov 16, 2015
Nov 22, 2015
 
332
Watson and Holmes - A Study in Black
3.00
liked it
I wanted to like this more. The idea of an African-American with Sherlock Holmes' character and intellect raised in Harlem sounds great but Bollers do ...more
Dec 16, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
 
333
Recess Pieces
3.29
liked it
I was considering gifting this to my 10-year-old niece (along with Micheline Hess's Malice in Wonderland) since it's about a gang of pre-pubescent kid ...more
Dec 16, 2017
Nov 26, 2017
 
65
Superman: Red Son
4.17
it was ok
Great concept; lackluster execution (as some other reviews have pointed out). Having Kal El land on a Soviet collective farm rather than the Kents’ an ...more
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 08, 2011
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