Monthly Archives: February 2016

Three Years in Wonderland by Todd James Pierce

Three Years in Wonderland is a well-researched and informative look at the building of the Disneyland Amusement Park in specific and the theme park industry in general. Two individuals stand out throughout: C.V. Wood and Walt Disney – two visionaries … Continue reading

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The Looking Glass Wars: Crossfire by Curtis Clark, Frank Beddor, Sami Makkonen

Somewhere around the middle of Crossfire, I began to realize that I just wasn’t caring about either the characters or the plot. I love steampunk and certainly enjoy a good urban fantasy or re imagination of a classic. But this … Continue reading

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Berries by Stephanie Pederson

Berries is a book with a very surprising selection of recipes. When first browsing, I was continually stopping to check closely at the wide array of breakfasts, dinners, sauces, and side dishes. Combinations I had never though to put together … Continue reading

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Indeh by Ethan Hawke and Greg Ruth

Indeh is a fictionalized, graphic novel account of the Apache-American battles of the 1870s. Although told primarily from the Apache perspective, time and presence are also given to the non native Americans: from explorers to settlers to US government troops, … Continue reading

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Behold The Bones by Natalie C. Parker

Behold The Bones is the second in the Beware The Wild series – but focuses in on a separate character than in the first book. Although the first book doesn’t need to have been read to enjoy this second volume, … Continue reading

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Fate/Zero Volume 1 by Gen Urpbuchi, Bill DuBay

Fate/Zero stays true to the light novels, providing depth and nuances to the characters with solid illustration work. Although a bit ‘talky’, the characters aren’t dumbed down and the plot of the source material remains intact. Fate/Zero takes place 10 … Continue reading

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The Munchkin Book. Edited by James Lowder

This is a great companion to the game – full of tongue-in-cheek essays, special rule options, and comedic observations. Interspersed among the 15 essays are illustrated ‘cards’, some definitely more usable than others. Contributors include Steve Jackson, Ed Greenwood, and … Continue reading

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The Phoenix Wright Files Volume 1

Honestly, you’d have to be a fan of the game that this is based off to get any enjoyment from it. For what we have here is a loose collection of fan-created stories that are all over the place – … Continue reading

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A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

A Drop of Night is a book that should have hit all the right notes: tension, historical setting, modern angst, etc. But the end result was a muddled mess: shallow characterizations, listless ‘tension’, mindless ‘traps’, and a very muddled plot. … Continue reading

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World Trigger 10 by Daisuke Ashihara

With World Trigger Volume 9, the large scale invasion completes. Sacrifices made on both sides bear fruit or frustration – most especially for the Earth side as a valuable member is lost. But one of the best World Trigger arcs … Continue reading

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Merciless Reason by Oisin McGann

Merciless Reason (and the entire Wildenstern Saga) is the type of read that really makes me regret I cannot come close to writing a review as good as the book deserves. Imaginative, inventive, full of adventure, and with fascinating characters, … Continue reading

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Requiem of the Rose King 4 by Ayo Kanno

Requiem of the Rose King continues to be a fascinating look into the life of Richard III. Although liberties are taken with history (e.g, making Richard III intersex), there is still a wealth of actual events/characterization from which Kanno draws. … Continue reading

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Maid-Sama! 2 in 1, Volume 4 by Hiro Fujiwara

With this volume, we get more insight into the backgrounds of several characters, include Misaki herself. Usui’s patient but particular wooing is slowly breaking down Misaki’s defenses and making her doubt her own perceptions of her classmate. Story: The maid … Continue reading

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From Junk Food to Joy Food by Joy Bauer

This is a rather interesting cookbook: the premise is to take the junky food we like (things like pop tarts, cheez its, potato salad though no brand names are used) and with a few simple changes, create healthier alternatives. Author … Continue reading

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The Freedom Diet by Jessica Black

This is a tough review because I find myself with a very ambivalent reaction. On the one hand, the author is thorough, passionate, and definitely knows her subject matter. But the book is also dense, unfriendly, clinical, and overwritten. As … Continue reading

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Honey So Sweet 2 by Amu Meguro

Honey So Sweet takes a bit of a different turn from most shoujo manga of this type in that the love triangle is quickly resolved rather than dragging on forever with trumped up angst. It’s a bit of a relief … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Last Airbender – Smoke and Shadow Part Three

These books are so beautiful to look at and read – they almost make up for not being animated. Fans of the series will revel in how the story continues organically from where the series left off – especially focusing … Continue reading

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The Paybacks Volume 1 byCates, Rahal, Shaw, Affe

It must be nearly impossible to come up with a new spin on the superhero genre – certainly, the anti-hero movement begun with Batman Year One and The Watchmen is almost old hat now. But The Paybacks is a thoroughly … Continue reading

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The Heiress and the Chauffeur by Keiko Ishihara

The Heiress and the Chauffeur is a light slice-of-life shoujo series about a willful servant and the mistress he protects. The artwork is quite lovely and the Taisho setting (in this case, 1920s) is beautifully (if not accurately) portrayed. The … Continue reading

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School Judgement 1 by Enoki and Obata

I have to admit – I am having a hard time really getting into this manga. Perhaps it would read better if I was around 11 years old – then the silliness might be nice in a mind-numbing way. But … Continue reading

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