Category Archives: Historical

Requiem of the Rose King 12 by Aya Kanno

I was always curious to see how Aya Kanno would interpret the “princes in the tower” aspect of Richard III’s story. There was such an interesting set of events leading up to Richard usurping the throne and certainly Kanno did … 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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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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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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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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Oz: Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by Eric Shanower, Skottie Young, L. Frank Baum

I have to appreciate this wonderfully modern interpretation of the 1920s Oz series. With this volume, covering the 4th in the Oz books and considered the weakest in Baum’s iconic series, we have a very energetic but grounded Dorothy along … Continue reading

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Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho

I had a hard time getting into Sorcerer to the Crown. For me, I just didn’t like any of the characters and felt very frustrated by their decisions. In one way, Cho creates a very British milieu, with all the … Continue reading

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Prince Freya 1 by Keiko Ishihara

his one hit about every hoary cliche in the medieval historical milieu and had very little to recommend it in terms of originality or uniqueness. We have the bog standard clean peasants who all help each other out and pat … Continue reading

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The Lost Scroll Of The Physician by Alisha Sevigny

This is a nice whodunit with your typical mustache-twirling-evil-guy-in-power and the plucky kids who foil his/her plans. There is just enough of the plot given throughout that kids can begin to decipher for themselves, though adults will likely find the … 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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The Mall by Megan McCafferty

From the beginning dedication of “To all Riot Grrrls, past present and future” you’ll get an instant idea of what to expect from The Mall. There are a lot feminist ideas here, perhaps the author looking back at the time … Continue reading

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Addams’ Apple by Sarah M. Henry and Luc Sante

Charles Addams definitely had his own unique view of the world – and it was that unexpected quirkiness in his otherwise mundane-looking comics that gave him fame. While most will know of his Addams Family movies/TV, it is interesting to … Continue reading

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Bubble In The Sun by Christopher Knowlton

Bubble In The Sun is a thoroughly researched and engagingly written history of the Florida land boom in the 1920s. The book focuses mainly on four real estate speculators: Carl Fisher in Miami Beach, Addison Mizner in Palm Beach and … Continue reading

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The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

This was a very well written romance with exquisite characterizations that felt both real and authentic to the period. For once, we don’t have over-idealized leads, manufactured drama, or over-the-top situations. What we do have is a lovely slow-burn romance … Continue reading

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Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen

Sadly, this one was not for me. I’m hardly an Austen purist but I can’t help but feel that Austen’s heroines are about intelligence, good sensibility, wit, and good heartedness. The heroine in this novel had none of those qualities. … Continue reading

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Requiem of the Rose King Volume 11 by Aya Kanno

This take on Shakespeare’s evisceration of Richard III and Edward VI continues to entertain. Aya Kanno takes a very unsympathetic character in The Bard’s revisionist history and creates a very intriguing and conflicted person in the form of Richard III. … Continue reading

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These Savage Shores by Ram V, Sumit Kumar

This was a beautifully written and executed story with quite a punch. Using an urban fantasy tale to give strong metaphors as to the actual situation in 1770s India, there is a lot more here to enjoy that just a … Continue reading

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Arroyo by Chip Jacobs

Arroyo is definitely a distinct animal: a fictionalized historical of the city in 1914 and then in 1994 with a healthy dose of mystical realism. Author Jacobs gives us a deus ex machina character, creates ways for him to interact … Continue reading

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The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man by Rod Duncan

As soon as I received this, I dropped every other book I was reading and then binge-read through the entire night to finish. This has been one of my favorite series and although I am sad that it is definitely … Continue reading

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Blue Morning 8 by Shoko Hidaka

With this Volume 8, the series completes and we have the final arc concerning Akihito doing what is necessary to consolidate the Kuze’s position in a world that has left nobility and the Shogunate behind. In this period of the … Continue reading

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