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What are you reading that we should check out?

-- Leonora (, May 12, 2000


Anything by Alan Moore. Recently the full version of "From Hell" came out. It's about Jack the Ripper - sort of. Moore takes a few common Ripper theories (including one that claimed the Royals were behind the murders) and turns it into a beautiful and terrifying piece on the nature of the Twentieth Century. Eddie Campbell's sketched artwork is a perfect accompaniment.

The epilogue, "Dance of the Gull Catchers", has Moore discussing the history of Ripperology, and why it may all be for naught.

Also, "V for Vendetta" (about an anarchist in a fascist England) and "Watchmen" (which turned the traditional superhero mystique upside down when it was published.)

-- Lurker Steve (, May 12, 2000.

I get quite a kick out of modern fairy tales. Either ones completely made up by the author or old ones told from a slanty perspective. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have edited a number of books with lots of great fairy tales. Go check out...

Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears Black Thorn, White Rose Snow White, Blood Red Black Swan, White Raven Silver Birch, Blood Moon There may be some others, I'm not entirely sure. Enjoy. :-)


-- Lil Panther (, May 13, 2000.

I've been into mysteries a lot lately - I always recommend anything by Reginald Hill, especially the Dalziel&Pascoe series. These are British police procedurals, but very unconventional. He also has a series about a private eye named Joe Sixsmith, which are lighter in tone but very amusing and enjoyable.

I also enjoy Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series which reminds me a lot of "The Sopranos", and I'm about halfway through a really creepy book called "A Cold Day in Paradise" that's set in a small town in Michigan. It's very well-written, just don't read it at night. Oh, the author's name is Steve Hamilton.

-- panthera (, May 18, 2000.

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