Tome Topple Readathon Round 6 Conclusion

Another round of Tome Topple has come and gone. How did I do? Well, life came and kicked me in the teeth the past couple of weeks. A close family friend passed away, I helped one of my siblings move four states away, etc. In the end, I wound up not reading anything for Tome Topple.

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Review – Karate Heat Vol 1 by Eiichi Kitano

Karate Heat
By: Eiichi Kitano
Illustrator: Eiichi Kitano
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Series: Karate Heat

I like shonen. I also like sports manga. Although, to be honest, I like just about all manga. This week I started a new series titled Karate Heat by Eiichi Kitano, a title I was previously unfamiliar with. This is a shonen manga about karate, hard work, and friendship.

Review – I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher

I Only Killed HIm Once
By: Adam Christopher
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Ray Electromatic Mysteries #3
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

Today, July 10, 2018, marks the release of I Only Killed Him Once by Adam Christopher, the third and final novel in the Ray Electromatic Mysteries series. This is a great science fiction noir mystery series featuring the very last robot in operation working as a hit man using the cover of a private detective when unwanted eyes begin to pry.

Review – Go For It, Nakamura! by Syundei

Go For It, Nakamura!
By: Syundei
Illustrator: Syundei; Kaitlyn Wiley (lettering and layout)
Translator: Amber Tamosaitis (translator); Shannon Fay (adaptation)
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: Go For It, Nakamura

Go For It, Nakamura! was a very adorable manga. It’s a cute slice-of-life boy’s love comedy story. The main character is Nakamura, a high schooler who fell instantly in love with the cute, outgoing boy in his class on the first day of school. Unfortunately, Nakamura doesn’t know Hirose, not really. His goal? Overcome his shyness and klutzy habits, introduce himself, and become Hirose’s friend. After that, well, maybe then he can confess his true feelings.

Review – Lumberjanes Vol 3: A Terrible Plan

Lumberjanes Vol 3: A Terrible Plan
By: Noelle Stevenson; Shannon Watters; Faith Erin Hicks
Illustrator: Carolyn Nowak (Illustrator); Maarta Laiho (Colorist); Aubrey Aiese (Letterer); Brittney Williams (Illustrator); Aimee Fleck (Illustrator); Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator); Rebecca Tobin (Illustrator); Felicia Choo (Illustrator); T. Zysk (Illustrator)
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Series: Lumberjanes
Award: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Graphic Novels & Comics (2016)

Lumberjanes never fails to put a smile on my face, and my local library never fails to have another volume to borrow. Lumberjanes Vol. 3 follows our favorite cabin of girls at Lumberjanes camp through several short stories. Ghost stories are told. Riley is her usual fun, ridiculous self. And Mal and Molly go on a super cute picnic date.

Review – My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Vol 1 by Hideyuki Furuhashi & Betten Court

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes Vol 1
By: Hideyuki Furuhashi (written by); Kohei Horikoshii
Illustrator: Betten Court (Illustrator); (Letterer)
Translator: Caleb Cook
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

Sometimes a spin off series just doesn’t entertain me the way the original did, so I was just a little hesitant to start My Hero Academia: Vigilantes. All my worries were over nothing, though, as this is one of the absolute best spin off series I’ve encountered. My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, written by Hideyuki Furuhashi and illustrated by Betten Court is a fantastic series that all fans of My Hero Academia and superhero stories at large should read.

Review – Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson

Skin Folk: Stories
By: Nalo Hopkinson
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Open Road Media
Award: World Fantasy Award for Best Collection (2002); Sunburst Award (2003)

I love short story collections. I also love fantasy. So this week I picked up a copy of Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson over on Hoopla. Despite this collection of short stories winning the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection in 2015, I was not familiar with the author or her other works. I was intrigued, and quickly dived into the book. This is a fantastic collection of stories – mostly fantasy, some horror, and a few stories which were written in a more contemporary style.

Tome Topple Round 6 TBR

It’s that time of year again ladies and gentleman. Another round of the Tome Topple Readathon will be soon upon us. It’s time for discussions of possible to be read piles, and I wanted to share what I will potentially be reading with you.

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Review – Lady Mechanika Vol 4: The Clockwork Assassin by Joe Benitez

Lady Mechanika Vol 4: The Clockwork Assassin
By: Joe Benitez; M.M. Chen
Illustrator: Joe Benitez (pencils); Martin Montiel (pencils); Beth Sotelo (colors); Michael Heisler (letters)
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Benitez Productions
Series: Lady Mechanika #4
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

You know what? There aren’t enough steampunk stories. Doubly so for graphic novels. I mean who doesn’t love cool steam based tech and gorgeous Victorian outfits? Well, thankfully there’s the Lady Mechanika series. Lady Mechanika Vol 4 by Joe Benitez, M.M. Chen, Beth Sotelo, Michael Heisler, and Martin Montiel is a steampunk graphic novel series with detectives, fabulous lady investigators, and some scientists closer to the evil genius side of things than is comfortable.

Review – The Rig by Roger Levy

The Rig
By: Roger Levy
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Titan Books
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)

This book took a little longer than I thought it would, partially because it’s a whopping 615 pages long. The Rig by Roger Levy kept me hooked for every single page, though. Even as the days begin to turn to weeks since I’ve finished it the story has stayed with me, and I find myself thinking about it more as time goes on. It’s been some time since a book has stayed with me in quite this way, and I think I might have found a new favorite.