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This was a short book; the title itself names it as a novella. For me, short books need to have a tight story line. I believe that a book loses its cohesiveness when multiple arcs are brought into play. I think that this was a flaw in FGPC. On the one hand this is a book about puppets that come to life after dark and on the other it is quite, I believe, tangentially about Father Gaetano’s temptation with a nun in the story. Was there a connection? I never found one.
I thought there were parts of the book that were marvelously written but the majority was rather dry. Was the book just too short to support these multiple arcs? Frankly, I think that it was just too long and unimaginative to hold my interest.
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I am a long time fan of Hellboy, but I was hesitant to follow Mike Mignola away from comics. However, I’m pleased to report that one of my favorite artists remains great regardless of the medium. Taking the plunge into this was a very rewarding experience and I will certainly be continuing on the Mignola and Golden’s next collaboration, Joe Golem and the Drowned City, as my next read.
In this story, Mignola and Golden have crafted a deeply moving, and surprisingly scary, tale about a kind hearted priest struggling to preach the Catholic faith to war orphans in the midst of WW2 Sicily. Because this is a very short read I can’t delve into further details, but the payoff at the end packs one hell of a punch (pun totally intended). The narration is nothing special, but it gets the message across and certainly comes to life near the end (another pun you’ll understand later on). Very highly recommended!