Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Shadow by O’Neil and Kaluta

The Shadow 1941 (Hitler’s Astrologer) is a remastered reprint of the 1988 classic.   Earnest and beautifully drawn, it doesn’t fall victim to a lot of the 1980s comics by being too wordy or too densely illustrated.  Instead, we have … Continue reading

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Skyscrapers by Judith Dupre

This is a gorgeous book that is beautifully presented and written. I love that the publisher did this in a tall book format – so appropriate for the subject. The book is laid out chronologically: the earliest skyscrapers (arguably starting … Continue reading

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Shatter Me By Tahere Mafi

Shatter Me is a dystopian romance that divided so many reviewers. Some either loved the experimental type of unique writing or were frustrated by it.  Author Tahereh Mafi used strike outs to show honest or conflicting thoughts that contradict what … Continue reading

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Her Ladyship’s Curse and His Lordship Possessed by Lynn Viehl

Her Ladyship’s Curse is the first half of the Book Disenchanted and Co. and as such, does end on a cliffhanger.  The second half of the book is titled His Lordship Possessed.  The completed book comes out in January of … Continue reading

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B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth by Mingola, Arcudi

Since this is book 6 of the series, you’ve likely read the other books and ready for the continuing story.  If you haven’t read the other books in the series, this will probably be confusing and a lot of the … Continue reading

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Horrendo’s Curse by Fienberg and Simard

Horrendo’s Curse is the most recent graphic novel adapation of Anna Fienberg’s beloved story of pirates and manners.   The story follows young villager Horrendo – who knows that he, along with the other 12 year old boys, will be … Continue reading

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The Academy: Introductions by C.L. Stone

A modern twist on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. This short novella is first in a series of four books which will likely/hopefully be condensed into one book later.   The story follows Sang Sorenson.  She moves to a … Continue reading

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Sky’s End by Lesley Young

The picture on the book and blurb are a bit misleading. What this is: a romance with light sci fi trappings. But more Mary Sue than romance since the main character ends up with a harem of hot guys, aliens … Continue reading

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Carrot by Oelschlager and Blackwood

Carrot is a decent sized, brightly illustrated story of an orange tabby who wonders if the grass is greener on the other side of the water.  She sees a beautiful white pampered cat on a yacht and wonders how amazing … Continue reading

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A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon continues the stories of this cute little anthropomorphic character.  In this book, Chester imagines all kinds of scary things when a shaft of sun creates shadows in his den.  From crocodiles to spiders to … Continue reading

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Hotter on the Edge 1 by Various Authors

This collection of three stories, all by different authors, presents three very different speculative/romantic science fiction stories. The first story, “All That Glitters” takes place on another planet. Highborn Mica Sol’s ship is shot down in a hijacking/kidnapping attempt. Turns … Continue reading

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Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

This is going to be a hard one to review – mostly due to the ambivalence I had about the story and characters. There was a bit too much Mary Sue in this – one of the few times when … Continue reading

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Law of the Desert Born – Louis L’Amour, Charles Santino

Law of the Desert Born is a beautifully illustrated retelling of one of L’Amour’s short stories – based more upon an audio version by L’amour’s son Beau and Katherine Nolan. This is the first graphic novelization of a L’Amour novel … Continue reading

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Ooku: The Inner Chamber, Volume 8, by Fumi Yoshinaga

Viz’s Signature Line Series Ooku, the Inner Chambers, continues with Volume 8 (the publishing company suggests this will be about 10 volumes total). As with the previous volumes, we are given chapter-length vignettes which explore a character’s history – and … Continue reading

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The Photographed Cat By Arluke and Rolfe

The Photographed Cat is written by a Ph.D in Sociology. and is an examination of the change in role that cats achieved at the turn of the century, using photography as the research base. The author clearly states in the … Continue reading

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Prediabetes Detox by Sarah Cimperman

The Diabetes Detox is a hard book to review.  With the nature, origin, and cure for Type 2 diabetes unknown, it feels like all attempts to address the issue can only be speculative at best.  The hard part as a … Continue reading

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Space: 1999 Classic

The is a wonderful and lovingly remastered collection of the 1975-79 British comic series. At 300+ pages, there is a lot here to like.  Below is an image of the book from the its facebook page launch: The comic series … Continue reading

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Kafka by Seagle & Gaudiano

Kafka is the Eisner nominated semi-supernatural noir story from the 1980s, full arc of issues 1-6 collected and reprinted, in color with new text.     The title of this series doesn’t refer to the author Franz Kafka or to … Continue reading

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Paint It by Mari Bolte

Paint It is a hybrid reference and project book introducing all kinds of painting techniques. Although it it intended for kids of all ages, I think 90% of it will go over the heads of kids over 12.  It introduces … Continue reading

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Year Round Slow Cooker by Dina Cheney

Year Round Slow Cooker features 100 fairly exotic recipes for those who have slow cooker experience and want to take their meals to the next level. This isn’t really meant to be an introduction to slow cookers (365 Slow Cooker … Continue reading

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