Nemo: The Roses of Berlin
May10

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin     As with Heart of Ice, the first of writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O’Neill’s Janni Dakkar/Nemo outings, the slim (52 pages) volume at hand is enjoyable enough, even though it feels lightweight next to its big brothers in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen universe. Nemo: The Roses of Berlin moves forward thirty-five years to find Captain Janni nearing fifty, still plowing murderously away at...

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Lady Stanhope’s Manuscript and Other Stories
May01

Lady Stanhope’s Manuscript and Other Stories

Lady Stanhope’s Manuscript and Other Stories     Well now, here’s an odd one:  an anthology that is not only very good indeed, but also comes damned near to being totally satisfying.   And let’s be honest here, I’m not ever going to be to objective about a book that reintroduces me to Sibelius’s ‘Tapiola’ as well as to the music of John Tavener.  Yep. For some weird reason Tavener has gone under my radar all these years; and how...

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Stephen King’s The Dark Half
Mar08

Stephen King’s The Dark Half

Summoning Demons: Revisiting Stephen King’s The Dark Half     “Kull meditated a while, then spoke.  ‘Can you summon up demons?’ “’Aye.  I can summon up a demon more savage than any in ghostland – by smiting you on the face.’” –Robert E. Howard, The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune     Fittingly for a novel that deals so obsessively with the subject of twins, doubling and mirror images, Stephen King’s 1989 novel The Dark Half is...

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View from the Madhouse: Revisiting Stephen King’s Misery
Feb14

View from the Madhouse: Revisiting Stephen King’s Misery

View from the Madhouse: Revisiting Stephen King’s Misery     Loosely sandwiched in between two novels with truly enormous casts – It and The Tommyknockers – King’s 1987 Misery was a stripped-to-the-bone two-hander. Yes, there really are only two people featured over the 350-odd pages.  One is writer Paul Sheldon — famous for his money-spinning bodice-rippers starring heroine Misery Chastain. The other is his isolated,...

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The Legend of Batman Volume 3 Born to Kill
Feb14

The Legend of Batman Volume 3 Born to Kill

The Legend of Batman Volume 3 Born to Kill     Admittedly, with a title like that one, I should have known better than to expect something uplifting or life-affirming.  OK, that I could live without, but how about entertaining?  A bit of that, maybe? Not a chance.  Born to Kill is simply unremitting ugliness.  It is a near-enough unredeemed black and sickening vision of life that makes you want to scrub yourself clean after...

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Batman : Zero Year
Feb02

Batman : Zero Year

  Batman: Zero Year     Legend of Batman is another set of collections from Eaglemoss, the quality of which I raved about last year when the company launched its series of Star Trek graphic novels.  And this looks to be every single bit as good, if the initial two volumes here are anything to go by.  Mind you, it is probably necessary to be a complete bat- fanatic if the intention is to collect all of the dozens of volumes.  I’m...

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