Monthly Archives: May 2013

Delilah Dirk and The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Now that’s more like it!!   Great story, beautiful art, everything you want and hope for in a graphic novel!  I haven’t enjoyed a book like I did this one in a long, long, time!   My review: Delilah Dirk is … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Augusta Wind by Vassilis Gogtzilas (Contributor), J. M. Dematteis (Contributor)

This has to be one of the most intriguing but also hardest book I’ve had to review.  At once, it is wildly imaginative, uniquely original, multilayered, and utterly confusing.  And as a curiosity, the artwork obfuscates the story even further, … Continue reading

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Wonderland, Volume 2 by Roh and Gregory

This is a full color book collecting several issues of the Wonderland series. What you’ll find is drugs, violence, psychotic episodes, monsters, gore, splatter, and every variation an artist can find to put improbably buxom girls into skimpy outfits. I … Continue reading

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Spank Me, Mr. Darcy by Lissa Trevor

Ithink the picture of a Victorian era corset for a Regency era story probably should have sent up red flags. But I was hoping for a light and fun read based on the description of the book. Of course, I … Continue reading

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Loveless 11 by Yun Kouga

The manga Loveless has to be one of the hardest manga I have ever read.  The depth of cruelty that people do to each other, the manipulation and machinations, and the despair thereof make the story a difficult, if compelling, … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Couture – Paris and London 1947-57

Imagine my incredible delight and surprise to find an amazing book for sale at the local swap meet: V&A museum’s The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-57. The softcover, thick paged, heavy, large format book includes beautifully photographed … Continue reading

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Bleach 57 by Tite Kubo

Ah Bleach.  Never have I enjoyed any shounen manga as much – even with the silly anime fillers.  But the final arc is upon us now and so many secrets and background histories (Zenpacki’s bankai, Unohana’s secret, the deaths of … Continue reading

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Skip Beat 31 by Yoshiki Nakumura

Nakamura’s unique blend of outrageous humor and heart pulling angst continues in Volume 31 as we continue the Breath of Darkness story arc.   In this volume, the battle of Kuon/Ren personalities are explored and Kyoko begins to realize that … Continue reading

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Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Book 2 in the Under the Never Sky left me even more unaffected than the first novel, sadly.  It’s just too much of a stretch that a girl raised in safety and security, who spends all her day in video … Continue reading

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Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

The thing about dystopian is that I want action in mine.  If it is just a caged girl trapped in a rigid society dreaming about emo rebel boy, it gets old fast.  Been there and done that already.  Like Matched, … Continue reading

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Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik

From children’s literature, to manga, to military science fiction – to another modern retelling of a classic using teens as protagonists. Honestly, I could devour just about anything Austen but lately I’ve been dealt several disappointments.  Austen is so much … Continue reading

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Tempestuous (Twisted Lit) by Amy Helmes

A very satisfying first in a series retelling The Bard’s stories in modern times and using teens. My review: This novel is well written, fun, witty, and even has a mystery subplot. It reminded me of a modern day homage … Continue reading

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Jinx By Sage Blackwood

This is a tween/teen fantasy novel that is very much on par with the depth, intensity, and especially intelligence of the Harry Potter series.  One of the more satisfying reads in a long time and well worth a 5 star … Continue reading

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Exposure: Twisted Lit by Amy Helmes

I can admit – I didn’t really get into the Breakfast Club movie. Everyone loved it – I was bored.  And it was that movie that I kept referencing when reading the first book in the Twisted Lit series: Tempestuous.  … Continue reading

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

For twenty years, I’ve had friends who have raved about this book – glowingly, giggilngly, blushingly calling it the best romance ever written.  And for twenty years I’ve put off reading it – after all, it is a dense book, … Continue reading

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The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One by Evan Currie

Military Sci Fi has always fascinated me.  I blame CJ Cherryh for that – twenty years ago my 13 year old mind was blown by Downbelow Station (a main character dies in the first four chapters – wha?!?) and I … Continue reading

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Annhilation (Star Wars: The Old Republic) by Drew Karpyshyn

A new star wars book landed in my mail box: Annhilation by Drew Karpyshyn. As with a lot of the SW books of recent, it was a quick an easy read.  Hence, my review is short. My review: Not in … Continue reading

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Back to manga – this time, something a bit different than my usual shoujo leaning. One thing I always appreciate about Viz is that their lineup is always A-list solid stories and artists. False Memories continues that dedication to quality … Continue reading

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Mutineer: Longknife by Mike Shephard

Another Audible sale, another military sci fi!  This time, Mutineer Series, book 1, by Mike Shephard. Admittedly, something didn’t gel for me.  It felt very superficial.  It wasn’t poorly written, though, so this shouldn’t discourage from checking out the first … Continue reading

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The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature

This book was a gift from a wonderful friend: feeding my obsession with Steampunk. As much as I appreciated the gift, I also ended up being very disappointed. It felt like a shallow tour of the genre – with filler … Continue reading

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