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  1. I continue to love Buffy. I just love Buffy for Sarah Michelle Gellar, Marti Noxon, and the OTHER people involved in it.
  2. No, I'm entirely sincere. Really do appreciate you giving me a heads up.
  3. Yeah, like I said, was waiting for more information to come out. Thanks for informing me.
  4. The story I had heard wasn't about Lynch to women in general but one woman, Lynch's wife, and Lynch talking about their relationship on Twitter. It was all very personal and I didn't feel comfortable reading. I think I mentally put it on standby until something more concrete came of it.
  5. I really hope we get more Sabetha. I don't want her and Locke to get back together and for him to understand "no means no" but otherwise I love her.
  6. I recommend the VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE: WINTER'S TEETH comic book for those familiar with the old 90s World of Darkness. This is about a vampire punk girl Embraced in the 90s that has since become an enforcer for the local vampire monarch. She's done this because her sister was prematurely suffering dementia and needed a place to be kept. Now she's dealing with the weight of all the evil stuff she's done to maintain her medical care. The first 5 comics have been compiled into a single volume. https://booknest.eu/reviews/charles/2194-vampirethemasqueradewintersteeth
  7. Anyone remember the Vampire: The Masquerade games from the 90s? They've come back and have a comic book now. I really enjoyed it. A nice throwback by Tim Seeley, Blake Howard, and Tini Howard. https://booknest.eu/reviews/charles/2194-vampirethemasqueradewintersteeth
  8. https://booknest.eu/reviews/charles/2218-quincyharkerdemonhunteromnibusvolumeone 4/5 QUINCY HARKER, DEMON HUNTER OMNIBUS ONE is a collection of the first three Quincy Harker collections, which already sounds like an oxymoron or at least redundant. In fact, the series is based around a series of novellas that were collected into novels that have since been collected into this huge 1369 page omnibus. If that sounds like a lot of bang for your buck then you are correct. I actually feel guilty for getting it in Kindle Unlimited form because its such a fantastic amount of urban fantasy goodness. The full purchase price is about 10 dollars and compared to the much-much smaller books available from traditional publishers for more (I bought Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs recently for 12 dollars), it's an excellent value. I don't normally bring up the issue of price but I feel like it needs to be underscored in these penny saving pandemic times. The premise is that Quincy Harker, son of Mina and Jonathan, is now an exorcist and demon hunter in the Modern Era. Traveling around Charlotte, South Carolina, he deals with possessed teenagers, Reinfelds, evil angels, and demonic bar keeps. He's assisted by his "Uncle Luc" who is actually the still-surviving Vlad the Impaler a.k.a Dracula and an angel named Glory. The books are incredibly funny and entertaining, feeling a bit like the Dresden Files but with an even more frantic and entertaining pace. Quincy is a deadpan snarker who takes absolutely nothing seriously but he has the benefit of being genuinely funny, unlike many similarly sarcastic irreverent protagonists. I also like his relationship with Detective Flynn, a woman somewhat similar to Karen Murphy but having a much faster paced relationship. The mythology of the world is simple but efficient with demons being eccentric but menacing while angels are distant but ultimately good (unless they aren't). We also get a bunch of Victorian novel descendants and folk mythology characters. This starts with the characters of Dracula being real is only the beginning as we soon meet descendants of John Watson and John Henry too. I'm especially fond of Gabby Van Helsing, who is a psychotic Buffy the Vampire-slayer analog that I wanted to see more of. The Quincy Harker series benefits from being primarily novella based. Oddly, I'm going to make a comparison to the Witcher. As much as I love the novels, I think it's a commonly held belief that the short story collections are the best of Sapkowski's series. Similarly, these stories are at their best when they're short entertaining works of our sarcastic hero versus his demonic foes. Like a somewhat goofier Hellblazer. Generally, I prefer the more grounded Quincy Harker adventures with him versus smaller scale threats than his attempts to prevent the apocalypse or a peculiar quest to find missing archangels. I call this the "Supernatural Paradox" which is based around the premise that the best episodes of the series were season 1-5 with everything afterward being best when they're doing standalone mission against vampires or monsters of the week. The mythology grew too much and loses some of its power when events are too global. In conclusion, I strongly recommend getting the Omnibus that contains the first three "years" of writing about Quincy's adventures. They're well-worth the price and while I don't much care for the larger metaplot at the end, I absolutely love the characters as well as their interactions. There are a lot worse ways of spending your afternoon than dealing with a guy who figures the best way to defeat a warlock he can't beat is to summon an even bigger demon than the one his foe has.
  9. I just finished Tanya Huff's Vicki Nelson/Blood series. Really impressed by that book. It's wet my vampire whistle (or fangs).
  10. WILD SIGN by Patricia Briggs is a book that I preordered the moment I saw it was coming out and tore into when it came out last night. I didn't stop until I was finished. I love the world of Patricia Briggs' MERCY THOMPSON and ALPHA AND OMEGA series and have followed each volume as they've come out since the series started. I like Mercy slightly more than I like Anna and Charles but that's threading a very thin needle. This volume has the disappearance of a small village in the middle of nowhere investigated by everyone's second favorite group of werewolves (after Alcide in True Blood and maybe the ones in Teen Wolf). The FBI wants to make an alliance with the werewolves after the US government disastrously acquitted the serial rapist and murderer of fairies in FAIR GAME. Sadly, that book seems more and more prophetic with the racial tensions that have since become increasingly in the public eye since the book's release. Neither Charles nor Anna nor Bran the Marrok trust the FBI but are willing to look into the matter. I was a bit disappointed the agents didn't play a bigger role to be honest as I'm very interested in the political elements of this world. However, what follows is an excellent mystery that contains many twists and turns. Black Witches, Eldritch Abominations, Sleeping Gods, supernatural pacts, mysterious pregnancies, and creepy old folks homes are all part of this story. We also finally get the story of Leah, the Marrok's wife, who we mostly know through Mercy's dedicated dislike. It turns out she has a very good reason for being so perpetually miserable. I admit, I would very much like to see her more in future books after her portrayal here. One of my few criticisms of the books is Mercy and Anna sometimes seem to be the only likable women in their respective worlds (and that's from their perspective). There's also some homages to the Cthulhu Mythos, though humorously so as the world is primarily a Judaeo-Christian one with elements of pagan as well as Native American mythology. There's very little room for occult materialist horror monsters and it kind of makes fun of the entire Cthulhu concept. I, as a longstanding HPL fan, laughed. Definitely worth checking out. Unfortunately, I must also add that $13 is a lot of money for a Kindle book and I may be spoiled for very good indies by comparison at a fraction of the cost.
  11. I absolutely loved this book and think it's one of the best steampunk novels written. The first book was entertaining but this is legitimately one of my favorite fantasy novels in the past ten years. Plus great LGBT representation. Here's my review of the book: http://booknest.eu/reviews/charles/2124-ofhoneyandwildfires
  12. 99 Cent Sale THE RULES OF SUPERVILLAINY: https://www.amazon.com/Rules-Supervillainy-Saga-Book-ebook/dp/B07MB89S33/ AGENT G: INFILTRATOR: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MJ1JJ7Z I WAS A TEENAGE WEREDEER: https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Weredeer-Bright-Falls-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B075TTN2FN PSYCHO KILLERS IN LOVE: https://www.amazon.com/Psycho-Killers-Love-C-Phipps-ebook/dp/B088ZCY4VX/
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