Category Archives: mystery

Milton’s Dreams Book One by Mael, Fejard, Ricard

So here’s the thing: Steinbeck, in The Grapes of Wrath, took the abject poverty and hopelessness of Depression Era farmers and created a story with heart. People wanted to do right even though the world was conspiring to tear them … Continue reading

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Spectacle Volume 1 by Megan Rose Gedris

Spectacle is an interesting novel in that so much of it feels unique and fresh. From a nuanced and distinct art style, wide array of surprising characters, and a main protagonist who almost comes off more as a moody antihero … Continue reading

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The Lies They Tell by Gillian French

Perhaps because I have read this type of story so many times, I never got into this tale of class struggles and murders. Worse, it was only a month ago I read a much better tale of rich kids on … Continue reading

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Insexts Volume 1: Chrysalis by Marguerite Bennet and Ariela Kristantina

Despite the lurid title meant to catch your eye, Insexts is pretty much a gothic horror story with feminist overtones. Our two protagonists look evil but start by killing off the bad and continue in that vein, all under the … Continue reading

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The Empty Grave By Jonathan Stroud

I have enjoyed few series as much and Lockwood & Co – brilliant writing, fast-paced action, interesting characters, and a wonderful series-long mystery. For me, this does for ghost stories what Harry Potter did for wizards – created a very … Continue reading

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Rashomon by Victor Santos

Originally published in two parts (Rashomon and Seppuku) in black and white and Spanish, Dark Horse gives an American treatment of this merging of Japanese Cinema and American Noir. Despite the disparate themes, Santos does an excellent job of melding … Continue reading

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Rockstars Volume 1: Nativity In Blacklight by Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison

There are many, many layers of undercurrents within the graphic novel Rockstars; but really what we have here is an homage to the innocence of old school rock and roll and its contrast with modern cynicism and the current era’s … Continue reading

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