Notes/first impressions: 3 Hugo-nominated graphic novels

Sex Criminals Volume One: One Weird Trick – Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery – Kurtis I. Wiebe & Roc Upchurch Saga Volume Three – Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples When I read Ms. Marvel vol.1, I thought that it was a bit flimsy for a graphic novel, […]

Notes/First Impressions: Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson (writer), Adrian Alphona, Jake Wyatt (illustrators),

This is very much not made for me. Its target audience is about 30 years younger than I am, and I need to keep that in mind. Small-capacity iPads and ebook editions of full-color comics don’t go together well. I read this on the 27″ iMac. That does not affect my impression at all, but […]

Notes/First Impressions: Thomas Olde Heuvelt – The Day the World Turned Upside Down (trs. Lia Belt)

The Day The World Turned Upside Down at Lightspeed Magazine. 10367 Words, so a really quick read. Don’t take me at my word—read it yourself. Another one that I thought was clearly very good but didn’t have any particular resonance with me. The macro/micro/nanocosm conceit is clever and I could see where the author was […]

Notes/First Impressions: Liu Cixin – The Three-Body Problem

Wow. This was a good read. The one significant flaw of The Three-Body Problem is a somewhat workmanlike, translator-ish stylie that actually comes from it being translated from the Chinese. Translator Ken Liu has a postscript explaining his approach and as a translator myself, I can’t fault it, and I can overlook that it doesn’t […]

A few random thought that may or may not amount to anything

I’m on vacation, and one of the things I’m doing, in addition to picking up my drawing tools and my guitar, is thinking about future projects. A few thoughts keep creeping up: I have an encyclopedic recollection of the science fiction I read in my youth, and could probably find any specific quote from at […]