The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K Le Guin By:
Lisa Yaszek (editor)
September 25, 2018
Library of America
Anthologies can be tricky beasts. Even in themed
anthologies, authors and their stories can be very varied, sometimes wildly so.
The Future is Female! 25 Classic Science
Fiction Stories By Women, From Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin is an
anthology from editor Lisa Yaszek that defies all expectations. Each story is
better than the one preceding it. Each one is memorable, lingering in the back
of your mind long after moving on to the next tale. Each one is the sort of
story that could be pointed to and said, ‘This
is the heart of science fiction. This is our legacy. This is what we aspire
Crayon Shinchan, Volume 1 By:
Yoshito Usui Release Date:
(original) 1990; (English) October 15, 2012
One Peace Books
Crayon Shinchan Omnibus #1 Rating:
Crayon Shinchan is a very long running anime in Japan which had a shorter run in the US. It’s also an anime I’ve watched over and over again. When I saw the Crayon Shinchan, Volume 1 by Yoshito Usui was available to read on Scribd, I jumped on it.
Blackfish City By:
Sam J. Miller
April 17, 2018
Blackfish City is
a dystopian science fiction novel from Sam J. Miller whose novel The Art of Starving won the Andre Norton
Award. The story takes place on an earth drowned by the sea. Climate change has
shrunk livable land, countries have fallen, and refugees migrate to places like
Qaanaaq – a floating city near a geothermal vent close to Greenland. But as
much as Qaanaaq is a savior for the displaced, it has its own problems. Steeped
in corruption and with no housing or work for incoming refugees from “drowned
cities,” disease is rampant. A disease referred to as ‘the breaks’ spreads
among the people while outside the city a mysterious woman riding an orca and with
a polar bear companion can be seen, a woman steeped in mystery and rumor.
Buso Renkin, Vol. 1 By:
August 1, 2006 (English); 2004 (Original Japanese)
VIZ Media: Shonen Jump
Buso Renkin #1 Rating:
If there is one genre of manga and anime I love above all else it’s shonen. Recently, I began Buso Renkin, Vol. 1 by Watsuki Nobuhiro, a series I know through the anime but have never read.
Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha By:
Dragongarow Lee Release Date:
November 6, 2018
VIZ Media: Shonen Jump
Every once in a while something magical happens. Sometimes we’re blessed with fanfiction that gets sanctioned by the series. Sometimes, we get manga like this. Dragon Ball: The Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha is by Dragongarow Lee, a fan artist who is well known in the community.
All-Rounder Meguru By:
Hiroki Endo (artist); Daniel Park (lettering) Translator:
Adam Hirsch Release Date:
March 7, 2017
All-Rounder Meguru #1 Received From:
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
One of the genres of manga that quickly became an unexpected favorite was sports manga. I’d not heard of All-Rounder Meguru Vol. 1 by Hiroki Endo before so, obviously, I read it immediately upon receiving a copy.
The Prince and the Dressmaker By:
Jen Wang Release Date:
February 13, 2018
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang is an utterly magnificent story of acceptance, following your heart, and chasing your dreams. It is the story of a young prince, Sebastian, and a young woman, Frances, who wants to become a fashion designer and dressmaker. After seeing a dress Frances made, Sebastian hires her as his seamstress. But Sebastian’s secret and Frances’ dreams seem to go hand in hand.
Standard Hollywood Depravity By:
March 7, 2017
Ray Electromatic #1.5 Rating:
I can finally say I’ve finished the Ray Electromatic series. Standard Hollywood Depravity by Adam Christopher is a novella set between the first and second books in the series. It’s a short, fun mystery that can be easily read as a standalone story if you haven’t read the first novel in the series Made to Kill.
November 14, 2017
Goldeline by Jimmy Cajoleas is a story of found family, magic, and memory. It is a middle grade novel I would have adored as a child, and one I devoured as an adult. If you’ve been sitting on this, I urge you to read it immediately.
Before She Sleeps By:
August 7, 2018
Before She Sleeps by Binah Shah is a book is a dystopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic society where decreased fertility and disease have led to the human race declining, women being forced into marriages with multiple husbands. The story follows several women who resist this society and its rules. They do this in a very direct way – they are all part of an underground resistance – but also in their own smaller, personal ways. This is very much a story of autonomy and regaining autonomy.