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Jane Eyre - Manga Classics

FINALLY, my beloved Jane Eyre gets the adaptation it deserves. I enjoyed this graphic novel so much that I picked it for my best read of 2016. The pacing of this long (324 page) novel is excellent. Jane Eyre is much bigger than the love story, a fact which seems to escape most adapters. Certainly ...

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Alex + Ada

This is a review of the complete series of the graphic novel ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi/drama set in the near future. In a first for meddling old biddies, Alex’s grandmother ships him a state-of-the-art android to take his mind off a recent breakup. Alex is uncomfortable with this un-sentient be ...

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Sense and Sensibility - Manga Classics

Janeites, relax. Your beloved author’s works continue to be in great hands with the talented folks at Udon Entertainment. I couldn’t put this book down, which was really awkward considering that I was reading an advance pdf on my laptop and I had to schlep the whole computer around the house whi ...

D+
Superman/Wonder Woman Vol. 3: Casualties of War

With a comic series, you’re better off following authors than characters or lines. I gave Superman and Wonder Woman a chance post-handoff (from Charles Soule/Tony Daniels to Peter Tomasi/Doug Mahnke), and I didn’t like the new team. The artwork is rough and distorted, the plot is average, and wo ...

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Superman and Wonder Woman 2: War and Peace

Ever pick up a series book and end up annoyed and confused because you missed some books in the middle, and now the story doesn’t make sense? Well, Superman and Wonder Woman #2: War and Peace is this problem on steroids. DC published a long series called “Superman: Doomed” about the Doomsday m ...

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Emma - Manga Classics

Although I enjoyed and recommended Udon Entertainment’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (part of their Manga Classics line), a few issues held it back from DIK status. Happily, these issues have been resolved in their second Austen adaptation, Emma. Fun, fast-paced, and visually engaging, Emma i ...

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Library Wars: Love & War, vols. 1-13

Library Wars: Love & War is, quite simply, about fighting against censorship and the banning of books. In this fictional near-future Japan, the Media Betterment Committee was formed about 30 years prior to protect the population from unsavory materials. Unfortunately, the MBC took things to a wh ...

C+
Fever Moon

Someone - or rather, something - Fae and evil is stealing pieces of human faces, leaving them in comas. MacKayla Lane, AKA Mac, must stop the mysterious monster before it collects thirteen faces, at which point the victims will die. I’ve never read Karen Marie Moning’s Fever books, so my impress ...

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Happy Marriage?!

Happy Marriage?! (Hapi Mari in the original Japanese) is the Japanese Manga version of a Harlequin Presents novel. Executive Hokuto Mamiya must marry humble “office lady” Chiwa Takanashi to please his nepotistic corporate chairman grandfather, who loved Chiwa’s grandmother. Chiwa accepts so sh ...

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The Last Dragon

Dragons went extinct two hundred years ago on the islands of May, so when Tansy and her father find dragon’s bane blooming - which only occurs when a dragon is about - no one imagines that a dragon is on the loose. This is no sentimental modern dragon, but rather a medieval-style baby-devouring be ...