Notes/First Impressions: Zombie Nation by Carter Reid

So in my post about Sex Criminals, Rat Queens and Saga, I added a bit at the end, saying There is one more [Hugo] nominee [for Graphic Story] that, for reasons I’ve outlined before, I will skip for now. If I have time, I may check it out and if it rocks my world, it […]

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 […]

Notes/First impressions: Katherine Addison – The Goblin Emperor

Review and synopsis of The Goblin Emperor by Martin Wisse. I liked this, but not as much as Martin did. For me, something was missing. I found the relentless focus on the protagonist, for a novel written in the third person featuring court intrigue, did not work for me. Because I also had a hard […]