Graphic Novel

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Sunstone Vol.1-5

Can a BDSM f/f romance, written and illustrated by a man be the sweetest, funniest, and most romantic thing you’ve read this year? The answer is a surprising but resounding yes. Lisa Williams has always had a bondage kink, but she’s limited herself to solo experimentation and writing erotic s ...

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

How about a fairy tale where the heroine is the fairy godmother and the prince needs a beautiful gown? Prince Sebastian of Belgium is hiding a secret: he loves wearing gowns, and dreams of donning something more bold and glamorous than his mother’s old castoffs. When he sees a ballgown by seamstre ...

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The Admiral's Penniless Bride (Manga Edition)

In order to give Harlequin Manga a fair shake, I looked for a book where I had read and enjoyed the original. When Carla Kelly announced that her book The Admiral’s Penniless Bride had been selected for adaptation, I knew I’d found my test case. And the verdict? It’s delightful! The story i ...

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Playing the Dutiful Wife (Manga Edition)

Sometimes you get a D read that is so absolutely crackerpants that ultimately, it brings almost as much joy into your life as a DIK. Playing the Dutiful Wife is that D read. Meg Hamilton is flying from Oz to LA to work for her parent’s real estate company, and her business class seatmate is Bra ...

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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 ...

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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 ...