I got sucked into this book immediately. It’s lively, careful, and honest. It’s true in a way only a book about spiritualism, terrible parents, good friends, and hope for the future can be.
Camille Deangelis has written a great book, and it should make its way into lots of homes and classrooms.
Wow. This is a really enjoyable book, written by five authors–Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis, and MIchael Swanwick. It was originally released on Serial Box (not currently available there), and this is a novelization.
The story so far… Prague, 1969-1970. The height of the Cold War. The CIA is working on extracting a defector, the KGB is keeping a close eye on what the CIA is up to… into the mix we get and ancient magical war which is beginning to heat up again.
Ice & Fire, East & West, compelling characters, people in the spy life who are unaffiliated, people in the magical life who are unaffiliated. Cross-cutting agendas, mixed loyalties, just enough spycraft, and a really interesting magical world…
It’s a novel with everything you could want from a premise like this, but also not enough since the world is deep, and the characters worth caring about.
2001: A Space Odyssey remains one of the most puzzling films of all time. As an exercise in film-making, 2001 sustains deep analysis even 50 years later. Michael Benson’s book is a substantial addition to this body of analysis. Detail and lively writing make this film history a true pleasure to read.
Written for the youngest of young adults, high school students, this book takes an unsparing (but not salacious) look at the origins of the disease. It also offers an unsparing look at the causes of the epidemic, and forthrightly addresses reasons for why it continued to spread for as long as it did. Social, political, economic, and medical challenges faced by, and overcome by, People With AIDS are examined in tough, passionate prose. The lessons Ann Bausum weaves through this powerful book illuminate both the days from a generation ago, and highlight the power of organization–a lesson of particular importance for every generation.
Perfect for the ravenous reader of graphic novels, Romanic poets, or people who are clever. The prose guides the reader along the high points of Shelley’s early adulthood with breezy language and mod characterizations. The art is a fun combination of the style popularized in ’80’s alt-comics (notably From Hell), and early 20th Century comic strips like Thimble Theatre. On the whole, pleasant, and I am looking forward to the next volume.
Visually striking, but ultimately a little thin, this new presentation of Selina Kyle too easily treads well-worn paths. The characterization of Catwoman hints at comics continuity in ways which barely matter, while moving too quickly through harrowing emotional beats which could have grounded the story for real-world readers. Nearly unbearable emotional pain gets replaced with impossibly low-consequence physical suffering (a five story fall ends with two broken ribs, and maybe something else, and glossed with a single panel of a close-up grimace). This is a stylish collection, but very little seems to lie beneath the surface.
Adrienne Young brings readers a powerful new hero in Eelyn, young warrior for her people. A long-standing feud with nearby raiders boils over when Eelyn’s vengence leads her into a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory. Family secrets erupt, opening her heart to new possibilities, and the promises of new ways of living fresh changes to a violent and pitiless world.