Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Jekyll Island Chronicles by Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, Jack Lowe, Moses Nester

The Jekyll Island Chronicles is a very difficult book to review since I continually found myself wondering if there was some underlying satire at the story premise. One has to appreciate the irony that in the era of Occupy Wall … Continue reading

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Until The Beginning by Amy Plum

I had really enjoyed the first book – After The End. It was a great way to relook at YA dystopian, featuring a bit of a lone wolf strong female character having to navigate a landscape of new realities. Her … Continue reading

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Switch Volume 1 by Naked Ape

Switch ended up being an odd duck – and one that is very hard to like. The story, as presented, is extremely choppy and hard to follow. Characters have reactions and pointed looks – but the reader has no idea … Continue reading

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Tokyo Ghoul 7 by Sui Ishida

With volume 7, we get a very large pivot in the story – really, we finally have Kaneki come into his own. Of course, this being what it is, the transformation will be the result of horrific acts pushing him … Continue reading

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The Acne Anser by Marie Veronique Nadeau

The Acne Answer was a nicely designed but ultimately very frustrating read. In an exercise of form over function, I really didn’t get any of the answers I was looking for within the book. In trying to be everything to … Continue reading

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The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Stiefvater has really honed her storytelling skills by this book – the last in the Raven Cycle series. The writing is assured, characters highly nuanced and full of depth, the story rich. Yes, at times it can feel that she … Continue reading

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Ion by Arina Tanemura

Ion is Tanemura first series – and it shows. Dating from around 1996, even the author apologizes for the inconsistent story and unrefined artwork. Yes, it has a spark of the charm that would appear in her later works. But … Continue reading

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Buffy The High School Years: Freaks and Geeks by Faith Erin Hicks, Yishan Li

There are probably two points that make or break a graphic novel based up a TV series/movie: is it true to the canon and does it positively add to it? Unfortunately, Buffy: The High School Years missed the mark on … Continue reading

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Graveyard of the Hesperides by Lindsey Davis

One of the best parts of Spring is the arrival of a new Lindsay Davis book. For years now I’ve enjoyed reading about the baking city of Rome while the first rays of warm sun are on me. Honestly, I … Continue reading

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Black Jack Ketchum by Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni, Jeremy Saliba

Black Jack Ketchum is a graphic novel I really wanted to love – stylized artwork, thoughtful storyline, and an all around intelligent piece of work that doesn’t pander to readers. But upon completion, I admittedly was shaking my head in … Continue reading

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Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Ninefox Gambit is one of the rare science fiction novels that feels like it takes place in the future – a feat that is both fascinating and frustrating for a reader. But unlike so many mind numbing tech-heavy reads in … Continue reading

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18 and Life On Skid Row by Sebastian Bach

18 and Life On Skid Row is not a deep book – there are no Keith Richards musings on life or rich observations on the artist as a rock star. Rather, what we have is a serious of vignette remembrances … Continue reading

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Ian Fleming’s James Bond Vargr by Warren Ellis, Jason Masters, Dom Reardon

A writer would have to be fairly hubristic to take on the Bond franchise; certainly, Warren Ellis has never appeared to lack confidence. And while Vargr does succeed to quite an extant, there is something almost generic about the short … Continue reading

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Bloody Mary 3 by Akaza Samamiya

Bloody Mary 3 continues to build the story, moving beyond ‘monster of the week’ and instead focusing on Bloody “Mary” and Maria’s pasts. Yes, it is still incredibly confusing. And although the artwork gets better and more beautiful with every … Continue reading

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