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review 2017-04-02 01:22
Agents of Dreamland Review
Agents of Dreamland - Caitlín R. Kiernan

“And a woman floating outside of time looks to the future and the past for answers to what can save humanity.” – When I read this line, I didn’t immediately think about Slaughterhouse Five. If I had made the Slaughterhouse Five/Billy Pilgrim connection, I would probably have ran screaming in the other direction. A Vonnegut fan I am most decidedly not, and Slaughterhouse Five in particular is one of those books that makes my lip curl in disgust when I think about it. But I didn’t make the connection in the synopsis of Agents of Dreamland, so I committed to reading the book.

I can acknowledge that my issues with this book fall under personal taste rather than just bad writing. First off is the prose. I don’t know if this is a trademark of Kiernan’s writing (and if it is she’ll be an author I avoid in the future), but Sweet Baby Cthulhu, Agents of Dreamland is overflowing with metaphors and similes. I don’t mind the occasional one here and there, but there’s definitely a line I draw in the sand. Upon further reflection, it was probably deliberately done to add to the sense of unreality given to you from the plot itself, but it was just outright boring after about four pages in.

There were elements of the novel that I did like. The idea behind the novel itself – of spores of an alien civilization seeding itself upon the earth – was a fun one. I’d like to see a fleshed out version of this plot written with a bit of a blunter pen and more fitted into the sci-fi horror or sci-fi thriller categories. Obviously, the Lovecraftian references delighted me. (The ones that I caught, at least. I’m sure there were some I didn’t get.) There was a snippet of a poem from Lovecraft that she shares near the end of the book that was truly beautiful. I have the full poem marked for reading later. And I did like the connections she made across the ages to add a bit of depth to the story.

However, Kiernan has an interesting mind. That cannot be denied. And there were portions of Agents of Dreamland that did make me think. She also makes some interesting (and apt) observations about humanity. And there was one element in the story that I’ve never seen appear in another science fiction novel, so the uniqueness was appreciated. I just need a little more oomph than ooh la la when it comes to my stories, please.

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review 2017-02-09 19:28
Fatale Deluxe Edition, Volume 2 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume 2 (Fatale DLX Ed Hc) - Elizabeth Breitweiser,Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips

Fatale: Deluxe Edition, Volume 2 is a stunningly beautiful piece of cosmic horror meets noir.

 

This one has two essays at the end, like the first one did, both by Jess Nevins. This time around the subjects are H.P. Lovecraft, (again), and Aleister Crowley. I found both to be interesting and informative.

 

 

In this volume we learn more about where Josephine has been and where she's going and of course there are a few sexy times in between, most especially when she does a video for the rock band Amsterdam. As always happens with Jo, the good times start rolling into dark times at the flick of a switch, and they keep on rolling right down to the depths of hell.

 

 


I can't recommend these enough-especially if you enjoy classic tropes turned on their heads and lots of tentacles in your artwork.

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review 2017-02-01 18:26
Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC - Ed Brubaker

 

Fatale is about the classic Femme Fatale character, (in this case, her name is Josephine), except this time the story is from her point of view. Plus, she doesn't want to be what she is. Her powers draw men in even when she tries to stop it from happening. By taking a character trope that has long served as an evildoer and turning it on its head to have it become a sympathetic character instead, a whole new world of story-telling possibilities opens up! I hope to read all of them.

 

 

 

I loved every aspect of Fatale. I loved the intro from Meggan Abbott. I loved the two essays in the back, (one about Lovecraft and his impact on the horror genre and the other about Edgar Allan Poe and his influences), both written by Jess Nevins. Also, the artwork kicks major ass. This deluxe edition is gorgeous, the story is super cool, (Noir meets Cthulhu), and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one!

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text 2017-01-30 13:16
Sci-Fi and Scary Coolthulhu Crew 2017 Challenge
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 - Cliff Rathburn,Charlie Adlard,Tony Moore,Robert Kirkman
The Walking Dead, Compendium 2 - Charlie Adlard,Robert Kirkman
Ubo - Steve Rasnic Tem
Infernal Parade - Clive Barker,Bob Eggleton
Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC - Ed Brubaker

I decided to participate in the Sci-Fi and Scary blog's Horror Challenge for 2017. It's the first time for me participating in such a thing and I'm still trying to figure it all out. 

 

I think I did okay, though-I read four horror books-which is actually kind of low for me, but I've read a few crime noir  comics, some grit lit and a police procedural/thriller.

 

Coolthulhu Crew badge, here I come! 

 

The Walking Dead Compendiums 1 & 2

Ubo by Steve Rasnic Tem

Infernal Parade by Clive Barker

Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Deluxe Edition)

 

January Books Read for Challenge: 5

 

 

You can enter the challenge yourself hereSci Fi and Scary 2017 Horror Reading Challenge

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text 2017-01-26 18:30
I'm Starting: Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
Fatale Deluxe Edition Volume 1 HC - Ed Brubaker

My Goodreads friend Richard Vialet turned me on to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips and I could not possibly be more thankful. 

 

I started with the first volume of Incognito. A superhero story where the superhero is in the Witness Protection Program. How great of a premise is that? I ripped through the first one like it was nothing and I'm currently waiting for the next one to come in at the library. 

 

In the meantime, I put a hold on the first volume of Fatale and it came in last night. First off, this is a deluxe edition and it's flat-out gorgeous. Second, it has a VERY cool introduction from Meggan Abbott. I have no idea who she is, I mean-I know she's an author and I have a few of her books on my TBR, but I'm not familiar with whatever genre in which she writes or if her books are actually any good. I look forward to learning more about her though, because her intro to this beautiful graphic novel series has me totally JACKED to get started with this.  She said something about Cthulhu meets Noir and she had me! Right. There.

 

I'm going to finish up The Walking Dead Compendium 2, and then I'm hopping onto this one. At least: that's my plan. However, last night while reading TWD, I found my eyes continuously driftin' on over to Fatale. 

 

 

I can't wait to get started!

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