Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson, #11)Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One by one,
Two by two,
The Hardesty witches
Are traveling through.
With a storm of curses,
They call from their tomes;
They will drink your blood
And dine on your bones.

A good title for this book could have been „Trouble with Witches“.

Zombies, vampires, werewolves, the fae, the mentioned witches and other critters that you have to figure out for yourself… And Mercy—“Not that clever. But I am a coyote and apparently stupid lucky.”—Thompson. I loved having so much of Zee, he has always been one of my favourite characters.

I had a lot of fun reading this! It might not have been terribly complex or twisty. But it had a cohesive plot, well-drawn characters, great action scenes, suspense, things to smile and laugh about, tension and some scary moments. Good fun, I was entertained!

Anything else would be spoilers.

Additionally I salute Patricia Briggs for ensuring that all of Zee‘s spells were worded in perfect German*. They sound much better and more poetic in German, rather than in the translated English, by the way.

*You wouldn‘t believe how much badly translated German can be found in English language novels. It’s terribly jarring, if you speak the language.

Water, be my friend,
come and stay by my side.
Flow, release, bind, grab,
entangle the witchcraft, catch it,
diminish the curse, decay the spell,
take it away, hear me.

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Incal continued…

The Incal Vol. 4: What is AboveThe Incal Vol. 4: What is Above by Alejandro Jodorowsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Took me a bit to get back into the plot. Probably because the plot is a mess. In the first half of this volume I was mostly scratching my head. In the second half a story emerged that made sense and that I even enjoyed. Considering that this is considered the best comic series ever by some, I have to assume that I am not smart enough or that I am reading this wrong.

Three POVs, which is a bit confusing at first. I mostly continue reading, because I bought this first set of six comics in one go. Was the first volume great and then the story just fizzled out or is there something I am not getting? Why is this series so famous?

Ok, the crazy ovulation battle thing up the cone was funny… and the climax very, very weird.

Have I mentioned strong Star Wars and Dune vibes? Dune is a bit of a given, as Jodorowsky had been planned to direct the movie adaptation. I do wonder how that would have looked. Better than David Lynch‘s version? Probably crazier. Anyway…

Sometimes amazing colours and good page layout. At times great visuals. There has to be something that accounts for the fame of this series, right?

After having read these first 4 volumes of the Incal, I am not very happy with the way he portrays women and how he utilizes sexual inuendo. I did a little online research about him and I think I probably would not like him much, if I met him in real life. Difficult to say.

The Incal on Wikipedia:…

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