Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini

The Vegetable Butcher is a user-friendly, beautifully presented, and thorough reference on vegetables (and some fruit ‘vegetables’ such as tomatoes). From selection to varieties, preparation and then cooking tips, followed by recipes, this is a nice one-stop shop on a … Continue reading

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Tokyo Ghoul 5 by Sui Ishida

Volume 5 completes “The Gourmet” arc, adds a chapter giving Rize’s backstory, and then begins a new arc about the Ghoul Investigators (introducing Juzo Suzuya). Sui enjoys juxtaposing the viciousness of the ghouls against what now looks to be similarly … Continue reading

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Requiem Of The Rose King 3 by Aya Kanno

This tale of an intersex Richard III becomes more and more interesting with each volume. Kanno is definitely having a lot of fun with the whole medieval milieu following the end of the War of the Roses. While the first … Continue reading

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QQ Sweeper Volume 2 by Kyousuke Motomo

Admittedly, I wasn’t sold on the story from the first Volume – cleaning as a special attack? A broom as a weapon against demons? Pages devoted to cleaning tips? Somehow, watching our heroine ecstatically cleaning a toilet doesn’t necessarily make … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol 3 by Aya Shouto

Volume 3 surprised me in many ways: through the first two volumes, I was pretty much coasting on the pretty art and unsure if this would ever take off somewhere interesting. But the story is now coalescing into its own … Continue reading

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The Dagger in The Desk by Jonathan Stroud

The Dagger In The Desk is a quick short story – not needed in order to go directly to reading The Hollow Boy but I nice interim quick ‘case’ for the team to solve. The added bonus ghost guide is … Continue reading

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Maid-Sama 2 in 1, Volume 3

Maid-Sama is a manga that I feel is far better than its anime counterpart. The manga stays nicely grounded where the anime jumped the shark a bit and turned the characters manic and comic rather than heartfelt. It’s why I … Continue reading

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Insufferable by Mark Waid, Peter Krause

Insufferable is what I come to hope and expect from the modern comics/graphic novel industry: a nuanced story, interesting graphics, and very contemporary presentation (horizontal panels intended for E readers and screens). Now that the Big Two publishing houses have … Continue reading

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Seraph of the End 7 by Takaya Kagami, Daisuke Furuya, Yamato Yamamoto

With Seraph of the End 7, our main characters along with Guren’s squad are sent out on a ‘suicide mission’ to take out Vampire nobles in Nagoya. Shinoa Hiragi has to hone her ‘kids’ into a team-focused fighting force if … Continue reading

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Photography In The Digital Age by Hugh J. Lawton

Photography in the Digital Age is a very thorough and scientific dissection of the history of photography and how it has changed with the advent of the great equalizer: the digital age. As such, this is a textbook type resource … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Dead Men by Oisin McGann

With The Wisdom of Dead men, Oisin McGann once again creates a rich and nuanced world where every plot twist and turn is both surprising and fascinating. Truly unique worldbuilding creates a rich environment for characters to develop and prosper … Continue reading

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The Mantle Volume 1 by Ed Brisson

With The Mantle Volume 1 (collecting comics 1-5), Ed Brisson attempts to subvert superhero conventions and breathe new life into the genre. But the lack of surprises in the ‘twists’, an excess of gore over story, and a one-dimensional plot … Continue reading

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The Diet Myth by Tim Spector

The Diet Myth can feel like a bit of a ramble until one recognizes that the author is talking about diet (nutrition) and not diet (weight loss). Author Spector (a geneticist) covers nearly every nutritional hot-topic right now – from … Continue reading

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Chrysalis Corporation by T.A. Venedicktov

I’m rating this three stars out of five but honestly feel that might be a bit generous considering the frustrations I had with this book. Unlike many indies, the writing is smooth and there are only a few grammar/typos. But … Continue reading

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Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

I think Rachel Aaron greatly enjoys turning conventions on their head. Certainly, the balls-out antics of our heroine in the Paradox series belied the serious and brainy nature of so much sci fi. And here, with Nice Dragons Finish last, … Continue reading

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The Teen Girl’s Survival Guide by Lucie Hemmen

Rather than attempting to be a comprehensive, overbearing, ‘cover to cover fix’ for all teen problems, author Lucie Hemmen has chosen to focus in on 10 key problems teen girls face. The use of young adults to recount the things … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes!! 1 by Bisco Hatori

Behind the Scenes!! is a slice-of-life type of story by the mangaka of Ouran High School Host Club. Like that previous series, it’s all about slow character development; with this title, our main character interacts with a group of special … Continue reading

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His Favorite by Suzuki Tanaka

After 8 volumes, mangaka Tanaka has set a clear pattern: the girls plot to get Sato, Sato harasses Yoshida, and very little happens to further the plot. And yet, really, this turns so many shoujo/shounen ai conventions on their heads … Continue reading

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Deadman Wonderland 13 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou

With volume 13, we get an ending focusing on Shiro and Ganta – explaining their history. There have been many hints along the way that the two have a devastating past; with this book, so many questions are finally answered. … Continue reading

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The House of Worth: Fashion Sketches, 1916 – 1918

The House of Worth: Fashion Sketches, 1916-1918 is a well researched and informative book detailing two collections sent to a Litchfield, Conn. socialite from the great early couture house of Worth, Paris. The plates are in full color and three … Continue reading

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