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Abandoned (for the moment?) (View all 6)

reviewed Flung Out of Space by Grace Ellis

Flung Out of Space (Hardcover, 2022, Abrams, Inc.) 4 stars

A fictional and complex portrait of bestselling author Patricia Highsmith caught up in the longing …

What's your wife's name again, Eddie? Because I'd like to murder you, but I want to be sure that she hasn't called dibs first

5 stars

It was amazing?

Admittedly I love sarcastic female leads with devastating one-liners, but I really liked this book. It's a fictional take on an episode in Patricia Highsmith's life, when she was anonymously writing low-grade comics while penning what would become Strangers on a Train, followed by The Price of Salt, later renamed Carol.

The muted color palette effectively captures the grayness of Patricia's life, between her boring jobs and the rest of the world telling her she should stop being a lesbian. An occasional pop of orange signals a rare moment of excitement, and I love how Hannah Templer renders shadows in the thriller scenes, or how she mimics old comic books style to illustrate Highsmith's stories.

There's also a little mise en abyme here, that makes us realize just how far we've come since then: the story shows a lesbian writer in the 1950s, struggling …

Ramen Wolf and Curry Tiger Vol. 1 (Paperback, 2022, Seven Seas) No rating

Meet your new favorite food critics: a chubby wolf named Mita Jiro and a ripped …

A reread. Sometimes, after a string of novels that did nothing for you, you have to treat yourself with a manga about a cute fluffy wolf fan of ramens and his ripped and brooding tiger friend that makes you want to cook curry on your next day off.

Dark Moon, Shallow Sea (Hardcover, 2023, Blackstone Publishing) 3 stars

When Phoebe, goddess of the moon, is killed by the knights of the sun god, …


3 stars

I hard a hard time buying into the initial premise of the book: since the Knights of Hyperion murdered the Moon Goddess a dozen years ago, the souls of the dead keep haunting the streets and may kill anyone who bleeds, and fish (or food in general) has become increasingly difficult to find. But it's treated as something that happened, whereas it's very much something the head of the main religion ordered, for reasons that only become clear near the end of the book. And people keep worshiping Hyperion without questioning his Knights' actions. If it were me, I think I would be ANGRY. (You could probably write a story about how some religious leaders made their followers' life difficult for selfish reasons and how these followers kept on believing in them, but that's not what Dark Moon, Shallow Sea is about.)

The first half of the book …

Wolfsong (Paperback, 2018, Dreamspinner Press) 4 stars

The Bennett family has a secret: They're not just a family, they're a pack. Wolfsong …

not really epic or awesome

2 stars

This is the first shifter story I've read and I don't think I'm a fan of the tropes I saw in it.

The first one is not specific to these stories but it bugs me every time I see it: on one hand, Ox - the main character - is described as a little slow and rather average, probably so that readers can identify with him, or at least empathize with him. On the other hand, he accomplishes unheard-of feats, and the other characters keep telling him how unique and extraordinary he is.

To be clear, I'm not against wish fulfillment stories, or just stories where there's an obvious fantasy at play. For instance The Goblin Emperor reads like a fantasy for people who have been mistreated in the past and feel that, if they were given a lot of power, they would use it to treat other people with …

A Betrayal in Winter (2007, Tor Books) 4 stars

Daniel Abraham delighted fantasy readers with his brilliant, original, and engaging first novel, A Shadow …

Idaan is a compelling character, but even though I appreciate the complexity of the story, the book is not really a page turner.

At some point I made to decision to focus on finishing it to finally be able to move on to another book, and I really liked how it ended. The end was as calm as in the first book, but the final dialogue had more impact, and felt like a payoff from the events of the first book.

Since the series is praised for how it builds over the previous decisions of the characters and shows their consequences decades later, I'm eager to know how their story keeps unfolding.

...but I'll read another book in the meantime! I think I need something lighter, or some non-fiction.

Voleuse (Paperback, French language, 2022, Sarbacane) No rating

Après s'être enivrée, Ella n'a aucun souvenir de la fête donnée par un mystérieux inconnu …

J’ai toujours un peu de mal avec les romances où on n’a que le point de vue du personnage principal, mais heureusement ici on a celui des deux héroïnes. Le scénario m’a surpris : au début je pensais que ça serait principalement une romance, mais en fait une autre intrigue commence rapidement et permet de mieux comprendre le titre du livre.

Il y a assez peu de tension, et quand il y en a elle est assez vite désamorcée. Le dessin tout en courbes de Lucie Bryon, très agréable à regarder, contribue à cette impression d’un monde un peu cozy. J’aime beaucoup les expressions faciales de ses personnages, et tous ces petits trucs qui les rendent réels : une façon de rejeter sa tête en arrière quand on est agacé, ou de remettre une mèche de cheveux derrière l’oreille.

Bref j’ai bien aimé !

commented on Ocean by Lucie Bryon

Ocean (EBook, 2023, ShortBox Comics) 5 stars

Toots & Boots, time paradox agents, find themselves sent to a small French seaside town, …

Before reading it: eeeh, there are so many comics available at each fair, and I'm not sure about the cover. But it's Lucie Bryon, and she reads Basara... *adds it to the cart*

After reading it: I LOVED IT 😭 Lucie I'll never doubt you again

commented on Light Through Memory by Jean Wei

Light Through Memory (EBook, 2023, ShortBox Comics) No rating

Two young star-gazers spot something new in the night sky. What might it mean? Historical …

Here, the double point of view worked really well, I love how much the story was carrying in a few pages: a sense of wonder, a bit of skepticism, a feeling of kinship, fleeting.