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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