Monthly Archives: April 2011

Manga Review: Pig Bride Volume Three, KookHwa Huh/Sujin Kim

Pig Bride, Vol. 3In this volume, Doe-Doe gets herself in vast amounts of trouble and Si-Joh is unusually sympathetic to her situation. Mu-Yeon is still driving Si-Joon crazy, a raccoon appears a continent away from its natural habitat, and the mysterious person who is out to get Si-Joon makes an appearance. We also learn a little bit about the original “Park Bride” and Si-Baek Lee.

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Manga Review: Tena on S-String Volume Two, Sesuna Mikabe

Tena on S-String, Vol. 2
Available on Amazon
In the opening of this volume, we are introduced to a young woman named Arun. She is a Tuner from a very upper important family of Tuners and is greatly admired by everyone for her ability. She is apparently the cool and apparently emotionally clueless type. Her brother Lord Forteo on the other hand has enough emotion for three of her. He greets her enthusiastically and they talk about the competition. Arun states that the competition (as opposed to cooperation) seems like it would actively hinder everyone’s efforts, but the brother states that the competition is intended to improve everyone’s abilities in the long run on future missions.It turns out that Arun will be going to Japan to take place in this competition (where she will undoubtedly run into our poor Kyosuke). Continue reading

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Dear Gina, Did You Know that You Can Have Chocolate AND Peanut Butter?

I bet you totally did not know that, because in your not-a-review you seemed baffled that there might be science in the fantasy. That you did not know that science can be in fantasy–even in epic-type fantasy– was very obvious and it made your not-a-review kind of funny in an insulting way because you couldn’t even be bothered to oh, grab a geek from the lunch room and find out about this fantasy stuff before you decided to write the review about a program you knew you wouldn’t like. (I keep harping on that, I know. I just can’t believe that you did that. It makes no sense at all and I must poke at it like a sore tooth.)

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Dear Gina Bellafante, I Must Explain that Winter is Coming and this is Not Good

Since you are extremely ignorant about the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, and about fantasy in general yet felt the need to review a TV series that you already knew you wouldn’t like, I thought I’d give you a little background so if you continued watching something you knew you already hated you wouldn’t seem like a complete fool. Continue reading

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Book Review: Late Eclipses, by Seanan McGuire

DAW
372 pp.

Late Eclipses: An October Daye Novel
Available on Amazon.

Late Eclipses starts with a shopping trip, followed by the Queen summoning Toby to her Court, where Toby is given the title of Countess. Then a dream warning from Karen, the child of one of Toby’s friends alerts her to the presence of Oleander de Merelands, the woman who had helped Duke Sylvester’s brother in the kidnapping of his wife and daughter (a kidnapping that Toby had been unable to prevent and which had resulted in her literally sleeping with the fishes).

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Book Review: The Thread That Binds the Bones, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

AvoNova
311 pp. 

The Thread That Binds the Bones (A Chapel Hollow Novel)
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The Thread That Binds the Bones is a pretty hard novel to find. (It is slightly easier to find related novel The Silent Strength of Stones and so far, Spirits That Walk in Shadows has not made an appearance at the local used book store.) I had originally sought this book out because I had read and liked The Silent Strength of Stones and from there started looking for the Matt Black books and reading her short stories. (I also eventually discovered the LaZelle Family books when they came out, which I also enjoyed.)

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Dear Gina Bellafante, Your Review Stinks

Why did you bother reviewing a TV series based on a book in a genre you hate? Because you know, I tend to prefer reviewing things I like. In genres that I like. When I find a book or show that I don’t like, they are usually still within in a genre that I like. That is because like yourself, I am only interested in genres that I like, and I only watch or read within genres that I like. This is common sense. It would never occur to me to do a review on a tv show or book that was in a genre I have no interest in.

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