LLR: Shapestone by James Bibby

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Shapestone

by James Bibby.

Death is nasty and not a little inconvenient. Being dead even more so. Especially when you’re tied to an amulet that has its own designs on the world. For the Princess Macoby the annoying ghost with the axe in his head who keeps hangng around is just plain irritating. Little do either of them know that the fate of the world is in their substantial and not-so substantial hands.

Jim Bibby has created a world peopled with real people, with real concerns. Their lives are not played for laughs, these come from Bibby’s acute eye for timing and sympathy

with human foibles/ This is a serious cut above your average humorous fantasy.

Once again I’m looking back at a fantasy book I have always meant to review. Shapestone is a humourous fantasy novel that plays off of the tropes and plot devices of the fantasy genre.

From what I remember, Shapestone is a not only a funny book but it is an entertaining one. Bibby does not sacrifice plot for humour which means that not only are you smiling and laughing throughout the novel but you’re engaged with the actual fantasy story.

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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

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rat-queens-vol-01Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

Written by Kurtis J Wiebe.

Art by Roc Upchurch.

Goodreads: link.

Six Word Summary: Intrigued. Compelled. Need to read more.

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Blurb: Who are the Rat Queens?

They’re a pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the god’s creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief.

This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent, monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!

Collecting Rat Queens #1-5!


Release Date: March 26, 2014.
Length: 128 pages.
Genre: Graphic Novel & Fantasy.
Read as a: Paperback.

 

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this graphic novel, it had me smiling, cringing, and (a truly rare occurrence) actually snorting. The first book, Sass and Sorcery is really in your face as the characters, world, and kind of bloody minded humour of the world is set up. Pages had me holding the book away from myself, taking in the bloody sense, others had me smirking at the banter between the Rat Queens, but as the book went on the more I felt connected to the story and the characters. Continue reading “Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery”

Spotlight: Terry Pratchett

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Words cannot express the sheer brilliance of Terry Pratchett’s imagination.The back catalogue of this man is not only large but his most well known work, the Discworld series spans across over 40 books. The distinct and different style that is distinctly Pratchett’s is one that blends comedy with high fantasy. While certainly taking place in a somewhat typical fantasy world, the Discworld series is one that is full of magic, adventure and a dastardly sense of humour.

Through techniques such as extensive and sometimes page long footnotes as well as a distinct characterisation, Pratchett weaves unique stories set in a vastly different world. To understand the scope of the world creation one simply has to look at the place in which the Discworld series is set, the Discworld. The normal day to day life of the Discworld is one that is as the name implies, on a disc. However, this disc is one that is held up by four elephants who themselves ride on the back of a giant turtle which is forever swimming through the infinite vastness of the universe.

Such imaginings are almost typical of Pratchett’s stories with other reoccurring stand outs including an oddly human Death personification, an orangutang librarian, the Night Watch and the staff of the Unseen Wizard University. These characters and the magical stories that the novels weave are what have led to a very passionate fan base.  Indeed the real value of this series is in how welcoming it is to new readers.

New initiates  to the Discworld do not have to start at book number one and slog it out to the end, rather the way in which the series is written allows for new readers to start at any novel. Pratchett writes novels that sometimes do connect together or to past characters but often times, each new book is dedicated to a new bunch of characters with old characters being mentioned and interacted with occasionally.

With this in mind, it is with a small shove, that this blogger highly recommends that a Pratchett book be picked up and read, post haste!