Books I’ve read

HELLBOY: The Wild Hunt by Mike Mignola (I forget the artist) is the TPB collection of the latest miniseries. Given how long Hellboy’s been just drifting aimlessly, it’s nice to see things change as an attack by witches and the schemes of the Osiris Society lead to a meeting with Morgan LeFay, a revelation about Hellboy’s mother and a really unexpected twist to his destiny. A very good job.
JENNY FINN collects two issues of a stand-alone series by Mignola (though one that would fit the Hellboy universe easily enough) in which a sailor and a government official both discover a young girl causing mysterious mutations and try to figure out what to do with her. Not first-ranked, but good.
TURN COAT: A Novel of the Dresden Files has Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden struggling to prove that one of his fellow wizards didn’t murder a member of the magical White Council, the struggle complicated by a)the wizard was caught in the act; b)a skinwalker keeps trying to kill them; and c)if Harry’s found out, he’ll be executed as an accomplice. A fairly obvious killer (a Red Shirt and also the Least Likely Suspect) and I’d like to know how the Black Council was able to set something as powerful as a skinwalker on Harry, but a good thriller nonetheless.
BLUE MAURITIUS: The Hunt For the World’s Most Valuable Stamps by Helen Morgan chronicles how the rare two-penny stamp from a British colony became philately’s most desired rarity even though it’s not the rarest (the British Guiana has that honor, but the Blue Mauritius has outpriced it). Covering the origin of the stamps, the history of the handful of known stamps, the growth of philately itself and the question of whether some of the stamps are fakes (“Given the current prices, few collectors want to submit them to test.”) this is informative but not all that interesting compared to similar works I’ve read—whether the problem is the book or that I’m not that interested in the material, I don’t know.

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