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Recreational reading - The Bibliophile
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Recreational reading
Been devouring graphics today (any spring Saturday that has snow forecast is an automatic hibernation day) ...

Adam Warren's Empowered unchained: First volume of a series intended to collect all the various Empowered special tales that are published outside of the main book series. All the stories were good, the much-anticipated-by-me Maidman interview was a hoot, flashback to college-student Emp ranting about how superheroes inefficiently use entire cars as throwing weapons and explaining a more effective method (along with a few other comments) was both giggleworthy and marvelous (Warren draws a wonderful pissed-off Emp), and "Nine beers with Ninjette" was heartbreaking ('jette is an alcoholic and fully aware of it; seeing her drinking beer after beer and reliving the good and bad memories associated with each bottle brought a tear or two)

Then I continued the tragic theme with Eric Powell's Occasion of revenge (volume fourteen of "The Goon") and Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden's The apostle and the witch of Harju (volume five of "Baltimore"). Evil, evil Powell ... bringing a glint of light into Goon's life only to slam him into darkness yet again. In the "Baltimore" world I totally expect horrible things to happen to everybody and most of 'em to die, but this time 'round a character who seemed set to be another redshirt not only survived but joined Lord Baltimore's little band of monster hunters (granted, replacing a deceased-in-the-same story member ... can't have it ever be sunshine and fluffy kittens in Baltimore's world, it'd freak him out)

After that on to two very different and somewhat cheerier volumes by the French team of Hubert and Kerascoël: "Beauty" and "Miss Don't Touch Me". My first time reading anything by this author and artist and enjoyed them both very much. I want more. "Beauty" is a fantasy story that follows a very different path than any traditional fairy tale, showing how a wish can become a curse that lasts a lifetime when granted; "Miss Don't Touch Me" is a mix of mystery, suspense, and the seedier side of life in 1930s Paris, with a few cameos by RL people such as Elsa Schiaparelli and Josephine Baker (who visits the brothel because she wants to see the transsexual prostitute who impersonates her). Will definitely be glad to read more by this pair. :-)

And now back to Charles Stross and "Saturn's children" (reading it for the first time ... about 2/3 of the way through!)


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powderedplum From: powderedplum Date: 1st May 2015 21:49 (UTC) (Other places)
I really enjoyed Beauty! I found it when I was buying a graphic novel for my husband. Beauty reminded me quite a bit of Beautiful Darkness, which I ended up disliking more than I anticipated, but I loved the art style and concept. (I'm just sensitive about animal cruelty.)

Have you read the Bride Story series? It isn't fantasy related, but it's absolutely amazing. It's my #1 graphic novel recommendation.

ETA: Do you have a GoodReads account? I would love to add you!

Edited at 2015-05-01 21:50 (UTC)
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 1st May 2015 23:27 (UTC) (Other places)
I haven't read the "Bride's story" series yet but I've catalogued several volumes for the local public library last fall and was intrigued so it went onto my to-read list. Which is long enough to girdle the planet several times. ;p

Don't have a GoodReads account (supposed I really should set one up now that I'll actually have time to do something with it) but only because I already had an account at LibraryThing before GoodReads came along and my entire personal print library is entered there; I'm "jlsjlsjls" on that site, same as here. Should you want to explore them, my entire personal print, ebook, DVD/Video, and music libraries are available online at JLS Collections
powderedplum From: powderedplum Date: 3rd May 2015 01:59 (UTC) (Other places)
That's great! You're the only other person I know who uses Library Thing. <3 I'm still working on mine, but I've been at it for a few months now. I've boxed up a lot of my books for an upcoming move, but I'm hoping to be done with the project by the end of the year.

jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 3rd May 2015 13:09 (UTC) (Other places)
Well, cataloguer, y'know ... LT was (and continues to be) kinda like irresistable catnip ... ;p
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 2nd May 2015 17:21 (UTC) (Other places)
GoodReads account now set up as "jlsjlsjls", with a handful of my personal library titles and what I'm currently reading this morning entered. :-)
powderedplum From: powderedplum Date: 3rd May 2015 01:59 (UTC) (Other places)
Yay! I've added you. :)
jlsjlsjls From: jlsjlsjls Date: 3rd May 2015 15:18 (UTC) (Other places)
Saw that. :-)

Have figured out how to do imports from my home cataloguing software can now add titles in bulk. Then I'll have the fun of creating records for all my books that GoodReads says don't exist. ;p
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