Book Review: ‘Range of Ghosts’ by Elizabeth Bear

Range of Ghosts (Eternal Sky, #1)Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I can’t recall the last time I read fiction set in the vicinity of Mongolia, so kudos to Bear for picking and sticking by it. Lots of horseflesh, a decent amount of archery, and even telling the truth! (For those of you who didn’t spend a quarter studying the history of the Persian Empire—mostly the one that tried to get the Greeks to behave—the Achaemenids especially valued three qualities in their princes: horsemanship, archery, and honesty.)

Oh, also the thing with the skies, which created a lot of opportunity to replace the standard visuals of flags, governors, and foreigners with something all the more fascinating. Depending on who’s conquered a territory, the sky over that region will literally follow the belief system of the conquerors, even when the local population keeps its own religion. Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 8 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew Volume 8: Family RecipesChew Volume 8: Family Recipes by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Remember when I was bummed about all the stuff that didn’t happen in volume 7, given the end of volume 6, which came as the ultimate shock after all the zany preceding bits (psychedelic chogs)? Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 7 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 7: Bad ApplesChew, Vol. 7: Bad Apples by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this volume, the snappier pacing I’d gotten used to, and the advancement of the main plot, take some serious brakes. The ending of the previous volume sets things up for major action times, and instead of having all of that explode here, we get more buildup. (For those of you who’ve read the Wheel of Time series, Book 9.) Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 6 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 6: Space CakesChew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Right as Tony Chu’s insistence on following the law in every situation ever starts to grate on the nerves of this whole series, we get a nice breather with what has to be the most ridiculous volume in a series that is, let’s face it, fairly ridiculous. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 5 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 5: Major LeagueChew, Vol. 5: Major League by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You’ve got to take the time to peruse all the art in this series. Every little section with filler words has something pretty entertaining going on. In general, even when things get so serious that we’d be angling for a major superhero death (cough Batman cough cough) or Spiderman-grade angst, ‘Chew’ never gives up the snark. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 4 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 4: FlambéChew, Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Things just get more and more real!

Not in the reality sense, not even the slightest. In the other sense of being awesome. Continue reading

Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 3 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 3: Just DessertsChew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The relatively sedate action in this volume is more than made up for with the last chapter: finding out where it all went wrong, also known as meeting Tony’s family. Who are about eighteen times more insane than I would ever expect. Lesson, set no expectations for this series. They know what you’re thinking, and they can do you one better.
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Graphic Novel Review: ‘Chew’ vol. 2 by John Layman & Rob Guillory

Chew, Vol. 2: International FlavorChew, Vol. 2: International Flavor by John Layman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The world of bizarre food superpowers and chickenless Prohibition expands in this second volume, which makes up for the absence of ninja skills with the reintroduction of an old face… half of it, anyway. (Although the other half is the Terminator, which I am totally cool with.)

Oh, and the newly amped-up USDA. I’d like to take a moment and brag on how I saw that coming. Continue reading