Monthly Archives: February 2011

Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume One, by Yana Toboso

Black Butler, Vol. 1The Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler manga is a bit darker and less angel-infested than the first anime season. (There is also a marked lack of giant hell hounds. I feel that this is generally a good thing as I can’t stand Pluto.) The relationship between Sebastian and Ciel is a little more adversarial–in the first chapter Ciel sends a martial artist after Sebastian, and then gives him lemonade that Tanaka made with MSG instead of sugar. Also in the manga for the first few issues, he has a nearly perpetual evil smirk. (Ciel in the anime is a much more somber kid, though he has his evil smile moments as well.) Continue reading


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Book Review: White as Snow, by Tanith Lee

319 pp.

White As Snow (Fairy Tale)I tend to have a love-hate relationship with Tanith Lee’s writing. I find her to be very readable on occasion, but all of the rapes, craziness and death tend to stand between the plot of the book and my liking of it. White as Snow is part of Terri Windling’s Fairy Tale Series and the blurb declares that it is a “dark sensual retelling of Snow White,” and I would have to say that they were at least half right (which is to say, it is dark). Continue reading

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The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, by Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels--A Love StoryThe origin of Black Heels to Tractor Wheels is that food and home blogger Ree Drummond started posting the story of how she met and married her husband on her blog The Pioneer Woman in installments. After receiving  many positive comments, she decided to turn the entire story into a book, with some additional details not included in her series of posts. I mostly decided I wanted to read this book because I completely adore the blog that Ree Drummond writes (my cooking ability tends to be hap-hazard, but I am a cooking show and blog fanatic). I was not disappointed in the least. 

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Book Review: Tales of the Magatama Book I: Dragon Sword and Wind Child, by Noriko Ogiwara, translated by Cathy Hirano

298 pp.

Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Tales of the Magatama)For some reason while reading this book, I kept thinking, “this reminds me of The King of Elfland’s Daughter.” Dragon Sword and Wind Child does not have a great deal in common with that novel, and by “doesn’t have a great deal in common,” I actually mean “is nothing at all like.” It did however have a very strong “feel” reminiscent of Lord Dusany. (I think the similarity might be in the narration of this novel, but I’m not sure.)

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Book Review: Summer Knight, by Jim Butcher

371 pp.

Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, Book 4)As a result of the events of Grave Peril, Harry is something of a sad sack. He has not had any cases since then, he overdue on his rent, and he is occasionally a target of assassination attempts from the Red Court of vampires. On top of the war between the White Council and the Red Court of vampires, a second war is about to start–this one between the Summer and Winter Courts of the Sidhe. As usual, Harry is in the middle of it. Continue reading

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Please Stop Laughing at Us, by Jodee Blanco

Please Stop Laughing at Us.: One Survivor's Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School BullyingPlease Stop Laughing at Us is the sequel to Jodee Blanco’s book Please Stop Laughing at Me, a memoir of her experiences with being bullied when she had been in school. This book deals with the reactions of her former classmates when they read the book, and her decision to go on a speaking tour to talk about bullying at various schools. It is also about her relationship with a former classmate, whom she begins to date and eventually marries.

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Un-Valentine: Dumping the Kender, or I Get Sick of the Run Around

The situation as it stood, couldn’t last very long. I had managed to get very attached to the Kender, but half the time I think he had just become a habit. (A very bad one.) The formula that was the disaster this relationship was would run something like this; the Kender and I would fight. Usually about everything we disagreed with, which was everything. I was a baby liberal, he was a baby conservative, he was irresponsible and I was irritated with his lack of responsibility, we fought about everything. The fighting would come to a head when he’d suddenly say that “maybe we should see other people,” and then I would be horribly upset and then we’d eventually make up. After making up, everything would be fine, until the next time we started fighting. Continue reading

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