you know what this book is?...this book is cool. how can a book that's "Too Cool For Skool!" be about Cambridge?! go figure, Math Dept.
a very entertaining Mystery, set mainly at Cambridge--and I love the writing style. George is a gem. or may I call him Kevork?
The Bursar's Wife, by E. G. Rodford (copyright 2016; quote is from page 75 of the Titan Books trade paperback, March 2016).
so I'm turning myself into a bit of a fibber today; I saw someone's review of the next graphic novel I'm gonna read, here at BookLikes, and made a comment yesterday, including a declaration that I would be starting that graphic novel as of tonight. but...it's not gonna happen quite like that. when I found out that The Black Monday Murders had some supernatural elements, I decided that after reading the novel The Shotgun Arcana, I didn't want something that's potentially kind of similar. I just want a real-world Noir Mystery (of sorts). so, no biggie, really; I will commit to the weirder-than-originally-thought Hickman graphic novel right after this E. G. Rodford novel...which is off to a great start, anyway. pardon my fib, reviewer, but I when I have a reading preference poking at me, I give in.
all the slimy, sickening strands are weaving together and strangling each other brilliantly. shall see which mortals and immortals die, tomorrow morning, with coffee and maybe a cookie, for a change.
still very exciting to read, and if anything, it has gotten better as the story has unfolded. there are a lot of characters; I'm kind of lenient about having to work a bit to keep track of everybody, because if you create such a strange town, and the threats in the novel have a tendency to affect the whole town, you can't really zoom in one three people. the action moves among various districts, even goes out of town, and it's not surprising that the town--so cool and unpredictable in this Steampunk/Horror/Western romp--needs to feel full. the author compensates for a big crowd by making sure we know who the main characters are. so, there's a core group to cheer for, and I just have to keep track of the supporting crowd, spread out all over this weird locale. the author should perhaps consider not throwing in so many kitchen sinks--people, and plotlines--but, it's gelling. it works. I really like this. and I'm not confused outright, the way I have been in the past with big rosters and complex plots with many angles.
wow. lots of fun! I may have to cue up more Horror/Western hybrids. I think I've read more comics like this, than novels. then there's that Deadlands game...I suddenly want to play. well, it 's not for the faint of heart, but this crazy book has been very entertaining so far, is what I'm trying to say.
obviously this is going to be a Fantasy novel that is steeped in Horror elements. I just read one gross ending to a chapter!
comics have gone so far beyond just superheroes. the Noir Mystery in graphic novel format is definitely here to stay. this looks badass.
nothing could keep me from a date with a Teen Titans graphic novel tomorrow, with my morning caffeine and muffin. but, after that! this. does this not look like a blast!
I finally read the back cover of this book (I had bought it based on skimming a review without much knowledge of the plot). I've read 239 pages of this Mystery novel. the back cover of the trade paperback edition gives away a plot development that has not happened yet, even as far as I have read. this is not the first time I've encountered this phenomenon. I really hate it. I'm glad I hadn't read what is essentially a spoiler on the back of the book. just a heads-up. putting all that nonsense aside, the book is still terrific. but just read the top half of the back cover to get an idea of the story.
I decided I wanted to read a bit more tonight, though I'm quite tired due to lack of proper sleep last night. anyway, I pushed on and decided to read, if I could keep concentration, until page 190...the end of the chapter that would put me at less than 200 pages to go (just get past page 188, and stop). well, the best laid plans and all that--I could not leave the characters trapped in the horrible situation they found themselves in, on page 190! too cruel. the next short chapter switched to other characters so I took a look if one more chapter would bounce back to those in hell on page 190, and that was blessedly the case. um. okay, I'm stopping at page 202; things are even more horrible for certain folks than they were at 190, but I'm stopping before things get even worse! that's what I get for trying to make things better. could be many pages before I get to relax over this. tomorrow.
stunning, stunning, stunningly good; I am enjoying absorbing every page, and I love that it has absorbed me completely. please, fates, let it not start to stink. I don't think it will.
still did not leave myself enough time this morning to really get far into this--but, to its credit and despite chapters introducing what first appear to be far-flung characters and threads, the creepy main plotline has started coalesce and I'm hooked now. tonight!