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January 5th, 2013

The Adventures of the Blue Carbuncle

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle by Arthur Conan Doyle

Read by Alan Cumming, this is a real gem of story. Pun intended!

Cumming brings Holmes and Watson to life along with a slew of other characters. Set during Christmas, this tale chronicles a holiday goose, worn hat and priceless gem that come to Holmes by a most intriguing set of circumstances.

This is a quick listen, but that doesn’t detract from the story’s appeal. If you’re a Holmes, you’ll be pleased. If you’re a Cummings fan, you’ll be thrilled. I haven’t enjoyed a narrated Doyle story this much since René Auberjonois read Mark Frost’s The List of Seven.

Books completed: 5/50

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I began the year with a couple of graphic novels.

Book 01: Fables Vol 5: Mean Seasons.
Author: Bill Willingham, 2005.
Genre: Graphic Novel. Re-told Fairy Tales. Myth and Legend. Romance.
Other Details: Paperback. 168 pages.

The fifth trade paperback collects Issues 22 and 28-33 of the Vertigo series. It includes Cinderella Libertine, which I had read in the Deluxe Edition #3 and two tales of Bigby's exploits during World War II . The final section is "The Year After", which recounts the events following the Adversary's attempt to conquer Fabletown as well as the outcome of Prince Charming's campaign to become Mayor.

Certainly change is in the air following the results of the Fabletown election and the attack by the Adversary. Really love this series and Snow & Bigby are just wonderful. They both are facing major life-changes here and I'm intrigued to read on to see how things work out for them as well as find out how plans to respond to the Adversary develop.

Book 02: Twilight: the Graphic Novel Vol 1.
Author: Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim (artist), 2010.
Genre: Fantasy. Romance. Vampires. Young Adult. Graphic Novel.
Other Details: Paperback. 224 pages

This graphic novel is a re-telling of the first part of Twilight up to Chapter 13. It is the romantic part of the story before any threats to Bella from the hunter James.

As I knew the story so well from the original novel and repeated viewings of the film, I decided to check this out from the library as I was stuck by the ethereal beauty of its cover art. Young Kim does a lovely job of capturing the story and characters and I especially loved her use of a very limited colour palette. At times the images felt almost animated.

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