Author Archives: Talvi

Clean Paleo Real Life by Monica Stevens Le

Since the focus on this book is more about healthy eating after a diet, the focus isn’t on paleo so much as whole food meals. So several recipes don’t conform to the paleo diet (most are clearly noted as so). … Continue reading

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Star Wars Book of Lists by Cole Horton

The book is very nicely presented with a suitable ‘sci fi’ layout that it complementary to the subject matter. The list themselves may or may not be interesting, though I think for more hard core fans of the Star Wars … Continue reading

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Speed Bump: A 25th Anniversary Collection by Dave Coverly

This 25 year retrospective on cartoonist Dave Coverly’s work includes 300 of his best, each presented full page and most in color. Coverly’s approach to humor is very similar to Gary Larson’s Far Side – offbeat, one-panel gags often playing … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise by Gene Luen Yang, Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gurihiru

These graphic novels for Avatar and Korra are just so well done. The writing, the humor, the pathos, the nuanced storytelling, even the complicated nature of the issues contained within – all superbly done. Combine that with top notch illustration … Continue reading

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Relentless by R.A. Salvatore

This latest installment in Salvatore’s long running books on everyone’s favorite dark elf, Drizzt Do’urden, picks up where we left off in “Boundless”. Most books in this saga are divided into trilogies of sorts, and this final installment in this … Continue reading

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The Black Song by Anthony Ryan

This second book in the Raven’s Blade series continues directly from the first book, Wolf’s Call. If you liked the first book, you won’t be disappointed here: the story and writing are as solid as ever. I love the Eastern … Continue reading

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The Art of Star Wars Rebels by Dan Wallace

The Art of Star Wars Rebels delivers exactly what you can imagine it would be – gorgeous renderings of the concept art for the series. As with all Star Wars art books, the art itself is amazing and the care … Continue reading

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Cheater Code by S.A. Foxe

Cheater code is a fun little romp featuring an emotive ‘gaymer’ and his adventures in the games he’s played. The story is about growth and moving on, all taught to our protagonists through heroes of various games. Yes, it is … Continue reading

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The Magic of Terry Pratchett by Marc Burrows

The Magic of Terry Pratchett is an interesting biography, especially considering that the author never met the man himself. Instead, everything is based on interviews from various people who did work with him across the years. Additionally, given that Pratchett … Continue reading

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Disney Frozen: The Graphic Novel by Cecil Castelucci and Pacia Antista

This is what you would expect from a Disney graphic novel: beautifully illustrated and with clean storytelling. There are no new scenes but the book adds depth to the animated movie’s various scenes. We get much more about the parents, … Continue reading

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Dragon Age Volume 3: Blue Wraithby Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Fernando Heinz Furukawa, Michael Atiyeh

As someone who absolutely loved all three Dragon Age games (yes, even II), I struggle to figure out why I have a hard time keeping interested in the comics. They are very canon, stay true to the stories and characters … Continue reading

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Do You Feel Like I Do by Peter Frampton

This memoir is a very quick and easy read: two thirds “I played with XX famous musician” and 1/3 personal/musical memoir. Frampton certainly collaborated with a huge host of big names in his career – from Ringo to Bowie, and … Continue reading

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Skip Beat 44 by Yoshiki Nakamura

For those who want more Kyoko and Ren scenes, this book has quite a few. Unfortunately, none furtherered the relationship and nearly the entire volume was about the repercussions of Ren’s return from Guam and finding Sho kissing Kyoko. Story: … Continue reading

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Now & When by Sara Bennet Wealer

Now & When feels like a very ambivalent book: characters lack growth and motivation, the plot lacks organic growth, and it feels like it was trying to be one thing but ended up something else. That isn’t to say that … Continue reading

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Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey

There are two types of romances out there – either you want one where the leads are interested in intellect and personality (e.g., an Austen) or you want one where they are physically attracted and just want sex. This is … Continue reading

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The Truth Detector by Jack Schafer

In the beginning the author makes an important distinction about the purpose of the book: “There are dozens of books about detecting deception. This isn’t one of them.” More specifically, the book gives techniques on how to draw out sensitive … Continue reading

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Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World 1 by Kubo Tite and Narita Ryohgo

This is first in a series of light novels (in this case, a novel taking place after the events of the manga/anime). As such, there are only a couple of rough sketches and it is mostly text. It does go … Continue reading

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Last Dance by Hanna Schroy

Last Dance is a very accessible middle grade read that explores the themes of life balance, friendships, goals and dreams. The idea of enchanted slippers certainly isn’t new but Schroy gives a modern spin on the story through very stylized … Continue reading

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Patience & Esther by S.W. Searle

It would be hard not to like Patience & Esther: we have a sweet romance and plenty of social commentary, all told through very clean illustration work. It is a sweet story with two good people at the heart and … Continue reading

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Ghostbusters The Inside Story by Matt McAllister

I have to be honest – I had a hard time trying to figure out the point of this book. There are several detailed books on the making of the movie and even a visual guide with an annotated screenplay. … Continue reading

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