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  1. Drain 1: So apparently CB Cebulski and Sana Takeda did an image mini in 06 that is now out of print. Thank you internet fairy. Conclusions: Sana Takeda has improved immensely in the intervening ten years, this is truly a story out of the trashy Image era, complete with cliches, and the writing is... real questionable at best. Zines: 15 Single Issues: 322 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 101 Omnibuses: 4
  2. Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher: I didn't get to know this Carrie until the TFA promo tours and towards the end of her life. I wish I had known about her sooner. Reading this is like she's back with us, and god I love her stories and encouragement. Books read: 98
  3. Lie your way to the top. At least it's not rape/harassment/molestation charges?
  4. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Phillip Pullman: I've been looking forward to this ever since it was announced, and so nervous about it, because the original trilogy is one of my favorite series, and of course it's nerve wracking to see how a prequel series might turn out. It's worth it and then some. Lyra's in it, but she's only a baby, and it's great to see some of the side characters in the original trilogy take the forefront. Pullman's obviously used the time between the original trilogy and now to do more thinking/world building, and it really shows. He also obviously has Some S
  5. Sherlock Frankenstein and the League of Evil 2: David Rubin continues to do gorgeous shit, news at 11. Also, bless Lemire for coming up with Cthu-Lou and Cthu-Louise. Eternity 1-2: Kindt and Harsine get to go completely Kirby on this. It's solid? Like, not anything particularly special, but it's solid. XO-Manowar 8-9: Crain gets to go full Dune/space opera and it's beautiful and nuts, news at 11. Kindt actually takes a shot at the white savior trope too, which I like. Secret Weapons 1-4: Heisserer does a pretty solid job with the reject totally not mutants story, but what carrie
  6. FFXII: The Zodiac Age: God bless speed mode forever and ever amen. We didn't finish all the hunts, but we got the vast majority of them in, and it made killing the final clockwork steampunk crazy ass boss pretty damn easy. The improvements and a good dose of time have helped significantly in making people realize how good this game actually is. Dest1ny: My boyfriend has somehow hooked up with a bunch of Italian players who are still playing this. I continue to cuddle next to him on the couch while he does this. No clue what's going on, but I'm cool with that. Getting Dest2ny tomorrow on s
  7. Snotgirl 8: Leslie Hung gets to spend most of an issue drawing hot dudes. You can tell she's into it. Plot moves forward a bit too. Glitterbomb: The Fame Game 3: I keep paging through the review copy hoping it's going to improve. Insexts did this better. Underwinter: A Field of Feathers 2: Again, the horror would be way more effective if I could actually tell what the fuck was going on in the art more than half the time. The few effective splash pages really do their job when he takes the time to make it clear, but otherwise it's just frustrating. Zines: 15 Single Issues:
  8. Doomsday Clock 1: Part subpar Watchmen fanfiction, part jerking off over Trump, part weird setup where I'm willing to bet that Zines: 15 Single Issues: 305 Trades/Graphic Novels/Anthologies: 101 Omnibuses: 4
  9. Four Kids Walk Into a Bank 5: (Holding thoughts on this until I reread 4, maybe the rest if I can find it in the apartment.) Cardcaptor Sakura: Master of the Clow v1-2: The continuation that Tokyopop branded weirdly as part of the second edition. Some intriguing stuff comes into play here, and romance comes more to the forefront, and the queer influence definitely escalates. CLAMP continues to level up here, as well. Falcon 2: Less awful? Still plays into some real unfortunate/racially charged stereotypes, and I'm not so big on the art. Hawkeye 12: Thompson seems to be getting
  10. (Reminder to self to write up all those comics you've read recently)
  11. The Big Book of Science Fiction, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer: they are not kidding when they call this "the Big Book". 1160 pages of stories, 105 stories, and all for $25, you're not going to find a better priced, more wide ranging collection. The standards are in here, but the editors have made a conscious attempt to have representation from every continent (with new and first time translations of work), and women as well, and it shows in the range of what they chose to put in here. There are going to be tons of authors you've never heard of, and stories you may not have read from autho
  12. Rolling In the Deep, Mira Grant: Why yes, this is a novella about deep sea mermaids that has a title taken from an Adele song. It's pretty freaking great. The setup is that Totally Not the SyFy channel is making a mockumentary about mermaids near the Marina Trench. They find them. It goes about as well as you'd expect. Orbit bought a full length sequel, Into the Drowning Deep, and it was just published this last week. I'll be reading it soon and looking forward to it. These two excerpts are why you should read it: "“Deep-sea fish frequently demonstrate extreme sexual dimorphi
  13. The Amber Spyglass, Phillip Pullman: I've had my copy of this book since middle school, and it's been with me for every move since. This is one of the books you have to read at some point in your life. It was tiny me's first introduction to gay romance, and my first realization that I didn't believe in god. Adult me is impressed at the way everything comes together, the way even tiny details from the first book come back, and the way that everything keeps building and resolves perfectly, even if not perfectly happily. I still cry for Will and Lyra. Cult X, Fuminori Nakamura (translated b
  14. Sisters of the Crescent Empress, Leena Likitalo: Man, I am really not sure how I feel about this. They gave Likitalo another hundred pages, which amounts to each sister getting one more chapter, but it just doesn't feel like she did much with it? There's a few false starts to build dread, but a lot of the twists come only in the final chapter, and are never really resolved. I mean, I can see the author trying to make a point about the legends around the Romanov family and whether or not anyone survived, and leaving that ambiguous and all, but after 500 pages between two books, unless she's gun
