Consider Phlebas – Iain M. Banks ♦♦♦♦ [four out of five]

This is a classic book on which opinions have already been formed.  The moments that are slow are almost slow enough to set the book down permanently, saved by the knowledge that in a few pages you’ll get back to the story proper.  But that proper story is such an awesome trip that’s it’s worth those stops.

AWESOME TRIP

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Gotham Central (series) – Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker ♦♦♦♦ [four out of five]

Gotham Central – a police procedural with a great huge cast and a background of superheroes, giving us, as human readers, a place in the big world of Superman and Batman.  It stumbled to find its direction at first but would have a good solid 30 issues of amazing crime / noir with a great twist of the fantastic.

Sometimes my sentences stumble for direction at first, before a good solid ellipses…

The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion ♦♦♦ [three out of five]

Well, you watched the film.  Let’s say that you enjoyed it.  Then you’re probably looking forward to watching it again, to reap the rewards of repeated, detail-soaked viewings.  To your rescue, then, in the limbo before a blu ray, is the Cabin in the Woods Visual Companion, an over-sized collection of production photos, interviews, and the screenplay.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Well, I read it cover to cover, including the screenplay.  It slaked my thirst.  Will it remain on my shelf once I have a physical copy of the movie?  Probably not.

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