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10) The Audacity of Hype by Armando Iannucci.

A collection of short columns from 2009 from this reality TV hating satirist. Best read in short bursts. For someone who dislikes soundbites, he is good at them (see the title of the book).

11) The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.

Recommended to me by C, who is a fan. Part spy thriller, part regency romance, part civil service bureaucracy, part time travel paradox. Really fun book.

12) The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Volume 1) written by Neil Gaiman, Artists: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III.

Been meaning to read this for years, but decided I couldn't afford the complete run at once, and suspected I was always going to get hooked.

Loved it. An excellent use of the 20 to 30 page monthly form. Starting with a delicious tale of horror, and moving onto a quest for the King of Dreams to regain his power, pausing only for a 24 hour descent into madness with some hostages held by a very strange captor. Finishing up with a strangely charming introduction to Death. I can see why she became a fan favourite. Cameos from several DC characters tie it into their Universe, but this is not a superhero book.

13) The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross.

I realised when reading the latest short in The Laundry series, that I wasn't sure I remember what happened in The Jennifer Morgue. I very pleased to realise that that was because I hadn't got around to getting a copy yet. Lapped it up. A bit more spy thriller, and a bit less bureacracy and maths, but just as geeky, ireverant, and compeling as The Atrocity Archives.

14) The Doll's House written by Neil Gaiman, Artists: Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse.

This book starts with a myth told by a tribal people introducing us to more of Dream's character. It then steps into the main arc of this book involving the a young girl whose fate is tied deeply to the dreaming realm, and Dream's attempts to round up some of the Dreams that have escaped his realm. A disturbing familiar Cereal Convention turns out to be very odd. Again, it contains a single issue that almost steps aside from the main flow in the middle. A wonderful character piece about a man who has been made immortal almost on a whim.

Date: 2010-03-30 09:48 am (UTC)
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Neil Gaiman is one of a very small number of people (the only other who springs to mind is Marcel Marceau) who have singlehandedly changed my mind about an entire art form. In 1991 I didn't read comics (except for The Beano between the ages of about 7 and 10) and then in early 1992 a friend lent me Preludes and Nocturnes. Now I have about 2500 issues of assorted comics in boxes in the attic, and am adding to that at a rate of about ten issues a month.

Date: 2010-03-30 11:01 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I only buy TPBs nowadays. Lucifer was the last comic I bought in monthlies.

Date: 2010-03-30 10:12 am (UTC)
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Preludes and Nocturnes is weird - it's the one I have, and I keep meaning to buy the rest. A friend had the entire collection, and I read through them; what you get with the first book is Gaiman & Team "finding their feet", so to speak, and it's only "The Sound of her Wings" where tthey really find their style.

(That's not to say the other stories aren't good, but it's that point on at which the Sandman becomes, well, Gaimanesque.)

It's well worth continuing with, for spotting all the obscure cultural references for a start.

Date: 2010-03-30 10:16 am (UTC)
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ps. If the story in the Dolls House is the one I'm thinking of, where they meet up every (so often), that's one of my favourites.


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