Yesterday I got my ordered copy of Andrzej Sapkowski's "The Last Wish". I've been looking forward to that for some time - a new fantasy epic about a mutant assassin monster-hunter, told as a series of short stories following his journeyings, protecting the innocent and slaying the fanged blood-drinking murderous and bestial. The author is very successful in his native Poland, where the "Witcher" has already incarnated as a TV series and a swish-looking video game. So now the first Witcher collection is out in English, and I'm reading it.
I was disappointed rather immediately - it seemed clumsy and unpromising for the first few pages - but by page 15 a character jumped up and started yelling out a description of the royal princess - the first cursed monstrosity the Witcher is to deal with - and I found myself doodling in the margin.
I really enjoyed myself from that point onwards.
Here's a spread from my sketchbook... monster studies getting more inspired.