Books read in 2013 # 92-93 - The 90s were fun
So I don't know if books about conspiracies, end of the world prophecies and paganism are really 90s books or if that's just the kind of thing that I was into in the 1990s. Certainly, I find all that material fairly tedious today. In winding down the Invisibles, everything seems light even as the plot is telling us that there are some dire end-of-the-world things happening. However, most of the end of the world things are either silly or ultimately inconsequential. The Cthulu prince of England never really makes much sense. The villain is either going to turn out to be working in the best interest of everyone or die slowly. By the end of the book, the "end of the world" is a copout where the main character talks to the audience and says that it's over now. Sure, there's supposed to be some kind of a "bypassing all flesh" idea there, but it feels more like a "well that's it. Thanks for reading."
93. House of Mystery: Safe as Houses by Matthew Sturges, Luca Rossi, Werther Dell'Edera and Jose Marzan Jr. - I don't know why this one feels 90s to me, but most of the answers that I am coming up with are terribly depressing. Having a female character who is messed up and uses a guy for sex when she's thinking of someone else seems terribly progressive by today's standards. Witches fighting for their land and dying tragically also seems 90s. All that grrl power created a particular type of female protagonist - not so much an anti-hero (just saw that Salon has an article on where is the female Walter White? Actually it's Nurse Jackie. Oh well, can't really expect much out of Salon) but a woman who makes mistakes, sleeps with the wrong guys, acts out of an emotional dark place and is not punished so much as has learning experiences - it feels like something out of Liz Phair's first album.
There's also a subplot about the gay goblin taking over control of his goblin society because he actually knows strategy. Not really sure if I should like that story or be offended by it for the noble savage learns how to be white and shows everyone else how to fight right tone. But there is a great story about goblins eating babies that made me laugh.