More books

Still no opportunity to blog anything heavier.
MORE SCARY KISSES is the anthology my story Sword of Darcy appears in, alongside werewolves, dryads, vampires, ice maidens and others trying to find love (including several lesbian relationships, though no male/male ones). Besides my partiality to my own, my favorites include the comical supernatural love story, Dark Night of Anton Weiss (which reveals why you should never hire an Australian medium, particularly one who works as a plumber) and The Dark Season, which pulls off a stock twist in a Victorian vampire story). An anthology I’m delighted to be part of.
THE LONG MAN is Steve Englehart’s middling sequel to Point Man in which a now ageless Max August discovers a sinister conspiracy plotting world dominion starting with Suriname (on the grounds it’s so far off the radar they can install a puppet government before anyone notices) with Sarin-wielding zombies.
So when a scientist discovers a cure for zombies, Max winds up taking her on the run from the conspiracy’s assassins. The idea is neat, and I like the idea of a SPECTRE-like group that treats magic as just one more tool in the box, but the overall effect is to make this too much a mainstream spy thriller and too little a fantasy (the long lectures on how magic works don’t help). Another problem is that in contrast to Point Man, Max is just too formidable here, to the point he’s never seriously threatened. Even so, I’ll give the newest book, Plain Man, a shot.
THIS GUN FOR HIRE by Graham Greene has the hare-lipped killer Raven embark on a single-minded mission of vengeance when he learns the schemer who hired him to create a Sarajevo-class casus belli has also framed him for theft to cover it up. This is much darker than the Alan Ladd film based on it——even the happy ending is rather subdued——but readable in its own right; interesting to see how the movie took a story about preventing World War II and updated it to a story about exposing a traitor.
LOGICOMIX: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis, Chrostos H, Papadimitriou, Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna is one of the odder concepts for a graphic novel I’ve come across: Prior to World War II, philosopher and antiwar activist Bertrand Russell is asked his view on the coming war, which gives him an incentive to discuss his long life and constant search for a completely consistent system of logic (a dream the mathematician Godel put paid to with his incompleteness theorem). A cartoon history of logic might have been interesting, but The Life of Betrand Russell really isn’t; certainly different, but not in a good way.
DIANA PRINCE, WONDER WOMAN, Volume Two has writer/artist Mike Sekowsky firming up Diana Prince’s late-sixties status (after losing her powers and opening a fashion boutique) as she promotes fashion, takes in a teen runaway, battles the diabolical Dr. Cyber and makes a new running foe. Much inferior to Volume Three, which had a lot more variety in the stories; the adventures here make me think Sekowsky hadn’t gotten far up the learning curve here (the runaway story is particularly odd, as if the villains were lesbian BDSM freaks but without any sex).
TRUE BRIT by John Byrne and John Cleese is a comic alternative timeline in which Kal-El lands in Kent rather than Kansas
and grows up terrified at the thought of using his powers to “show off.” Yet inevitably his heroic destiny looms … Unfortunately this seems more keyed to a UK audience (will Americans get jokes about British taxes and train schedules?); fitfully amusing but not notably funnier in its Brit-jokes than DC’s old Swing With Scooter.


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