Review – My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 5 by Hideyuki Furuhashi & Betten Court

My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 5
By: Hideyuki Furuhashi
Illustrator: Betten Court
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: My Hero Academia: Vigilantes #5
Received From: Publisher
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The fifth installment of the My Hero Academia spin-off series My Hero Academia: Vigilante, Vol. 5 by Hideyuki and Betten Court was released summer 2019. This volume brings certain elements from the first arc to conclusion, and introduces new elements which will certainly be explored further in the future.

Review – The Psychology of Zelda by Anthony M. Bean

The Psychology of Zelda The Psychology of Zelda
By: Anthony M. Bean (editor)
Release Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Smart Pop
Received From: Publisher
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The Psychology of Zelda, compiled by editor Anthony M. Bean, is a nonfiction novel about the beloved Legend of Zelda series and how psychology is utilized throughout the franchise. Each chapter is a separate article by a different author, many of whom are currently researching different aspects of video games.

Review – This House is Haunted by John Boyne

This House is Haunted by John Boyne This House is Haunted
By: John Boyne
Release Date: April 25, 2013
Publisher: Doubleday
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This House is Haunted by John Boyne is a wonderful, slow read filled with all of the wonderful bits of traditional gothic horror. Set in 1867, the story is told by Eliza Caine, a young woman who works as a teacher for young girls. When tradgedy besets her and her father, Eliza takes up a new position as a governess to two children living in a country manor. The children are odd, their parents are missing, something is wrong with the house, and none of the townsfolk will talk about any of it.

Review – Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Wanderers
By: Chuck Wendig
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Publisher: Del Rey
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A tale of humanity and utter destruction, Wanderers by Chuck Wendig is a fantastic epic sure to please fans of multiple genres. What begins as a mysterious illness effecting a few hundred people soon spirals into much more as the entire country takes notice. This seven hundred page epic takes readers from one coast to the other on a journey that takes you right to the end of the world.

Review – The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Front cover of The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami The Strange Library
By: Haruki Murakami
Illustrator: Chip Kidd
Translator: Ted Goossen
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Knopf
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A small novella, The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami sits neatly in the space between fairy tales, the surreal, and magical realism. It is a short thing, barely 96 pages, with a great deal of artwork. But within that space lies the unknown, the unforgiving, and both the harshness and beauty of the world and people.

#MangaMonday Review – No Guns Life, Vol. 1 by Tasuku Karasuma

No Guns Life Volume 1 by Tasuku Karasuma No Guns Life, Vol. 1
By: Tasuku Karasuma
Illustrator: Tasuku Karasuma (illustrations); Evan Walding (touch-up art & lettering)
Translator: Joe Yamazaki
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: No Guns Life #1
Received From: Publisher
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No Guns Life, Vol. 1 by Tasuku Karasuma is a seinen science fiction manga which has an anime adaptation airing this season, Fall 2019. In a future world, some humans have become the extended, people augmented with mechanical body parts which greatly increase their physical abilities. Juzo Inui is one of the extended, with a gun in place of a head. He is a Resolver, solving conflicts between the extended and regular humans.

Review – Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu, and Joamette Gil

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu front cover Mooncakes
By: Suzanne Walker
Illustrator: Wendy Xu (Illustrations); Joamette Gil (lettering)
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: Lion Forge
Received From: Publisher
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Family, love, acceptance, and trust are core themes of this graphic novel about a family of witches and a werewolf living in a small town. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu, and Joamette Gil is equal parts and exciting tale of witchcraft and adventure and heartwarming story of love and family that is sure to melt the iciest of hearts.

Review – Ophiuchus

Ophiuchus Ophiuchus
By: Alexis Leriger de la Plante & Natasha Tara Petrovic
Illustrator: Alexis Leriger de la Plante & Natasha Tara Petrovic
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Publisher: Image Comics
Received From: Publisher
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A single volume graphic novel based off of a prior web comic series, Ophiuchus by Alexis Leriger de le Plante and Natasha Tara Petrovic is a story as colorful as it is steeped in science fiction and post-apocalyptic society.

#MangaMonday Review – Beastars, Vol. 1 by Paru Itagaki

Beastars Vol 1 by Paru Itagaki Beastars, Vol. 1
By: Paru Itagaki
Illustrator: Paru Itagaki (Illustrator); Susan Daigle-Leach (Touch-Up Art & Lettering)
Translator: Tomoko Kimura (Tanslator); Annette Roman (Adaptation)
Release Date: July 19, 2019
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: Beastars #1
Received From: Publisher
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Beastars is getting an anime adaptation set to release this Autumn, on October 10, 2019. This is the manga which began the series and who’s adaptation will be shortly airing. Currently there are two volumes in print with a third set to release on November 19, 2019. Beastars, Vol. 1 is written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. She is the daughter of Keisuke Itagaki, known for the manga and anime series Baki the Grappler.

#Throwback Thursday Review – Genkaku Picasso, Vol. 1 by Usumaru Furuya

Genkaku Picasso, Vol. 1
By: Usumaru Furuya
Illustrator: Usumaru Furuya
Release Date: November 2, 2010
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
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An interesting manga with amazing artwork, Genkaku Picasso, Vol. 1 by Usumaru Furuya will defy whatever expectations you might have for it. This can be both good and bad. While having an interesting premise, certain aspects fall a bit short in execution. It is currently available to read in full on the Shonen Jump website for a two dollar a month subscription.