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Recommendation: “Potter Who and the Wossname’s Thingummy” by ForestUUID

Author’s summary: No TARDIS, no screwdriver, and no memory — on the plus side, an owl and a wand! May or may not be AU. “It’s all in the mind, you know.”

There are only a few Harry Potter / Doctor Who crossovers, so it’s a small thing to say, “This is the best of the lot.” It may mean more to say, “This is the best Doctor Who crossover of any fandom, of those I have read.” It may mean very little to say, “This is better than some Doctor Who episodes,” because of them are terrible, but I will say that anyway. This is better than some Doctor Who episodes. 

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Recommendation: “Sarcophagus” by Philip Hemplow

In the Shadow of Chernobyl, Dr. Victoria Cox is told, “a little vodka keeps away the radiation.” Don’t look for blood and gore or fast-paced thrills here, but rather a steady doling-out of Slavic mythology. Soviet history, and nuclear folklore. Even a Japanese cult gets a fleeting mention, among other name drops, and together they move slowly but inexorably, like crawling chaos, toward a divine and terrifying experience.

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Recommendation: A Bridge to the Quiet Planet

A Bridge to the Quiet Planet is a science fantasy novel about a pair of wizards who have been hired to take a wealthy passenger and his dangerous cargo on a one-way trip to another world, a planet-sized graveyard for dead gods. The setting is an interesting portrayal of a Classic Fantasy World that’s gotten out of the Middle Ages and through its Industrial Age, and is now sitting nice and comfy in the Space Age.
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Recommendation: “The Promised Neverland”, by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

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Dark Fantasy / Thriller

It’s best to go into this story cold if you can, but I’ll give you the situation as our protagonists initially understand it: Grace Field House is home to 38 orphans, including our eleven-year-old protagonist, Emma. Their caretaker is kind and loves them, the estate is full of trees and flowers, and they want for nothing. It’s a good life, even accounting for peculiarities like the daily exams, the high stone wall that surrounds Grace Field, and the identification numbers on their necks… Continue reading

Recommendation: “The Black Monday Murders”, by Jonathan Hickman

 

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Noir/Horror

In the Mormon temple ceremony, Satan is explicitly linked to capitalism, and money is the means by which Satan “rules with blood and horror.” Jonathan Hickman is not a Mormon and Mammon is more an ancient god than a Christian demon, but the underlying theme remains: black magic requires human sacrifice, and capitalism with all its excesses is the means by which this is carried out in the modern day, with the occasional detour into sacrifices of the more conventional kind (early in the first issue, we find out that the bankers and brokers who supposedly committed jumped out of windows during the Wall Street Crash of 1929 did not commit suicide, but were thrown out to keep the magical consequences of the crash from hitting the people at the very top). Continue reading