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review 2018-05-31 16:31
Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book, Goscinny & Uderzo
Asterix & Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book - Albert Uderzo; Rene Goscinny

It's the 50th Anniversary of Asterix and Obelix, so they get their own Birthday Book! What would our heroes be like in the year 1 AD? It's amusing to find out, but let's face it, the perpetual 50 BC they are stuck in is more fun, so let's return there after out glimpse of the future...

 

How old are our heroes, anyway? Why aren't they married? What should they get as Birthday Gifts? How many characters from previous adventures will show up to celebrate? How will Caesar try to ruin the party? How many artistic styles and famous paintings can Uderzo parody (amazingly well) in one book? Just how surreal can one Asterix book get???

 

This has to be the most bonkers Asterix book of them all - by some considerable stretch! Best appreciated by those most familiar with the entire history of the village of Indomitable Gauls still holding out against the invaders...

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text 2018-05-24 22:12
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 296 pages.
V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore

I'm not appreciating the art style in this.

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review 2018-05-17 12:41
Asterix and the Class Act, Goscinny and Uderzo
Asterix and the Class Act - Albert Uderzo,René Goscinny

The collected Asterix short stories!


These are as varied as they are fabulous!


We see: a story about how the animals of the village also hold out against Roman Imperialism; a story about Gaulish fashion; the birth of our heroes; Asterix in the styles of several other comix; the Obelix family tree; how Lutetia won a competition to host the Olympics; how Spring defeated Winter with the help of the village of Indomitable Gauls; a lot of Roman-bashing; and numourous other adventures! Absolutely top-notch work from Goscinny and Uderzo, spanning 40+ years of Asterix comics history.

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review 2018-05-10 17:02
The Walking Dead Compendium 3, Kirkman/Adlard/Rathburn
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3 (Walking Dead Compendium Tp) - Charlie Adlard,Charlie Adlard,Robert Kirkman

Rick continues to oscillate wildly between unhinged psycho-killer and alleged Greatest Leader the World has Ever Seen. Negan turns out to just be The Governor dialled up to 11. Far more interesting is the latter parts where we focus more on Carl and we get new antagonists, the Whisperers. They are an intriguing psychological response to the Zombie Apocalypse, which seems to have been going on for a while now.

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review 2018-05-10 16:29
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, Sydney Padua
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer - Sydney Padua

What a fabulous book!

 

A mixture of comic strip silliness, delightful anecdote and thorough research (aided by the spiritual successors to Babbage's never realised Analytical Engine) that provides the perfect introduction to the designer of the world's first computer and the author of the world's first computer science article!

 

This dynamic duo have to face: visits from Royalty! Funding problems! Infestations of monkeys! And more! Meet such supporting characters as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Marian Evans (better known as George Eliot) and a Leopard!

 

Enjoy such additional delights as: extensive footnotes that take on a life of their own! Primary sources! An explanation of how the Analytical Engine was supposed to work! And an Epilogue! And more!

 

Seriously, read this book to laugh while you learn and wonder how history would have gone if Babbage had just completed even one of his designs...

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