Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Deathsniffer’s Assistant by Kate McIntyre

The Deathsniffer’s Assistant is an intriguing story built around a late Victorian/early Edwardian type of society. What we have really are two stories woven around one young man POV: a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery and an alternate universe urban fantasy … Continue reading

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Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Although written by multiple authors, Zeroes finds its own voice and is consistent throughout. Using the Spiderman theme of, “With great power comes great responsibility”, the story follows the POVs of six characters who have inexplicably developed very unique abilities. … Continue reading

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The Infinite Loop by Pierrick Colinet

The best thing I can say about The Infinite Loop is that the artwork is quite lovely – very “Batman The Animated Series” feel to it (I kept waiting for the main character to don a Batgirl costume). But honestly, … Continue reading

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Pure Soapmaking by Anne-Marie Faiola

This is, by far, one of the best books on the subject published today. Comprehensive, beautifully presented, lavishly photographed, and suitable for beginner to advance soap makers. Designed like the highest quality cookbooks, directions are simple and very easy to … Continue reading

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The Phone Book by Robert Herman

I have mixed feelings about The Phone Book (the title a play on words since this is a book of pictures taken by an iphone). Since the photographer constrained himself to an iphone app called hipstamatic (as a reaction to … Continue reading

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The Making of a Milliner by Jenny Pfanenstiel

The Making of a Milliner is a short, easy-to-read introduction to the art of hat making. Covering examples from cowboy hats to hat pins, fascinators to cloches, the book has some easy projects for beginners to follow. Despite the excellent … Continue reading

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Beastly Bones by William Ritter

With the introductions and worldbuilding out of the way in first novel Jackaby, Beastly Bones hits the ground running and unfolds a large, series-long mystery to solve in future novels. Yes, we still have a book-length smaller arc; but this … Continue reading

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The Map (Jackaby 1.5) by William Ritter

The Map (Jackaby 1.5) is a short story interlude occurring between Jackaby and Beastly Bones. It provides some great insight into Jackaby, especially that he isn’t quite as eccentric as we are led to believe. It is both a cute … Continue reading

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Bloody mary 1 by Akaza Samamiya

What we have with Bloody Mary is a lot of tease: characters with memories removed, obstructed, or purposely subsumed, interacting with those who want to use or destroy them. The artwork is quite beautiful and certainly there is a lot … Continue reading

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Black Rose Alice 6 by Setona Mizushiro

Black Rose Alice 6 completes the first story arc of this title -giving the final decision of Alice as to whether she will propagate with Dimitri or walk away. It’s been a long time coming and currently this is the … Continue reading

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Tokyo ghoul 4 by Sui Ishida

With Tokyo Ghoul 4, the differences between the anime and the manga become apparent. Scenes are subtly (and in some cases substantially) different and give a whole different spin on the story. This is one of the more gruesome volumes, … Continue reading

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Ooku: the Inner Chambers Volume 11 by Fumi Yoshinaga

These may be released in Japan at the rate of only one a year but Ooku: The Inner Chambers really is some of the best literature out there (graphic novel/manga or otherwise). Years and dynasties come and go with each … Continue reading

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Deadman Wonderland 12 by Jinsei Kataoka

In this penultimate volume, we have Ganta, Senji, and the gang battling Rinichiro Hagire – the ‘warden’ who took over Toto Sakigami’s body and learned so many different Deadmen sin branches. It’s all out war to stop Shiro from destroying … Continue reading

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Jackaby by William Ritter

I greatly enjoyed Jackaby from start to end. What we have is a sharply written historical mystery touched with a bit of paranormal. Although suitable for middle grade and older readers, the book never panders to or writes down to … Continue reading

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State of Grace by Hilary Badger

State of Grace began from a very interesting and well thought out world; a sort of hippyish eden where simplistic conversations are offset against days spent swimming in lagoons or hooking up. Of course, every utopia is secretly a dystopia … Continue reading

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Heirs of Empire by Evan Currie

Few people really capture the feel of Star Wars like Evan Currie does. We’re not talking overly intellectual hard sci fi here; rather, Currie channels all the things that make a story like Star Wars popular, exuberant, and accessible. Always … Continue reading

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Descender Volume 1: Tin Stars by Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen

I have to admit, I wavered on the rating for this graphic novel. On one hand, there was some good work in here, both in illustrations and writing. But that wasn’t balanced by some cliche ideas/settings and images that felt … Continue reading

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Ditching The Drive-Thru by J. Natalie Winch

Ditching the Drive Thru is both an invitation and a guide to eating healthier. Author Winch breaks down the problems with store bought groceries and fast food – then provides a roadmap to farm fresh and whole foods. The perspective … Continue reading

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The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

The Great American Whatever was a book of contradictions for me. By far, this had the most authentic dialogue and perspective I’ve read in a very long time. But with that authenticity came characters I didn’t like or even want … Continue reading

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The Poet and the Prophecy by Cecilia Tan

With The Poet and the Prophecy, Cecilia Tan brings the Magic University series to a satisfying conclusion. Relationships and friends are strengthened and the ultimate interpretation of the prophecy from book one is answered. If the ending was a bit … Continue reading

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