Review – The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri

The Book of Hidden Things
By: Francesco Dimitri
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Titan Books
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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Ladies and gentlemen, let us talk about The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri. I’ve sat on this review for a while. I wasn’t sure how I felt right after finishing this novel. The characters were unlikeable, I was angry with some of their actions and decisions, and there was at once not enough and too much magic. Yet I found the story still in my head, leaving me thinking about it days and then weeks later. It is this, I think, that hallmarks a good story, and maybe more importantly than that, a story that makes you think and question even if you’re not positive what it is you should really be questioning.

Review – River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

The River of Teeth
By: Sarah Gailey
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Tor
Series: River of Teeth (#1)
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I haven’t read a book I had this much fun with in a long while. River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey is simply pure fun, filled with wonderfully memorable characters, and lots of hippos. It’s the sort of book you can get lost in, the one you can’t wait to finish but don’t want to end.

#MangaMonday Review – Hanger Vol 1 by Hirotaka Kisaragi

Hanger Vol 1
By: Hirotaka Kisaragi
Illustrator: Hirotaka Kisaragi; Philip Hong (Graphic Designer); Vibrraant Publishing Studio (Retouching & Lettering)
Translator: Christine Dashiell
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: TokyoPop
Series: Hanger
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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I was intrigued when I saw TokyoPop licensed a new manga, so I made sure I grabbed a copy as soon as I could. Hanger Vol 1  by Hirotaka Kisaragi is a yaoi near-future manga with just a hint of a buddy cop story feel at certain points.[/drocap]

Review – A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White

A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe
By: Alex White
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Orbit
Series: The Salvagers
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe combines magic with traditional science fiction adventure in a fantastically fun adventure that all fans of genre fiction will enjoy. High stakes, tons of action, and a very memorable cast of characters make this one of the most enjoyable reads of the summer. I loved this book, and already I’m looking forward to the second book in this wonderful new series.

Review – Go For It, Nakamura! by Syundei

Go For It, Nakamura!
By: Syundei
Illustrator: Syundei; Kaitlyn Wiley (lettering and layout)
Translator: Amber Tamosaitis (translator); Shannon Fay (adaptation)
Release Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Seven Seas
Series: Go For It, Nakamura
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Go For It, Nakamura! was a very adorable manga. It’s a cute slice-of-life boy’s love comedy story. The main character is Nakamura, a high schooler who fell instantly in love with the cute, outgoing boy in his class on the first day of school. Unfortunately, Nakamura doesn’t know Hirose, not really. His goal? Overcome his shyness and klutzy habits, introduce himself, and become Hirose’s friend. After that, well, maybe then he can confess his true feelings.

Review – Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson

Skin Folk: Stories
By: Nalo Hopkinson
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Open Road Media
Award: World Fantasy Award for Best Collection (2002); Sunburst Award (2003)
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I love short story collections. I also love fantasy. So this week I picked up a copy of Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson over on Hoopla. Despite this collection of short stories winning the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection in 2015, I was not familiar with the author or her other works. I was intrigued, and quickly dived into the book. This is a fantastic collection of stories – mostly fantasy, some horror, and a few stories which were written in a more contemporary style.

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 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
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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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 – An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

An Unkindness of Ghosts
By: Rivers Solomon
Release Date: Oct 3, 2017
Publisher: Akashic Books
Award: Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Literature (2018); Lambda Literary Award Nominee for LGBTQ SF/F/Horror (2018)
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It has been a very long time since any book has made me want to pick up my old quote journal and copy lines down. The journal isn’t pretty. It’s not one of those moleskin bullet journals, just a pocket sized notebook an old teacher gave us with some inspirational quotes after high school graduation. I’m not sure where it is now. I never thought I’d go looking for it again. But An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon made me want to dig that notebook out and copy down lines right from chapter 1.

Review – The Armored Saint by Myke Cole

The Armored Saint
By: Myke Cole
Website: http://mykecole.com/
Release Date: February 20, 2018
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: The Sacred Throne #1
Received From: Publisher
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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I’ve never read a Myke Cole novel before, but it is a name that’s somewhat familiar due, I assume, to my mother’s habit of devouring all action/adventure military novels she can get her hands on. The Armored Saint by Myke Cole is a compelling dark fantasy which follows a young woman named Heloise as she stands up for what she believes is right at the expense of her family and communities safety.