January, 2018 Archive

Review – The Doomster's Monolithic Pocket Alphabet

Some people pick up books based on the front cover. Me? I tend to pick book based on the title. One of the last graphic novels I read based on the title was this one. The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet written by Theo Prasidis and with art by Maarten Donders is a love letter to doomsters. It’s short, it’s fun, and it’s cute (not necessarily a word I every expected to use in regard to doom metal, but hey). Continue Reading

Graphic NovelsReviews

January 30, 2018

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Review – Food Wars! Vol. 2 by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki

It’s going to be a long road while trying to catch up to the current chapters of Food Wars! in Weekly Shonen Jump, but it’s guaranteed to a be a road filled with cooking battles and boys clad only in aprons. A fantastic follow up to the first volume, Food Wars! Vol 2 by Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki is a shonen manga following Soma, the newest student at a prestigious cooking school that boasts a whopping 10% graduation rate. Only the best of the best survive at Totsuki Culinary Academy. Continue Reading

Manga & Light NovelsReviews

January 29, 2018

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Review – Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

The last book in the acclaimed Binti series has been released. Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor is the third and last book in the Binti series, a great conclusion to a wonderful series. Continue Reading

New & Upcoming ReleasesReviews

January 27, 2018

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Review – Tales of the Abyss: Asch The Bloody by Hana Saito and Rin Niyjo

I’ll be honest. I think I may have actually squealed out loud when I discovered Tales of the Abyss: Asch the Bloody in their manga collection. I have been a fan of the ‘Tales of’ games for a long time, and Tales of the Abyss remains my favorite of the franchise. Though I initially picked it up out of pure fandom, I found myself intrigued upon reading the description. Tales of the Abyss: Asch the Bloody by Hana Saito and Rin Niyjo follows the story set in the game not from the point of view of Luke, the original main character, but that of Asch, one of the villains and someone very close to Luke. Continue Reading

From Our TBR PileManga & Light NovelsReviews

January 25, 2018

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Review – RWBY by Shiro Miwa

I cannot describe how excited I was when the RWBY manga appeared at my door. I love the anime and I wanted to see how the story was handled within the anime. Unfortunately, RWBY by Shirow Miwa ignored much of the animated versions strengths to the manga’s detriment. Continue Reading

Manga & Light NovelsNew & Upcoming ReleasesReviews

January 22, 2018

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Upcoming Release! Review: Disney Manga Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

A mediocre manga adaptation of an iconic movie.

It took an awfully long time for me to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas. Decades, in fact. I wasn’t quite five when it came out, and my parents banned me from watching it on account of me being too scared. This was probably a smart move in retrospect as I vividly remember being terrified that Halloween by a fellow trick or treater dressed up as a ghost (quite literally a middle schooler under a sheet with two eye holes cut out) and ran down the block, screaming, and refused to believe it wasn’t a real ghost. (Sorry, Dad).

Now, at long last, I can say that I have officially watched the movie. And read the manga.

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Manga & Light NovelsNew & Upcoming ReleasesReviews

January 20, 2018

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Review – Down Among The Sticks And Bones by Seanan McGuire

I have always loved portal fantasies, those books where a group of children fall through the back of a wardrobe and enter a world of fantasy and magic. Last year, Every Heart A Doorway piqued my interest based on its new spin on this familiar scenario – what happens when someone comes back to our world? Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire is dark, stunningly written, and utterly beautiful.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones has some of the loveliest prose I have read in quite some time. It’s the sort of writing that normally makes my father look fondly at the book in hand and say ‘people don’t write like this anymore’. Reading McGuire’s work is a real treat. I devoured this book; it was a one sitting read.

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From Our TBR PileReviews

January 20, 2018

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Review – Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

It has been a long time since a book has struck me in the sort of way Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham struck me. It’s the sort of book that is devoured, read with the sort of all-consuming fervor that makes a person look up bewildered when the phone rings, or wondering when exactly the sun set. I loved this book. This book is important. It matters. Continue Reading

From Our TBR PileReviews

January 18, 2018

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Review – The Novel of the Tumpinamba Indian by E. F. Granell

When I heard that a novel written by a surrealist artist was being published in English for the first time, I knew I needed to read it. I was fascinated, both by the subject matter and the writer. The Novel of the Tumpinamba Indian is a surrealist take on the Spanish Civil War and was written by E. F. Granell, artist and revolutionary. Continue Reading

New & Upcoming ReleasesReviews

January 16, 2018

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Review – Juana and the Dragonewts' Seven Kingdoms Volume 1 by Kiyohisa Tanaka

I’m always looking for a new fantasy story, a genre which has been just a little bit hard to find these last few years as the isekai genre has taken over just about everything. Juana and the Dragonewts’ Seven Kingdoms by Kiyohisa Tanaka is a beautiful, fun fantasy with a lot of heart. I’ve heard it related to the Ancient Magus’ Bride, and while I’m not completely up to date with either the manga releases or the anime, I can see why. This is a fantasy story, one where a human girl, maybe the last one, finds herself amid a realm of dragon like creatures. But instead of being from the point of view of a human suddenly plunged into a fantastical world, we are given the opposite – a fantastical creature living in a fantastical world finds a human without fully knowing what it is or what to do with it. Continue Reading

Manga & Light NovelsNew & Upcoming ReleasesReviews

January 15, 2018

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