Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks & Kelley Jones

Daphne Byrne Daphne Byrne by Laura Marks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now, this is a delish little bit of Gothic fun. DAPHNE BYRNE, by Laura Marks and Kelley Jones, from @joe_hill & @dccomics Black Label imprint, Hill House Comics. The story hits all the perfect Gothic horror notes, and Jones’ mastery of the Grand Guignol fits this story and it’s macabre flavor perfectly. Perfect for your spooky season reading!

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Something is Killing the Children, Vol 2 by James Tynion IV, et al

Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 2 Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 2 by James Tynion IV
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The love child of IT and STRANGER THINGS, this is an excellent horror story and I am quickly becoming a fan of everything that James Tyrion IV writes (WYND is another favorite graphic novel from earlier in the year). Full of children eating monsters and monster killers (along with plenty of gore), I’d love to see this made into a proper television series. If you’re on the Comixology Unlimited program, the first two volumes are available there for your creepy reading pleasure. 💀💀💀

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Something is Killing the Children, Vol 1 by James Tynion IV, et al

Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1 Something is Killing the Children, Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The love child of IT and STRANGER THINGS, this is an excellent horror story and I am quickly becoming a fan of everything that James Tyrion IV writes (WYND is another favorite graphic novel from earlier in the year). Full of children eating monsters and monster killers (along with plenty of gore), I’d love to see this made into a proper television series. If you’re on the Comixology Unlimited program, the first two volumes are available there for your creepy reading pleasure. 💀💀💀

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Star Wars Adventures: Beware Vader's Castle by Cavan Scott, et al

Star Wars Adventures: Beware Vader's Castle Star Wars Adventures: Beware Vader's Castle by Cavan Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Think TALES FROM THE CRYPT viewed through a Star Wars lens, aimed at younger readers. It’s a fun series, and one I think most casual SW fans will enjoy, especially during Spooky Season.

Collecting STAR WARS ADVENTURES: TALES FROM VADER’S CASTLE and STAR WARS ADVENTURES: RETURN TO VADER’S CASTLE

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Nothing But Blackened Teeth Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really, really wanted to like this more. The premise sounds fantastic, the buzz was hot, and the cover was worth the price of admission alone. Unfortunately, while Khaw achieves a healthy balance of minimalist description and creepy vibes, it all becomes bogged down in far too much purple prose (or in this case, violent violet prose). I don’t think there is a single sentence in this slim novella that doesn’t have some sort of metaphor or allegory, and in a story that is already short, it becomes just too much. If all of that flowery description were to be removed, we’d have been left with a decent story, but a very short one at that. Overall, rather disappointing.

Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Nightfire for a free digital review copy.

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Star Wars: The High Republic: Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott, et al

Tempest Runner Tempest Runner by Cavan Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Little Nemo by Frank Pé

Frank Pe's Little Nemo Frank Pe's Little Nemo by Frank Pé
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

LITTLE NEMO from @frankpe1921 & @magneticpress is a gorgeous reimagining of Winsor McCay’s whimsical and perpetually sleeping creation, Little Nemo. Pé’s artwork is beautiful and his dreamlike creations practically leap off the page. A wonderful tribute to McCay’s original stories. Thank you to @magneticpress & @this_is_edelweiss for a free digital review copy in exchange for a review.

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

Certain Dark Things by Syliva Moreno-Garcia

Certain Dark Things Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A whip smart, fast paced, urban fantasy that takes vampire lore to an entirely new level, CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia is the debut offering from @torbooks new horror imprint, Nightfire, and it is a perfect book to launch with. Reading almost as much as an alternate history as it does urban fantasy/horror, vampires are discovered in the 1960s to actually exist. As the world struggles with this new knowledge, vampires and humans attempt to coexist, but of course this doesn’t work out. CDT takes place in a near-future Mexico City, one of the few vampire-free zones in the world. Told from multiple points of view, CDT follows young, naïve Atl, a vampire of Aztec decent, who is on the run after her family is murdered by a rival vampire cartel. She befriends street kid Domingo, who can help her navigate the unfamiliar streets of Mexico City as she tries to negotiate them passage out of North America before either the Mexico City police, the human mafia, or the rival vampire family finds her and kills her.

The way Moreno-Garcia creates such complex lore around each of the different types of vampires is fantastic. You won’t find sparkling vampires here, nor vampires that can change into mist. Instead, these are vampires grounded in the real world, with various subspecies and a history and lore to go with each. While being dark and gritty and bloody, it’s still refreshing to see a writer be able to do something original like this with vampires. Moreno-Garcia’s writing is slick and stylish; I’m sorry I haven’t read any of her other books yet. I’ll need to remedy that sooner than later.

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