James Bowman (jeb1981) wrote,
James Bowman

Books I read in February 2016

Haunted Heartland, by Beth Scott and Michael Norman, 4.5/5 (A-)
A great collection of supernatural stories, well-told and covering a wide region (the midwestern U.S.). I was a little disappointed at the early disclaimer that certain stories had been "expanded upon", but reading it was enjoyable enough that I didn't mind. (However, ghost aficionados should be careful about relying on this for any facts.)

The Real Ghostbusters Omnibus Volume 1, by James Van Hise et al, 3.5/5 (B-)
This collects the first 14 issues of the NOW Comics Real Ghostbusters title from the 1980s. Unfortunately, while the author does come up with fun ideas (such as the Ghostbusters teaming up with pulp heroes against ghost gangsters), the actual stories tend to be mediocre, and often have rushed endings. Also, the earliest issues are more weird than anything else, and one story (featuring Lovecraft's deep ones) alludes to material not really appropriate for a kids' comic. I did like a few stories - most notably one featuring a werewolf and a mummy - but overall I was disappointed in this collection.

Doctor Who III Volume 3: Sky Jacks!, by Andy Diggle et al, 4/5 (B)
Two decent Eleventh Doctor stories in this volume. The first wraps up the plotline established back in III Volume 1 in a way that's merely OK, but it also wins points for an interesting setting. The second, by guest writer Len Wein, has some fun with fezzes.
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