Monthly Archives: October 2016

Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper is a slow burn story set in an intriguing alternative universe world. Author Sim explores some interesting concepts but the book is somewhat let down by an underwritten romance and lack of impetus. But there is a nice mystery … Continue reading

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Return of the Continuums by Jennifer Brody

Return of the Continuums feels very much like a filler book, with whole parts not really adding to the story so much as giving our characters something to do. I kept wishing that the last part of book 2 had … Continue reading

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After School Charisma Volume 1 by Kumiko Suekane

After binge reading the first three volumes, I have to say that overall the series feels very unimpressive. A long-wind up to the actual plot, vapid characters, a level of implausibility that is surprising even for manga, and over-the-top silly … Continue reading

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War – Homecoming Book 3 by R. A. Salvatore

In this final installment of the Homecoming trilogy we finally leave behind the increasingly uninteresting drow and pick up the story of Regis and Wulfgar (who have been absent for the past few books). As Wulfgar quips in the early … Continue reading

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Wynonna Earp Volume 1 by Beau Smith

Enjoyment of this graphic novel will likely come down to whether or not you’ve watched the sci fi television series upon which this is based. If you have, you’re invested in the characters and so the extra stories are mindless … Continue reading

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The Amazing Toys of Marvin Glass by Joyce Grant

Author Joyce Grant has lovingly collected images/ads of toys from designer Marvin Glass, most from the 1960s and 1970s. Readers likely will not have heard of Glass before this book but Gen Xers and Baby Boomers alike will recognize many … Continue reading

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4001 AD by Matt Kindt

4001AD (Book 4 in the Rai series) started out well, featuring a beautifully drawn series of Japanese ink inspired art telling the backstories of our main character and his world. But then the plot kicked in to standard (but still … Continue reading

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The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City by Margaret Creighton

Margaret Creighton has created a very enjoyable yet also focused history of events happening at the Pan American Expo in Buffalo, New York, at the turn of the century. Told through several viewpoints (McKinley, his assassin, a couple of female … Continue reading

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Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

It’s hard to pinpoint what went wrong here – perhaps what we have is a melange of ‘current’ YA ideas that never really come together or make sense. There are interesting ideas but the writing and plot, characters and story … Continue reading

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World’s Greatest First Love Volume 5 by Shungiku Nakamura

Volume 5 continues two different stories: the main of Ritsu and his conflicting relationship with boss and former love Takano / Shota and younger Yukina. The typical conflicts are here – old flames, insecurities, inability to accept the relationship. Shota … Continue reading

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Impyrium by Henry H. Neff

Some books don’t resonate with a reader and unfortunately this one never really caught my interest. The writing is strong and there is good worldbuilding. But I also felt that I had read this story before; an amalgamation of dystopian … Continue reading

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Kuroko’s Basketball 2 in 1, Volume 2

Volumes 3 and 4 cover two epic games for Seirin: advanced teams from Seiho and Shutako schools. Both teams have an edge and are considered the North and South Kings. In order to win, Seirin will have to pull out … Continue reading

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Haikyuu 4 byHaruichi Furudate

With Haikyuu 4, the Karasuno ‘crows’ get a chance to play several games against rival Nekoma (the ‘cats’). The games are practice only but underscore several goals that the team will need to fix in order to become better. Most … Continue reading

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The Battles of Bridget Lee: Invasion of Farfall by Ethan Young

The Battles of Bridget Lee ended up feeling very recycled – not much is new here as we have (at least) a very strong sci fi heroine with a tragic past in a post apocalyptic world. The entire volume is … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House 6 by Aya Shouoto

The outstanding artwork and nuanced storytelling continue to impress in this 6th volume of The Demon Prince of Momochi House. Several stories interweave nicely – a mini arc mystery, more on Aoi’s background, and of course the ever-intriguing Kasha. Each … Continue reading

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Yona of the Dawn Volume 2 by Mizuho Kusunagi

Yona of the Dawn is fairly typical for what it is: historical fantasy romance for middle grade girls. Author Kusanagi doesn’t go for depth here and this early in the series Yona hasn’t come into her own yet. It means … Continue reading

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Platinum End by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata

With roots more directly in Death Note than Bakumon, Platinum End is a layered psychological thriller featuring a tense battle of wills. And as with previous works, the author/illustrator bend the rules of evil and good, redefining right and wrong … Continue reading

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Nail Gaiman’s Troll Bridge by Gaimen and Doran

Troll Bridge is a short story taken from an earlier collection of Gaiman’s work. As expected, the plot is nuanced and character driven. Artist Doran’s work is particularly beautiful in soft pastel watercolors well suited to a tale looking back … Continue reading

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Black Clover 3 by Yuki Tabata

With Black Clover 3, our two boys Yuno and Asta each get power ups as they conclude the treasure arc. The plot repeats with bad guys with better and better powers get ultimately destroyed by Asta’s anti-magic. At least with … Continue reading

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Three Dark Crowns is a highly nuanced, slow burn fantasy featuring four exquisitely drawn heroines in a complex political situation. The writing is clean, fast paced, and evocative without being flowery. But this feels more like a drawn-out prequel rather … Continue reading

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