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Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
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By all rights this should be terrible. It's a debut novel which passes a thousand pages, yet is only the first part of a series. It's fantasy set in the sort of world where the map is just ours with the names off by a little bit, but not even quite i ...more
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Fantomah, Volume 1 by Ray Fawkes
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I love Ray Fawkes' Underwinter - gorgeous, oblique horror, not like anything else I've read. But this is a fairly bog-standard supernatural avenger vs Mexican gang yarn. I believe there's some connection to an old pulp character, but I couldn't tell ...more
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Britannia Volume 3 by Peter Milligan
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In keeping with the stuttering renaissance in Milligan's work, this is definitely less bad than the first two volumes of his classical detective series. Part of the credit must go to Gill, whose art may be less showy than Ryp's, but as such is less o ...more
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Unnatural, Vol. 1 by Mirka Andolfo
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Well, it ovecomes one of my objections to furries and anthropomorphic animal comics, in that the characters do look cute but animalistic, as against ungainly and overly literal in a way that just slaps you in the face with the impossibility of the co ...more
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Legion by Peter Milligan
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What a world, where a Peter Milligan miniseries about a minor X-Man is less out-there than the mainstream TV show in which he stars. It's a natural writer/subject match, and even Haller's haircut recalls Hewligan's (one of the covers looks a lot like ...more
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Captain America by Mark Waid
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I hadn't even realised Waid's recent Cap run went to a second volume until I saw this. And in some ways it's really similar to the first - another altered future America built on a lie and in need of revolution, handled at breakneck pace by the norma ...more
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Snow White Learns Witchcraft by Theodora Goss
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I was burned out on them for a time, but I seem to be getting back into reworkings of fairytales – maybe it's just that life has been richer in princesses and wolves lately. Still, the retellings can't be too programmatic in their intent; the old, da ...more
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"Wow, there were some dickish early Christians and they certainly laid down some long-term dickishness."
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“Trapnel wanted, among other things, to be a writer, a dandy, a lover, a comrade, an eccentric, a sage, a virtuoso, a good chap, a man of honour, a hard case, a spendthrift, an opportunist, a raisonneur; to be very rich, to be very poor, to possess a thousand mistresses, to win the heart of one love to whom he was ever faithful, to be on the best of terms with all men, to avenge savagely the lightest affront, to live to a hundred full of years and honour, to die young and unknown but recognized the following day as the most neglected genius of the age. Each of these ambitions had something to recommend it from one angle or another, with the possible exception of being poor - the only aim Trapnel achieved with unqualified mastery - and even being poor, as Trapnel himself asserted, gave the right to speak categorically when poverty was discussed by people like Evadne Clapham.”
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The windows and the stars illumined, one by one,
The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily,
And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see
The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass;
And when old Winter puts his blank face to the glass,
I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,
And build me stately palaces by candlelight.”
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

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