Monthly Archives: January 2016

Drug and Drop Volume 2 by CLAMP

With Drug and Drop Volume 2, we finally get some long awaited answers about Kazahaya’s and Rikuo’s pasts. Specifically, the two boys something unprecedented in a manga: they actually sit down and tell each other about their mysterious sisters. Story: … Continue reading

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The Lie Tree is an historical murder mystery with a hint of the supernatural at its heart. Drawing from a meticulously researched Victorian Milieu, the tone and world are authentic without a hint of a modern voice. But the pace … Continue reading

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Drug & Drop 1 by CLAMP

Drug & Drop is technically Volume 4 in this ongoing tale; the original title is Legal Drug. CLAMP went through some publishing issues in the middle of the story some years back in Japan and changed name/publisher. Ironically, the same … Continue reading

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Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death Isue 1 of 5

With Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death we have a Pamela Isley attempting to concentrate only on her plants and avoiding the whole superhero/super villain scene. There is a lot of set up here but not much pay off … Continue reading

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Iphone The Missing Manual by David Pogue

Having just upgraded to an iphone 6, I was looking forward to learning the differences from my iphone 5 as well as picking up little tips along the way. The book is very comprehensive, covering nearly every aspect of iphone … Continue reading

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Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture by Katie Jackson

Hand-Built Outdoor Furniture lives up to its subtitle – these are projects anyone can make using only a few inexpensive tools. The book is beautifully laid out and very easy to follow. Photographs of the finished projects, steps, and tools/techniques … Continue reading

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Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter 1 by Keiichi Hikami and Shin Yamamoto

Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter is a manga serialization of the popular game and novels by Keiichi Hikami. The story centrally features a somewhat dimwitted but very exuberant young man who wants to become a master monster hunter. He’ll fight all … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House 4 by Aya Shouoto

The Demon Prince of Momochi House continues to impress with its deceptively subtle storytelling and beautiful artwork. With each volume, we learn more of Aoi and Himari and their mysteries. At the same time, tantalizing hints demonstrate that there is … Continue reading

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Beyond The Red by Ava Zae

Beyond The Red is a YA science fiction romance told from two points of view: alien world queen Kora and half-blood commoner Eros. The story moves quickly and is an easy read from start to finish. This is not a … Continue reading

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen reads very much like a retelling of a classic myth; in this case, elements of Hades and Persephone as seen through Indian-culture allegory. The writing is straightforward and for once, we have a strong heroine who does … Continue reading

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Midnight Stranger Volume 1 by Naono Bohra

Sadly, this title fell very flat for me. Indeed, about half way through, I became really bored and just started skimming to see if the story would go anywhere. The supernatural elements were kind of infantile and silly and most … Continue reading

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Making & Using Caramel by Bill Collins

This is another great addition to the Storey Basics line of focused how-to books. Each in the series is short, to the point, and without a lot of fluff. Just what you need to get the task accomplished quickly and … Continue reading

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Tiles & Styles: Jugendstil & Secession by Ken Forster

What we have with this book is a thoroughly researched look at primarily Jugendstile and Secession art movements in Central Europe (in Germany and Austria, respectively) closely related to Art Nouveau in France and Arts and Crafts in England. The … Continue reading

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The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan

The Custodian of Marvels is the third and final book in the Gas-Lit Empire series. In this volume, author Duncan does an excellent job of answering questions about the world and Elizabeth while neatly avoiding overwriting the denouement. The action … Continue reading

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Kaptara Volume 1 by Chip Zdarsky, Kagan McLeod

Kaptara is definitely one wild ride. While reading this, I couldn’t help but feel like I was reading an extended version of a Mad Magazine or National Lampoon riff on a cheesy fantasy or sci fi movie – complete with … Continue reading

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Southern Cross by Cloonan, Belanger, Loughridge

Southern Cross, collecting comics 1-6, is frustrating mixture of ambivalence: a story big on ideas and mystery but short on world building and characterizations; incredibly creative layouts saddled with baffling artistic choices ( 1980s fitness video costumes and original Alien … Continue reading

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Danger Club Volume 1: Death by Walker, Jones, Drake

What we have with Danger Club is perhaps the most obvious next stage of superhero comics: specifically, the hijacking of ‘teen titan’ characters and turning them into uber violent, nihilistic, and anarchy-inspired bundles of angst and nastiness. Most of the … Continue reading

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The Witcher Volume 2: Fox Children

With The Witcher: Volume 2 we have a contained and complete story separate from volume 1; the previous book does not need to be read first in order to enjoy Fox Children. Gamers looking to expand the world beyond The … Continue reading

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The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown’s Game is a fascinating urban fantasy using post Napleonic Russia as a landscape. Bridging a gap between War and Peace and the typical YA paranormal, Skye creates a grounded, rich, and melodrama-free story with very smart protagonists and … Continue reading

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Down With The Shine by Kate Karyis Quinn

Down With The Shine, as the title suggests, is a playful romp through a loosely defined urban fantasy setting. Mostly taking place during the night of a high school party, I was greatly reminded of 1990s teen flicks such as … Continue reading

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