Before the Coffee Gets Cold By: Toshikazu Kawaguchi Illustrator: Sunmark Publishing Inc (Cover illustration) Translator: Geoffrey Trousselot Release Date: September 19, 2019 Publisher: Hanover Square Press Series: Before the Coffee Gets Cold (#1) Rating:
novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold is
a slight first volume in an ongoing series expertly translated from the Japanese
by Geoffrey Trousselot. The entire story takes place within a certain coffee
shop, the type of tiny, cozy place only known to locals. This shop is one
filled with secrets, though. A ghost occupies a certain chair, drinking her
coffee just as diligently in death as she did in life. People claim that on the
rare occasion she leaves her seat, the new chair’s new occupant is able to go
back in time and have one more conversation with a loved one.
Master Assassins By: Robert V.S. Redick Illustrator: Lauren Saint-Onge (Cover Artwork); STK-Kreations (Cover Design) Release Date: March 6, 2018 Publisher: Talos Series: The Fire Sacraments Award: BookNest Award Nominee, Best Traditionally Published Novel (2018) Received From: Publisher (All reviews are our own, honest opinions.) Rating:
A truly wonderful tale is
told in Robert V.S. Redick’s Master
Assassins. The Fire Sacraments series starts off with one hell of a bang in
a tale which follows two brothers—Kandri and Mektu Hinjuman—in desert world
wracked with war that is only urged on by the Prophet, though some claim her to
be nothing more than a madwoman.
If Cats Disappeared from the World By: Genki Kawamura Illustrator: Leeann Falciani (Jacket Design); Henry Sene Yee (Jacket Illustration) Translator: Eric Selland Release Date: March 12, 2019 Publisher: Flatiron Books Rating:
Genki Kawamura’s first
novel, If Cats Disappeared from the World,
has sold over two million copies worldwide, and it isn’t difficult to see why. A
storyteller in all forms, Kawamura isn’t simply a novelist. He has also
produced movies such as the famed Your
Name as well as done work as a screenwriter and showrunner. All of these
myriad of storytelling techniques leak into the novel, if not in method it was
crafted, then in our nameless main character, his hobbies, and his loves.
Gwen Proctor is a survivor. She’s also an advocate for people that need help. So when she gets a call from a woman who is afraid someone is after her, Gwen is ready to step in and see what she can do to help keep this woman safe.
Unlike the West’s comics,
manga is often drawn in black ink on white paper. This is for a number of
reasons. Besides artistic style, there’s one huge factor: cost. It’s much, much
cheaper for all involved. How’s this? Well, let me throw in a little history
and a little know-how from doing production editor work.