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Forty Shambling Iron Norse Witches Love Zumbador

Iron Kissed, by Patricia Briggs
Romp, romp, romp. Still very satisfied with how Mercy figures out her relationships (all of them, not just the romantic stuff). Next one already on hold at the library.

Shambling Towards Hiroshima, by James Morrow
I don't think James Morrow could write a bad book, and you would think that "aging b-movie actor tells the story of how the US army almost unleashed real live behemoths on Japan during WW2" would be the sort of thing I would like, but this never gelled for me. However, as I am a completist about my favorite authors, I am still glad I read it.
Forty Years in Canada, by Jack Whyte
This odd mix of rhymed verse and fragmentary recollections grew on me as I read. Quite fond of it by the time I finished.

Norse Code, by Greg van Eekhout
Very fun story of how a Valkyrie and a relatively minor god conspire in an attempt to stave off Ragnarok at the last minute. It's action-packed and charming; a little emotionally distanced, the same way Niven and Pournelle's retelling of the Inferno is, but like that book, there's no question that the characters have rich emotions - we're just not quite immersed in them. I'm not sure how a story can be undemanding and epic at the same time, but van Eekhout manages it here.

El mosquito zumbador, by Verónica Uribe and Gloria Calderón
Delightful rhythms and a sense of humor grace this story of two kids in search of relief from a very annoying mosquito. Also, the illustrations are really marvelous.

Hatter M, vol. 3: The Nature of Wonder, by Frank Beddor, Liz Cavalier, and Sami Makkonen
Hm. The 2nd volume of this was fathoms better than the 1st volume. I felt like this third one had bits that were as unappealing or difficult to follow as the tiresome bits of the first volume, but also bits that were even lovelier and more exciting than the best bits of the second. Hard to say what the next one will be like, but I'll be on the lookout for it. Also, I should get around to reading the novels these comics were spun off from. One of These Days.
(12/200, 12/100)

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love, by Chris Roberson et al
I was a bit dubious since, well, nobody does Bill Willingham quite like Bill Willingham does, but this was plenty good. Kind of like a Fables / Queen and Country mash-up, only more lighthearted.
(13/200, 13/100)

Fables, vol. 14: Witches, by Bill Willingham et al.
And *this* was everything I could ever want from a chapter of Fables - reminding me of all the reasons why it's my favorite currently running comic - except that the main story gets cut off at a very frustrating point. Razzerfrazzer cliffhangers. Luckily, some kind person had warned me in advance. And the not-directly-connected story AFTER the cliffhanger was solid, and had a traditionally conclusive ending.
(14/200, 14/100)

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