De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse

De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse
De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse

The first volume of De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse (“The Golden Years of Mickey Mouse”) covers the 1930–37 works of Floyd Gottfredson, who was instrumental in turning Mickey Mouse into the icon of animation he is today.

Aviator Mickey (which was actually a line of steampunk and dieselpunk merchandise in Disneyland Paris some years back) on the cover isn’t a misleading piece of art, as several of these stories tie in right with the dieselpunkian sense of adventure of the pre-World War II times. Continue reading “De Gouden Jaren van Mickey Mouse”

Traveling With Your Octopus

Traveling With Your Octopus
Traveling With Your Octopus

Brian Kesinger returns with more Otto and Victoria in Traveling With Your Octopus, the sequel to his much celebrated Walking Your Octopus (our review here).

In this new volume, Victoria and her trusty land-dwelling cephalopod Otto travel the world, encountering strange sights, new animal companion and generally undertaking a great many deal of adventures. Continue reading “Traveling With Your Octopus”

Tales from the Nightside

Tales from the Nightside
Tales from the Nightside

Simon R. Green returns with an all-new Nightside book. New in a way at least.

Tales from the Nightside compiles ten short stories, nine of which have previously been published in various magazines and supernatural detective omnibuses. The tenth is brand new.

This makes this collection a must-have for every Nightside fan, giving people the opportunity to get their hands on short stories pretty much impossible to acquire otherwise. That and, you know, the first new Nightside story in years! Continue reading “Tales from the Nightside”

Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians

Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians cover
Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians

Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians gives the reader an introduction to steampunk culture, including a historical view on how steampunk evolved from being a literary genre to the culture we know today.

Author Paul Roland presents us an overview of leading artists, musicians, authors and other key figures of steampunk. You can find a selection of steampunk books, music, art, fashion, events and films, all summarized and sometimes even with a short extract. Continue reading “Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians”

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives
Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives

A collection of tales by different authors, all of the same theme and genre, can appeal to fans of either. But I have to say that Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives is not the best choice when you’re looking for a short-story collection of this kind.

I got this because it includes a Nightside short by Simon R. Green, featuring the infamous John Taylor. Some of the other stories are fun, and one is downright disturbing, but it is a mixed bag and some stories are frankly forgettable. Continue reading “Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives”

Tales of the Hidden World

Tales of the Hidden World
Tales of the Hidden World

Tales of the Hidden World is a short-story collection of old and new tales by the hand of Simon R. Green. It’s a mix of urban fantasy, dark fantasy, zombies, swashbuckling, dystopias and space operas.

This irrevocably makes that the reader will like one tale more than the other, but it needs to be said that there are some gems in here and definitely some characters and settings I personally hope to see more of. (My personal favorite is “All About the Rendering”, of which I dearly hope to be able to read more in the future.) Continue reading “Tales of the Hidden World”

City Hall, Volume 5

City Hall, Volume 5
City Hall, Volume 5

The fifth installment of French steampunk manga City Hall introduces a whole new cast of characters crossing the path of our familiar trio of heroes: Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle and Amelia Earhart. It also marks the return of Harry Houdini, who is finding himself in a world quite unlike anything he’s ever encountered.

The plot which was set in previous editions continues to weave its way along steadily and the new additions to the cast only enrich the story. Continue reading “City Hall, Volume 5”

The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction

The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction
The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction

The Rocketeer returns from the presses of IDW Publishing with an all-new adventure. This time he’s not alone but teams up with that other beloved dieselpunk pulp hero: Will Eisner’s The Spirit.

Which is great news for fans of both heroes, as this particular crossover is pretty brilliant.

Even though it combines two very different settings, the author and artists do a fantastic job representing both and combining these worlds in a realistic fashion that does the two of them justice. Continue reading “The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction”

Property of a Lady Faire

Property of a Lady Faire
Property of a Lady Faire

Simon R. Green returns with his latest, and seventh, installment in the Secret History series. One of the quintessential three in the same major plotline and setting (the other two being Ghost Finders and the Nightside).

Just like in many other books, characters from other settings play a part in this one. I shan’t divulge who exactly, as that would be spoilers. But I will tell you that Nightside fans won’t be disappointed. Continue reading “Property of a Lady Faire”

Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter

Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein's Daughter
Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter

There are a great many authors picking up on Sherlock Holmes these days, taking Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved characters and weaving their own tales starring them.

Tim Symonds gives his Sherlockian stories a twist by adding real historical characters in every installment. For his third book, our favorite sleuth investigates a matter in the background of Albert Einstein. Continue reading “Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter”