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We’re big fans of Wonder Woman here at the Lazy Inquisitor. And by ‘we’, of course, I mean ‘I’. And by ‘I’, I mean ‘my wife’. Still, not even she can stomach this collection of the Amazon’s 1960’s adventures. Typical plots involve Wonder Woman’s struggle to rescue simpering Steve Trevor as he haplessly shuffles from one cock-up to another. This volume also introduces Wonder Girl, and her struggle to rescue simpering excrescence Mer-Boy from hapless undersea peril. It gets worse: Wonder Tot. Nobody simpers over Wonder Tot, because Wonder Tot is annoying. If it weren’t for the appearance of Angle Man (whose excellent superpower is that ‘he always has an angle’) the book would beyond redemption. Stick with Wonder Woman Volume 4 instead; that one’s quite good. 1/5

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Book Review: The Haunted Book

Posted: October 7, 2013 in Books
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Mark Gatiss says that this book is “gripping, twisted and devilishly enjoyable” but, since it’s written by his League of Gentlemen comrade Jeremy Dyson, you’d expect him to.  The Haunted Book contains ten ghost stories linked by a subtle meta-narrative.  Don’t expect outright horror: I found one story to be genuinely creepy, while most of the others were either atmospheric or vaguely unsettling. The period stories work rather well, but a couple of the mid-book pieces and the meta-story feel like filler. Despite this, the variety and imagination on offer make The Haunted Book a reasonably engaging read. 3/5

Book review: Greenmantle

Posted: September 25, 2013 in Books
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John Buchan’s sequel to The Thirty-Nine Steps has all of the bad stuff:  casual racism, misogeny, institutional racism, jingoism, colonialism, homophobia, racism again. But it was written in 1916, when such attitudes were the norm. If you can cope with that unfortunate historical reality then you’ll be rewarded with an excellent spy thriller. The action takes place behind Axis lines during the Great War, and there are enough evil villains, clandestine meetings and large-scale battles to put James Bond to shame. The barrack-room slang dates the prose a little, and Buchan assumes that the reader has at least a passing knowledge of the politics of the era, but it’s a terrific read nonetheless. It’s also free on Kindle. Recommended, but with obvious caveats. 4/5