“Since therefore the knowledge and survey of vice is in this world so necessary to the constituting of human virtue, and the scanning of error to the confirmation of truth, how can we more safely, and with less danger, scout into the regions of sin and falsity than by reading all manner of tractates and hearing all manner of reason? And this is the benefit which may be had of books promiscuously read.” -- John Milton, Areopagitica (1644)


Grandville - Bryan Talbot The Grandville thriller series is a great idea, and the first installment here is brilliant. The author could have been a wordsmith alone if he hadn't turned out to be such a great cartoonist.

The author is so deft at weaving together his skein of plots, and the background detail is littered with delight and enjoyment that will anoint second and third and fourth readings of the book. He drops small hints and tips here and there throughout the book pointing out how things will go, and you hardly notice how efficiently and cleverly you are taken from plot twist to revelation to plot twist to revelation.

I thoroughly enjoyed the pace, energy and darkness of the plotting.

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