Monthly Archives: October 2018

Captive Prince by S.U. Pacat

This has popped up in various feeds with plenty of praises so I decided to give the audio version a chance. Unfortunately, I found the story to be boring and overidealized – to the point where it took me two … Continue reading

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Sword of Destiny by Andrej Sapkowski

Of course, I came to these books having greatly enjoyed the Witcher games: particularly Witcher 3. I knew that the game designers stayed close to the original book themes but that they are not canon. The author steadfastly refused to … Continue reading

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Milton’s Dreams Book One by Mael, Fejard, Ricard

So here’s the thing: Steinbeck, in The Grapes of Wrath, took the abject poverty and hopelessness of Depression Era farmers and created a story with heart. People wanted to do right even though the world was conspiring to tear them … Continue reading

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How to Bake by Nick Malgieri

How to Bake lives up to its name: the recipes start simple in each chapter and then you build upon techniques and skills as you progress. Everything is laid out simply and without all the superfluous graphic design that can … Continue reading

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Empress Charlotte by Nury Bonhomme

Empress Charlotte is an enjoyable historical graphic novel detailing life in the 1860s for European royalty. Our protagonist is a sheltered princess, daughter of Leopold the 1 of Belgium. The story follows her as she deals with her husband’s shortcomings … Continue reading

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Ooku 14 by Fumi Yoshinaga

This continues to be one of the best manga out there in terms of nuance, writing, artwork, and subject. For those who haven’t picked this up, the manga is an alternate history of Japan in which the rulers were women … Continue reading

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DragonShadow by Elle Katherine White

While I found the first book in the series to be just ‘ok’, I felt Dragonshadow brought the series into its own, and without the limiting constraints of Austen really improved. It’s not am amazing series but it is solidly … Continue reading

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The Castle On The Hill by Shawn Levy

The Castle on Sunset is a nicely researched biography of the Chateau Marmont – a Hollywood/Sunset landmark. Author Levy balances the factual history with the rumors, with an emphasis on the pre WW2 era. In addition to the Chateau, there … Continue reading

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City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender

I had a hard time with this book: the premise sounded interesting and there are a lot of interesting concepts, but the writing was highly problematic. Even considering that my source is an advance reader copy without full editing, I … Continue reading

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Hana and Takane Volume 5 by Yuki Shiwasu

I really enjoyed the premise of Takane Hana – our hero being a complete idiot but with redeeming qualities and the more grounded girl who has to put up with him. In a way, it was Boys Over Flowers again … Continue reading

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