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08 October 2015 @ 08:51 pm
Short Fiction: John Chu's the Water That Falls On You From Nowhere, David Herter's Islands Off the Coast of Capitola, 1978, Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Presents: Polychrome Vs. the Court of Public Opinion & Not Punching Anyone, Alan Gratz' Join, or Die & Kelly McCullough's the Totally Secret Origin of Foxman.

New Reads:
Katherine Addison's the Goblin Emperor (This quiet and slow-moving book avoids all the normal trappings of fantasy, high politics and yet its so good)
David Drake's the Sea Without a Shore
Paul Cornell's Severed Streets (craziest celebrity cameo ever)
Marie Brennan's A Natural History of Dragons: a Memoir by Lady Trent
Daniel Jose Older's Half Resurrection Blues
Lois McMaster Bujold's Penric's Demon (a Chalion novella)
Rachel Aaron's Nice Dragons Finish Last
Andre Norton's Beastmaster's World (an omnibus of the first two books for the series.  I was surprised that not counting animal companions there are literally no women appearing outside the background in either story)
Harry Turtledove's the Wisdom of the Fox
Django Wexler's the Price of Valor

Sherwood Smith & Dave Trowbridge's Phoenix in Flight, Ruler of Naught & a Prison Unsought (revised e-book editions of Smith & Trowbridge's Exordium series.  The revisions are more noticeable in the first couple books.  Mostly in that originally the series had more of a drop you into everything and just get motivations and much of the world-bullding by inference.  A bit more on the inner voice and exposition this time.  Also dogs.  Additional stuff involving dogs)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Shaeon Garrity/Jeffrey Wells' Skin Horse Vol. 5 (more mad science fall-out social work.  Also cute, theme park robots)
Kurt Busiek/Benjamin Dewey/Jordie Bellaise/John Roshell's the Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw
David Schlner/Aaron Ginsburg/Wade McIntyre/Juan Jose Ryp's Clone: Second Generation
Dan Slott/Mike & Laura Allred's Silver Surfer: New Dawn (cute and funny cosmic adventures)
Various writers/artists collected in Deadpool Classic vol. 1 (the first couple mini-series and the early New Mutants appearance)
Brian Psehn/Gerry Duggan/Tony Moore's Deadpool: Dead Presidents (right there in the title.  Wade vs. the undead Presidents of the United States)
Ann Nocenti/John Romita Jr/Al Williamson's Daredevil: Lone Stranger (Nocenti's Daredevil run is just straight up bonkers.  This bit has the "Inferno" tie-in where New York literally goes to Hell.  And later Daredevil & Spider-Man fight Mephisto.  Also stuff with the Inhumans going on in the background.  I'm a bit saddened that it doesn't have the issue where Daredevil fights Ultron while armed with a tree branch.)

Total: 21

Short Fiction: Isabel Yap's Milagroso & Michael Swanwick's the Night of the Salamander (Man, Tor better do a collection of these at some point)

New Reads:
Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden Universe Constellation Vol. 3 (I'd actually read a couple of these thru Baen's free collections)
Mike Carey's the Girl With All the Gifts (this is both one of the sadder & most hopefull at the same time apocalypse stories I can recall)
Naomi Novik's Uprooted
Brandon Sanderson's Sixth of Dusk
Jason Bulmahn (editor) Pathfinder Occult Adventures (Decided to start including rpg sourcebooks.  At least the fatter main rules and supplements)
Rachel Aaron's One Good Dragon Deserves Another
Ilona Andrews' Magic Shift (Kate & Curran trying to begin their new life seperate from the Pack)
John Scalzi's the End of Everything
Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven (I take it back, THIS is the perfect balance of sadness/hope apocalypse story)
Larry Correia's Monster Hunter Nemesis (Correia may be more than a bit of cry-baby Liberterian butt head, but he writes good pulpy action.)
Lee Goldberg's the Walk
Marko Kloos' Terms of Enlistment, Lines of Departure & Angles of Attack (Some excellent shoot-em-up milfSF)
RJ Ross' Guitar Hero
Joe Abercrombie's Half a War

