Monday, October 31, 2016

My Latest Reviews

Read my latest reviews on Goodreads while I take a break from blogging!

Last Five Books

The Strand Magazine June-Sept. 2013
3 of 5 stars
I enjoy this magazine and while this volume mainly contained unimpressive stories I still took pleasure in my time with it. I Love the book ads and book reviews just as much and maybe in this issue's case, more. Not the best collection o...
Naruto (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 3: Includes vols. 7, 8 & 9
4 of 5 stars
Vol.7 - Encompasses the second exam and ends with a bit of a cliffhanger so we don't know if they've completed it yet. Kitts of battles with the same groups we've met before. There are some viscious bad guys out there. And they are all p...
Classic Goosebumps #22: Stay Out of the Basement
4 of 5 stars
The second Goosebumps book and the second one I've read. (though this is the one and only GB book I had previously read years ago). All was fresh to me as I didn't remember the story at all. I found this particularly well written having ...
Tweedles Go Electric
5 of 5 stars
I love Monica Kulling's historical and biographical picture books so it is with no surprise that I found The Tweedles adorable. Usually Kulling relates a true story but this time we have an historical fiction piece centred around the ele...
Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art
5 of 5 stars
When I think of Imperialism, Colonialism and empire building, the last country that would have come to mind is The Netherlands. But they did indeed have colonies such as Dutch Guiana, Gold Coast, Mozambique, South Africa, and many others...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Everyone's Getting Married, Vol. 2 by Izumi Miyazono

Everyone's Getting Married, Vol. 2 by Izumi Miyazono
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by VIZ Media
Source: Received print review copy from publisher

Everyone's Getting Married (#2)

These two are so adorable. I'm really enjoying the story. Ryu is so busy with his work that they don't get any time together. Asuka is busy at work too plus she has a social life with her co-workers so she's busy also but disappointed. Ryu wants to go too far right away and it startles her but by the end of the book, they've slept together which was a bit disappointing for me. But now Ryu's ex-lover has turned up at his work. Will this cause problems?

Will Eisner's the Spirit: Who Killed the Spirit? by Matt Wagner

Will Eisner's the Spirit: Who Killed the Spirit? by Matt Wagner
Illus by Dan Schkade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Dynamite Entertainment
Source: egalley via netgalley

This is amazing. I had actually never heard of The Spirit before but I love pulp comics and "masked" heroes. Originally running in the papers during the 1940s, Matt Wagner has taken the story to 1946 and The Spirit has been missing 2 years, presumed dead. This year-long series fantastically drawn by Dan Schkade starts with The Spirit's return and encompasses two story arcs. Spirit is just like the best masked-heroes, full of brawn and derring-do. He wears a blue suit and hat with a red tie and a little blue eye mask. It's a great story full of action and the criminals reminded me of Bond villains. A great read bringing back a classic hero from the past.

Terminal City Deluxe Edition by Dean Motter

Terminal City Library Edition by Dean Motter
Illus. Michael Lark & Mark Chiarello
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Dark Horse Books
Source: egalley via edelweiss

After having read Motter's "Mr. X", I was really excited about reading this one. However, it was a letdown. It is set in the retro-future and the art is neat but the story just doesn't hold up. A pulpish crime story with Dick Tracy bad guy names, it just wasn't exciting. I got a few laughs but really had to push myself to finish it. Nowhere near as good as "Mr. X".

Monday, October 24, 2016

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 2 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 2 by Mizuho Kusanagi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by VIZ Media
First published Japan 2010
Source: egalley via edelweiss

Yona of the Dawn (#2)

Very good! A lot is happening! The princess and Hak go back to his village of the Wind Tribe and stay there a while. Then they set off to find the hidden priests who will be able to put them on the right path. Meanwhile, the Fire Tribe is hunting them and Sun what's his face is made the new king. An exciting ending!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Tundra Books
Source: egalley via netgalley

Utterly adorable! An easy reader in comics format about a Narwhal who meets a jellyfish and they become best of friends. This contains three episodic adventures:how they met, how they create a Narwhal pod, and finally, they make up a story about a superhero waffle and his strawberry sidekick. Very entertaining plus we learn a bit of information about both jellyfish and narwhals.The drawings are so cute but very simplistic. They'll have kids wanting to draw their own versions. A delight!

Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman

Troll Bridge by Neil Gaiman
Illus by Colleen Doran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Dark Horse Books
Source: egalley via edelweiss

I really liked this! It's an adaptation of a previously published short story. Such a sad, tragic story of a boy's coming of age and the not very nice man he becomes. It is a tale for adults and most should relate. It tells how as children the future is bright, cheerful and exciting and how as an adult the past is seen with bitterness and regrets. A dark, harrowing story with stunning artwork by Colleen Doran.