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The Never Game (Colter Shaw #1)
Jeffery Deaver

Good fantasy novel, first part of a series. Enjoyable read

Nights of Villjamur - Mark Charan Newton

 

 

This fantasy novel deals with an assortment of main characters: Brynd, a career soldier of the Empire; Randur, thief and lothario, Inquisitor Jeryd investigating the death of two councillors, all of whom get involved in the politics of Villjamur, the city at the heart of the Empire. The novel includes murder, magic, sexual encounters, strange creatures, different races and a fairly serious plot.

The writing is quite engaging and characters are well-developed.  I've ordered the next book in the series as I enjoyed this one.

Enjoyable time-travel comic collection with a nice old-fashioned feel to it.

Rocket Girl Volume 1: Times Squared by Montclare, Brandon (2014) Paperback - Brandon Montclare; Amy Reeder;

 

 

Having read Volume 2 first a while ago, I've not read Volume 1. It's a fun comic series about a teen police officer from the future (a futuristic 2013) coming to 1986 to right a corporate wrong. Without giving too much away, the story moves along at a fair pace, characters are developed and there’s plenty of action.

 

An enjoyable series with clear and detailed artwork with just the right amount of colour. Well worth a look.

 

Definitely aimed at the female readership - fashion, influencers, introspection

Snotgirl: California Screaming - Bryan Lee O'Malley



Lottie interacts in a variety of ways with all her friends and their friends. There’s a lot of introspection as Lottie questions just about everything. There’s a bit of action, including murder and ghosts. The characters are all pretty vacuous, deliberately probably. The artwork is clear, colourful and fun. Ending on a cliffhanger - another volume to come. Not really an appropriate series for an old comic lover like me.

Quite good continuation of this saga but...

Mage, the Hero Defined Volume 2 - Matt Wagner

 

 

Although this series is quite enjoyable, occasionally witty, now with a touch of romance thrown in, the whole endeavour is still too wordy for my liking. There’s a lot of (too much?) explanation around the fighting and development of the characters. The artwork is generally good but nothing special. It’s worth a look but don’t expect too much.

Really enjoyable thriller with a lot of courtroom drama.

The Plea - Steve Cavanagh

 

This is the second Eddie Flynn novel that I've read (out of order) and it's a thrill ride from beginning to end. It's non-stop intrigue as Eddie Flynn takes on a murder case, convinced that his client is innocent. There's a lot of machinations, conspiracy and revelations, all of which add to the excitement. It's well-written without too much embellishment and there's a lot of interesting well-developed characters. I recommend this to all lovers of easy reading, well-constructed thrillers

Enjoyable but long final volume to this series

Inheritance - Christopher Paolini

The fourth and final volume in this fantasy series about dragons and magic, it is again very long, well-written, full of detail and characterisation, entertaining and worth a look - but only if you've read the previous three volumes. The plot reaches the inevitable conclusion after a lot of fighting, bloodshed, battles, injuries, revelations as Eragon, Saphira and the Varden take on Galbatorix and the Empire's forces. Perhaps the very ending will come as a bit of a surprise but otherwise the final outcome is predictable yet worth reading.

Could this be the end? A varied and sometimes less frivolous volume.

Rat Queens Volume 5: The Colossal Magic Nothing  - Owen Gieni, Kurtis Wiebe

The Rat Queens return to Palisade and there’s a variety of stories included here but also some altered reality plots. It can be confusing at times and I have to admit that I prefer the more straightforward storylines. The artwork is often stunning and the characters continue to be exciting, different and zany. A good Volume on the whole - with some reservation.

Routine but effective police procedural set in the West Country

Hushabye - Celina Grace

 

 

Kate is a Detective Sergeant newly moved to Abbotsford and immediately  involved in a missing baby / murder case. She helps to solve the case while confronting her own inner demons.

 

Relatively short, this detective novel has a reasonable plot, well-told and engaging while introducing and developing a small range of characters and adding the odd red herring.

Enjoyable at a fairly basic level and I recommend it’s a good easy read for lovers of detective fiction.

Difficult book to read and to review- hard-hitting and depressing but worth it.

L'ordre du jour - Eric Vuillard

Read this in English as "The Order of the Day"

 

This short literary look at events leading up to the Second World War focusses on two aspects: German industry’s support for Hitler from 1933 and the consequences thereof and how France and Britain conceded so much to the Nazis in the name of peace. Told in a literary style with the author’s opinions throughout, it is revelatory and interesting but also depressing. A quick, enlightening read.

Comic collection based on a Scottish fairy tale. Not bad but...

The Black Bull of Norroway - Kit Seaton, Cat Seaton

 

 

Sibylla is destined to become the wife of the Black Bull of Norroway and this series depicts her journey and the characters and dilemma that she encounters. The story does not end here and there is more to come.

 

The artwork is nicely executed, colourful and clear but the dialogue can be stilted which spoils things a bit. It’s good but nothing particularly special.

Good but long third volume ot this fantasy series

Brisingr - Christopher Paolini

Eragon continues to develop as a Dragon Rider as the confrontation between the Varden and Galbatorix moves further along. Characters are interesting and developed and the plot is interesting even if it's a long book. There's a fair amount of fighting and bloodshed. It's good and I look forward to reading the final volume

Fun first volume about a half-witch

Oddly Normal Book 1 - Otis Frampton, Otis Frampton

 

 

The interestingly-named Oddly Normal finds herself in a magical world full of strange and colourful characters but she hasn’t necessarily landed on her feet.

This is a cartoony fun comic collection probably more suited to a younger readership with an easy plot and clear colourful illustrations. Nicely done.

Science fiction / fantasy comic collection with mystery and drama

Oblivion Song - Robert Kirkman, Lorenzo De Felici

 A part of Philadelphia has been shifted into a dimension full of monsters and strange creatures. Nathan travels between there and Earth bringing people back but do they want to come back? With only a few key characters on both sides, the story is interesting and original while the artwork is clear and, in the case of the creatures, boggling and exciting. A worthwhile first volume.

Follow-up Volume about motorcycle racers and a drug/fuel enhancer called Crush

Motor Crush Volume 2 - Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr

 

 

Dom returns after two years to re-acquaint herself with friends, lovers, rivals and the world that she left. Lots of action and a certain finality to the plot.

I found this more entertaining than Volume 1 but I’m not too enthusiastic about the cartoony artwork.

A lot of adventures and fighting with new “warriors” to join Kevin.

Mage the Hero Discovered Volume 3 (Limited Edition) - Matt Wagner, Diana Schutz, Rick Taylor, Sam Kieth

 

 

Kevin teams up with Joe and later Kirby (Heracles) to take out the nasties and many more warriors (those with abilities) join in. A whole new batch of characters, supernatural beings and principal villain are introduced. It’s not the most engaging of plot lines but the artwork is reasonably done.

Ending on a cliffhanger, there are more volumes to come as Kevin must confront his nemesis.

What can I say? Excellent continuation of this story

Saga Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

 

 

I totally enjoyed this Volume which raises some interesting issues such as abortion while being captivating and exciting. Loads of interesting characters feature and the whole effect is of fun and clever plotting. I can’t recommend this series enough as the writing, originality and artwork make the whole experience worthwhile. Now onto Volume 9!