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  1. Just Got into Hellblazer...

    I think Jenkins' run is underappreciated. He certainly did a lot of good shorter stories. And I also agree on Azzarello. I heard he can write pretty well but this really seemed like he was trying to write a different series and just got saddled with John Constantine, hence why the setting and characters are all so unfamiliar and divorced from the usual Hellblazer fare. As for Ennis, well, I think Ennis was kind of the catalyst for a bit of a dip in overall quality. Because he was the one who introduced his "Devil but not the Devil but much more Deviler than that Gaiman's Poser devil, honest !" character and the First remained a rather unimaginative go to shorthand for most supernatural events that happened in the series after that. As for Carey, I actually enjoyed the fact he was making the series more plot centric. I did feel, especially during the Ennis run, that sometimes certain issues were like little more than filler, like the pointless gun factory story where the dude ends up gouging out his eyes at the end. Somehow Constantine really didn't get much plot heavy stuff. Floppies ? As in actual floppies, or a term of endearment for old single issues ? I'd say to not chuck them, if only for the insight into the weird obscure shit Vertigo was publishing at a given time, which may be fun to look up and also as a bit of a time capsule of what the readers thought at the time via the letter's column. At least for as long as they had it. I think the bit where he has John fuck another dude was a bit weird. I mean, he's always been a bastard but I can't see him going that far, given he's always shown to be obscenely into women, just for the sake of a story. Not being homophobic here,, just saying that added onto the whole feeling of it being wholy out of the ordinary and unlike anything that came before. Also had no idea about the Ellis controversy with "Shoot".
  2. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Also finished The Scarlet Plague by London yesterday. Interesting, but a trifle short. Lord knows this could easily have been twice as long.
  3. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    I've got Land of Unreason lined up to read after The Scarlet Plague and possibly "HAMMED" A TALE OF THE CRUSADES by Le Fevre.
  4. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    The same Fletcher Pratt who co-wrote The City of the Living Dead that I read recently ? Also finished The King of Thomond, about a young girl going to be the governess of a Doctor owning a small island, only it turns out both the daughter and her mother are made of wax and the Doctor has gone crazy after trying to bring them to life following his reading of Frankenstein. It gets a bit too romantic, but there are definitely good things here.
  5. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Finished Paul Scheerbart's Na Prost today. Scheerbart is the weird German guy who kept writing bizarre science fiction and who was big into glass architecture. It begins promisingly enough with three people launched into space in a giant bottle after the Earth gets destroyed by a meteor. But it goes down from there and becomes a collection of parables, allegories and essays that the people inside the bottle spend all their time trying to de-code. Here's the full review if anyone is interested. Hint hint >: P http://theweirdandwonderfulblog.blogspot.cz/2017/09/na-prost-phantastischer-konigsroman-by.html
  6. New Writer Starting With Issue 13

    Still, original Hellblazer was around since before the Simpsons. For a run of 300 issues. This is kinda embarassing for DC to be honest, and I never read any of the relaunches.....and even if I'd want to, the fact they relaunched it three times would make that a very confusing prospect.
  7. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    The Fatal Move and Other Stories by F. W. O'Connell, Irish language preservationist, clergyman and radio personality. The title story is about a fatal chess duel using metal restraints and an electrified chess board. If only it wasn't so brief and underwhelming. The rest is even less impressive. Posting a link to my full review in the somewhat naivé hope that some of you may actually read it and won't relegate me to having to just copy post it here every time : P http://theweirdandwonderfulblog.blogspot.cz/2017/09/the-fatal-move-and-other-stories-by.html
  8. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Finished Forty Years with the Damned or Life Inside the Earth by Charles Aikin. http://theweirdandwonderfulblog.blogspot.cz/2017/09/forty-years-with-damned-or-life-inside.html The Utopian subterranean sections of this book are so tedious they made me realise how Dystopias give you incident and adversity whereas Utopias give you people wallowing in their contentedness and pleasentry. The Martian section of this book is the best, but the writing brings up a lot of weird, questionably or just plain silly things, apart from the fact that the main character, a run-away slave, turns out to not be black but an Arab and it's treated as a big revelation, which coupled with the guy going on about black people's "inherent sloth" and how even in the after life Black people are forced by universal law to make them want to serve white people. It's just.....very weird and bad in a lot of places.
  9. New Writer Starting With Issue 13

    How many bloody iterations has this gone through since the original book was canned ? Seriously.
  10. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    I'm more irritate that no one bothered to archive Avis Hekking's A King of Mars yet, as that seems to have at least some action going on in it. Interesting suggestion though. Is it, to be frank, not shit ? Because all the spiritualist/medium fiction I've read thus far is either terribly slow paced, or drowned in an endless cesspool of spiritist jargon and gobbledygook.
  11. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Finished reading Decimon Huydas (1906) by Sara Weiss, a narrative jotted down by a Medium convinced it was a real story of life on Mars by all accounts. It's a bit too flawed for me to go into fully here, so a bit of shameless self promotion http://theweirdandwonderfulblog.blogspot.cz/2017/08/decimon-huydas-romance-of-mars-1906-by.html However I can say this: it's really not good, but has occasional glimpses of good that flare up only to be buried under tedium.
  12. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Is it a translation though ? I assume it would be.
  13. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    When was it written ? Alternatively maybe he doesn't like talking about them ?
  14. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Just read The North Wing by Lionel Sparrow. He's a somewhat forgotten Australian writer of Gothic short stories. http://wormwoodiana.blogspot.cz/2014/07/lionel-sparrow-1867-1936-unknown.html Sadly most of these stories were never reprinted from their original magazine installments, aside from 3. The magazines themselves are also not digitised, which makes finding these things all the more complicated.
  15. Librarians, Liberals and Lesbians* (Books)

    Just finished the Famous Fantastic Mysteries edition of Richard Tooker's The Day of the Brown Horde. Am normally very reluctant to touch FFM reprints after buying an issue on the strength of it containing Even a Worm by J S Bradford, a novel I've wanted to read for years as the plot sounds intriguing, and one seems compelled to take other sources for granted given, well https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/title/even-a-worm/author/j-s-bradford/ However upon arrival I discovered that A) The Bradford was only a very few scant pages, being whittled down to the length of a short story and even at double columns per page nowhere near approximating even a slight majority of the novel. I've not actually read the thing as I want to read the actual damn story some day and reading this abstract would take all the fun out of it. B) The issue was easily found online for free. After that spell of derpery, I only very hesitatingly turned to FFM again when I found that their publication of Tooker's novel runs at double columns for close to 100 long-ish pages, which I felt would be the most reasonable approximation I could get to the original. Of course I now find that there are some more or less affordable copies of the original, but I don't think a lot could have been left out given the amount of text present. After finally getting all of that out of the way, it's an enjoyable enough novel I suppose. Am a sucker for a good prehistoric novel and this one was mostly good, though it never reached such pinnacles as my favourites of the genre (Wolf, the Memoirs of a Cave Dweller or even Longhead, the Story of the First Fire). Three quarters in, when the main character accomplishes his revenge, it feels a bit aimless and when the volcano erupts, Tooker seems to spend a bit too long describing the catastrophy, or prolonging the duration of the calamity a bit overmuch, but the grimmer turn the story takes in not giving you an unrealistic happy end at least helps to make this feel more believable.
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