Tove Jansson - Comet in Moominland
I found a great old Puffin edition of this in a charity shop recently and it turned out to be absolutely fantastic. Apart from having a beautiful cover featuring Moomintroll, Snork Maiden and Snuffkin on stilts walking across the seabed it also has sumptuous images inside such as Moomintroll pearl diving in one of Hokusai's waves and Sniff staring through a telescope at the titular comet passing through Van Gogh's Starry Night sky.
The story tells of Moomintroll and Sniffs journey to the astronomers to discover whether the comet they have been having premonitions about is going to hit the planet. Along the way they meet a variety of weird and wonderful folk and have many odd little adventures.
The book is filled with awe, wonder, imagination and warmth and was a truly wonderful experience.
K.W. Jeter - Infernal Devices
I thought it was about time I read a book by the guy who coined the whole Steampunk thingummy although once I got going I realised that I had read a couple of his other books (the Blade Runner sequels) a good few years ago. They were ok and I remember pretty much enjoying them at the time.
This one was something that I’d been keen on checking out for sometime. It tells of George the son of a genius clock making father. George has inherited the shop and his father’s tools but unfortunately none of his talent so when a visitor brings one of his father’s creations into the shop for repair George is both stumped and lured into a world of intrigue and horror.
It is a full-on romp that sends George and his assorted compatriots and enemies from one end of the country to the other but unfortunately it doesn’t really do it in a way that even remotely grabbed me. George is a very unsympathetic character. His upright, uptight nature makes him both unsavoury and unlikeable. The other characters are either preposterous or just plain daft. The storyline has little depth, the end is unsatisfying and I was very disappointed by this whole experience
Geoff Johns & Dave Gibbons - Green Lantern Corps: Recharge
Look I knew this was going to be awful when I got it out of the library but oh dear god but it's bad. Gibbons really is a shocking writer and I'm not sure about Johns either but I've not read much by him.
How in the second decade of the 21st century can people - so called professional writer type people - be writing lines like, 'Let's stay bright out there' and feature characters called Bolphunga the Unrelenting!
Anyway, the plot was shit, the characters were hackneyed, the dialogue was mediocre (at best) and the whole thing was generally a massive bring down. Companies like DC should be making better comics than this. I know I'm not in their target demographic but c'mon, this was dreadful.