Monthly Archives: July 2018

Hanger Manga Volume 1 by Hirotaka Kisaragi

This feels recycled from so many BL manga: good hearted but innocent young guy gets partnered with hunky alpha male and they are forced to work together where one falls for the other. Both have secrets, both will be targets … Continue reading

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The Privilege of Peace by Tanya Huff

By far, this has to be one of my favorite series of all time. While the first book (7 ago!) was serviceable, by the second book we got the series-long arc and some of the best characters in sci fi … Continue reading

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Hush Hush Graphic Novel Adaptation by Becca Fitzpatrick

In all my years of reading graphic novels, I have never come across a book that is so perfectly bad in every aspect: writing, illustrations, adaptation, paper quality/presentation, even proof reading. The only saving grace here is that I found … Continue reading

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The Spell of Whirldungen by A.J. Madelin

Sadly, this book really failed to connect with me at all. Problematic writing with a storyline that felt like a Harry Potter fanfiction after the writer binge watched Lemony Snickett; it was hard to get through. Chris Spratt is happy … Continue reading

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Karate Heat volume 1 by Eiichi Kitano

Perhaps I have become a bit jaded with sports manga over the years because this felt like every other book in the genre: energetic happy kid with good heart has a natural affinity for a sport but has some impediments … Continue reading

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Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura

A Tokyo version of Sex in the City is perhaps the best indicator of what you will find in this manga. Three women, all in their early 30s, realize they are getting old and may miss their chance to find … Continue reading

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Fathom Blue Descent by David B. Schwartz, Alex Sanchez, Scott Clark

Back in the 1990s, Fathom represented the new wave of comics: bold digital colors, facile storylines, and a soft porn approach to the illustrations. It was the Top Cow generation and Fathom was the flag bearer. We’re used to all … Continue reading

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Southbound! Glorious Summers by Zidrou and Jordi Lafebre

As the title suggests, this is a somewhat autobiographical and very romantic memory of the author during one Summer in 1970s Belgium. We have a family without much means but a lot of heart who give us a wonderful reminder … Continue reading

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Ark Land By Scott A Ford

I love that we have so many original stories in graphic novel format these days. Sure, I may not love all of them – but we have such variety that we really are spoiled. And while Ark Land never connected … Continue reading

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Space Cat Visits Venus by Ruthven Todd

Written in 1958, this is a beloved book to many for a good reason: it is beautifully illustrated, has a fun story, and the author put in as much as was known about space travel at the time (remember, no … Continue reading

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Vampire Knight Memories Volume 2 by Matsuri Hino

I don’t think fans of the series will mind that these short stories are more vignettes than tale; there’s enough in here to see how the characters have grown and how their lives went after the ending of the manga … Continue reading

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Pandora’s Boy by Lindsey Davis

First a personal note – I’ve read all the Davis books over the years and while I consume large amounts of audio books in general, I have always steered away from them when it comes to Lindsay Davis, primarily because … Continue reading

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Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

I’ve read several of these types of books this year and really it comes down to characterization if it succeeds or fails; fortunately, Sorosiak is a deft hand with the empathy and the book is a bittersweet read about love, … Continue reading

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Exile by Glynn Stewart

I have read several Glynn Stewart books now and all have a running theme of not being overly technical combined with an emphasis of good people trying to do the right thing in a shifting culture. He avoids a lot … Continue reading

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