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review 2018-11-20 02:53
I don't know what just happened...
Optimus Prime #17 - Kei Zama,John Barber

But I absolutely love it, and I'm eager to find out what's going to happen next.   It's all scheming, betrayal, and something super weird going on between Devastator, Metrotitan and Starscream. 

 

And of course the surprise guest at the end.   Like that's the WTF just happened moment, and I am so, so eager to find out.  I want to scream out what happened, but I have hopes that Jessica will eventually finish this up... so I won't spoil this, or letting her know what we find out about Primus. 

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review 2018-11-19 13:33
The end :(
Transformers: Lost Light #25 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

And yet, what an ending.   Roberts leaves open the Whirl/Cyclonus/Tailgate threesome, forges ahead with new surprising bonds that make sense and leaves this tale open for so many more stories - stories that will never get told and that he never planned to tell. 

 

But he certainly leaves it up to my mind to continue telling them.   Fabulous!

 

And yet, I put off finishing this, I am desperately sad.   No more Roberts MTMtE.  No more Roberts Lost Light.   No more of his Whirl, or Cyclonus, or Swerve.   Or any of the others.   And this, my friends, is a dark, dark day for me. 

 

Does it help that Barber's going to continue on the IDW Transformers universe?  A little, as he'll be involved in rebooting next year.   But I'm being cautiously skeptical until I see what Hasbro included in 'must do' in their universe, and with what Barber comes up with.   It certainly won't be the same without Roberts there. 

 

Sighs.   Now I'm just sad again :(

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review 2018-11-19 13:27
Pentultimate issue
Transformers: Lost Light #24 - Brendan Cahill,James Lamar Roberts

As this nears it end, I felt more and more torn: same fabulous storytelling, same fabulous art, but each issue read meant I had only limited issues left unread.   One more, guys!   One more!   That broke my heart. 

 

And yet it's so good, I just kept reading.   Love, love, love this.

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review 2018-11-19 13:24
Fantastic ramp up to the end
Transformers: Lost Light #23 - Jack Lawrence,James Lamar Roberts

Funny, heartfelt, full of action and adventure.   I absolutely loved this, as the secrets come out and we learn truths this series, and the previous one, had been building up to for years. 

 

Bittersweet because I knew it would end soon, though.   

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review 2018-11-19 06:19
The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs by Claude Lecouteux
The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs: Avatars of Invisible Realms - Claude Lecouteux,Régis Boyer

TITLE:   The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs:  Avatars of Invisible Realms

 

AUTHOR: Claude Lecouteux

 

DATE PUBLISHED: October 2018

 

FORMAT:  Hardcover

 

ISBN-13: 9781620557150

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"A comprehensive examination of the intertwined mythology, folklore, and literary history of the little people

• Explores the pagan roots of dwarfs and elves and their evolution in myth and literature

• Reveals the role the church played in changing them from fearless, shape-shifting warriors with magical powers into cheerful helpmates and cute garden gnomes

• Traces their history from ancient Celtic and Germanic lore through their emergence in the literature of the Middle Ages to their modern popularization by the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney

Most people are familiar with the popular image of elves as Santa’s helpers and dwarfs as little bearded men wearing red caps, who are mischievous and playful, helpful and sly, industrious and dexterous. But their roots go far deeper than their appearance in fairy tales and popular stories. Elves and dwarfs are survivors of a much older belief system that predates Christianity and was widespread throughout Western Europe.

Sharing his extensive analysis of Germanic and Norse legends, as well as Roman, Celtic, and medieval literature, Claude Lecouteux explores the ancient, intertwined history of dwarfs and elves. He reveals how both were once peoples who lived in wild regions as keepers of the secrets of nature. They were able to change their size at will and had superhuman strength and healing powers. They were excellent smiths, crafting swords that nothing could dull as well as magical jewelry, and often entered into the service of lords or heroes. They were a part of the everyday life of our ancestors before they were transformed by fairy tales and church texts into the mythical creatures we know today.

Lecouteux shows how, in earlier folklore, elves and dwarfs were interchangeable, gradually evolving over time to express very different kinds of beings. “Dwarf,” “giant,” and even “elf” did not necessarily connote size but referred to races with different skills. Elves were more ethereal, offering protection and kindness, while dwarfs reflected a more corporeal form of spirit, often appearing as messengers from the underworld. Yet dwarfs and elves could be bargained with, and our ancestors would leave a broken object outside the door at night with the hope that a dwarf or elf (or other local spirit) would repair it.

Revealing the true roots of these helpful and powerful beings, including an in-depth exploration of one of the most famous dwarf/elf/fairy beings of the Middle Ages, Auberon or Oberon, also known as Alberich, Lecouteux shows how the magic of dwarfs and elves can be rekindled if we recognize their signs and invite them back into our world.
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The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarves takes a scholarly look at the changing nature of elves and dwarves in NEurope.  The book is informative and interesting, making a nice addition to the Ancestral Lore and Practices collection by the same author.

 

 

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