Monthly Archives: December 2019

The Demon Prince of Momochi House volume 15 by Aya Shouoto

With this penultimate volume, we head into the final arc of the series. The Momochi house residents have had to face their pasts and ‘ultimate sins’ in Kasha’s fire and all have emerged stronger and wiser for it. But there … Continue reading

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Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku, Vol. 1 by Yuji Kaku

Hell’s Paradise is an interesting mix of horror and absurdity, comedy and gore. It does somehow work; likely due to the polarized leads who play so effectively off each other. In some ways, this feels very much like a more … Continue reading

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The “I Love My Air Fryer” Low-Carb Recipe Book Michelle Fagone

This is a nicely presented cookbook with plenty of fairly easy dishes to cook. The recipes are broken down by type: breakfast, appetizers, sides, chicken, beef and pork, seafood, vegetarian and deserts. Many of the dishes will require extra parts … Continue reading

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Samurai 8 by Masashi Kishimoto, Akira Okubo

Written by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and illustrated by his long-time Naruto assistant Akira Okubo, Samurai 8 is a mashup of samurai and sci fi. The art is very Naruto-influenced and clearly this aims to do to Samurai lore what … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland 14 by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu

After several volumes of wandering and exploring, the story has begun to move again as a new arc has begun. This particular volume is full of surprises and yet also includes a lot of information about some of the mysteries … Continue reading

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Superfood Slaw by Jill Greenwood

Superfood Slaw is a cookbook based around fine chopping up vegetables, mostly using a food processor. For the most part, you’ll throw things into various blender bowls and then serve. Each recipe also includes variations on how to make a … Continue reading

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The Law in Plain English For Photographers by Leonard D. DuBoff, Sarah J. Tugman

As any professional photographer knows, it is a very murky world on there as to what we can and cannot photograph, when and how, and who gets access to our work or not. Most photographers do not have an in-house … Continue reading

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52 Assignments: Landscape Photography by Ross Hoddinott, Mark Bauer

This is a very well done, thorough, inspiring, and beautifully presented ‘workshop in a book’. The authors have created 52 assignments to help educate, develop, and hone photography skills. The emphasis is on landscapes rather than portraiture but does include … Continue reading

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The Quick & Easy Healthy Cookbook by Carrie Forrest

This cookbook does exactly what the title suggests: provides a large number of recipes, most with very few ingredients, that can be made quickly and easily. Although it has recipes from around the world (Thai, Mexican, German, etc.) the emphasis … Continue reading

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The Complete Elfquest Volume 7

With this huge volume, the entire run of “Final Quest” is collected here, definitively ending 40 years of Elfquest storylines and bringing Cutter’s story to a close. Elfquest was always unique: an independently published title in an era of big … Continue reading

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DownFall by Inio Asano

This is clearly a bleak but autobiographical work, exploring themes consistent with what could only be described as a mid-life crisis as a man approaches 40 years of age. Tonally, Downfall is very reminiscent of Death of a Salesman, with … Continue reading

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Red, White & Royal Blue

I greatly enjoyed the first half of this book – couldn’t stop listening to to the Audible version well into the night and next morning. But by the second half, it began to drag and it was clear that the … Continue reading

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Love Me, Love Me Not by Io Sakisaka

It’s clear from this title that Io Sakisaka is a storyteller at the top of her game. The art is superb and the story itself has enough subtleties and nuances to effectively convey the complexity of emotions for the two … Continue reading

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Caste Heaven 1 by Chise Ogawa

We have seen this story done so many times in manga now: social excuse is given to justify rape, give sympathetic backgrounds to the rapists, and by the end love with triumph and justify the original forced carnality. How much … Continue reading

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We Came To Shine by Susie Orman Schnall

A few years ago, I had an opportunity to read, “Twilight at the World of Tomorrow: Genius, Madness, Murder, and the 1939 World’s Fair on the Brink of War” by James Mauro. That book gave an excellent perspective on the … Continue reading

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A Pale Light In The Black by K.B. Wagers

Although this book never connected with me, I can see why it is rated well among readers. More soap opera than space opera, it has all the ‘feelz’: the men are full of heart and the women kick ass, and … Continue reading

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The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

If you want a light and fluffy, easy-to-read, and honestly rather simplistic YA romance, this is definitely an option. If, however, you want more realistic and organic character development, with protagonists who aren’t overidealized, shallow, underdeveloped, or cliche-feeling, then you … Continue reading

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The Light Years by R.W.W. Greene

In many ways, this feels very much like a throwback to 1970s sci fi – complete with all the ‘hippie’ ideals where you get to stick it to ‘the man’ (greedy corporate types), save the poor, strive for peace, be … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me Dirty by Gorou Kanbe

This is a stand alone story told in several chapters about life in a small town in Japan. The story focuses on boyish adult Shoji mostly but also brings in a host of small town characters. The plot is about … Continue reading

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