Read in 2011

  • Zero history book cover
    December 2011Zero history from William Gibson.
    The last book of the Bigend trilogy, he sends Hollis Henry and Milgrim on a hunt for a secret brand of clothes.
    I loved this book, a superb end to the trilogy. The universe of the book is both fantastic and very close to reality, I loved the characters.
  • Les bretonnismes book cover
    December 2011Les bretonnismes from Hervé Lossec.
    A book on how French langage spoken in Brittany includes locutions borrowed from breton.
    It’s surprising to realise that, without ever having been immersed in breton language, you have integrated some of its structures. The book is very nicely constructed, funny and interesting. The only “trouble” with it is that after reading it, you hear “bretonnisms” everywhere.
  • L’actu en patates : Quinquennat nerveux book cover
    December 2011L’actu en patates : Quinquennat nerveux from Martin Vidberg.
    Drawings from the L’actu en patates (mostly about French news) gathered and grouped by themes.
    The introductions by the aged artist and the chapters are good ideas, some strips are really very funny or clever, others less so.
  • Simon’s cat et le chaton infernal book cover
    December 2011Simon’s cat et le chaton infernal (Simon’s cat in kitten chaos) from Simon Tofield.
    In this third book, Simon’s cat must live with a very very boisterous kitten.
    It’s often very funny, even if animated versions are funnier. It feels like the author is not really comfortable with drawing on paper, some sequences of drawings have gaps and are not very easy to grasp.
  • Onmyôji 6 : l’unique du ciel book cover
    December 2011Onmyôji 6 : l’unique du ciel from Okano Reiko & Yumemakura Baku.
    More Abe no Seimei and Hiromasa adventures, first the story of a hand coming out of a pillar, then a demon swapping its flute with Hiromasa’s.
    The first story includes lots of interesting explanations about ying and yang, elements and directions, the second one is less explanatory and more mysterious, another superb book.
  • The prisoner of Zenda book cover
    December 2011The prisoner of Zenda from Anthony Hope.
    The adventures of a young Englishman in Ruritania, where he is going to attend the coronation of the king.
    A very classical adventure with interesting characters, plot twists, romance, a very quick read.
  • Moonfleet book cover
    November 2011Moonfleet from J. Meade Faulkner.
    In a village on the southern shore of England where smuggling is a popular trade, a young boy tries to find a treasure.
    A classic adventure story, we are taken along with the boy further and further, it’s nicely built and interesting, even if the plot twist to get to the ending is a little bit too much.
  • Maliki 5 : Prismatique book cover
    November 2011Maliki 5 : Prismatique from Maliki.
    The follow-up to Maliki’s adventures, with her cats, Fang, Lady and Electro.
    It’s good to see longer stories than in book 4, with the explanation of Fang’s presence. I also loved the story of the lid.
  • La Hulotte number 96 book cover
    November 2011La Hulotte #96.
    The most popular magazine in burrows tells us about the common brimstone butterfly and the griffin vultures.
    As usual, very interesting to read and beautiful to look at!
  • The book of Dave book cover
    October 2011The book of Dave from Will Self.
    The stories of a London cabbie, Dave, who loses custody of his son, turns a little mad and writes a book, and of people living hundred years later on an island, in a society that worships this book as its gospel.
    A brilliant story, witty, making you laugh a little, but mainly despair. The cockney transcriptions are hard to grasp but I can’t help thinking of this book almost every time I see a story about religion.
  • Magnitude 9 : des images pour le Japon book cover
    September 2011Magnitude 9 : des images pour le Japon (Magnitude 9:images for Japan).
    The book of drawings collected by the website to gather money after the Japanese tsunami.
    It’s first of all a very beautiful book, with varied and superb illustrations, and, to boost all this, it is a “good deed”.
  • Maliki 4 : (Rose) Blanche book cover
    September 2011Maliki 4 : Rose blanche from Maliki.
    The follow-up to Maliki’s adventures, with her cats, Fang and the viking, among other characters.
    It’s still very funny even if the strips are shorter in this book, the slugs and the wild boars are very good.
  • The wind in the willows book cover
    September 2011The wind in the willows from Kenneth Grahame.
    The adventures of the Mole, the Rat, the Badger and the Toad, a classic of children’s fiction
    A nice story, an easy read, and I can only agree strongly with the fact that there’s nothing better than messing around in boats.
  • Night Watch book cover
    August 2011Night Watch from Terry Pratchett.
    The commander of the night watch, Sam Vimes, is sent back in his past, and must catch a murderer without meddling too much with time.
