Monthly Archives: October 2017

Secret Weapons by Eric Heisserer, Raul Allen

Although Secret Weapons dumps you smack into the Valiant universe, it is at a place where it isn’t problematic. Yes, you’ll realize fairly quickly in the beginning that there is much more to the story; fortunately, the plot narrows nicely … Continue reading

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A Teen’s Guide To Getting Stuff Done by Jennifer Shannon

Jennifer Shannon has written a friendly but informative book in a voice nicely suited to teens. I chose this for my 14 year old to help her develop better study habits and I’ve included her review as well. The book … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Getting Married by Izumi Miyazono

Miyazono continues her gentle slice of life romance with more spanners thrown into the works of our main characters’ lives. Asuka is willing to be patient with Ryu and Ryu meanwhile is dealing with the pressures of his work life. … Continue reading

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Anonymous Noise Volume 6 by Ryoko Fukuyama

Anonymous Noise is a full circle type of story – and volume 6 is no different in this regard. Nino makes a decision to go for Momo, Momo backs away, Nino is hurt, Yuzu steps in, Nino gets courage and … Continue reading

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World Trigger 18 by Daisuke Ashihara

World Trigger 18 is bittersweet – it’s the last of World Trigger manga for now since author Daisuke Ashihara is taking a sabbatical due to health reasons. The story nicely completes the rank wars while also giving us a great … Continue reading

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Children of the Whales Volume 2 by Abi Umeda

Children of the Whales continues to be a fascinating read. As with most manga, the story starts small, almost claustrophobic, and then expands as the outside world begins to intrude. At the end of Volume 1, Falaina was facing invasion … Continue reading

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The Rule of Luck by Catherine Cerveny

There are authors who blend romance and sci fi perfectly – Linna Sinclair, for example always strikes the perfect balance. Here, with Catherine Cerveny’s Rule of Luck, we have the opposite: the science fiction is simplistic window dressing for a … Continue reading

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His Favorite Volume 10 by Suzuki Tanaka

His Favorite continues to be a fun romp – not much happens and we don’t get much character development but the humor and snark make up for the lack of pace. This volume had less side-character filler and for the … Continue reading

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Astra Lost In Space Volume 1 by

Astra Lost In Space is an energetic action/cooperation tale that unfortunately hits about every shounen (boys) branch in the cliche tree: girls all with large chests and clothes that show them off, genki but stupid/sweet lead female character, go getter … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu

The Promised Neverland is a creepy and very disturbing urban fantasy that starts small and stays small. Kids in an orphanage discover they are ‘food’ and spend most of the book plotting escape. In this premise we see the difference … Continue reading

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Perhaps because I am of the generation who was blown away by Camelot 3000, I didn’t enjoy The Once and Future Queen as much as I wanted. This is by no means a terrible series and a lot of the … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Beautiful Ones experience can best be translated as author Moreno-Garcia channeling Edith Warton while taking liberally from Dangerous Liasons and Wuthering Heights, and then adding mystical realism randomly. Sadly, it just didn’t work and I have to admit it … Continue reading

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Best Wishes by Mike Richardson and Paul Chadwick

Best Wishes is a beautifully written story about luck and fate as well as understanding the obvious around us. The characters are wonderfully nuanced and reflective of what you’ll find it NYC society today. From a small premise the story … Continue reading

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Tough Riders Volume 1 by Adam Glass and Patrick Olliffe

Taking its cue from League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but this time with American and actual historical characters rather than literary ones. As with Moore’s work, there is the bit of fantastical that makes the story far more rollicking. But where … Continue reading

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Golgotha by Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill, Yuki Saeki

The big problem I have been experiencing with science fiction graphic novels is that they tend to ultimately be alienating (pun intended). It’s hard to get into the characters and characterization is often jettisoned at the expense of inane philosophizing. … Continue reading

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My Fair Lord by Wilma Counts

Some prefer their Regency romances light and fluffy and others want a bit more depth. My fair lord definitely falls into the former category: a Twinkie-like confection that is sweet at the moment but ultimately unsatisfying once finished. The story, … Continue reading

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Animosity Volume 1 by Marguerite Bennett, Rafael De LaTorre

Animosity as a title greatly explains most of the book: a play and words and puns filling in around a book about hate and anger. And while there are rare moments of interest, as a whole this is a piece … Continue reading

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Insexts Volume 1: Chrysalis by Marguerite Bennet and Ariela Kristantina

Despite the lurid title meant to catch your eye, Insexts is pretty much a gothic horror story with feminist overtones. Our two protagonists look evil but start by killing off the bad and continue in that vein, all under the … Continue reading

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Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Anderson’s previous book, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, was a pleasant surprise last year and one of my favorites. A wonderfully nerdish take on Much Ado About Nothing, there were so many Easter eggs of geekdom to … Continue reading

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Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo by Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), Alexandre Dumas, Nokman Poon

This is one of the better in the manga classics line; I’ve been critical of past efforts, especially the overwrought Pride and Prejudice, but I think the authors are improving. Novels are more than their plot and with the classics, … Continue reading

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