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 – Beastars, Vol. 1 by Paru Itagaki

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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
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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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.

#UltimateBlogTour Review – A Different Time by Michael K. Hill

A Different Time by Michael K. Hill A Different Time
By: Michael K. Hill
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Publisher: Tangent Press
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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A Different Time by Michael K. Hill is a standalone novel that is sure to tug on heartstrings. The novel is set in two time periods – present day and 1989. Each time features a different protagonist. In the present day Keith Nolan finds a home video VHS. On that VHS is a young woman recording a sort of diary – a young woman he finds he can speak to. That young woman is Lindsey Hale. Living with her mother and stepfather, Lindsey is looking for her place in the world, a vocation to follow. In limbo and living with a man she doesn’t like and doesn’t trust, she turns to recording her thoughts on VHS tapes.

Review – The Killing Floor Blues

The Killing Floor Blues The Killing Floor Blues (Daniel Faust #5)
By: Craig Schaefer
Website: http://craig-schaefer-v2.squarespace.com/
Release Date: July 30th, 2015
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Series: Daniel Faust Series
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Okay, so, let’s admit I need to get my life together. While I have been broken out of my reading rut I can’t get in a review writing mind frame so, I’m a slacker. So, we’re bringing it back to the remaining books of the Daniel Faust series that I’ve read to get me back on track. Also, if you’re a fan of the series we’re approaching a new release on this series sometimes in end of 2019, early 2020.

Review – Reincarnated as a Sword, Vol. 1 by Yuu Tanaka

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By: Yuu Tanaka
Illustrator: LLO
Translator: Mike Rachmat (translator); Jaymee Goh (Adaptation)
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: Reincarnated as a Sword (#1)
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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An isekai light novel with a twist, Reincarnated as a Sword, Vol. 1 by Yuu Tanaka and illustrations by LLO is one of the latest, utterly fantastic releases in the genre. A delight to read from start to finish, Reincarnated as a Sword embraces the best aspects of isekai, video games, and traditional fantasy and combines them into something truly memorable. This particular light novel is part of the growing subgenre of ‘reincarnated as an inanimate object’ with Reincarnated as a Sword being a rather imaginative inclusion.

Review – How Long ’til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin

How Long Till Black History Month
By: N. K. Jemisin
Release Date: November 27, 2018
Publisher: Orbit
Award: Locus Award for Collection, Nominee for Short Story for “Cuisine des Mémoires” and “The Storyteller’s Replacement” (2019); World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Collection (2019); ALA Alex Award (2019)
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Featuring a variety of short stories in fantasy and science fiction genres, How Long ’til Black Future Month is a collection for fans of N.K. Jemisin and those new to her work. Previous books by Jemisin include the Hugo Award winning series The Broken Earth, as well as the Inheritance Trilogy and Dreamblood series.

#MangaMonday Review – Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 1 by Sorata Akiduki

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By: Sorata Akiduki
Illustrator: Sorata Akiduki (Illustrator); Brandon Bovia (Touch-Up art & Lettering)
Translator: Caleb Cook
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Publisher: Viz Media LLC
Series: Snow White with the Red Hair
Received From: Publisher
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Snow White with the Red Hair, Vol. 1 by Sorata Akiduki is a fantasy manga that inspired a two season anime adaptation of the same name. This is the mangaka’s first series, her other work being the series Manual to Teenage Life.

Review – Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Book cover of Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley Apocalypse Nyx
By: Kameron Hurley
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Tachyon Publishing
Series: Bel Dame Apocrypha
Received From: Publisher
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Set in the Bel Dame Apocrypha series, Apocalypse Nyx is a collection of five stories set at various points in time throughout the series. Author Kameron Hurley has previously released two of the included stories on her Patreon. Here, they are collected with three others as a part of a series of books about Nyx and her band of misfits.

#MangaMonday – ne0;lation by Mizuki Yoda and Tomohide Hirao

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By: Tomohide Hirao
Illustrator: Mizuki Yoda
Translator: Christine Dashiell
Release Date: Dec 10, 2018 to Apr 27, 2019
Publisher: Shonen Jump
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Many manga come and go from the pages of Shonen Jump magazine. Some have decades long runs and become foundation works within the genre. Others find themselves canceled rather unceremoniously. At only 19 chapters, ne0;lation written by Tomohide Hirao and art by Mizuki Yoda is a manga that, I believe, was canceled too soon. What few reviews I’ve found on this newer addition to Shonen Jump rate it rather mediocrely – a manga that wasn’t terrible but didn’t keep their attention either.