Monthly Archives: December 2018

Gangsta Volume 8 by Kohske

Rich, nuanced, visually stunning, visceral, and heartbreaking, Gangsta continues its reign of pathos and brutality with this volume 8, a return to the story after a 2 year break by author Kohske. In this book, the all out war of … Continue reading

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Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Freezer Meals by Hope Comerford

Cook it and Forget It lives up to the title: a large group of recipes collected from enthusiasts around the country that are easy to prepare en masse and then store and pull out daily to thaw and then slow … Continue reading

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Skip Beat 42 by Yoshiki Nakamura

With Volume 42, Kyoko is dealing with the consequences of recognizing she has fallen for Ren – and letting it affect her audition for her new role as a ninja assassin. There are plenty of fun scenes, of course, even … Continue reading

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Candy Color Paradox by Isaku Natsume

Candy Color Paradox is one of the rare ones of its genre in that it does provide a story beyond the romance of the characters. The plot isn’t deep – it’s about investigative journalists, the cases they take on, and … Continue reading

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Slayer by Kiersten White

I think the first question most will ask about this new series is: does the book stay faithful to the Buffyverse. And the answer is a definite yes. The second question will then be: is it canon and where does … Continue reading

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Burn The Stage: The Rise of BTS and Korean Boy Bands

Make no mistake, Burn The Stage is a book written quickly but efficiently to capitalize on the current fame of the band (a glance at author Shapiro’s bibliography will attest that this is his niche). So you can expect a … Continue reading

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Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition V0l 4 by Hiromu Arakawa

This has always been a series that really shows the potential of manga: beautiful illustration work, plenty of action, great characterizations, an overarching mystery, and just a lot of heart. This fourth volume includes a lot of what we were … Continue reading

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Urusei Yatsura 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was a trend among boys’ manga for the male protagonist to be given a magical girl (Ah My Goddess and Video Girl Ai were among the most popular). Rumiko Takahashi, however, … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland 8 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

I am always surprised where the authors take us every volume – what looked to be a story about kids escaping an orphanage is now a story about kids escaping everything! Plenty of reveals in this volume but also a … Continue reading

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Penwern by Mark Hertzberg

Rarely do I give five stars to a book dedicated to a non fiction subject; typically, they drone on and on or are far too clinical (or too biased/waxing eloquent) to be really interesting or useful. Often, these ‘labors of … Continue reading

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House 13 by Aya Shouoto

This remains one of my favorite manga for the beautiful drawings and the gentle storyline. I found I was really invested in the characters and wanted to see them succeed. With this 12th volume, Kasha returns as the main antagonist … Continue reading

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White Claw by Le Tendre and Yaduc

While I typically enjoy the idea of a graphic novel having a fantasy setting that isn’t based on European lore, I kind of have to take points off here for several reasons. First, we have European dragons rather than Asian … Continue reading

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Plus+ by Bethany Rutter (Editor)

This is a hard book to classify because it feels more like a motivation book (wear whatever you want!) rather than a fashion book (inspiration of creating fashion styles). That is because the images are, for the most part, collected … Continue reading

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Cheating in Esports by Marcia Amidon Lusted

In this book, topics such as gambling (whether using skins or money), software and equipment hacks, player enhancement drugs, and more are covered. All the books in the series are 50 pages and this one does feel the weakest in … Continue reading

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Gaming and Professional Sports Teams by Douglas Hustad

This book is one in a series exploring different aspects of the burgeoning esports industry: from women in the profession to cheating, to the development of professional esport teams. With this volume, we get a survey of the different types … Continue reading

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Women in Esports by Meg Marquardt

Women in Esports is a grade 5-8 book giving a realistic look at the current esports situation and where women are (and aren’t) making in impact.  Three topics are covered: gamers, programmers/staff of game companies, and those who do casting/media … Continue reading

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Ten Count by Rihito Takarai

I enjoyed Ten Count more than the previous books in the series; author Takarai was likely took a lot of heat for how she presented mental issues and this last book in the series felt like backpeddling: Kurose admits there … Continue reading

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Double 7 by Yann and Juillard

I usually enjoy historicals but this graphic novel had several egregious issues that made for a very unenjoyable read. By the 9th page or so, it became a chore to read; I didn’t care about any of the characters, I … Continue reading

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How We Sell Our Souls by Emilie Lucadamo

How We Sell Our Souls is a fun and quirky read – more dark humor than darkness. The pacing is a bit off and it felt very much like it was written by a novice writer. But the story had … Continue reading

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Fearless by Sarah Tarkoff

Fearless felt very much like a ‘meh’ experience to me. The logic holes are glaring, our main character is quite bland, and the romance (almost a harem, to be honest) is driving the plot. It feels like there is an … Continue reading

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