Manga Classics: The stories of Edgar Allen Poe (Review)

poe.jpgEdgar Allen Poe is one of those authors who casts an extremely long shadow. References to and reimaginings of his work are absolutely everywhere, and despite his relatively small output, he’s someone you need to be familiar with in order to fully engage with all sorts of things.

This book contains manga versions of five of his best-known stories. Each narrative is fully illustrated by a different artist giving their own spin on the story. I was curious at first to see how they managed to do that with The Pit and the Pendulum, given that the story takes place in almost total darkness, but it turns out that one is not included. Continue reading “Manga Classics: The stories of Edgar Allen Poe (Review)”

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books and Libraries I Covet

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish”,  though now hosted by some artsy reader girl in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part.

This week, the theme is “Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit”. Off-hand, there’s only one library that I long to visit, and that’s the Library of Alexandria. Because some total bastard burnt it down thousands of years before I was born, and because I still haven’t got around to learning Ancient Greek, that dream withered a while back.

Instead, here is a list of fictional books and libraries that I would be extremely interested in reading/visiting. It is in no particular order, and I am taking advantage of the implied “up to” at the start of “top ten”.  Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday – Books and Libraries I Covet”

Making Her His – Lucy Leroux (Review)

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Handsome, driven, masterful, vaguely Greek, millionaire playboy tycoon Alex Costas has had a string of short affairs with models and starlets, but no woman has ever touched his heart.

Shy, virginal, untouched, pure, attractive (but quietly so, with glasses) Elynn is more focused on her mycology studies than romance. She never dreams that Alex (see above list of adjectives) could be interested in her.
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Pumpkinhead – Cullen Bunn (Review)

pumpkinheadVengeance is a common human desire and, like other human desires, also a dreadful sin. For each sin, there is a demon; the sin given flesh and summoned into the world by people who think they can survive the experience.

After a hit-and-run leaves children dead, a vengeance demon is raised to hunt down those responsible. With no other hope for survival, the demon’s victims raise demons of their own. A rural American community is torn apart – both metaphorically and literally – by inter-demon conflict.
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Blackwoods Marauders – K. S. Villoso (Review)

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Luc is an innocent. He loves his family, spending his days helping his father on the farm and defending his disabled brother. He doesn’t get on well with his step-mother, but he tries to, and he’s not really sure how to deal with pretty girls showing an interest in him. He’s a nice lad.

One failed exam and a string of poor decisions later, Luc winds up the de-facto leader of a band of unsavoury mercenaries. His new companions are thieves, murderers, and rapists. Unable to return to his placid life, Luc has no choice but to fulfil the mercenaries’ contract as best he is able, despite the dangers he faces and the secrets he uncovers.  Continue reading “Blackwoods Marauders – K. S. Villoso (Review)”

The Haunting of Natalie Glasgow – Hailey Piper (Review)

41961939There’s something inside Natalie. Something hungry and fierce and far more dangerous than the eleven-year-old girl it’s living inside. By day, an exhausted Natalie sleeps; by night, the thing inside her prowls the house while her mother cowers upstairs.

When doctors are unable to do anything, Natalie’s mother turns to more exotic solutions. The thing grows stronger as Natalie wastes away; there is not much time to find some kind of cure.

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The Shape of You – Georgia Beers (Review)

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Spencer doesn’t make decisions anymore. It’s easier and safer for her to let other people choose things for her. So she’s reluctant but compliant when her fiancée signs up for a “Be Your Best Bride” class at the gym.

Rebecca doesn’t want to lead the class; she cares about real fitness, not coaxing vapid image-obsessed women to go down a dress size. An additional irritant is the disturbingly passive Spencer, who seems to have no backbone at all.

Spencer’s scared of Rebecca, and Rebecca has little sympathy for Spencer. They meet only in a place that neither of them wants to be. It’s not the ideal start to romance, but feelings blossom nonetheless.  Continue reading “The Shape of You – Georgia Beers (Review)”