Suspended Animation Classic #1,045
First published December 28, 2008 (#52) (Dates are approximate)
The Speed Abater
by Michael Vance
Opinions are a dime a dozen. Here are two of them: The Speed Abater is the best graphic novel of 2002 according to the attendees of the world’s largest comics convention in France. The Speed Abater is not the best graphic novel of 2002 according to this reviewer.
The back cover ‘blurb’ says that The Speed Abater is about a huge, ancient and obsolete boat, a destroyer. It is war, and the ship is dispatched to find an enemy submarine. Three novice sailors descend into the lowest reaches of the tub and discover its gigantic reduction gears.
That summary is true.
That same blurb claims that this is "a deeply human and highly unusual suspenseful tale by an exciting new talent". Uh-huh.
It is human, it is unusual, but it is not suspenseful, and this reviewer is not excited by this new talent. This graphic novel is interesting but flawed. It is ponderous, not suspenseful, and a touch boring. In addition, its art looks like a doodle on a canvas that is greatly enhanced by color. Intentionally or unintentionally, the art looks Impressionistic in style.
If, as suspected by this reviewer, this story is allegorical and one layer concerns Deism (the idea that God wound-up the world like a clock and then left it to run by itself), then The Speed Abater is also a flawed allegory about a flawed theory. The flaw is that the allegory is boring.
Boring is never good in literature.
To his credit, however, the author seems to debunk Deism.
If this review seems harsh, real potential deserves real guidance, and The Speed Abater, even with flaws, is more than worth a read.
The Speed Abater/78 pgs & $13.95 from NBM Publishing/by Christophe Blain/sold in comics/book stores.
By Michael Vance1 on 2012-09-25 09:44:20
Romance Novels can be looked down on, but the truth is that
they can provide not only a great source of entertainment for millions of
people, but also a therapeutic and healthy aid to womens emotional and sexual
well-being. Statistics have shown that a romance novel is bought once every 5
seconds.That adds up to a lot of reading.There can be no doubt that romantic
and erotic novels are very popular, especially with women. Furthermore, those
who claim that such books are merely worthless empty distractions are wrong.Therapists
often encourage women to read romantic and erotic novels to increase their sex
drive.The publication Psychology Today has reported that women who read such
novels make love with their partners 74% more frequently than women who dont. Most
women dont like to admit they buy and enjoy these types of books, but the
evidence is that theres nothing to be embarrassed about.Popular, widely read
and good for you, romance novels should be seen as an excellent way of spending
your free time. And with the connected lives we now live, its easy to download
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to enjoy the pleasure these can bring. So, what makes a good romantic novel?
They generally follow a set format, which is standard for the genre.A
relationship grows, perhaps there are difficulties to overcome, but love
conquers all and the hero and heroine live happily ever after. Variations on
the theme can include historical settings (very popular) against which the love
affair is played out, different types of obstacles that the couple have to
overcome before their relationship can blossom, or even romance with a paranormal
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immerse you in the story from the first few pages.You should be able to escape
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often plays an important part in the pleasure to be had from a good romance
novel.You can imagine yourself in the place of the heroine and share in her
emotional twists and turns as the plot develops. The power of a romantic novel
to stimulate sexual or erotic desires doesnt necessarily come from explicit
contents, but rather from skilful and sensitive descriptions of love and
romance.It has been said that in the same way that men can be turned on by nude
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reading about an emotional love scene in a romantic book. So do yourself a
favor.Ignore the petty and misguided criticisms and enjoy the powerful
pleasures of a good romantic novel.
My TOP 10 FANTASY COMICS | Final Part
After much deliberation, they’re finally here – my personal Top 10 fantasy comics (as of right now). After honorable mentions, ruthless eliminations, pedantic disqualifications, and much more in my previous videos, here are ten of my favourite comics (actually fifteen, but who’s counting? Definitely not me…), and my very personal reasons why. Featuring dozens upon dozens of sneak peeks and much, much talk.
Other videos of mine that may be of interest:
Part 1 of this video here: https://youtu.be/cWR21OTy27w
Honorable mentions (Part 0) video here: https://youtu.be/42Z1ws12B-s
Perhaps the Best Comic You’ve Never Heard Of? https://youtu.be/DE18XV734wk
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Fables Deluxe Edition Book One: https://amzn.to/394TkIB
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Jubilee Hardcover: https://amzn.to/399kvC7
The Complete Elfquest Vol 1: https://amzn.to/2QzJjN3
Beautfiul Darkness: https://amzn.to/33zRCxC
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The Order of the Stick Vol 1: https://amzn.to/2WEprMm
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The Lost Boy: https://amzn.to/33I9FBW
Children of the Sea Vol 1: https://amzn.to/3aaGcD5
Sailor Twain, or, The Mermaid in the Hudson: https://amzn.to/33I9QgA
The Motherless Oven: https://amzn.to/33CiE7A
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Our complete comics collection mega-episode Shelf Tour!
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