Sherwood Smith & Dave Trowbridge's the Rifter's Convenant & Throne of Kronos
Kim Newman's Anno-Dracula ($1 e-book sale, plus this edition has a partial annotation of some of the sources)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
G. Willow Wilson/Takeshi Miyagawa/Maguerite Sauvage's Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed
Gene Luen Yang/Sonny Liew's the Shadow Hero
Pénélope Bagieu/Alexis Siegel (translator) Exquisite Corpse
Matt Fraction/Chris Eliopoulos/David Aja/Jordie Bellaire/Matt Hollingsworth/Francesco Francavilla's Hawkeye: Rio Bravo (with Clints' brother Barney)
Matt Fraction/Gabriel Bá/Cris Peter/Dustin Harbin's Casanova: Avarita
Paul Allor/Andy Kuhn/Nick Filardi/Ronda Pattison/Shawn Lee's TMNT: Mutanimals (A mutant cat & his mutant snapping turtle buddy decide to build a mutant animal army to stop an evil corporation (whose boss looks she is the literal Devil) from mutant animal experiments.)
Brian Clevinger/Scott Wegener/Anthony Clark/Jeff Powell's Atomic Robo Vol. 9: Knights of the Godlen Circle (A Steampunk/Western plus Doc Holiday)
Stjepan Sejic's Sunstone Vol. 3 (D'aaaaaaaw.  Such adorable widdle BDSM lesbians)

Total: 28

Short Fiction: Kendare Blake's the Dogs of Athens, Seth Dickinson's Please Undo This Hurt, Jeff Provine's Kiss From a Queen, Lindsay Smith's Kingmaker & Seanan McGuire's Velveteen Vs. the Melancholy of Autumn.

New Reads:
Scott Meyer's An Unwelcome Quest (three books in and I just lost interest in this series)
Terry Pratchett's the Shepard's Crown (GNU)
Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Saves the World (final "Kitty Norville" book ended up feeling a little too rushed and crammed)
Seanan McGuire's a Red-Rose Chain (Toby Daye: Diplomat is an odd concept)
Paul Cornell's Witches of Lytchford
Elaine Cunningham's Winter Witch (a Pathfinder tie-in novel.  Her romantic pairing here feels a bit more forced than ones in previous D&D tie-in books)
Victor Milan's the Dinosaur Lords (feudal knights riding around on dinosaurs)
Ken St.Andre/Liz Danforth/James Peters (editors) Deluxe Tunnels & Trolls (I'm not sure what edition this actuall ends up being, sixth, seventh?)

Paula Goodlett/Walt Boyes (editor) Grantville Gazette vol. 59-61 (Volume 61 saw Goodlett stepping down to concentrate more on writing for Boyes)
Arianne "Tex" Thompson's Medicine For the Dead
Seth Dickinson's the Traitor Baru Comorant (I'm not sure what about this made me dislike it so much.  But boy did it end up leaving me cold)
Ilona Andrews' Small Magics (an anthology of their short fiction)

Graphic Novels/TPBs:
Adam Warren's Empowered Vol. 9 (Emp gets summoned to sit before the Grand Super-Hero Leader Council over the fallout from her and Sistah Spooky's trip to Hell.  Not surprisingly they are mostly a pack of assholes)
Christopher Priest/Various' Black Panther: the Complete Collection (Too. Many. Artistic. Changes.)
Ray Fawkes/Ben Templesmith/Dezi Sienty/Saida Temofonte's Gotham by Midnight: We Do Not Sleep (Gotham's supernatural occurance police squad.  Also I really miss Fell)
Kate Beaton's Step Aside, Pops
David Willis' Dumbing of Age Vol. 4: Amazi-Girl Is Always Prepared For Anything
Josh Lesnick's You Suck

Total: 19
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07 October 2015 @ 12:55 pm
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05 October 2015 @ 02:57 pm
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04 October 2015 @ 06:45 pm
Godzilla in Hell #3: Written by Ulises Farinas & Erick Frietas, art by Buster Moody, color assists by Ludwig Laguna Olimba & letters by Chris Mowry.  The forces of Heaven and Hell war over Godzilla and Space Godzilla.  But even in Hell there will only be one King of the Monsters.
Jem & the Holograms Outrageous Annual: Written by Kelly Thompson & art by Amy Mebberson, Arielle Jovellanos, Josh Burcham, Rebekah Isaacs, Joana Lafuente, Agnes Garbowska, Jen Bartell, Lauren Perry, Victoria Robado & Sophie Campbell, letters by Tom B. Long & Shawn Lee.  Some cute and amusing movie parodies, especially the final Jem Babies one.

