Back in World War II, when it was being attacked by the Nazi war machine, the Soviet Union had quite a few women serving in its armed forces. The Soviet airwomen in particular distinguished themselves in combat roles, and there’s a very good book and a more recent comic book series that examine this aspect of wartime history.
The Unsung examines works of popular culture that are critically acclaimed but not popular, popular but not critically acclaimed, or neither. Today I’m writing about Christopher Hinz’s magnum opus, the Paratwa trilogy!
The whole phenomenon of the ‘kid detective’ / ‘mystery-solving kid gang’ thing seems to be making a bit of a resurgence in the modern pop-cultural zeitgeist of late. I have a vague feeling that Alex Hirsch’s wonderful ‘Gravity Falls’ may have something to do with it, not to mention the Duffer Brothers’ ‘Stranger Things’… but just in the last couple of weeks, it’s been popping up on my radar with an odd regularity and from a number of different sources. Which brings me to Edgar Cantero’s ‘Meddling Kids’.
Byron Preiss was a writer, compiler, editor and publisher of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and graphic novels. As a fan of those genres, as well as comics and pulp fiction, among other things, he tried to innovate ways to present and publish similar materials for a wider reading public – something he did throughout his life.
I talk with my old friend Anne about her journey from writing online fan fiction to becoming a professional writer and editor.
This is a few days late, but I hope you’ll join me on a tour through some trades I read, some arcs I finished, and some prose books I found time to get through. So much fun!
Yes, it’s that time again, when I review a bunch of trades and other stuff I might have gotten around to this month. Let’s boogie!