Posts Tagged ‘Adamtine’

Podcast 47 – Halloween

Podcast 22 – Englishness, National Character and S.J. Harris

ConSequential Podcast Episode 22 - Englishness With S.J. Harris

Who better to talk about national character in comics with than S.J. Harris, author of the extremely English Eustace, one of our favourite books of last year? And where better to record that than Rules, ludicrous cocktail bar and oldest restaurant in London? No one and nowhere, that’s who/what.

There’s a fair bit of noise in this one – it was recorded in a bar, there was another bar outside, a hen party within, a perpetually-circling police helicopter overhead (Roger recently threatened the king of Spain in an elaborate and unsavoury fashion), and to be brutally honest we were just eating bar snacks the whole time with no regard for decorum or your delicate ears. We can only apologise. Read On…

Podcast Episode 13 – Horror Comics

Horror Comics Podcast

There are a whole bunch of horror comics, and we help navigate you through some of the best of the last 50 years, stopping to define horror along the way and make off-colour jokes. Read On…

Podcast Episode 5 – Non-Fiction Comics

Consequential Podcast Episode 5 - Non-Fiction Comics

This week we pile into non-fiction comics, looking at the huge range of high-quality biographical, journalistic or otherwise not-made-up comics on the shelves. Covering books on topics ranging from the invention of the Pot Noodle to life as a tall ship sailor via the battle of Crecy and prostitution and sickness in the 80s New York art scene, there’s going to be something to interest everyone, as they say on the Shopping Channel.

We also have some cross-generational strife about Kenickie and talk about why mimes are awful. This episode features a musical interlude from the pan pipe stylings of Lucy Boyes. Read On…

Podcast Episode 1 – Webcomics

WebcomicsIn our very first podcast, the gang wrestle with the thorny issue of whether webcomics are any good or not, as well as reflecting on their own ethnic homogeneity and whether Canada’s premier singer-songwriter went blind from indulging in a spot of the old crystal meth: Read On…

Adamtine – devils and details

It’s going to be hard to review Hannah Berry’s Adamtine without spoilers, so I’ll start with a tiny one to get us going: the crossword solution is “rhadamanthine”; the missing letters make up the book’s title. That’s not much of a spoiler, but it fills in a blank, a tiny detail. If you do know the word – and I had to look it up – it adds a layer, too. That’s kind of the real spoiler: Adamtine is built up of these details and layers, and I’m going to talk about that. The plot has twists and reveals, and I’ll try not to spoil them too much, but what really got me was how well the book is assembled to produce its effects.

Hopefully, me banging on about how well Adamtine creates atmosphere won’t spoil it doing that for you, but if you think it might, go and buy it and read it first. Really, do.

You can download a preview from Hannah Berry’s website.

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It may actually take less time to read than this article. I loved Adamtine, and got a little carried away.

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