Savage Dragon #297: Written & drawn by Erik Larsen, letters by Chris Eliopoulos, colors by Nikos Koutsis & flats by Mike Toris.A visit to Dimension X and Mr. Glum and Angel-B.

Conan the Avenger #18: Written by Fred Van Lente, art by Brian Ching, colors by Michael Atiyeh & letters by Richard Starkings & Comicraft.  Conan and Janissa the Widowmaker battle for the Oasis of the Tower of Silence.
Zodiac Starforce #2: Script by Kevin Panetta, art & lettering by Paulina Ganucheau & color flats by Savanna Ganucheau.  More magical girl adventures plus high school girls volleyball.

Bee and Puppycat #9: Written by Patrick Seery, illustraed by Ji in Kim, letters by Leigh Luna.  Bee is sad about a missing scarf, but hopefully a temp job cleaning the Windmill of Lost & Found Hopes & Dreams will help with that.
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03 October 2015 @ 07:45 am
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Grooving to: Rachel Platten, Fight Song
02 October 2015 @ 04:57 pm
With the mongrelmen servitors captured or fled we moved on to searching for the villainous chemysts.  Encountering a variety of traps, magical darkness and trap-jawed homunculi.  Eventually the "Beast"-framing pair were spotted fleeing the building and so we broke out Chase card deck.  Despite their head-start it came close but Vorstagg & Grimes managed to clear the final Chase card and escape for a latter day...

So the party split up at that point.  With several staying behind at the villain's lab to throughly loot, while others went to deliver the final evidence on to who the true monster of the piece was.  The roommate's sorceror delivered a powerful summation (several high Diplomacy rolls) that seemed to knock the judges from their remaining pre-disposations about the "Beast"s guilt and they closed procedings early to delibirate.  I'm hopeful that we may have managed to actually deliver justice to the poor, framed flesh golem...
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28 September 2015 @ 06:04 pm
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27 September 2015 @ 01:30 pm
Astro City # 27: Writer Kurt Busiek, artist Joe Infunari, lettering John Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt of Comicraft & color artist Alex Sinclair.  A guest artist for the origin story of American Chibi.  And the story does have the chibi-ized Honor Guard shown on the cover.

Power Up #3: Written by Kate Leth & illustrated by Matt Cummings.  And now that everyone is all together of course a super-villain shows up, ranting about how they don't deserve their magic powers.  Who is a griffon who shouldn't be so disdainful of someone being a fish.
Adventure Time #44: Written by Chritopher Hastings, pencils by Zachary Sterling, inks by Phil Murphy, colors by Maarta Laihoi & letters by Steve Wands.  Thus ends the alliance of the King of Ooo and some bears, as well as the spy career of Finn & Jake.  And thus comes to be the Bear Princess.  Bonus story of Jake reading to his kids gy Colin Andersen.

TMNT: Casey & April #4: Story by Mariko Tamaki, art by Irene Koh, colors by Brittany Peer & letters by Chris Mowry & Shawn Lee.  Casey and April meet with a pair of Immortal Spirits to get cryptic advice, creepy warnings and general non-straightfoward standard Immortal Spirit stuff.
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26 September 2015 @ 08:23 am
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24 September 2015 @ 04:08 pm
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22 September 2015 @ 09:40 pm
Prez #4: Writer Mark Russel, penciller Dominike Stanton, inkers Mark Morales & Sean Parsons, colorist Jeremy Lawson & letterer Marilyn Patrizio.  Well, things are definitely starting to feel a little rushed story wise.  Which means this is probably the first issue after they learned they were having their run cut in half.   Boss :(
Secret Six #6: Writer Gail Simone, artist Tom Derenick, colors Jason Wright & letters Wes Abbott.  I wonder when Simone will reveal that Eclipso is behind Sue being in love with Riddler...

Jem & the Holograms #7:Written by Kelly Thompson, art by Emma Vieceli, colors by M. Victoria Robado & letters by Tom B. Long.  Introducing Eric Raymond shiftiest of band managers and hacker-boy Tech Rat.

Lumberjanes #18: Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, illustrated by Carolyn Nowak, colors by Maarta Laiho & letters by Aubrey Aiese. I'm definitely going to miss Noelle Stevenson co-wrtiing, but Kat Leyh's Supercakes is an indy-capes delight of a comic, so glad to see her getting more exposure.
Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars #3: Written by Jen Wang, pencils & letters by Britt Wilson & inks & colors by Rian Sygh.  I wonder if Fionna is supposed to be older than Jake.  Or if its just swapping the genders that makes the age difference between Gumball and Fionna more less of a problem romance-wise...

Groo Friends & Foes: Pal 'n' Drumm #9:By Sergio Aragones, wordsmith Mark Evanier, colorists Michael Atiyeh & Caitlin McCarthy & letterer Stan Sakai. Drumm looks like he's going to make a surprisingly good mom.
Dark Horse Presents #14:Editors Mike Richardson & Jim Gibbons.

Invincible #123: Writer Robert Kirkman, penciler Ryan Ottley, inker Cliff Rathburn, colorist Jean-Francois Beaulieu & letterer Rus Wooten.  *gets to end*  Huh.  Okay then.
Rat Queens #12: Writer Kurtis J. Wiebe, artist Tess Fowler, colors Tamra Bonvillain & letters Ed Brisson.  Smidgen assassins! Astral Void Squids!  Demonic pacts!  University necromantic pranks!
Shutter #15: Writer Joe Keatinge, artist Leila Del Duca, colorist Owen Gieni & letterer John Workman.  Guess its true what they say.  Cyborg lion-man bounty hunters can never go home again even when they're royal princes of a lion-man country.
The Fade Out #9: Writer Ed Brubaker, artist Sean Phillips & colors by Elizabeth Breitweiser.  Drunken revenge/justice schemes are of course the best kind of schemes.
Southern Cross #5Story by Becky Cloonan, art by Andy Belanger, colours by Lee Loughridge & letters by Serge LaPointe.  What this comic and the movie Event Horizon have taught me.  Make sure your spaceships's engine isn't based around tapping some kind of Hell dimension.
Island #3:  Featuring the work of Jose Domingo, Malachi Ward & Matt Sheean, Diraj Mann, Amy Clare, Tessa Black and Kate Craig.  Plus contract advice for indy artists from attorney and negotiation coach Katie Lane...
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20 September 2015 @ 04:00 pm
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19 September 2015 @ 07:49 am
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18 September 2015 @ 02:52 pm
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17 September 2015 @ 06:57 pm
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16 September 2015 @ 07:36 pm
A late start, but a full party with Eric's fighter Armand rejoining the party.  Which means the poor mongrelmen slaves we encountered as we explored the criminal alchemy lab really could have used a Moral stat to let them just surrender on the spot, rather than try and stand in the way of the damage we could dish out at that point.  We did convince a few of them to surrender, but sadly most of the rest were more afraid of their wicked masters.  Meaning too many of the poor bastards resisted our efforts to cajole, threaten and even bribe them into not being a roadbump for our group.  Poor, doomed foolish freak people....

Still, I'm hoping I can make Steeeve the Mongrelmen into my new footman.  With some training and feeding up, maybe even a butler...
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12 September 2015 @ 07:41 am
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10 September 2015 @ 08:07 pm
Knights of the Dinner Table #223: Jolly Blackburn & various supporting.  And with Gary gone, the Marvin Campaign of Doom finally comes to a close.  With just some loot division and bragging rights fall-out left to deal with.

