I began reading and collecting Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle when it was first released in 2004. It is written and drawn by my favorite manga collective, CLAMP, a four woman team of artists and writers. Over the years I slowed down my collecting but always intended to get the entire series. When Borders went out of business, I grabbed as many of my missing volumes as they had but was four short of all twenty-eight. Fast forward quite a few years later and my eight year old started reading the series and was very put out that I didn’t have all the […]
When I was in 6th grade, people in my class made Heil Hitler gestures and I told my teacher because I was very upset. Things escalated, as these things do, and soon we were all sitting in a circle sharing why we shouldn’t be like “hooray for killing Jews.” I think I cried when I explained why I was so hurt by what I saw. Since I am Jewish, I explained, people were looking as me as not a person, or a lesser person. I don’t really think those kids comprehended why I was upset. It was just a joke, […]
Oh, this was gigglingly good fun, this one! I have to thank Leedock’s review on the blog here for introducing me to this I had been looking for something a little lighthearted, and “It’s a sexy paranormal alternate universe gender-bending Sherlock-y bunch of goodness” really sounded like it could fit the bill! Then when I went to Audible and the Publisher’s Summary mentioned shark punching? I was sold. Completely and utterly sold. In this cheeky Sherlock Holmes homage, the titular detective is one Shaharazad Haas, a powerful sorceress who’s always out for a good time, or failing that, a […]
The US has been ravaged by war and disease (and war over disease) and Noam Álvaro is sixteen and the child of Atlantean (Georgia, that is, not Atlantis) illegal immigrants to Carolina who is involved in the Atlantean Rights movement — until he, too, falls sick with the Fever. Unlike most of the population, however, Noam survives — and wakes up a technomancer, with the ability to talk to computer systems and all manner of technology. And then things get worse.
I came across the Grishaverse backwards. Last year I read a write up for Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns and was intrigued by the concept of a book of fairytales that characters in her Grishaverse would have read or been told, when they were children. The piece said knowledge of the other books was not necessary to enjoy Language of Thorns and I put it on my Cannonball gift exchange wish list. I was delighted to discover it in my gift box (Thank you, fellow, Cannonballer!), and was entranced reading it. The fairytales are so well done, familiar but […]
I loved this book when it first came out and I have to say that my re-read of this was painful. Why did I like this so much? Did I not see that Matthew was uber possessive which is my least favorite hero trait? The constant endearments in French may me roll my eyes. Also the Mary Sueness of Diana was beyond ridiculous. She gets powers on top of powers and also decides that the only thing that matters is her love for Matthew. She started to turn me off way before we get to the ending. And the way […]
We’ve reached the fourth book in the Demon Cycle, and I can’t really tell if I’m really enjoying it anymore. It certainly didn’t help that, despite there actually being some moving forward of plot and some deaths of people that actually matter to the book, The Skull Throne felt to me like a bit of a retread of The Daylight War. It picks up exactly where it left off, after one of our potential delivers threw himself and his rival off a cliff, and while the outcome to that deed may not be what one would normally expect in those […]
Well damn, a Dean Koontz book made me cry. The last one that made me cry was “Odd Thomas.” This book hits me everywhere. Though I could have done without the whole ssnap guy (Vince) the rest of the book just works perfectly. I loved the characters (Travis and Nora) I fell in love with Einstein and also with everyone along the way who wanted to keep Einstein free. This book hits all the feels and I can see now why after the success of this book Koontz had to just have a dog in every book he put out. […]