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review 2018-01-13 12:25
Herge's Adventures of Tintin, Vol. 5, Herge
The Adventures of Tintinvolume 5 - Hergé

The best things about Tintin are:
1. Snowy.
2. Captain Haddock's cursing and insults.
3. Total preposterousness.

 

The worst things about Tintin are:
1. Patronising/offensive racial stereotyping.
2. Patronising/offensive national stereotyping.
3. Annoying cliff-hangers at the end of books.

 

The above are all present and correct in this volume but since the cliffhanger ending is in the Seven Crystal Balls one can move straight on and find out what is going on in Prisoners of the Sun. The solution came as a big surprise!

 

Snowy, besides being cute, interestingly, also: is helpful; tries to be helpful but actually makes things worse; gets in deep trouble; causes completely irrelevant mayhem. The best character by miles. Haddock's alliterative curses and insane malapropism-insults are on excellent form here. Billions of blue blistering barnacles in a thundering typhoon! You belemnite!

 

As for total preposterousness, Tintin is a globe trotting 13 yo reporter who can drive, shoot pistols and rifles and, after the first couple of books, never seems to actually hand in a story. 'Nuff said - but one could go on forever.

 

Interestingly, that other famous kids' comic, Asterix, also features copious quantities of national stereotyping - but it's hilarious rather than distasteful. Why? I think precisely because in the case of Asterix, it's obviously a joke and the authors are as happy to poke fun at France and the French (i.e. themselves) as they are any and every other nation on Earth.

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text 2018-01-12 12:25
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 192 pages.
The Adventures of Tintinvolume 5 - Hergé

All is explained! Except, perhaps, how Professor Calculus doesn't seem to have noticed that he was kidnapped and transported all the way across the Pacific!

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text 2018-01-11 13:29
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 192 pages.
The Adventures of Tintinvolume 5 - Hergé

The Seven Crystal Balls ends on a cliffhanger with absolutely none of the mysteries explained.

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text 2018-01-10 22:50
Reading progress update: I've read 42 out of 192 pages.
The Adventures of Tintinvolume 5 - Hergé

Snowy is the best, right?

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review 2018-01-09 12:31
The Walking Dead, Compendium 1 - Cliff Rathburn,Charlie Adlard,Tony Moore,Robert Kirkman

I found it impossible to read this without constantly comparing it to the TV show which led me to it.

Plot-wise, the show matches the source only in the broadest strokes. TV has also done what TV and film usually needs to do and cut and conflated characters from the source material. What I didn't really expect is that the changes would lead to more compelling characters with greater depth. It's usually the other way round.

The mysterious phenomenon where-by Rick's moral and practical decision making is immediately shown to be right by events is all present and slightly annoying, though.

Nevertheless, it's an addictive experience and I find myself prepared to shell out the alarming price for subsequent volumes.

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