Monthly Archives: February 2018

Takane & Hana 2 by Yuki Shiwase

In many ways, Takane & Hana reminds me of Boys Over Flowers: we have the romantic lead as somewhat of a nitwit and conceited but also surprisingly sweet contrasted against a more grounded but spirited heroine. Granted, Takane & Hana … Continue reading

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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card 1 by CLAMP

Much of the original CLAMP touch is evident in this sequel to the original Cardcaptor Sakura series; seeing the characters again was a true joy. But this first volume was light on plot and centered more on bringing the characters … Continue reading

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Red Rising Sons of Ares by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell (Illustrator)

Instead of a paragraph review, I found it easier to just put points: – You’ll want to have read the books to appreciate this. Although it takes place before the events in the book, it’s not going to be as … Continue reading

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White Sand Volume 2 by Brandon Sanderson

Where the first volume focused on world building and setting the stage for the current situation, this second volumes takes a more leisurely approach, focusing on the politics and the interpersonal connections. There is still plenty of action, though, since … Continue reading

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Again!! by Mitsurou Kubo

Again!! features the somewhat overused plot device of people going back in time in order to redo their life in high school. In this case, Imamura and Fujieda – each with a very different perspective on high school life – … Continue reading

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Jimmy’s Bastards 1 by Garth Ennish, Russ Braun

Ever have a kid in one of your classes that tried so hard to be cool but failed miserably? Usually by making really stupid fart jokes or sex jokes all the time? If so, then you will find a lot … Continue reading

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Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 2: The Pilgrimage by Tim Hedrick, Mitch Iverson, Jung Gwan, Rubine

This story nicely hits a sweet spot of its target audience – grade school kids looking for a bit of mindless adventure and some humor. While definitely not on the same level as e.g., Avatar, it’s a fun little romp … Continue reading

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Smoke Eaters by Cole Brannigon

Starting out with Smoke Eaters, I was completely enamored. Grizzled elderly firefighter discovers he has an unusual gift to help fight dragons that have appeared in a post apocalyptic Ohio? Sign me on! Unfortunately, the more I read, the more … Continue reading

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Disney’s The Princess and The Frog Manga by Nao Hidaka

This is a manga version of Disney’s The Princess And The Frog and it follows the animated movie closely. We get some nice discussions from the animators that give a bit more depth to the story as well as some … Continue reading

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Crosswind Volume 1 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs

With Crosswind, we have a story that has been done ad nauseum: the body swap. Yet despite the familiar territory, Simone gives us an interesting perspective in this hyper violent book: a more realistic look at what a true gender … Continue reading

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You Can’t Just Kiss Anyone You Want by Marzena Sowa and Sandrine Revel

Author Marzena Sowa gained fame from her autobiographical graphic novels about growing up in communist Poland. Part bittersweet, part biting social commentary of life in that period, her books are full of pathos but also the joys of youth, even … Continue reading

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Eleanor & The Egret by John Layman, Sam Kieth

What we have with Eleanor & the Egret is a wholly original, quirky, and imaginative story with beautiful illustrations and superb layout and coloring. One needs to keep in mind movies like Amelie or the Pink Panther to get a … Continue reading

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Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

With an Ann Aguirre book, you know you are going to get a very strong, stubborn, damaged, ‘comes out fighting from the wrong side of town’ protagonist and this is no exception. Partnering her with a syrupy sweet Disney Princess … Continue reading

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War Mother by Fred Van Lengte, Stephen Segovia, Tomas Giorello

I enjoyed War Mother. Superb clean illustration work combined with an interesting story to keep me involved to the end. Those not invested in the 4001 Ad universe need not worry – you won’t have to have read any of … Continue reading

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Incidentals Volume 1 by Joe Casey, Larry Stroman, Ramon Govea

About one quarter of the way through this graphic novel, I found myself skimming. The story was one I’ve seen before (rich man gathering superhero team in ragtag fashion with ‘good’ in mind to save them) and the art somehow … Continue reading

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Low Sugar, So Simple by Elviira Krebber

There are two approaches to dealing with the sugar problem right now: find substitutions like Stevia (as with this cookbook) or detox and go clean without any kind of sugar substitutes. Right now, research seems to be indicating that even … Continue reading

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The Complete Photo Guide to Soap Making by David Fisher

It would be difficult to find fault with this very thorough and cleanly presented resource for everything soapmaking. The author presents the craft in a very non-fussy way, with simple photographs and layout to make sure that the information is … Continue reading

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Wicked Charm by Amber Hart

Although Wicked Charm is a quick and fairly enjoyable read, I have to admit I never really got into the story or the characters. The description is that this is a murder-mystery but honestly the book is mostly romance with … Continue reading

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Twisted Romance by Alex de Campi, Sarah Horrocks, Magen Cubed, Katie Skelly

I’m on the fence with this title. It is wholly original – contained within is 1 medium length comic story, a very short comic story, and between those a short story in prose. I’m not quite sure how romance really … Continue reading

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Vs by Ivan Brandon Issue 1

Vs presents a future in which war has been commercialized and fought by megacorporations using super-soldiers. Author Brandon puts us right into the middle of the story with little fanfare, following ‘hero’ Satta Flynn as he takes out his enemy … Continue reading

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