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Transpontine Drift (One Eye Grey)

by Chris Roberts

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This - "A Penny Dreadful for £2.50", the cover says - is fantastic. One Eye Grey's premise is taking old, obscure folk tales and retelling them in a contemporary London setting, which caught my interest immediately. And it does this amazingly well! Each vignette is really quite short (4-6 pages) but they're endlessly fascinating, and so well-told - whether the subject is Jenny Greenteeth, or the queen rat of the anthology's title, or a real estate agent who runs his business by keeping track of "erotic leylines". Even better, these aren't just conceptually successful, as the quality of writing is admirable as well; the framing story, concerning a group of friends who have drifted apart and only met back up for drinks at a pub years later, after the death of one of their own, is impressive not just for how well their conversations illustrate the character of London, but the characters themselves. Several times I was astounded at the details in speech or body language or implication-by-omission, reading a character trait that I've noticed in someone before but never seen written down. My only regret is that, as a pamphlet, this level of writing isn't likely to be seen by many (although it is available via Amazon UK). Hopefully at some point it and later issues will be collected into book form by a large publisher, for all the world to see.

In the meantime, I already have issue #2 to start in on. ( )
  duck2ducks | Sep 4, 2008 |
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