Monthly Archives: April 2020

Koimonogatari: Love Stories, Vol. 1 by Tohru Tagura

If you like text-heavy manga where people ponder everything from life to how fast a blade of grass grows, then this is the book for you. Who knew boys spend all day thinking about their friends and wondering about the … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Keto Air Fryer Cookbook by Wendy Polini

This is a very easy-to-follow collection of recipes with a large breadth and variety. Tips are given for a variety of subjects: from choosing an air fryer, accessories you’ll need, how to use it correctly, various substitutions, kid friendly recipes, … Continue reading

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and Illustrated by Bernadette

I think readers will be divided into two categories: 1) those familiar with only the Disney version and therefore did not know that the original does not have a happy ending and b) those who have read the Andersen original … Continue reading

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Scarlet Gaze by Foster Bridget Cassidy

I had a hard time liking any aspect of this book. The characters were poorly developed, the setting and events unrealistic, and everything about the plot was there to further a rather improbably romance. It was also one of the … Continue reading

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Unravel the Desk by Elizabeth Lim

It’s rare: but sometimes a sequel really outdoes the first volume. With Unravel the Dusk, Elizabeth Lim took a good book and made it even better. Main character Maya’s voice stays strong and resolute, never falters in her conviction, and … Continue reading

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Love Me, Love Me Not by Io Sakisaka

Volume 2 introduces the last part of the quadrangle (Inui) and now sets up the scene for the rest of the series. You have step brother and sister, sister’s best friend, and then another male friend. Step brother loves sister, … Continue reading

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Maison Ikkoku 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi’s second foray into a long-running series (after Urusei Yatsura) is a wonderful and amusing adult-oriented story about a group of oddballs at an apartment house. Although written in 1980 (and with some very 1970s funky looks going on … Continue reading

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Queen’s Quality 9 by Kyousuke Motomi

With this volume 9, we complete the first arc of the series. The series got off to a rocky start, changing direction and name along the way. But it seems like Motomi has a good idea of where she wants … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of the Gods by In-Wan Youn, Eun-Hee Kim, Kyung-Il Yang

What we have with Kingdom is a pair of stand-alone horror stories set in historical Korea (Joseon). The first story is a standard zombie fest that, while it has an arc, doesn’t really have much in the way of resolution. … Continue reading

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How Do We Relationship Volume 1 by Tamifull

A lot of the problem I had with this manga was explained at the end by the author: Tamifull wanted to do a story about what happens after the protagonists get together and to explore the issues that result at … Continue reading

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The Promised Neverland Volume 15 by Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu

It’s amazing that after 15 volumes, we are still reading interesting revelations – ones that were clearly written into the story from the beginning. Also interesting are the new choices the children will have to make concerning collateral damage; in … Continue reading

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Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman

It would be very hard not to like Heartstopper – it has a genuine warmth and sweetness that reminds me quite a bit of what I liked about Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. With this second volume, the … Continue reading

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Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey

This was a hard one to really get into. The characters were all superficially drawn, each very naive and rather boring. Our main character, Sophia, seems to think that she can be a detective after reading one book. The male … Continue reading

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Blue Flag Volume 2 by Kaito

Because I was so intrigued by this story, I went and read the entire series (the series ends this week with 7 volumes/53 or so chapters). I have to say, this is probably one of the best written manga out … Continue reading

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Healthy Instant Pot Mini Cookbook by Nili Barrett

The focus here is healthy – in portion size and recipes/ingredients. E.g., substitutions for flour are given and nearly all ingredients are healthy whole foods. As well, there are some creative solutions for small size cooking (such as using small … Continue reading

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The Infographic Guide To Grammar by Jara Kern

In a world full of visual clutter, I have to both appreciate the artistry gone into this but also admit that it was just too much. Each grammar item is given a different treatment so there is no consistency and … Continue reading

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Photography Rules by Paul Lowe

Let me preface this review with a bit of perspective of why I found this book so problematic: After I had established myself in a photography business (early 2000s), I approached several outlets (such as Nikon Professional Services) to become … Continue reading

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Regrow Your Veggies by Melissa Raupach, Felix Lill

This has everything you would want in this type of book: it is nicely written, friendly, usable, well illustrated and nicely presented. The book takes care to give all kinds of information: from a general over view to location, care, … Continue reading

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