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London_St_J

London_St_J

Joined December 2018

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Snuff | Terry Pratchett
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Rereading thoughts: A take on racism and dehumanization that circles around the concept of classism, and offers definitions of personhood that hinge on _making_.

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Carpe Jugulum | Terry Pratchett
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Discworld is my comfort space, and the focus on Nanny Ogg was just what I needed to recharge

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Bad Girls | Alex De Campi, Victor Santos
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Beautiful, grim, and compelling

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Mehso-so

I _really_ admire Adam Savage, and thoroughly enjoyed the autobiographical accounts in Every Tool‘s a Hammer. Inspirational texts are not my bag, however, so this wasn‘t a total win for me as an individual reader. Still worth picking up for fans of Adam Savage, making, and cosplay.

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Home After Dark | David Small
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Deeply human, Home After Dark is a depressing but moving exploration of boyhood moving into manhood, and the crushing need to find one‘s place.

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Thrillkiller | Bob Kane, Daniel Brereton, Howard V. Chaykin
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A fun alternative storyline, Thrillkiller is a 1960s pulp play at the Batman franchise. While the story itself isn‘t really astounding, the artwork is gorgeous, and the alternative characterizations are compelling.

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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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Horrific and devastating from the first page, _Brother_ is utterly Shakespearean, and well worth reading.

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Ghost Story | Peter Straub
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An incredible disappointment. I saw this book featured prominently on “best” lists of contemporary horror, but found it to be as dull and plodding as the old men who feature as the novel‘s protagonists. There is much better, more creative, and more thoughtful horror to be found - this isn‘t worth the time.

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A fantastically-foreboding horror novel propelled by the uncertainty of a sympathetic but untrustworthy narrator.

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Batman: Arkham Asylum | Grant Morrison
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A ghoulish comic with stunning art and compelling narratives.

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Mr. Higgins Comes Home | Mike Mignola
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A charming little horror comic that plays beautifully with the tropes of old Hollywood classics, with an absolutely delightful conclusion. Well written and beautifully drawn.

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Paper Girls: Book One | Brian K. Vaughan
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Sci-fi is not my bag

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Seed | Ania Ahlborn
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Seed is a proper southern gothic, well-paced and mysterious, with a solid creep factor. Though I loved the conclusion, I was constantly taken out of the narrative by the immaturity of the children, who are the same age as my own, and can‘t help but wonder how much stronger it would have been if they acted six and ten. Still, a solid summer horror read.

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Castle Waiting Vol. 1 | Linda Medley
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Castle Waiting is a graphic narrative inspired by traditional fairy tales. Illustrated in black and white, the text is nonetheless vibrant in character and narrative. I thoroughly enjoyed the text, with the exception of its religious turn. For this reason i will avoid subsequent volumes - it‘s not a kind of myth making I support.

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A curious start to a series. While a bit heavy handed, the characters carry it through and maintain affective interest. I‘ll certainly be checking out the next.

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Bitch Planet 2 | Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro
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A powerful sequel to a strong narrative

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Batman Arkham: Poison Ivy | Marc Andreyko, Gerry Conway, Bob Kanigher, John F. Moore
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Dissertation

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Dissertation

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Uncle Silas | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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Dissertation

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The Beetle | Richard Marsh
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Dissertation OOS

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This internet recommendation was on the nose for me. A Handmaid‘s Tale by a more aggressive name will smell as sweet, and the same dystopian gender fuckery drives the comic, in a satire that‘s so real.

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Lumberjanes | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson
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This comics series has been on my radar for some time, lauded by readers and lists alike for positive representation and engaging story. The latter was less so, at least for me as a reader; ultimately I was not engaged by the excessive - and thus realistic - juvenile antics. This doesn‘t make the book bad, just bad for me.

ETA: My kids have become obsessed with this series as of this week, especially the 7-year-old

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Making Money | Terry Pratchett
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Terry Pratchett‘s industry novels remain my favorites. The protagonists are not heroes, but people with ideas, who work diligently to change industries and cultural customs with words rather than might or magic. Moist‘s deviance is the sort that exposes the shortcomings of others, and his actions show that challenging the status quo can really be for the better. A thoroughly enjoyable re-read.

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Dissertation and pleasure

I‘ve written enough in my chapter to not write reviews here, but I continue to be confused by any who assert that Dr Jekyll is “good”....

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Dissertation and pleasure

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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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Dissertation and pleasure

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Carry On | Rainbow Rowell
Mehso-so

I was much less invested in the fanfic than in the story of the young woman who was supposed to write it

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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A charming and human story about someone struggling to find themselves, after defining themselves in proximity to others - a twin sister, a fandom, and fanfic - their whole lives.

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Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights | Burt Ward, Stanley Ralph Ross
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It‘s just as one would expect - just as poorly written, egocentric, sexist, and sixties.

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A thoughtful comparative analysis

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Though Andrews has done well to cut down the number of family and church members crowding the plot and “small” town, the series has become dry rote with no real sense of suspense. The core characters have lost the personality that once made them interesting, and the story feels much like we are really running those endless errands with Meg.

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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen
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Not as engaging as Austen‘s most famous, but a reliable re-read

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Serpentine | Laurell K Hamilton
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Like most later Anita Blake books, this latest story is 1/3 dull and plodding exposition, 1/3 self-indulgent introspection which emphasizes how awful and artificial the characters are, and 1/3 actual new story.

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The text is almost entirely sweeping statements and unsupported assertions, powered by assumptions and poorly-utilized sources. The length alone (or lack of) can indicate the quality of this text on a nuanced, long, and complicated subject.

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Patricia Briggs is a wonderfully consistent urban fantasy author, who develops and maintains an interesting cast of characters, and organically stitches folklore and fantasy onto the tapestry of paranormal narratives. A light and enjoyable read, as usual.

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Maestra | L S Hilton
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My first finished read of 2019, _Maestra_ was an enjoyable surprise. The plot is a dastardly rags-to-riches tale, firmly grounded in the gendered constructions of opportunity and industry, while gilding a sense of agency to a subtlety inconsistent narrator. Touches of practicality make this fantasy of a thriller seem plausible, allowing for the enjoyable anxiety needed of the genre. While not my usual fair, I found it to be good fun.

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Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction (Revised) | Mike Mignola, John Byrne, Michael Mignola
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Shockingly dull read. I love Hellboy as a film character, and was pointed to this volume when I asked for an entry point to the comics. There is no character development; those who _haven‘t_ seen the film would likely be lost. Without character the charm of the story dissipates to Rasputin waxing monotonously, and a gesture towards action. I‘ll stick to the films from here.

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The Queen Is Dead | Kate Locke
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No matter how “sweet” you then describe the character(s), “trannies” (9) is a hateful and harmful slur.