Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor

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Today's post is on The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor by
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Monday, August 14, 2017

Deus Vitae volume 1


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Today's post is on Deus Vitae volume 1 by Takuya Fujima. It is 200 pages long and was published by Tokyopop. It is the first in a trilogy. The cover has the main female character on it. The intended reader is adult, likes dark science fiction, and high action. There is foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

from the back of the book- in the year 2068, the Brain Computer- built by humans to be the core of a machine-driven earth- created Selenoids, andriods with abilities far superior to man. They have, in turn, created a virtually perfect society, with only one flaw in need of elimination: humans! This is the story of Ash Ramy, one of the few surviving humans in the revolution organization, bent on freeing Earth from Selenoid rule, and Lemiu Winslet, a selenoid horrified by the inhumanity her race possesses. In a world of artificiality, is real love mankind's last hope?

Review- A high action start to very pretty but very sexual trilogy. There is a lot of nudity and implied sex. The art is very pretty and I liked that best about the first volume. But it is a little light on plot/characters and heavy on action/sex. What you do know that the end of the first volume is Ash is a human and all the slave selenoids are really humans. Ash makes all the girls so crazy for him and the only reason is because he is human. The volume ends with him and Lemiu fleeing from a city as it falls into ruins and they are underground. Maybe the second volume will have more plot or something hopefully but this first volume was just meh.

I give this volume a Three out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Book Thief


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Today's post is on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is 550 pages long and is published by Alfred A. Knopf. The cover is brown with dominoes on it. The story is told from the first person perspective of the narrator Death. The intended reader is young adult or someone interested in World War Two fiction. There is foul language, no sex, and violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


Review- An interesting book about a terrible subject. Having Death as a narrator is always an interesting choice and this book does it well. Zusak talks about a subject that could very easily be overwhelming and too hard for the intended audience but he handles it well. Liesel is a good main character and most of the main cast are interesting and sympathetic. Of course when you have Death as the narrator you know that it is not going to end well. Most of the cast dies and Zusak does not sugar coat it. He does not make anything about this book or subject easy but it is worth reading.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Otomen volume 18


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Today's post is on Otomen volume 18 by Aya Kanno. It is the eighteenth in her Otomen series. It is 200 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. As this is the eighteenth volume in this series, you need to have read the first seventeen volumes to understand the story. The cover is a very light pink with Asuka and Ryo in wedding clothes in it. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- For the sake of his mom, Asuka turns away from his friends and Ryo... But the unimaginable happens when Asuka's friends stage an intervention at his graduation! With everything on the line, how will things end for our beloved otomen?!

Review- Well Kanno jumps the shark in this final volume. We get an amnesia subplot for the middle of the volume. Asuka forgets the last 10 years since his father left. Of course Ryo saves the day with love by baking Asuka a cake and he remembers her when he eats, just like the father and son story from earlier in the series. The series ends with Asuka and Ryo getting married and Juta starting a new series about them. All in all I liked this series a lot. I think that Kanno did some interesting things with the plot and characters. I would read her next series.

I give this volume a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money,

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Thief of Always


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Today's post is on The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. It is 225 pages long and is published by Harp Collins. The cover is very colorful with a fantastic house and face under it. The intended readers are older children or people who like stories with just a little bit of creepy. The story is told in third person close of the main character. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Master storyteller and bestselling novelist Clive Barker creates an enchanting tale for both children and adults to cherish and retell. The Thief of Always tells the haunting story of Harvey, a bright 10-year-old who is suffering from the winter doldrums, and of a creature who takes him to a place where every day is filled with fun, and Christmas comes every night. Illustrated.

Review- This is a children's story by a master of horror and it works. It has very light horror in it, just enough to make it a little creepy but no nightmares from this one. Harvey is a good main character, he is brave, smart, and just enough like a normal child that you can see yourself in him. The art of the beginning of each chapter helps give some form the fantastic and the horrors that Harvey and the other children see. Once Harvey realizes what is really going on with the House and the children, he first leaves then he comes back to stop the bad guy. The final fight is clever and really brings home the fact that Harvey is a child and Mr. Hood/the House is a being of great power and no morals. So when Harvey outwits him it is very satisfying.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from a friend.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Otomen volume 17


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Today's post is on Otomen volume 17 by Aya Kanno. It is the seventeenth in her Otomen series. It is 192 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. As this is the seventeenth volume in this series, you need to have read the first sixteen volumes to understand the story. The cover is a very light pink with Juta, Hajime, and Kitora on it looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In her quest to get Asuka to turn away from his otomen ways, Asuka mom, Kiyomi, cancels his favorite shojo manga, Love Chick! What's worse, she plans to break up Asuka and Ryo! Will Asuka succumb to his mother's anti-otomen schemes?!

Review- Asuka's mother has lost her mind. Not only is she threatening innocent people, she is pretending to be deathly ill from the shock of learning that Asuka is an otomen. I did not ever really like his mother but in these last two volumes, she has lost all sympathy that I had for her at the beginning of the series. She knows that Asuka is unhappy and lonely but because he acting like a 'real' man she does not care. We are to believe that she believes she is doing this to Asuka for his own good but I do not believe that. I think that she is doing everything to make herself happy; no matter the cost to others or even to Asuka himself. Kanno is going to have to something really big to get me forgive Asuka's mother for this. But with only one volume left I am not sure that she can.

I give this this volume a Four of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with  my own money.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bone Gap

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Today post is on Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It is 345 pages long is published by Balzer + Bray. The cover is white with a bee in the middle. The intended reader is someone who likes magical realism and intense plots. There is mild foul language, mild sex, and mild violence in this book.The story is told from the third person close of the main characters moving from one to the next from chapter to chapter. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket-
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Review- This is a interesting story with some great magical realism. My one compliant is we do get to know the villain. He is bad because he kidnapped Roza but we do not get to see what drives him or even what he is. The story is mostly about Finn and the way that he interacts with the world around him. He has prosopagnosia which means that he is face blind. He cannot remember faces. So when he sees Roza being taken and he tried to explain what the man looks like no one believes him. Roza is in an in-between space where she can see the outside world but she is not of it. It is a hero's journey story but with the magic and the unexplained in it adds something really interesting. The ending is one of the best I have ever read. Seeing Roza finally be able to do something about where and what is happening to her was great. I look forward to seeing what Ruby writes next.

I give this books a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.