Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back By:
February 19, 2019
Chronin #1 Received From:
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
It’s no secret I love manga, but what may be less known is
my propensity for the Meji Era. The crash of modernity and tradition provides a
fascinating backdrop to any story (and tends to speak to my history major
heart). Surprising no one, I immediately downloaded an e-arc of Chronin Volume 1: The Knife at Your Back
by Alison Wiglus as soon as I saw the cover art.
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
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.
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.
Jaco the Galactic Patrolman By:
Akira Toriyama (Art); James Gaubatz (Touch-up art and Lettering) Translator:
Tetsuichiro Miyaki Release Date:
January 26, 2015
Maybe it’s because I tend to lean towards long-running shonen series, but it isn’t very often I come across a standalone volume of manga. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman by Akira Toriyama is exactly that.
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.
There have been a lot of fantastic books this year. Some of my favorites have already been outlined in my Top 2018 Books list. Everything I enjoyed couldn’t have possibly fit in one list, though. And some books I still want to talk about weren’t necessarily full 5 star reads. But they were good nonetheless with interesting plots and themes and characters I really cared about. I noticed something in common with some of these: they didn’t have a lot of reviews on Gooodreads.
Here it is, the long awaited Top Reads of 2018 list. I read a lot of books this year – 224 of them according to my Goodreads list. I’m not exactly stingy with 5 stars, either. If it’s a great book, then I’m going to give it a high rating. And I gave 4.5 to 5 star ratings on a whopping 50 books. I’ve managed to whittle that list down a bit since then and while still it might not be a short list, but it’s certainly more manageable than before! All of these books have been published in 2018 in the United States, though several were published prior in other countries.
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.
Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection By:
Go Nagai (Illustrator); Bambi Eloriaga-Amago & Roland Amago (Lettering and Retouch) Translator:
Zack Davisson Release Date:
August 28, 2018 (English)
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
I have long loved classic manga and anime. When a new edition of an older manga comes out you can bet that I am first in line for a copy. Obviously, I jumped on the chance to read Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection by Go Nagai. Cutie Honey is a lot of things. In one sense it’s a magical girl manga. In another it’s a sci-fi manga. It’s a mystery story. There’s violence, nudity, and sexual themes. And I loved every second of it.