Monthly Archives: February 2017

Tiny and Full by Jorge Cruise

Here’s the thing: with Tiny and Full, Jorge Cruise really hones in on a target audience and takes them by the throat: shallow youngish females fascinated with the Kardashians and celebrities and obsessed with supermodel ideas of fit. The hook … Continue reading

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Lady Mechanika 2: Tablet of Destinies

Volume 2 gives us a more interesting story at the expense of all originality and even worse milieu issues. With a plot nearly wholesale ‘inspired’ by Indiana Jones, I couldn’t help but feel the level of simplicity and silliness reached … Continue reading

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Lady Mechanika Volume 1 by Joe Benitez

As beautiful as Benitez’ illustration work is (and it is truly stunning), I don’t buy a graphic novel to stare at pretty pictures. I want a good story as well and Lady Mechanika (along with Benitez’ other offering, Wraithborn) doesn’t … Continue reading

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Sc0oter Girl by Chynna Clugston Flores

Scooter Girl is a very difficult graphic novel to quantify. Slippery as an eel and about as fun to read as playing with that slimy sea creature, what we have is a story full of foul characters doing really stupid … Continue reading

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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

It is rare that an author manages to exceed expectations in a sophomore novel; and yet, with A Crown of Wishes Chokshi has really honed her writing skills. With a focus more on the action and characters and a bit … Continue reading

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Mercury in Retrograde by Mereth Walter

Mercury in Retrograde is very much a romance novel – yes, it has a sci fi setting but all the romance conventions are here: lack of hard science, no edginess, sweet personalities, misunderstandings coming in the way of true love, … Continue reading

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Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold

This short novella takes Penric on a manhunt, having been sent on this mission with a lawman chasing after a presumed murderer. The path leads to a remote mountain area and, as usual in these type of stories, things are … Continue reading

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