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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