Reviews


Comic review: The Dead

Imagine if the afterlife were neither a dichotomy of heaven and hell nor just another life, but was instead a giant house with room after room that seem impossible attached to one another – many filled with monsters, some willed with fellow post-mortals and only one mythical one offering a real hope at salvation. That’s…


Manga review: Ghost Hunt

High school student Mai is just enjoying a fun afternoon trading ghost stories with her friends when a transfer student interrupts, expressing interest in hearing the stories as well. Her friends are taken with this handsome stranger, but Mai tells herself she’s less than impressed.


Book review: The Secret Rooms

Nonfiction generally isn’t my thing. I read it occasionally when interest warrants, but mostly, I stick to my sci-fi and fantasy. But when this book crossed my path first, years ago, I had to put it on a TBR pile to consider for later. And last month, when I realized my library had it, it…


Comic review: Step Aside, Pops

I wish I had the words to describe what Kate Beaton’s humor is like. It’s sort of absurd, highly unexpected and laced with an undertone of trying to teach you things (I know, right?) But trying to actually encapsulate why it’s so hilarious to someone who hasn’t read it before is an impossible task. You…


Novel Review: Awakening

I was very kindly given a copy of this book from Full Fathom Five through NetGalley in return for an honest review – Many thanks! Sometimes, you get used to a genre and it’s conventions. It’s comfortable. You pick the book up and you know you can count on certain things. And the sometimes you…


Book review: The Secret History of Fantasy

The Secret History of Fantasy is a 19-story collection of what I’m given to understand is unusual or different fantasy, along with a couple nonfiction essays about the genre as a whole (and of course, the forward by Peter Beagle). Taken as a whole, it was a varied and sometimes fascinating read, though as in…


Manga review: Miles Edgeworth Investigations 1

I could make this the shortest review in the history of me writing book reviews. If you liked the Phoenix Wright serial manga (not the books of short comics), you’ll like this. If you like Miles and Gumshoe from the games, you’ll like this. If you just want mystery manga, it’s still entertaining, but the…


Comic Review: TMNT Vol. 3

Splinter is gone, and the Turtles are off to get him back – with help from both old and new human allies, and this series continues to amuse me. Also, I am doing my best to keep from making an “enter the dragon” joke in this review, but my will power may not last.


Novel review: Firelight

Firelight, the first book in the Darkest London series, is a supernatural romantic adventure of a different sort. When Miranda’s ruined father announces that she is to wed the much-gossiped-about and terrible Lord Archer (well, he says it’s her choice – but he also says he’ll throw her out of the house either way) she’s…


Manga Review: Detective Conan Vol. 43

Going to sporting events in the Detective Conan universe is dangerous.