Monthly Archives: April 2014

Genesis by Nathan Edmondson (writer), Alison Sampson (artist)

About the time things started to go bad with his wife after intercourse, it became painfully obvious this was an exploration of Sigmund Freud’s structural model (Id, Ego, Superego).  While I enjoy a challenging graphic novel, and the graphic novel … Continue reading

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The Taking by Kimberly Derting

The Taking is one of those books whose plot hinges on a key antagonist – if written poorly, we end up with an anticlimax. If plotted well, we get something new and interesting.  Oddly enough, Derting’s book manages to skate … Continue reading

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Meridian (Arclight 2) by Josein Mcquein

Resuming where Arclight left off, Mmeridian is the second in the series and ambles slowly through most of the plot until finally a conflict and then ending. Without resolving much at the end, a lot of the book feels padded … Continue reading

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The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

I’ll be honest – I was incredibly bored throughout the entire book. It is told in a very passive voice and I didn’t get a sense of the adventure, danger, or romance. The one impression I was left with was … Continue reading

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Dengeki Daisy 1 by Motomi Kyousuke

What’s really great about this series is that the main character, Teru, is a strong girl who knows how to take care of herself but also finds she needs help as well. Kurosaki, the mysterious school janitor who knows more … Continue reading

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Twilight at the World of Tomorrow by James Mauro

I have to admit to having a fascination with the Worlds Fairs in New York and worried this book would either be an overdramatic novelization or a dry as bone read. I was pleasantly surprised, instead, to find a well … Continue reading

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Fast Track Photographer by Dane Sanders

The budding professional photographer has a library of photography-related topics available in book form: technical (“Understanding Exposure”), business (“Best Business Practices for Photographers”), inspiration (name your favorite photographer coffee book), and now motivational (“Fast Track Photographer”). Honestly, if you’ve ever … Continue reading

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Butterflies, Flowers Volume 2 by Yuki Yoshihara

The second book continues the story – as clutzy former aristocrat Choko’s relationship heats up with boss Domoto – is he so considerate of her because of their family history or is there something stronger behind his motives? As with … Continue reading

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No Plastic Sleeves by Larry Volk

The book is a great resource for looking at your portfolio from a more interesting and inspired direction. Most photographer portfolios tend to use resources from the same vendors (website templates/branding/etc.) and honestly look very similar. This book is a … Continue reading

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Solomon’s Thieves by Jordan Mechner

Solomon’s Thieves is the latest title in the :01 First Second series of graphic novels aimed mostly at teen to adult readers. Author Mechner says in the afterward that he wanted to tell a tale about the ordinary men who … Continue reading

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Happy Cafe Volume 1 by Kou Matsuzuki

Happy Cafe (or, Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume in Japanese) is Kou Matsuzuki’s debut series. This is a breezy slice of life story centered around the theme of helping people uncover and then achieve their own measure of happiness. As such, this … Continue reading

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Lessons in French by Laura Kinsale

If you have read her books in the past, then you know they tend to fall into two categories: challenging and serious – or a bit more lighthearted but with depth. This falls into the latter category and has a … Continue reading

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Malice by Chris Wooding

This is a wonderful example of modernizing an old tale – in this case, inspired from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland series. All the social commentary is there as well as wit and amusing scenes. The real world is very … Continue reading

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Blood Ninja by Nick Lake

Keeping in mind that this is a YA book and therefore lacks the strong characterizations that would make the book more tedious to read for a younger audience – I still found the people to be paper thin. Upon finishing … Continue reading

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

I ordered this book because I was looking for something similar to the fantastic Philip Reeve Larklight series: young adult historical based science fiction with fantastic illustrations. This book definitely fits that bill although it lacks the strong commentary and … Continue reading

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Little Guide to Vintage Shopping by Melody Fortier

What I love about this book is that it fills a hole that is such an issue for those who love vintage or antique clothing: it goes into the actual realities of owning the clothes. Most vintage shoppers start out … Continue reading

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Lady Vernon and Her Daughter by Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino Bradway

I love Jane Austen, so I appreciate this expansion of Austen’s work by Ms Rubino and Ms Rubino-Bradway. I am a bit of a purist, but I found Lady Vernon and Her Daughter to be an enjoyable read. However, for … Continue reading

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100 years of menswear by Cally Blackman

As someone who has studied fashion for years, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Men’s fashion isn’t covered as strongly or in detail as its opposite sex counterpart and it was wonderful to see a book … Continue reading

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The Day the Falls Stoo Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan

The story really takes second seat to the history of man’s interaction with/desire to conquer Niagara Falls. It seems more a small story made up just to be able to talk about the Falls and give environmental messages in between. … Continue reading

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Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

There are a few things that really increase my enjoyment of a book in this genre more – a strong central character who doesn’t need to be saved all the time, some good romance, an unraveling mystery, and a real … Continue reading

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