Prequel time…

Precious Little Things: A Tor.com OriginalPrecious Little Things: A Tor.com Original by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A prequel to the magical novella Made Things. I enjoyed this prequel more than the novella.

It had a fairytale feel to it. The world was more fully envisioned than the novella. The characters remained a bit more one-dimensional though.

I liked Tam and that he wanted more for his child than he had been given. Poor guy.

The ending left me unsatisfied. It feels unfinished.

Can be read for free here:
https://www.tor.com/2019/11/20/precio…

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Oh no, it‘s a heist story…

Made ThingsMade Things by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You know Pinocchio, right? This is not his story. Here the Made Things or rather the homunculi come across as a separate world of clans and types with their own society and ecosystem. They connect with the world of humans via the help of the Moppet, aka our main character Coppelia.

This is a fantasy heist story. Not my favourite trope, it‘s usually too formulaic for my taste. Which this is, to some extent.

The story didn‘t do a thing for me. I actually considered to DNF this, but it probably doesn‘t do the story justice. I missed Tchaikovsky‘s humour. Maybe he is more suited to science fiction?

2.5 stars, rounded up (barely)

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Gasp!

Ascender #5Ascender #5 by Jeff Lemire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well…. wow. That is a bitch of a cliffhanger. Plotting similar to issue #4, felt too short and was a little thin. Still exciting, emotional and a little shocking.

Bottomline for issue #1 to #5, very good stuff, very exciting. The art at times looked less exceptional than in Descender. Still very good though. The lettering was a little bold and 2D at times. Was that the same in Descender?

(Slightly spoilerish comments coming up…)

I do like the switch of theme. Descender was very clearly SF. Ascender is fantasy with SF elements.

I would have liked more world building—where did mother come from, what is the general look of the galaxy now, what is up with those vampires??? Will we see Eff again or is she lost forever? Waiting for the next collection aka volume 2, maybe it will shed some light on those questions…

★★★★½

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Fox hunt

Rivers of London Volume 5: Cry FoxRivers of London Volume 5: Cry Fox by Ben Aaronovitch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unexpectedly good. Good story, good artwork, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Well, the story was ok-ish, really. The plot idea was actually a little lame. The telling of it was good though. Very good characterizations. Nicely done evil guys, too. I enjoyed the short stories at the end.

And my favourite part of the (nice, but standard) artwork was Abigail.

I might read more of this graphic novel spin-off of the Peter Grant novels, if I found them cheaply.

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Confused R Us

Monstress, Vol. 4: The ChosenMonstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen by Marjorie M. Liu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good story, although quite often confusing. Complicated, far reaching, complex.
Consistently above average artwork. Recommended, this comic still delivers.

My weird non-review, written down along the way:
Chapter 19–confusing beginning, creepy ending, very nice artwork.
Chapter 20–still confusing. Kippa‘s storyline is good so far.
Chapter 21–huh?
Chapter 22–underground, good stuff! Dragons! Good chapter! The plot is moving in a meaningful way!

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Right? Right! You have been warned.

Chapter 23-eeeew! Bloody! And revealing and a little meh?
Chapter 24-time of reunion! And more confusing story telling… Interesting ending. Nice cliffhanger. The plot thickens, we are drawing closer to a major story arc closure.

And isn‘t he adorkable?

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This comic received a ton of awards, one of them being „Best Publication for Teens Eisner Award 2018“. That surprised me, it‘s strong stuff for teens.

Fourth volume, collecting issues 19-24.

Knocking off one star because I felt really confused a lot of the time. Considering all the awards, also for storytelling, it‘s probably me. One of these days, when the story is done, I might have to spend a month or so re-reading it all.

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