Lost in time

The City of Shifting Waters (Valérian, #1)The City of Shifting Waters by Pierre Christin

My first time with Valerian and Laureline. 3D chess, holy Star Trek! Originally published in 1976. Has a pretty old-fashioned and, dare I say it, cartoonish look to it. But then it is about 40 years old. Laureline is mostly in the sidelines, with a supporting role and the whole shebang is a little sexist, but considering the comic’s age I can live with that.

My free Kindle edition (kindle unlimited/amazon prime reading) from 2010 does not have the best resolution, the speech bubbles are a little out of focus.

The artwork grew on me pretty quickly. Guys in 70s hippy clothing, what’s not to like. Good story, too. Pretty chatty for a comic, though, with a lot of text. Sometimes overly crowded with speech bubbles.

I liked the artwork, colouring and plot. Aged fairly well, although it doesn’t have any of the flashiness and visual depth of modern comics. I would recommend this to friends and maybe even get another volume. I have not watched the movie yet, but I might do so now.

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Time-travelling backstory

The Very First Damned Thing (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #0.5)The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My third go at The Chronicles of St. Mary’s. I read the first book and listened to another short story. So far solid three-star experiences. Ok, but ultimately not for me. I am not a huge fan of time-travelling stories or the particular brand of humour that I have found in these books.

Recommended for fans of the series, for new readers I think it would maybe make more sense to go straight for the first book. This did not feel like a prequel, it is more of an addition to give some backstory.

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