Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Lost Fleet 1 by Raymond L. Weil

I picked this up at an Audible sale recently, always looking for new and interesting sci fi series. Unfortunately, I could not get into this first book in a new series (and part of a larger collective). The writing is … Continue reading

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Red-Blooded American Male by Robert Trachtenberg

Red-Blooded American Male is a beautifully presented collection of male portraits taken over several years by celebrity photographer Robert Trachtenberg. Throughout, it is clear why Trachtenberg is sought out for his work: the images are full of mischief and quirkiness … Continue reading

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Shooting the Rift by Alex Stewart

Sometimes the story blurb can be very misleading and other times it is spot on. With Shooting the Rift, what is stated at the back of the book is exactly what we get: a breezy sci fi with minor cyberpunk … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Cruel 2 in 1, Volume 1 by Yoneou Nekota

As much as I have enjoyed Viz’s fantastic SUBlime line of books, this one hit a sour note for me right from the beginning. I’m not now nor will ever be a fan of this type of premise for a … Continue reading

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The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen

Somewhere in the translation of the concept into the story, an important spark ended up being lost. For although this is by no means a terrible book, it never really coalesced into a solid tale. Part steampunk, part historical, part … Continue reading

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Black Clover 1 by Yuki Tabata

One of the benefits of having a subscription to Viz’s Shounen Jump is that I sometimes read chapters from the other series I don’t necessarily follow (it’s World Trigger and Bleach for me!). Black Clover has been one of them … Continue reading

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Alight by Scott Sigler

Alight is one of the few novels that I felt improved from the first book – creating a richer story and developing the characters in a way that doesn’t feel like a bridge to the third book. Indeed, Alight is … Continue reading

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Paracuellos by Carlos Gimenez

Paracuellos is a stunning achievement – a book of humor on the surface covering the true pathos and heartbreak underneath. The drawing style feels like something out of a vintage Mad Magazine but gives us a story of deprivation and … Continue reading

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Starship Mage Omnibus by Glynn Stewart

The Starship Mage Omnibus was an enjoyable mix of magic and science fiction (with the emphasis on the latter). Author Stewart did an excellent job of setting up the premise of how the two mixed and at no time did … Continue reading

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On Silver Wings by Evan Currie

Currie definitely has a distinct writing style: expect bubble gum sci fi action, a wide list of characters/POVs, and (thankfully) strong female characters who hold their own with the guys. Those expecting hard hitting sci fi may be frustrated by … Continue reading

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Morning Star by Pierce Brown

With Morning Star, the Red Rising trilogy comes to a satisfying conclusion. The denouement is full of action and pathos and perfectly continues the momentum built up in the previous two volumes. Although not a perfect series for me, I … Continue reading

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Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger

This has been one of my favorite series in recent years – mostly due to the Audible narration, which is superb. Sadly, this completes the Finishing School, though of course there are many other books in this world to explore. … Continue reading

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Yellow Volume 3 by Makoto Takeno

As far as plots go, manga authors can go pretty crazy. It works if they lead you into the insanity slowly – doing a ‘wear down your suspension-of-disbelief’ slowly type of approach. With Yellow, however, Tateno throws in a backstory for … Continue reading

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Gotham Academy Volume 2: Calamity

Gotham Academy is the perfect Middle School title – easy to follow with a bit of magic and mystery. Combine a Hogwarts/Harry Potter setting with the DC Universe and you have a series kids will want to follow. Adults will … Continue reading

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Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman, Megan Spooner

Their Fractured Light completes the Starbound trilogy, bringing characters from the previous books together in order to finally solve the mystery of the Whispers. Authors Kaufman and Spooner did an excellent job of creating three sets of distinct pairs and … Continue reading

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Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Few books have made me wait with more anticipation than the latest release in The Others. That anticipation is funny for me, too, because I am not an urban fantasy person and the description of the series seemed so silly … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Getting Married Volume 1 by Izumi Miyazono

Everyone’s Getting Married is a wonderfully mature josei (intended for women) title featuring a strong lead character and a slice of life story. The tone is gentle and similar to another Viz title: Happy Marriage?! by Maki Enjoji. What we … Continue reading

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His Favorite Volume 9 by Suzuki Tanaka

There is just something so endearing about Tanaka’s pairing of ‘troll’ Yoshida and hot guy Sato, even after 9 volumes. Yes, the story does go off on silly tangents now and then when the focus really should always stay on … Continue reading

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School Rumble by Jin Kobayashi

This is a manga that really makes me not envy the translator – the whole thing is a series of misunderstandings, puns, and very silly situations. Much of it is tied in to Japanese culture – which means that the … Continue reading

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Understanding Exposure 4th Edition by Bryan Peterson

Understanding Exposure should almost be a requirement for every person buying a DSLR or a camera with an “M” (manual) mode. Since it was first published, Understanding Exposure has provided a friendly, easy, and accessible way for everyone to learn … Continue reading

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