Review – The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts

The Freeze-Frame Revolution
By: Peter Watts
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Tachyon Publications
Series: Sunflower Cycle
Received From: Publisher
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The Freeze-Frame Revolution is a story of revolution aboard a space ship tasked with traversing the galaxy building warp gates. In order to keep building for as long as possible the humans aboard are cryogenically frozen between builds, waking only when absolutely necessary. But not everything is as it seems.

Review – Devilman: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 by Go Nagai

Devilman: The Classic Collection Vol 1
By: Go Nagai
Translator: Zack Davisson; Adrienne Beck
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: Devilman: The Classic Collection
Received From: Publisher
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I love reading classic manga. Too often these are the manga that have shaped the industry we know today, but haven’t been published in English for decades, or maybe longer. Now, all that seems to be changing, and I am making sure I read as many as these fantastic manga as possible. Devilman: The Classic Collection Vol 1 by Go Nagai is a fantastic horror manga that has truly stood the test of time.

Review – Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente

Space Opera
By: Catherynne M. Valente
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Publisher: Saga Press
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Okay. So. Space Opera. Wonderful, glorious Space Opera. It has been a long time since I loved a book this much or devoured it quite so quickly. I originally listened to the audiobook on hoopla. When the hardcover copy came in the mail a few weeks later I immediately read the whole thing cover to cover. Is Space Opera by Catherynne Valente that good? Well, yeah. It is.

Review – The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan

The Dead House
By: Billy O'Callaghan
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing
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There is nothing quite like a good ghost story. I always seem to stumble upon these, and I am very happy to say that this book was quite the happy accident. This was a last minute pick up at the library, a book that caught my eye on the way to check out a small pile of books. The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan is a beautifully written ghost story that will stay with you long after reading.

Review – My Hero Academia Volume 13 by Kohei Horikoshi

My Hero Academia Volume 13
By: Kohei Horikoshi
Illustrator: Kohei Horikoshi
Translator: Caleb Cook
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: My Hero Academia
Received From: Publisher
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I’ve been reading My Hero Academia every Monday in Shonen Jump for quite some time now. Yet this volume snuck up on me nonetheless. There’s a lot in here, and I don’t think I picked up on all of the subtleties the first time. My Hero Academia Vol 13 by Kohei Horikoshi is another wonderful volume filled with commentary on hero society, character development, and the conclusion to the licencing exam.

Review – Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from Around the World

Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from Around the World
By: Dale Knickerbocker (editor)
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Received From: Publisher
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Lingua Cosmica: Science Fiction from Around the World is an academic book. This isn’t a novel or even a generic non-fiction title. This is a book by academics about science fiction writers from countries other than the United States. These authors are giants of the genre, the sort of authors whose works change science fiction in that region.

Review – The Bride Was a Boy by Chii

The Bride Was a Boy Vol 1
By: Chii; Shanti Whitesides (Adaptation)
Illustrator: Chii; Karis Page (Letterer & Retouch)
Translator: Beni Axia Conrad
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: The Bride Was a Boy
Received From: Publisher
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The Bride Was a Boy is a diary styled manga by Chii. This manga tells the story of Chii’s transition from male to female, falling in love, and getting married. It is a beautiful, heartwarming tale that everyone should read.

Review – From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris

From Unseen Fire
By: Cass Morris
Illustrator: Tran Nguyen (Jacket Art)
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Daw Books
Series: Aven Cycle #1
Received From: Publisher
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You may not know this, but my family is just chock full of history buffs. My father’s a history professor, my brother works at a museum, my sister gives talks at conferences about historical monuments, and I was an art history student once upon a time. So my excitement wasn’t very surprising when I first heard a book being described as ‘ancient Rome plus magic’. And that was exactly what we received in From Unseen Fire by Cass Morris.

Manga Monday – Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Vol 1
By: Hiromu Arakawa
Illustrator: Hiromu Arakawa (artist); Steve Dutro (Letterer); Adam Grano (Design)
Translator: Akira Watanabe
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Series: Fullmetal Alchemist
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Tomorrow sees the release of a beautiful new hardcover edition of a genre defining series,  Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa. This new edition is a gorgeous, high quality hardbound edition that is absolutely perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Review – Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

Only Human
By: Sylvain Neuvel
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Series: Themis Files #3
Received From: Publisher
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There have been few series in recent memory for which I am this excited for when a new volume is released. But a series about giant robots? Yeah, that’s definitely one of them. The Themis Files wraps up with the soon to be released Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel, a story about giant robots and aliens, but also of family, love, and human nature.