Monthly Archives: May 2018

Stellar issue 1 by Joseph Keatinge and Bret Blevins

With Stellar issue 1, we are given a brief introduction to a post apocalyptic universe in which everything seems to be in ruins. Retro future spaceships, giant robots, huge alien creatures, and an almost steampunkian type of army lie in … Continue reading

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Tiny Fox and Great Boar 1: There by Berenika Kolomycka

This is what you would expect from a children’s illustrated book: a solid but easy to follow story, engaging characters, lots of questions for children to think about, and beautiful illustrations. The story comes in several parts and they all … Continue reading

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Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Although I am giving this a 4 out of 5 star rating, I have to admit that I do so more because Mindee Arnett’s writing is so strong rather than that I actually enjoyed the book as much as I … Continue reading

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I can see why Geekerella was so beloved upon release in 2017 – it is a charming remake of the fairy tale with an appropriate modern flavor. Relatable (if not very realistic) main leads make you want to root for … Continue reading

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Game of Secrets by Kim Foster

This is likely going to be one of my most disappointing reads this year considering the premise sounded so interesting and the book began promisingly enough. But by half way through, this began to hit every trope/cliche in the YA … Continue reading

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Gangsta Cursed 4 by Kohske

Although a spin off, this is probably one of the best I’ve read. All of the horrible and terrifying pathos of the original series is fully intact here in this story of Spas/Marco Adriano and how he turned from being … Continue reading

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Bleach 73 by Tite Kubo

I can see why people felt that this last arc went on too long; all the same, it was worth it so that we were able to get so much closure and character development as we did in this volume. … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 12 by Aya Shouoto

As much as it is an overused word, the best description of this volume’s mini arc is lyrical. The illustrations are always lovely but Shouoto really shines as a storyteller. Her stories are full of pathos and each mini arc … Continue reading

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Nyxia Unleashed by Scott Reintgen

Nyxia Unleashed was the perfect follow up to the first book: we still have the action, the exploration, the uncertainly, and excellent characterization. As well, this sequel didn’t (for the most part) fall into the sophomore slump of being mostly … Continue reading

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The Wormworld Saga Volume1: The Journey Begins by Daniel Lieske

The chapters for this series were released 1-2 times yearly originally and just by the first few pages alone you can see why: this is a visually stunning graphic novel with beautiful full page art to tell the story. Yet … Continue reading

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Kenka Bancho Otome by Chie Shimada

By this second volume, I had hoped for something to really distinguish this manga from similar (but much better) titles like HanaKimi. I enjoy the premise (cross dressing/pretending to be a boy at an all-boys school) but here we have … Continue reading

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The Family Table Slow Cooker by Dominique DeVito

Author DeVito accomplishes what is promised on the cover: fairly easy recipes for items (not whole meals) using a slow cooker as the main cooking device. The recipes are beautifully presented with plenty of photographs of the finished items. The … Continue reading

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Kitchen Ideas You Can Use by Chris Peterson

If you are thinking of remodeling or creating a new kitchen, you’re likely hungry for inspirations. Instead of visiting every Home Depot, IKEA, or Kitchen store and collecting a bunch of brochures, you can peruse the latest designs all in … Continue reading

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Engineering For Cats by Mac Delaney

Clearly written by an engineer with a great sense of humor, this is a surprisingly useful book for creating DIY items for your cat – starting with a simple shelf and then moving on to items such as a water … Continue reading

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J.S. Wooley: Adirondack Photographer by Rhichard Timberlake and Philip Terrie

While the topic of photography at the turn of the century as well as the author’s contribution to the art are fully researched, there were several issues I had with this coffee-table book. First and foremost, this is a book … Continue reading

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Dragon Road By Joseph Brassey

Dragon Road, like its predecessor Skyfarer, is an exuberant sci fi that references Star Wars in large chunks. This isn’t deep or cerebral sci fi; take it as an adventure story that Spielberg or Lucas might have created, if Star … Continue reading

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Swing Volume 1 by Linda Sejic, Matt Hawkins, Jenni Cheung

Coming from Top Cow, the publisher known for soft porn comics, I had to wonder if this would be sensationalist smut or actually had a valid point of view. Fortunately, in this case the authors/artists tackle the subject of swinging … Continue reading

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Using a Baltic setting to create a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, Novik has crafted an engaging fantasy very different from her previous work, Uprooted. Straying far from the inspiration fairytale, the story is grounded by using a medieval Lithuanian setting. And … Continue reading

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