    This series is always excellent, this time focusing on time paradoxes and popular revolutions, while giving background on Ankh-Morpork’s history.
  • Le Déchronologue book cover
    July 2011Le Déchronologue from Stéphane Beauverger.
    Captain Henri Villon fights to survive in an ocean of tafia and to face a 17th century ridden with temporal faultlines.
    The non-chronological storytelling and the pirates + science-fiction mix work well, but it’s mostly the very lively characters that made me love this book, especially Henri Villon.
  • Gateways book cover
    June 2011Gateways, anthology.
    A collection of short stories paying homage to Frederik Pohl, the author of Gateway and many other books.
    I loved the variety of stories, captivating or puzzling, be they a few lines or a few dozens pages long. It’s very pleasant to read new stories from authors I love and to discover new authors.
  • Mise en abyme book cover
    May 2011Mise en abyme (Fools) from Pat Cadigan.
    In a world close to ours where you can enter other people’s brain, buy their memories, a woman (or several) tries to know where she stands, who she is.
    The story goes in all directions and it’s difficult to know who is who, or who’s speaking, but this stylistic effect is a good way of rendering the confusion produced by memories appropriation, or the presence of “clandestine passengers” in the brain.
  • La plage de verre book cover
    April 2011La plage de verre (Against a dark background) from Iain M. Banks.
    Sharrow, an adventurous aristocrat, must escape from religious fanatics who want to make her lineage extinct.
    Banks dwells on the warrior theme again (this time a female warrior), but the main character is strong, her adventures, companions and ennemies are interesting, and the settings are full of inventions.
  • Onmyôji 5 : le dragon bleu book cover
    April 2011Onmyôji 5 : le dragon bleu from Okano Reiko & Yumemakura Baku.
    More Abe no Seimei and Hiromasa adventures.
    After a prologue where a biwa becomes infatuated with Hiromasa, a story that mixes palace love intrigues, rivalry between onmyôjis, and of course demons. It’s beautiful, strange and funny…
  • La nef des fous 7 : terminus book cover
    April 2011La nef des fous 7 : terminus from Turf.
    The end of the adventures of Clément Ixvédeusi, Clorenthe, Arthur and the others.
    As it is the end, all must get back to order, well some kind of order, and we even get explanations. I love the graphics as much as in the previous books.
  • Les annales des Heechees book cover
    March 2011Les annales des Heechees (The annals of the Heechees) from Frederik Pohl.
    A follow-up to the adventures of Robin Broadhead, explorer of the Gateway.
    The book is less centered on psychology than the first, and we get the Heechees point of view. The fact that the hero is dead and stored makes him a little omnipotent, it’s different from the blind searching of the first book.
  • Et le souffle devint signe book cover
    March 2011Et le souffle devint signe from François Cheng.
    The author introduces his works and his love for chinese calligraphy.
    The calligraphies are quite powerful and personal, and the texts that come along with them are varied, sometimes explanatory, sometimes poetic.
  • Death Squad book cover
    March 2011Death squad from Mike.
    Posted in improbable settings, hopeless, the worst awaits them.
    I love the mood! The poor squads take all kind of thorough beatings and it’s funny, the graphics and colour are very nice too.
  • Watchmen book cover
    February 2011Watchmen from Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons.
    After seeing the movie, I managed to get over the graphics and start reading this comic.
    So, I don’t like the graphics, and I like the movie better, even if the book is richer in context.
  • Jason Silverstone - cœurs parallèles book cover
    January 2011Jason Silverstone - cœurs parallèles from Vinson & Corso.
    An antique dealer, fascinated by a parallel world, goes there to find the cause of terrorist attacks.
    Graphics are interesting, especially the colour palettes and settings.
    The story is good but rather short (as is often the case for Ankama books it’s too short but bonuses are added, too bad)
  • Naguère les etoiles 2 book cover
    January 2011Naguère les étoiles book 2 from Bourhis & Spiessert.
    Follow-up to the previous book.
    You laugh a little then forget quickly.
  • Naguère les etoiles 1 book cover
    January 2011Naguère les étoiles book 1 from Bourhis & Spiessert.
    An unhinged story, based on a spoof of Star Wars.
    Quite funny but still rather stupid.
  • Pandala book cover
    January 2011Pandala from Tot & Hottin.
    The story of an orphaned panda, told without text.
    Very nice graphics for a short story without originality (training with an old master, fights…)
  • Crise au Sarkozistan book cover
    January 2011Crise au Sarkozistan from Daniel Schneidermann.
    A foreign correspondent describes Sarkozistan without the complacency of local media.
    A short, well-written book, sadly funny.