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”
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”
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 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.
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.
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”
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.
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”