Gotham Academy #10Writers Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher, art Karl Kerschl with Msassyk, colors Serge Lapointe & Msassyk and letters Marilyn Patrizio. I wonder how well this title matches with current DC continuity.  What with most of the staff being obscure Bat-title villains.  Hugo Strange, Bookworm, Simon Trent.  Plus half of Arkham's inmates hanging oiut nearby.

Giant Days #6: Writer John Allison, illustrator Lissa Treiman, colorist Whitney Cogar and letterer Jim Campbell.  This issue got delayed for me by a couple weeks thanks to a damaged shipment.  But I'm glad to finally get this, even if its Treiman's final issue.  Haven't heard yet who will be taking over the primary art duties for the second half of the run.

The Wicked & the Divine #14: Writer Kieron Gillen, artist Jamie McKelvie, colourist Matthew Wilson and letterer Clayton Cowles.  So Odin's at least a self-aware, evil dickhead.  I don't really get the bit with the other helmeted person/deity/robot at the end though.
Bitch Planet #5: Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, art by Valentine De Landro, colors by Cris Peter and letters by Clayton Cowles.  Hey look the prison team can't count on the game rules being applied evenly.  Thats a shock.  Sadly a fatal one it seems.
Phonogram #2: the Immaterial GirlWriter Kieron GIllen, artist Jamie McKelvie, colourist Matthew Wilson and letterer Clayton Cowles.  I wonder if Wilson and Cowles worked on the previous Phonogram volumes.  I also wonder who the King Behind the Screen is meant to represent.  Or if they're maybe just supposed to be an incarnate for music videos in general.
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08 September 2015 @ 07:54 pm
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08 September 2015 @ 07:38 am
A happy birthday going out to poetheather
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07 September 2015 @ 05:33 pm
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06 September 2015 @ 07:48 pm
Fucking thing ate the lengthy post and I'm not fucking retyping all that.  Dammit.


Godzilla in Hell #2, TMNT: Casey & April #3, Jem & the Holograms #6
Phonogram #1: the Immaterial Girl, 8House #3: Klem, We Stand On Guard #3
Conan the Avenger #17, Zodiac Starforce #1
Lumberjanes #17, Adventure Time #43
Prez #3
Groot #4
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05 September 2015 @ 08:00 am
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04 September 2015 @ 06:25 pm
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03 September 2015 @ 06:09 pm
We started the session with it being the evening after we arrived back in town.  And with Brendan's sorceror cured of the ghoul disease the plan was to make an early night of it and get an early start after a full night's rest.  So of course we had a visit from Emile, our ratfolk investigator, who was drunk after gambling with some gnomes.  But he had tracked down the owners of the surgical tools we'd found at the swamp village graveyard...

And then the group's rest was interupted again.  This time by a lynch mob looking to break out the "Beast" for some street justice.  My tengu was the only one who failed to wake up from the crowd noise, so I sat out the group dealing with that.  Between Brendan's diplomacy speech-a-fying, Cat Stevens just bribing large groups into going back to the bars and doing some more drinking and the strange and unsettling sight of Cunto's glowing wang...what?  Oh yeah, Matt decided that his character would head off for mob quelling naked, with only a blanket and his enchanted club.  Which for some reason meant casting light and illuminating his war preist's nethers.  Realy, given he was two beers and two cognacs in it was an almost sensible act for Matt.  But anyway, they managed to turn back the mob with no actual fatalties...

The next morning saw us doing some quick info gathering pre-trial.  Using a speak with dead scroll on the skull of the asylum doctor, mending his business journals and interviewing the surviving, if maimed and blinded, assitant from the asylum.  This led us to a pair of chemists in town, who were also the owner's of said surgical tools.  So we decided to question them, after instructing the "Beast"s lawyer to stall in case we ended up being late for the final trial...

The chemists used to allow us onto their property and when the group entered their yard we were attacked by a flesh golem hound.  Well, the rest of the group was, my tengu had flown up onto the roof to cover things.  Despite some serious damage reduction and near total spell immunity we eventually put the creature down, with a great deal of thanks owed to the sobered-up Emile and the holding acions of the Popov brothers.  And because of the slow side-effect from the sorceror attempting to light it up with a scorching ray everyone survived the patchwork monster doggie...
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