Monthly Archives: August 2022

The Sandman, Vol. 1 & 2 (“Preludes and Nocturnes” & “The Doll’s House”) by Neil Gaiman

First off, if you’re new to this world of comics, which I am, what an absolute nightmare it is to navigate the world of issues, volumes, books and all the various editions, omnibuses, deluxe editions and absolute editions and figure … Continue reading

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Dan Simmons – Song of Kali (1985) Review

8/10 Set in the Indian city Kolkata, which used to be named Calcutta but the book was written before the name change in 2001 so the name Calcutta is used throughout, and anyway the Kolkata of this book isn’t really … Continue reading

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Reviews: Persepolis (2000) by Marjane Satrapi & Persepolis (2007) the film adaption

Persepolis is often mentioned in the same breath as that other autobiographical graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman. Very understandable, as Persepolis chronicles the childhood of writer Marjane Satrapi as she grew up in Iran in the 1980s as the … Continue reading

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Mark Leyner – The Sugar Frosted Nutsack (2012) Review

9/10 This book is nuts and I won’t sugarcoat it for you. Don’t let the obviously perfect and attractive title fool you: this is a totally bonkers, post-modern wankfest to the nth degree. But it is also science-fantasy about gods … Continue reading

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Review: Diosamante (1992) by Jean-Claude Gal & Alejandro Jodorowsky

Man, Jean-Claude Gal can draw, man. He must be among the greatest comic book artists of all time. Previously I read Armies (1977-88) which was his first work and the artistry that he put on display in that series was … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov – The Gods Themselves (1972) Review

6.5/10 The Gods Themselves is a popular, successful work in Asimov’s career and it is famous for a couple of things: it won the important awards, it was a return to fiction for Asimov after a 15 year drought, and … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs (2018) by Steve Brusatte

Before there was fantasy and science fiction, before there was literature, before there were learned gentlemen, before there was agriculture, before there were humans, before there were freaking capuchin monkeys, before there was grass, before there were, in some cases, … Continue reading

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