Author: Scott VanderPloeg

Print And Digital: Choice Benefits Everyone

Before getting into any discussion here, this isn’t a print versus digital column. I am an ardent reader and have been for as long as I can remember. As I got older and my budget increased so did my book buying, until I had to get a two bedroom apartment so one could be for books. This home library necessity has moved with me to every home, and I sit writing this on my tiny computer desk in my library surrounded by piles of books. I love print. As I’ve discussed in other columns I filled my home library to the brink and had to make hard choices about what would fit. Out went my paperback fiction collection, then my hardcover fiction collection, then about half my art and reference collection and finally half my cook book collection. As well I culled my trade paperback collection, eliminating anything that I had in a collected format or omnibus. And still more books were published that I wanted to have. So I looked at alternatives and took action. First up was the local libraries, but while they’re order most things in for me I live in a small town that’s surrounded by other small towns. I could get the latest thriller or bestseller but that was about it. This led me to reading my non illustrated works digitally, i.e. anything that...

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Review | Thorgal: The Three Elders of Aran

In these new adventures, Aaricia is crowned Queen, and Thorgal will have to face many difficult tests to track down his beauty. Then they spend some happy days together in the countryside… Their first child is announced. But, alas, everything is turned upside down into horror by the jealousy of Shaniah, a teenager turned away by Thorgal. Prisoner on board the Black Galley, Thorgal becomes a plaything in the hands of Veronar, a degenerate tyrant… This two-volume book includes “The Black Galley”. Cinebook, March 2007 Writer Jean Van Hamme, Artist Grzegorz Rosiński 96 pages, 18.4 x 25.7 cm Print: $19.95, Digital: $9.99...

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Review | Thorgal: Child Of The Stars

In the wild and inhospitable European far north, in the land of Scandinavian myth and runic legend, Viking warriors discover a child in a space capsule. Leif Haraldson adopts him and gives him the names of his gods: Thorgal Aegirsson, son of Thor (god of lightning) and son of Aegir (master of the sea). Upon Leif’s death, the Viking chief Gandalf the Insane isolates Thorgal from others. Only the friendship of Aaricia, the daughter of Gandalf, brightens Thorgal’s solitary childhood. Their mutual affection quickly turns into true love.  This two-volume book includes “Aaricia”. Cinebook, March 2007 Writer Jean Van Hamme,...

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