September 1st, 2018


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Amoras deel 3: Krimson, by Marc Legendre and Charel Cambré

Second frame of page 3:

I read the first two parts of this series a couple of years ago, and have now got to volume 3 (of 6). Suske and Wiske are trapped in the devastated future world of 2047, at opposite ends of the island of Amoras, subject to the machinations of the evil Krimson. Suske has hooked up with the attractive and dangerous Jérusalem; Wiske with other unsavoury types. Meanwhile in the present day there is a parallel plotline with a young woman called Marie, in a hospital with Aunt Sidonie. There seemed to be less fanservice and more world-building in this volume, which is a good thing. Charel Cambré's art remains outstanding. The plot sometimes jumps between storylines in mid-page, which is a little disconcerting. I would have enjoyed it more if I had come back to it a bit sooner after the first two, and will get to vol 4 a bit quicker. You can get vol 3 here.

This was my top unread non-English language comic (the pilot's words in the frame above are an exception). Next on that pile, I'm glad to say, is the first of a new series by Leo, Retour sur Aldébaran.

Rare Unsigned Copy, by Simon Petrie

Second paragraph of third story (Fomalhaut 451):
Zia’s gloved fingers jabbed out the control sequence again, but she knew it was futile: the hab was dead this past year. She’d been sent from Central to discover how, why.
The author ran a contest several years ago offering free copies of this book to the the three people with the most interesting namesakes as revealed by Google, and of course I was up for that challenge and won. The book took a few weeks to reach me from Australia, and it took me a lot longer to get around to reading it. It's a collection of short stories, most of them very brief indeed, with a bit of a tendency to go for last-minute twists or punchlines (à la Asimov, but a little better, which is not difficult). There are several about near-future detective Gordon Mammon investigating various murders. The two that stick in my mind are "Running Lizard", which takes the unpromising concept of were-dinosaurs in the present day and carries it off very well, and the non-sfnal "Scratched" about a little girl, her brother and a mouse. I will keep an eye out for more of Petrie's work. You can get it here. (See author’s note about availabilty in a comment to this post.)

This was the sf book that had lingered longest unread on my shelves. Next in that pile is Hybrid, by Shaun Hutson.