What I'm reading - <i>The Somnambulist</i>, <i>The Creeper</i>

I'm a day late, but that's no reason to stop reading! What else are you going to do, watch Cupid?

I started reading Jonathan Barnes' The Somnambulist, which takes place not long after Queen Victoria has died (a favorite time in history for me) in London (a favorite city for me) and deals with strange murders and weird magic and a giant dude called the Somnambulist, who so far has not actually somnambulated (and I'm 140 pages into it). I'm not sure how I feel about it yet - it's a decent read, but it seems like it's well-traveled ground, so I'm waiting to see how Barnes makes it his own. I mean, it has a group of odd gypsies (called "travelers" by the characters, which seems excessively PC for a century ago), grotesque prostitutes, and a man who lives backward through time. These are fun things, but they feel a bit worn, so I'm hoping Barnes does something interesting with them. So far, it's pretty good. Arthur & George, which I was reading last week, was quite excellent, by the way.

In the comics world, I have a bunch of things I have to read (the latest volumes of Eden and MPD-Psycho on the manga front, and Pistolwhip: The Yellow Menace by Jason Hall and Matt Kindt, which I'm really looking forward to), but I figured I'd zip through the 1997-98 Creeper series by Len Kaminski and Shawn Martinbrough. I just read the first issue, and it seems decent enough, although Kaminski's hard-boiled prose is a bit over-the-top (and I know he reads the blog occasionally, so I apologize for saying that, but it's true - the story is fine, but the narration is a bit excessive). Martinbrough's art is fantastic - why hasn't he become a bigger star? He's obviously able to handle "mainstream" stuff, and his style is distinctive enough that he doesn't look like everyone else. Yet I hardly ever see him doing anything - maybe he's not interested.

And what might you be reading in order to ignore doing your taxes?

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