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Tales of the Minivandians by Tom Rogneby

A humorous series of tales recounting the adventures of an odd setting: a  mix of modern suburbia and ancient Norse sagas.  

The opening tales are mostly suburbia through saga telling, but the saga elements -- such as undead and elves -- increase as the tales go on.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Madcap adventure in a forest filled with fairies!

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

A comedy set in a city, with his glorious language.

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Rose is Rose: 15th Anniversary Collection by Pat Brady

A collection of strips. Plus a few pages about the origin and history.

Light, sweet, with Rose and Jimbo, and their son Pasquale and his guardian angel, the neighbor baby Mimi, the cat Peekaboo, and the selfish Clem.

We have Peekaboo as a yogi master, Pasquale in his dreamship, getting ice cream cones, not winning anything in the lottery, and more.
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As You Like It by William Shakespeare

A pastoral comedy. In his usual glorious language.

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Rose is Rose in Loving Color by Pat Brady

A collection of Sunday strips.

Brightly colored, cheerful, light (with the biggest problem occasional grumpiness). No continuing plot-lines. A lot of expressionist comics showing their mental processes -- and quite a few where the line blurs between the expressionist and the real.
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Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire by Neil Gaiman

Lovely title. Couldn't remember it fully when asking a bookstore clerk. He observed that it's impossible to remember and impossible to forget. . . .

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The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories by Terry Pratchett

More of Sir Pterry's not quite juvenilia. Light, funny, frothy off to the point of silliness, a lot of fun. Did some typographic fun and games with different fonts, bolding, increased size (or decreased) for selected words.
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Year of Yesh: A Mutts Treasury by Patrick McDonnell

Another year of comics
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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

The trilogy continues. . . spoilers ahead for the first.

If you remember, Zaphod said they would go to the title restaurant for lunch.  When this opens, they are trying to get the Heart of Gold there.  Then they are attacked by a Vogon ship, begining the adventures, which involve a cup of tea, the Total Persepctive Vortex, the restaurant, a completely black ship with a half-built teleport device, Marvin being depressing, elevators with psychological problems, a ship full of useless people, and more.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A famous and comic tale. Arthur Dent discovers his house is about to be demolished to build a bypass. Shortly thereafter, everyone on Earth discovers it's about to be demolished to build a bypass.
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Helen's Babies by John Habberton

You can blame my reading this story on G. K. Chesterton and George Orwell, both of whom wrote favorably about it. And a semantic note: toddler was a 20th century invention; at the time this book was written, "baby" extended up to the age of about five. Which helps explain the title with the youngsters involved being 3 and 5.

The narrator's sister and brother in law go off on a visit, and the sister, Helen, invites her brother to stay at their place. Give him a break from the city and let him read, and help scare off burglars just in case. Her two sons are little angels and won't be a problem. . . .  (It is interesting to note that the parents leave before the brother arrives.  The servants, after all, can look after the children.)

They are, needless to say. Endlessly, humorously, embarrassingly. Although their high-jinks do have one great side-effect.

Sourcery

Jun. 28th, 2016 09:37 pm
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Sourcery by Terry Pratchett

One of the lesser lights in the Discworld series. (He attributes a fair number of changes to the world to events in it, not always plausibly.)

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Continuing urban fantasy as chick lit . . . . spoilers for the earlier ones

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Urban fantasy as chick lit, not paranormal romance. Light and fluffy, with heavy emphasis on the job.
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Red's Planet: Book 1: A World Away from Home by Eddie Pittman

A little, sweet adventure of a girl on an alien planet.
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Hoka

Apr. 19th, 2016 07:49 pm
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Hoka by Poul Anderson and Gordon R. Dickson

The continuing comic adventures of those amazing alien teddy bears who love playing out fiction, and Alex, still plenipotentiary, trying to cope.

Four stories here, longer than the first ones. We have a baseball episode, interstellar intrigue that the Hokas tackle like Foreign Service novels, a Jungle Book adventure with three aliens -- and Tanni instead of Alex, for once -- and a final grand adventure centering around a Hoka Napoleon.  For once, Alex actually has to explain that a Hoka can call himself Napoleon and still be sane.  By Hoka standards.  It even provides a resounding conclusion.

Mutts

Sep. 13th, 2015 09:31 pm
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More Shtuff
A Little Look-See
Who Let the Cat Out?
All by Patrick McDonnell

Read some more of Mooch and Earl's adventures.

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Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

The comic story of a hamster princess whose Sleeping Beauty tale is a bit derailed by her being herself.  A pretty standard rebellious princess, to be sure, but brightly drawn and with a quirky fondness for fractions.

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