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Entries from Dec 2012

Sarah Rees Brennan: The Demon’s Lexicon

29 Dec 2012 · No Comments

I wasn’t initially terribly impressed by Brennan’s world-building, but I was drawn in by the good cop/bad cop juxtaposition of brothers Alan and Nick. I thought it was pleasingly unusual that the primary viewpoint character was really not that nice a boy, and there were a few other good details, but I thought I’d worked [...]

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Tags: b-author · d-title · fantasy · young adult

Brom: Krampus

29 Dec 2012 · No Comments

Krampus mixes a familiar, if competently drawn, macho fantasy of a down-on-his-luck guy trying to win back his estranged bride with the conflict between Christianity and Norse beliefs, personified in the opposing midwinter present/punishment dispensers, jolly Saint Nicholas and the frequently frightful Krampus. The odd blend is seasoned by a generous spatter of grue. I [...]

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Tags: b-author · fantasy · horror · k-title

Dave Shelton: A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

29 Dec 2012 · No Comments

This is an odd little book for sure. Shelton’s illustrations have some of the whimsy of Peggy Fortnum’s classic drawings of Paddington Bear, but the story of this unnamed ursine and lad, though grounded in a wealth of specific physical detail, is almost certainly too amorphous for most children’s taste. The book plainly operates at [...]

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Tags: b-title · fiction · s-author

Tod Davies: Lily the Silent

29 Dec 2012 · No Comments

Lily the Silent reminded me of works by authors who blur the line between fable and emotionally realistic, less overtly symbolic (if still fantastic) narrative, like Angela Carter, Rachel Pollack, and Kelly Link. There’s a lot I admire about it. It’s unambiguously, but not heavily-handed, feminist. It explicitly opposes the conventions of Tolkein-derivative heroic fantasy. [...]

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Tags: d-author · fantasy · l-title