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Tim Leong: Super Graphic – A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe

29 Dec 2013 · No Comments

Imagine, if you well, a Venn diagram, with circles for people who:
* like mainstream comic books
* like indie/alternative comic books
* are interested in information design
* like infographics/”chart porn”
* have a sense of whimsy
If you’re in the intersection of all these, you want this book. I don’t think every graphic succeeds — although maybe the impenetrability [...]

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Tags: criticism · humor · l-author · s-title

Mur Lafferty: The Shambling Guide to New York City

26 Dec 2013 · No Comments

The Shambling Guide to New York City is an urban fantasy that starts out with an intriguing exploration into how the human world might interact with a Buffy-esque any-myth-system-is-fair-game secret supernatural world. I was aware that the major plot arc doesn’t really get cranking for quite a few chapters, but I didn’t mind, because Lafferty’s [...]

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Tags: fantasy · l-author · s-title

Bill Loehfelm: The Devil She Knows

20 Feb 2012 · No Comments

Loehfelm’s noirish suspense novel revolves around a memorable trio of characters. Maureen Coughlin is tough, canny, and proud. She’s in a dead-end waitressing job, struggling mightily to make ends meet. She’s a little hard to like and makes some poor choices, but Loehfelm gets the reader well inside her head, so even her worst behavior [...]

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Tags: d-title · l-author · suspense

Tanith Lee: Wolf Tower

12 Jan 2012 · No Comments

This young adult novel, told in the protagonist’s diary entries, mostly detailing a flight across a hostile land in the company of a handsome prince, offers many opportunities for Lee to play with and subvert assorted fairy tale conventions. This ranges from minor details — female characters who are overweight, old, and/or bald are described [...]

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Tags: fantasy · l-author · w-title · young adult

Sara Levine: Treasure Island!!!

31 Dec 2011 · No Comments

Real journalists have to turn in their year’s best lists to be published in the month of December, a practice which invariably makes me cringe. “What,” I always think to myself, “if in the dregs of the year* you hear/see/read something amazing that demands you re-order the list?” And it happens from time to time. [...]

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Tags: fiction · l-author · t-title

L. Jagi Lamplighter: Prospero in Hell

26 Oct 2011 · No Comments

Like its predecessor, Prospero Lost, aspects of Prospero in Hell evoke other works — most prominently The Tempest and The Inferno, but Lamplighter’s squabbling, centuries-old, magic-wielding siblings recall both Gaiman and Zelazny — while remaining wholly its own thing. Prospero in Hell addresses some of the weaknesses that bothered me about the first volume. Narrator [...]

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Tags: fantasy · l-author · p-title

Dick Lehr & Gerard O’Neill : Black Mass – The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob

10 Oct 2011 · No Comments

The arrest of James “Whitey” Bulger this past June left me feeling like I was missing too much context: it clearly closed a significant chapter for my new home, and I had only a vague (and mostly incorrect, it turns out) awareness of his role in Boston history. And I’d seen people reading Black Mass [...]

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Tags: b-title · history · l-author · o-author

Barry Lyga : The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

25 Sep 2011 · No Comments

Lyga’s descriptions of what it’s like to be an unpopular, un-sporty, picked-on high school sophomore match so many specific details of my own memories that it’s uncanny. Big ugly bruises on the arm where punches land every day? Check. Lurid homicidal revenge fantasies? Check. Narrator Donnie has an escape hatch, though: he’s secretly working [...]

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Tags: a-title · l-author · young adult

Madeleine L’Engle : A Swiftly Tilting Planet

26 Jun 2011 · 1 Comment

I was sorely disappointed by A Swiftly Tilting Planet when I first read it; I’m pretty sure I only read it once before. It may be worth mentioning that I first encountered this novel when my head was full of Tolkein and Star Wars — and it’s not exactly crammed with action-adventure teenage boy appeal. [...]

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Tags: e-author · fantasy · l-author · s-title

Madeleine L’Engle : A Wind in the Door

19 Jun 2011 · No Comments

As a kid, I distinctly remember thinking that A Wind in the Door was even better than A Wrinkle in Time.
I think this was mostly because of Proginoskes, an unusual and seriously awesome character.
But it’s not possible for me to sustain my former opinion of the novels’ relative merit this time around. The events in [...]

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Tags: e-author · fantasy · l-author · w-title · young adult