  15. Berganza's finally been outed.
  16. The Subtle Knife, Phillip Pullman: Still my least favorite book of the trilogy, but still wonderfully plotted. There's a lot of expansion (focus on minor characters/people barely mentioned from last book, expansion of new worlds, and new elements bought in) that feels borderline like bloat, but it's all a part of the bigger picture here. This is definitely the wind up for the final act book. Starting in our world is still super disorienting after last book, and even though there's a lot of movement on a bigger picture, Lyra is directly in maybe a third of this book tops, after being the primar
  17. He's an amazing writer, just don't expect this collection to be uplifting. Fisher of Bones, Sarah Gailey: This is a hell of a serialized story. Set up in the vein of Moses wandering in the desert, but with a daughter leading her people, vaguely weird magical things, and just a greater sense of despair and loss building through the story, and the final two lines just seals the twist of the story. I do wonder what would come after this, but am content with just this. Good palette cleanser. Short, builds beautifully, and quick. books read: 89
  18. We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates: This is a collection of Coates' best essays from the last eight years of writing he's done for the Atlantic. What I really like about this is that he reframes these essays in the context of the shift towards Jim Crow/the post Reconstruction era in the South in the national pivot away from Obama and to Trump, through the prologue, the intro to each essay, and the final epilogue essay ("The First White President"). I've read most of these already, but the reframing makes you come at them in a new light. A good deal of these essays are especially re
  19. Crush, Richard Siken: This is tied with Look for the most affecting poetry I've read this year. My words are insufficient for this. Go pick this up, now. Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys: I got this for free from Tor. I would pay money for this. This includes the short story that starts the universe at the end, and the novel itself is a continuation of that universe. (Imagine if the government had found out about Innsmouth shortly after WW1, and had moved the residents into a concentration camp in the AZ desert. Imagine if the last remnants had been there around the time of the Japanese intern
  20. The Golden Compass, Phillip Pullman: Rereading these because the first book in the prequels just came out, and I want these fresh in my mind when I go into it. Exquisite world building, and just a wonderfully unfurling plot. Still one of my favorite series. Books read: 85
  21. Thank you for the correction, @Donomark! I don't think I ever heard his name mentioned, so I assumed it was Eli.
  22. Angelic 2: Art continues to be amazing, Spurrier's puns can go to hell, interested to see how this plays out. Deadly Class 31: hey guys, remember Saya? Would sure be nice if the story remembered her. Like, neat interaction between the old and new kids, and nice that it's finally made clear that half this arc was a flashback I guess? I'm rapidly losing my patience with this. Craig's art is gorgeous as ever though. Glitterbomb: The Fame Game 2: Ehhhh. Underwinter: A Field of Feathers 1: Man, this horror would sure be way more effective if I could tell what was going on at all w
  23. Empty Set, Verònica Gerber Bicecci: Another ARC, but one I was super intrigued by. This is basically a novel about the author making sense of various breakups, her mother's disappearance, her father's absence, and various parts of her life, all while using various diagrams and charts and drawings to visualize what she's feeling. It's a quick read (I finished this in three train rides), and has some amazing, beautiful passages. Comes out in February from Coffee House Press, you should get it. Books read: 84