The Who’s Who of British Crime: In the Twentieth Century by Jim Morris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Short entries, as befits a Who’s Who, with length seemingly determined not so much by notoriety or impact as how easily available the source text was. The writing style is variable, indicating a slapdash approach or weak editing of a manuscript collated over an extended period of time, and there are numerous lapses in both language and viewpoint– Morris strays regularly from a factual detail to engage in philosophical moralising of the man-at-the-end-of-the-bar variety.
Handy as a quick flick-through book in support of other, meatier texts, but not an essential part of any bookshelf by a long way.
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Green Lanterns, Volume 2: The Phantom Lantern by Sam Humphries
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A good, solid Green Lantern story, clearly identifying enemies on two fronts and leavening the action with crisp dialogue and lightly-handled interactions between the main and supporting characters. The character arc of the titular antagonist makes for a potentially worthwhile addition to the Lantern Rogues Gallery, and deals directly– and in a more effective way– with the question that consumes the rookie Green Lanterns Baz and Cruz: what if you give everything you have to the cause, and it still just isn’t good enough?
Two GNs in, and my main quibble with this series remains: I still struggle to see what the point of creating 2 new GNs is, particularly as Baz and Cruz remain little more than an assemblage of tics without any real sense of a character arc. Perhaps they’ll grow into something extraordinary and ground-breaking. Right now, six Green Lanterns seems a couple too far, and the writing and plotting far exceeds the characters themselves.
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It’s 2018. Time to put the past where it belongs, and look to the shiny, jetpack-infused future.
I’ve got some specific goals for the upcoming year, so here are five people from whom I’ll be drawing inspiration as I chug away, nibbling at the edges of aspirations they’ve already savaged, chewed, swallowed, and conquered.
Five for Friday: Inspirations for 2018
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