June Books 4) The Unwritten, Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity, by Mike Carey
Volume 2 of this series has been nominated for the Hugo this year, but I though I should start at the beginning; I must say if Volume 2 is half as good as this it will probably be getting my vote. Four of the five issues compiled here are the story of Tommy Taylor, son of the vanished writer Wilson Taylor who has immortalised him as the hero of a series of Harry Potter-like books; a series of revelations leads to a confrontation at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland, interrogating the boundaries between genres and between literature and real life. I thought it was witty and horrific, and really enjoyed it. The fifth issue is a secret history of Rudyard Kipling's life as an unwilling tool of the secret masters of world literature. I hadn't read anything by Mike Carey before, as far as I remember, and I've obviously been missing out.