Archive for the “PBBC” Category

The Midwich Cuckoos, c. 1990 ed., John Wyndham
Another book of which I own multiple editions.

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The Iron Ship, 2015, K.M. McKinley
This is a well-written book with a nicely realized world, where magic is starting to be overtaken by scientific development. At just over 600 pages long, about 400 of those pages are people discussing economics.
This isn’t a complaint, exactly, but the book doesn’t have a lot of dynamic scenes and is very obviously the first part of a series. I mean, the ship of the title doesn’t even set sail until nearly the last chapter.

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Bored of the Rings, 1969, “Harvard Lampoon”
Nerds have never been funny. Nerds have always thought they were funny. Nerds have always mistaken references to things, sexism and racism for actual humor.

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You’re the Greatest, Charlie Brown, 1979, Charles M. Schulz
It’s credited to him, but it seems very doubtful this is really by Schulz. It’s a faux-fumetti, presented as stills from the animated special, but with original hand-drawn art.

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Knight of Shadows, 2013, Toby Venables
A revisionist approach to Robin Hood legends, featuring Guy of Gisburne as a secret agent working for Prince John, desperately trying to hold England together while King Richard bankrupts the country for the sake of his ego. It’s a brisk story, with lots of Templar intrigue and a Robin Hood figure closer to what a 12th Century brigand would have been like.

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