Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Complete Color Harmony by Leatrice Eiseman

As a professional photographer, color theory in my work is extremely important. I am always looking for books that can help deepen my understanding of how to create the most impact with my images. When choosing this Pantone book, my … Continue reading

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A Strange and Mystifying Story Volume 1 by Yuuta Suzuki

This first volume includes two chapters of the main story (completing a story arc) and two side stories unrelated to the main. This is pretty typical fare in this volume – there’s nothing especially new or interesting nor is the … Continue reading

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The Uncrossing by Melissa Eastlake

The Uncrossing is a decent first book that does suffer from several ‘first book’ syndrome issues. It is very overwritten, the story difficult to follow (especially in the beginning), and the characters too reactionary and not developed enough. Most fatally … Continue reading

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Geis II by Alexis Deacon

There is something very brilliant about Geis – we have a story with character stereotypes in the fantasy genre that feel like they should go one way but the story keeps us continually guessing as it goes a completely unexpected … Continue reading

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The Empty Grave By Jonathan Stroud

I have enjoyed few series as much and Lockwood & Co – brilliant writing, fast-paced action, interesting characters, and a wonderful series-long mystery. For me, this does for ghost stories what Harry Potter did for wizards – created a very … Continue reading

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Abounding Might by Melissa McShane

I am greatly enjoying The Extraordinaries and book three continues the story of strong, talented women who overcome adversity with intelligence and will – and learn something more about their abilities in the process. With Abounding Might, we follow Daphne … Continue reading

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Bleach 71 by Tite Kubo

By Volume 71 and in the final story, Kubo is using these these minor arcs to give us more backstory of the main characters. Completing the Kurotsuchi and Nemo story as they continue their battle and then on to former … Continue reading

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Tokyo Ghost by Rick Remender, Sean Gordon Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth, Rus Wooton

Tokyo Ghost takes many modern inspirations and combines them into one fairly seamless story. From A Clockwork Orange to Princess Mononoke, Nineteen Eighty Four to Idiocracy, author Remender takes us to a dystopian hell where technology has run rampant and … Continue reading

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Texas Slow Cooker by Cheryl Jamison

This is a hard one to review because it’s hard to give a higher rating to a book that doesn’t have pictures of the recipes. On the one hand, there isn’t much exotic in here since we are so familiar … Continue reading

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Prudence By Gail Carriger

Those who had read both the Soulless and the Finishing School series could probably have seen this coming in the progression of books and how their tones changed. What started as an independent but absurdly interesting main character eventually morphed … Continue reading

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Wondering Sight by Melissa McShane

I am greatly enjoying the Extraordinaries series for its strong female characters who use their intelligence and patience to solve the problems they are presented. McShane has done an excellent job of giving us stories that are thoroughly researched and … Continue reading

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The Vegan Cookbook by Adele McConnell

I am always looking to get away from meat dishes and appreciate cookbooks geared toward a better food lifestyle. While I did not find The Vegan Cookbook as useful as I would have liked, there are still many great recipes … Continue reading

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The Dinner Plan by Kathy Brennan, Caroline Campion

Despite the generic sounding title, The Dinner Plan nicely ticks the boxes of what I hope/expect from a cookbook: beautifully presented, smartly designed/executed/indexed/referenced, interesting recipes that are easy to make and don’t require an expensive list of one-time-use ingredients, and … Continue reading

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I Love My Bread Machine by Anne Sheasby

I have a bread machine and all I seem to get out of it is a brick shaped like a loaf – so I hoped that I could find what I was doing so horribly wrong with this book. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

A lot of this book was difficult to read coming on her fairly recent and very premature passing. Not because she explores new memories (which, honestly, she really doesn’t) but because we see a very insecure person grappling with a … Continue reading

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

I enjoyed Three Dark Crowns and have to say that One Dark Throne is even better. It is obvious that author Blake has carefully plotted out all aspects of the story in advance – there are very smart character and … Continue reading

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An Unsuitable Heir by KJ Charles

I will have to admit, this was probably my least favorite of the books in the series. As much as I have appreciated that K.J. Charles has given us such a diverse set of characters (Polish immigrant, half Indian/half British … Continue reading

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The Dire King by William Ritter

With Jackaby 4, The Dire King, we have a satisfying denouement of the series which pulls in all the clues and events of the previous three novels. What seemed unrelated is now shown as intricately connected to one event: the … Continue reading

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Slow Cook Modern by Liana Krissoff

This is a bit of a hard one for me to review since my particular circumstances meant I couldn’t get as much out of the book as I would have liked. That said, the book has very modern recipes rather … Continue reading

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Stock the Crock by Phyllis Good

Stock the Crock is a nicely presented recipe book updating past crock pot recipes by the author with healthier options. You’ll find less salt, more vegetarian, and especially healthier options such as sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. As stated … Continue reading

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