Pop Gun War: Gift by Farel Dalrymple

Pop Gun War: Gift
by Farel Dalrymple
Dark Horse, 2003

This unnerving debut by Xeric Award winner Dalrymple utilises dream logic and non-sequitur in a story set in a weird Manhattan-like city where boys can sprout wings and spectacled pet fish can float around without anyone particularly caring.

It shares the same atmosphere as Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, although there’s more sandstone and less faerie, and none of the listless inhabitants of this strange city seem particularly happy or motivated. Still, how different is this from real life, where we blearily ignore small wonders every day?

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