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09:53 pm - Is there a reader's synesthesia?
I believe I said something about being seriously underwhelmed by Adele Blanc-Sec's narrative peculiarities and general narrative disorganization (beginning with, but not confined to, a failure to name the artist and writer on the front cover of the translation.) I mean, it had the sense of place and sense of time and the right kind of characters (intrepid adventuress, smooth sleuth, batty obsessed academics) and did nothing with them worth noting. Serious lack of there there. But still, I thought-- but still, I thought-- it's the right style for something: you just have to, I dunno, turn it a few degrees this way and then it's actually very familiar, what could it be-- no, *not* Claudine in Paris, not LoEG, something much more recent than that...

At which I realized that Adele Blanc-Sec looks the way I've been unconsciously envisaging the Invisible Library world. Perfect! Clearly the Invisible Library should be a bande dessinée; and if it isn't, I shall read it as if it was.

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Date:April 15th, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
... okay, now I clearly have to read this. ;)

(I do have a few BDs on my shelf, too. Though not Adele Blanc-Sec. Yet.)
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Date:April 15th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say AB-S is the exact stylistic match. He- whoever he is- runs a bit too brown in tone and sets all his rendezvous at night.
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Date:April 15th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
Still, it does sound at least worth a look.

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