drcpunk (drcpunk) wrote,

Recent Reading

8. Bird of the River, by Kage Baker. This is set in the world of Anvil of the World, but not related directly either to it or to House of the Stag. It's one story, much smaller scale, and utterly delightful.

9 - 11: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: The Nixie's Song, A Giant Problem, The Wyrm King, by Holly Black, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, set in the same world as the original Spiderwick Chronicles. Dang -- the thing I found the funniest is too much a spoiler to mention, even though, I suppose technically it isn't a spoiler.

12. Alarums & Excursions #425

13. Black Butler #4, where we get some more of the back story. I understand that DVDs of the anime are now available here.

14. Playtest pack for the F.A.T.E. version of The Kerberos Club. I'm excited about this, and I need to find time to schedule a playtest session, with recording and everything.

15 - 16: Ooku volumes 1 and 2. These are the ones that took the Tiptree Award. I blogged about them in more detail here on Dreamwidth and here on LiveJournal. The text is the same.

17. Peter & Max, by Bill Willingham. Seanan McGuire recommended this one. It's set in the universe of the Fables graphic novels, and I found it as good as she promised. I am not sure how well it works if one hasn't read any of the Fables material.

18. Crimson Cross #1. Manga with vampires.

19. Manuscript for The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, proofreading pass. This is a campaign for Cthulhu Invictus, aka Call of Cthulhu set in the time of the Roman Empire. I've got this itch to run it. I may succumb to that, although I will probably resist the temptation to try to adapt it for a larp for next year's Intercon L. Probably. I mean, it'd be insane to try to stuff the entire campaign into a four-hour larp, right? And the proppage necessary to make this work well would be expensive. And I'm going to stop listening to the little voice telling me how to turn this into a four hour game, because we already know what larps we're running for Intercon L, so there! But, a regular tabletop campaign... I only need a few victims -- er, players, yes, players!

20. Voice, by Carl Speed McNeil. This is the latest Finder graphic novel. I think it's still the best sf comic book out there.

21. Kraken, by China Mieville. Any fans of the rpg Unknown Armies? This is prime source material. Tim Powers fans will probably like this one as well. I can't say it's a gritty version of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere because a) Neverwhere was plenty gritty and b) it's its own thing, but both are looking at the secret, magical London.

22. Gods & Undergrads, by Monica Gallagher. I've read the first two books, which I think are all that have been published, and the stuff on the website. I like it, but I have a feeling I'll have a long wait for more material.

23. Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor. This is one of those good-but-painful books. I do have a couple of issues with it, but I'm not yet sure if any of those are other than this just not being my general type of book. I may prefer apples to peaches, but downgrading a peach for not being an apple is just silly.
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