• SNAP BOOK REVIEW: 'Savage Lands' by Clare Clark

    In this novel, Clark takes the interesting story of the fledgling French colony of Louisiana and somehow manages to make it dull – my old history teachers would have been proud.

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  • GREATEST ART: Peanuts

    I recently had the misfortune to catch part of the dreadful recent Peanuts Movie (couldn’t sit through the whole thing) – it reminded me how often we take Charles Schultz’s epic gentle satire on American values for granted, and how, by coating it in an unnecessary layer of schmaltz, we detract from its undoubted greatness.

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  • SUPERHERO MOVIES: Good, Bad & Elektra

    In this episode: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

    In a crowded blockbuster season, DC's hero-on-hero epic Dawn of Justice (q.v.) appeared just ahead of Marvel's equivalent. The two films make an interesting comparison, showing starkly (heh) just how much better Marvel Studios are at handling their comic book adaptations.

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  • MANGA DOUBLE-DIP: 'Netsuzou Trap' & 'Bloom Into You'

    The past few years have been a boom time for yuri manga, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down in 2017. Two contrasting series are currently running here in the UK, and I thought it might be fun to review them together.

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  • OBVIOUS BIRDS #75: Long-Tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

    There are certain birds that, no matter how common they might be, always seem to come as a pleasant surprise. The garrulous and delightful Long-Tailed Tit is one such for me and, I suspect, a lot of other people.

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