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Blacksad
Blacksad
by Juanjo Guarnido
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.42

5.0 out of 5 stars True noir experience...with a twist., 15 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Blacksad (Hardcover)
Blacksad is one of those rare graphic novels that captures the reader with a combination of exquisite art and dramatic story-telling and excellent pacing. It looks back into the great American noir classics with a fresh sensibility. The unexpected use of animal characters brings new symbolism to the typecasts of the noir story and flawless taste of the artist in rendering them in a mature, grown-up way is perfection. Every panel is a piece of art on its own.

This collection is a wonderful hardcover edition that makes a great gift for collectors and plain fanciers alike. I bought it as a little present for myself after the recommendation of a friend and I've not regret it. It's an amazing graphic novel to have and read.


Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned (Badass Series)
Badass: The Birth of a Legend: Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains, and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned (Badass Series)
by Ben Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 4 Aug. 2011
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Sure, it's not the kind of high-literature book you want to expand your horizons or an 100% accurate historical/cultural overview of humanity's myths, legends and modern flights of imagination.

But it's a great tribute to the collective human conscious and subconscious desire to one-up everyone else's mythology and imagination with your own. The over-the-top writing is great fun when you just want something funny to read that'll put a smile on your face. I also find that this a book that'll get younger people interested in old folklore and myths, just like its counterpart will interest them in history.

That's a win-win situation as far as I'm concerned and this book is a really fun addition to any personal library.


Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live (Badass Series)
Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live (Badass Series)
by Ben Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for a break from seriousness, 4 Aug. 2011
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I bought this book and its companion on a fly of fancy and I'm glad to say I was not disappointed. It's a great thing to read when you're tired of reading 'serious' books and just want to read something to get a laugh out of. This book fits the bill perfectly, with Thompson's bombastic style of writing, going over the top. It may be excessive but it's a great joke when you need it and when you just want to enjoy the sheer larger-than-life personalities described.


The Plucker: An Illustrated Novel: An Illustrated Novel by Brom
The Plucker: An Illustrated Novel: An Illustrated Novel by Brom
by Gerald Brom
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story, 4 Aug. 2011
The art of Brom is one of haunted imaginations of a restless mind, beautiful in its boldness and haunting. The story might seem weak to some, but the quality of a fairy tale idea of a child's toys coming to life due to the power of the child's imagination, just to be assaulted by an ancient horror from a distant land is rather harrowing and may very well touch on one's childhood nightmares or fears, bringing about a sense of nostalgia and lost innocence.

Overall this is a very touching book that fully utilizes Brom's excellent art and his maddening imagination. A great read and a real treasure to own.


The Devil's Rose
The Devil's Rose
by Gerald Brom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A literary and artistic treasure, 4 Aug. 2011
This review is from: The Devil's Rose (Hardcover)
Brom rarely disappoints and "The Devil's Rose" is one of those books that exude a kind of energy in your hand the moment you pick them up, before you even turn the cover.

The blend of a tale of redemption, lost love and punishment, and an art style that forgoes the frills to create a hauntingly human and psychological world where judgement is black and white, brutal and unrelenting, yet where humanity, hope and perseverance somehow break through.

It's a phenomenally moving book, highly recommended for anybody who loved Brom's "Plucker" or any other of his works. Definitely something to treasure for the future.


Official Dictionary of Sarcasm, The
Official Dictionary of Sarcasm, The
by James Napoli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.39

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bloody good laugh, 4 Jun. 2011
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This book is the ultimate guide to snark and an honest to goodness good riot. The entries are hilarious--reading sarcasm on topics like Elton John, women, employment--everything that defines our culture from this book will put a smile on everyone's face.


The Angel Of Darkness: Number 2 in series (Laszlo Kreizler & John Schuyler Moore)
The Angel Of Darkness: Number 2 in series (Laszlo Kreizler & John Schuyler Moore)
by Caleb Carr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A touchstone for storytelling and view into the human abyss, 4 Jun. 2011
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The Angel of Darkness succeeds in being its own story, standing apart from it's spiritual prequel, The Alienist, with a good sense of flow and an intriguing plot. Viewing the story from the perspective of a character not blemished by pessimism or 'grown up' societal stuffiness is a refreshing read. Dwelling into society's reluctance to accept that a woman can be capable of such evil even against her own flesh and blood is as contemporary in the present day as it was now, offering a poignant contemplation on just how much society has really progressed since the mid-1800s.

Carr writes with the eye of a historian and the mind of a true character studier, bringing together suspense and all too realistic heart-crushing anticipation.


Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Bloodsucking Twist
Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Bloodsucking Twist
by Charlotte Bronte
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read but that's it, 4 April 2011
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While it's one of the better monster-mashes of newer times, it's still not really something extraordinary. It's good fun to read on a very long road-trip or on the plane, but there's really not all that much to recommend it for much else. It's a good joke and that's about it. If you love the original Jane Eyre, give it a read, but don't expect it to have the quirky tenacity or bravado of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.


The Alienist (Laszlo Kreizler & John Schuyler Moore)
The Alienist (Laszlo Kreizler & John Schuyler Moore)
by Caleb Carr
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 4 April 2011
Carr has almost everything he needs to make a memorable book: Fascinating characterization, deep story, riveting portrayal of early psychological analysis and a setting full of nostalgia and historical interest. What it's missing is just that undefined 'something' that makes truly great reading. However, it's still a book worth purchasing and reading to the very end, especially if you're fond of mysteries and thriller stories.


The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks
The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks
by Max Brooks
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sociopolitical satire, comics and zombies. And damn good writing., 6 Mar. 2011
Having been given the Zombie Survival Guide as an ironic gift by some friends who are rather sarcastic about my fondness of a good zombie story, I bought this just to rub it in. And it's really a great and fun read. Some will complain it's a short read. Yes, it's short but it's extremely sweet and I find that zombie mayhem is best enjoyed in such short bursts, before it has time to turn stale and repetitive. Even though Max Brooks claims it wasn't intended as satire of anything, it just does it anyway and in a really good manner. With a pseudo-historical manner of writing and ample jibes at human ignorance, arrogance and willful blindness, it's quite nice to see a writer who isn't afraid to cast humans as victims rather than survivor big damn heroes.
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