Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Queen Of All Crows by Rod Duncan

Some authors really find a groove in their series where each new book is more enjoyable than the last. But Rod Duncan has done even better with The Queen Of All Crows: he’s taken the Gas Lit Empire series into … Continue reading

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Decorative Sketches by Rene Binet

Decorative Sketches republishes a 1902 collection of 60 plates from Esquisses Decoratives, a French publication, on the designs of Rene Binet. The forward has been translated from the original French and is nearly inscrutable (and surprisingly risible) in its fin … Continue reading

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Eternal Empire by Sarah Vaughn and Jonathan Luna

I have vivid memories of Lisa Simpson, of the Simpsons TV show, describing school textbooks as having gone through ‘a monstrous deflavorizing machine.” That description kept popping up while reading Eternal Empire. Everything was so bland, dull, and oddly generic … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland Volume 2 by Kaiu Shiru

This story continues to surprise as the kids slowly but surely develop their plan of escape. The horror wasn’t as pronounced in these chapters; what we have instead are a series of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ type of investigating and plotting. But … Continue reading

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Takane & Hana by Yuki Shiwasu

Takane to Hana is a surprisingly engaging romance featuring a very unusual love interest. I found I wanted to keep reading just to see where the author was going to take this different kind of shoujo story. The first volume … Continue reading

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Dragon Age Knight Errant by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Fernando Heinz Furukawa, Michael Atiyeh

There’s a lot to like in Knight Errant: the story brings in characters from all the Dragon Age games (including the expansion to Inquisition) as well as gives us a first look at Sebastian’s principality of Starkhaven. The characters are … Continue reading

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The Northern Gardener by Mary Lahr Schier

Published by the Minnesota Historical Society, The Northern Gardener is part home garden guide and part Minnesota history. The book is beautifully laid out and interspersed with diagrams, drawings, photographs, and other illustrative examples to accompany the text. The book … Continue reading

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