Saga

I just finished catching up with Saga, the amazing, space operatic, well, saga of two star-crossed lovers and their efforts to keep themselves and their child safe in a dangerous and wildly imaginative universe.

Saga is created by Brian K. Vaughan (also the writer of the brilliant Y: The Last Man), and Fiona Staples, whose art I haven’t had the pleasure of encountering before, but omg is her work gorgeous, and published by Image Comics.

I’ve had it languishing on my iPad since the series started a couple of years ago and just never got round to reading it before now. I’m so glad I finally did! At the same time I hate that I did start it; Now that I’m all caught up I have to wait for single issues to arrive one by one. The antici….

It’s an incredible read. It’s realistic (yes, I know that sounds silly but the characters are so completely believable even when they are spirits or robots with TVs as heads), it’s laugh-out-loud funny at times, and tugs at your heartstrings at others. It’s also dirty, sexy, serious, and wonderful.

I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

Words I’ve become acquainted with thanks to “Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf”

Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf - front coverJust had my ass handed to me by Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf.

Even though I have a reasonable vocabulary, and the novel is a slim 336 pages, I needed to look up a few words. Some words were looked up for meaning within context (i.e. the text used a word I understood, but not the meaning I was familiar with), however most I’d never encountered before. The list:

chthonic • gamin • patens • thuribles • furbelow • gittern • ambit • pulsatile • epithalamium • cresset • threnody • habergeons • ophicleidic • cicatrice • chiaroscuro • extirpate • niello • fascicles • termagant • quillets • prolix • quiddity • recondite • equivogues • zeugmatic • recherché • isochronous • nervate • procrustean • nescience • cynosure • de trop • melanzane • apotheosis • mozetta • cincture • hierophant • paean • numinosity • sanbenito • thurifers • plangent • threnody • canaille • recreant • nigrescent • numen • tergiversations • turbid • draff • motet • dithyrambic • ultra vires • systalsis • tintinnabulation • nacreous • steatite • stephanotic • minikin • mansuetudinous • empressement • usufructuary • malapert • chiaroscuro • éclaircissement • dehiscent • pasquinade • panegyric • prolix • periphrasis • peculation • surmullet • triclinium • trouvaille • apotheosis • ratafia • fictile • gallipot • indurated • nugatory • operose • honoris causa • simony • succedaneum • Lateran • undines • patriciate • culverins • porphyry • ochlocratic • hypothecation • prolegomena • imprecations • edacious • consistory • paronomasia • vituperation • gobemouche • rubescent • vermeil-gold • embonpoint • inchoative • effluxionémeute • hortative • febrifuge • girandoles • glaucous • ferruginous • procumbent • inspissated • objurgationobelus • energumen • hetaera • estaminet • papilionaceous • poetaster • psalmody • integument • cauchemar • deeps • confraternity • Viaticum • alembic • effulgence • apostolate • lacuna