Lucifer: Crux

Lucifer, Vol. 9: Crux (Lucifer, #9)Lucifer, Vol. 9: Crux by Mike Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lilith amasses her forces to storm the Silver City as payback for the wrongs Heaven has done her, and it looks like it’s up to Lucifer and Mazikeen to stop her. That is, if Mazikeen survives Lilith’s punishment, and if Lucifer survives being blasted into a third, unformed cosmos. Mike Carey’s intricately plotted LUCIFER series is building to a head, but still, it’s the quieter moments that make it so special. For example, the standout in this volume is a single, standalone chapter where Elaine tries out her new, godlike powers by creating a world of her own, except no matter what she does the people she creates turn to violence and war against each other.

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Lucifer: The Wolf Beneath the Tree

Lucifer, Vol. 8: The Wolf Beneath the Tree (Lucifer, #8)Lucifer, Vol. 8: The Wolf Beneath the Tree by Mike Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The cosmos is unraveling now that God has left and the Word is fading from all of His creation. Since it appears to be the End Time, Fenris the Wolf returns to fulfill his destiny as part of Ragnarok. Lucifer, Michael, and Elaine join forces to stop him from reaching Yggdrasil, the World Tree, but things go very, very wrong. After watching Lucifer win through wit and foresight for seven books, it ups the ante considerably to see him struggle and even fail, making this one of the most exciting arcs yet. But the highlight of this collection may be the extended 50th issue, which tells the story of Lilith and Samael before he became Lucifer, and reveals the true reason he turned his back on Heaven. This series just continues to rock my world!

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Lucifer: Exodus

Lucifer, Vol. 7: Exodus (Lucifer, #7)Lucifer, Vol. 7: Exodus by Mike Carey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two titans storm the Silver City hoping to fill the void left by God when He left for parts unknown. It’s up to Lucifer to stop them from taking the throne, but to do that he’ll need his reluctant brother Michael’s help. All immortals are ordered to leave Lucifer’s new cosmos to make sure they don’t try the same thing the titans did, which affords the reader an opportunity to see Elaine, Mona, Mazikeen, and the fallen cherubs in action on their own (these side characters are quickly becoming favorites of mine). In the midst of all this, Mike Carey tells the touching tale of the creature Thole and his human friend from the other side of Lucifer’s gate, once again showing that even monsters have hearts. I mentioned before how much I like it when minor characters from previous arcs reappear in greater roles, but another thing I’m really liking in this series is how each arc leads seamlessly into the next.

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The Birthday Haul

On Friday, I turned 45 39 for the seventh time. I had a great birthday weekend seeing friends and family, despite succumbing to an annoying head cold Saturday morning. Because birthdays are awesome and birthday presents are even, um, awesomer, I wanted to share with you some of the gifts I got:

tentacle A tentacle finger puppet. Because nothing says “come here” like a beckoning tentacle!

rampage A board game where you play giant monsters leveling a city. Whoever destroys the most buildings and eats the most people wins. This was practically made for me!

pre-shave oilshaving creamafter shave balm Some lovely, high end shaving products from the Art of Shaving.

And some e-books:

Devil You Know

is everyone hanging out

myrmidon

poe's children

Various bottles of wine were received, too, as well as a veritable treasure trove of Amazon gift certificates. I’ll let you know what I wind up buying with them. (The gift certificates, not the wine. The wine will only buy me happiness.)

 

 

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