Saturday, March 29, 2008

Thirty Days of Physiognomy at World's End

Another backlog of books to review in one go. Chronological order, let's get on with it.

"30 Days Of Night" by Steve Niles, with art by Ben Templesmith. Good story of vampires on a chomping holiday in Alaska, with a neat twist at the end. Templesmith's art makes this really special though. Awesome work. If you've read "Fell" or "Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse", you'll know what he's capable of.

"Worlds' End", volume 8 of Neil Gaiman's Sandman epic (only two more to go, yay!). Usual high quality of Gaiman's writing coupled with some excellently varied artwork for the stories-within-stories concept. There's a reason Sandman is still selling so nearly 15 years after these stories were written.

"The Physiognomy" by Jeffrey Ford, won the World Fantasy Award in 1996. He also wrote the synaesthesia-love-story "The Empire Of Ice Cream" which won a couple of awards too. A great writer; in this book he builds a believable, scary, dangerous world seen through the eyes of an expert in the science of Physiognomy. He's a detective, judge and jury, who bases his decisions on measurements of suspects' noses or the presence of hairy moles. It's not a whodunit though, it's a rollicking adventure, wonderfully done. Highly recommended.

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