REVIEW: Uzumaki Vol. 1 by Junji Ito

I think I’ve read this before but I can’t remember much about it except for the art. This reread just reinforced that for me: I like the art more than the story! It’s a strange story, of course, about a town infested with killer spirals and the people who get eaten by them. Mostly the chapters are short stories with the same few protagonists; it doesn’t really feel coherent for some reason, though it’s a Read More …

Audiobook Reviews: When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Tales from the Arabian Nights, The Whale Rider

Audiobook reviews! It’s a good thing I finally worked up the nerve to look through my library’s audiobook collection, because I’ve listened to all the really good ones I have in my own collection now. I got a Simon Winchester book– A Crack in the Edge of the World, about the 1906 California earthquake. I haven’t read a Winchester book since The Meaning of Everything back in 2010, so I’m hoping I like this one Read More …

BLOG TOUR BOOK REVIEW: The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

189. The Labyrinth of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers Publication: Overlook Hardcover (November 8, 2012), ARC, 432pp / ISBN 1468301268 Genre: Fantasy Read: ?-October 27, 2012 Source: The publisher (thank you!) ♦ Author’s site (German) | Goodreads | LibraryThing ♦ Summary from Amazon: It has been more than two hundred years since Bookholm was destroyed by a devastating fire, as told in Moers’s The City of Dreaming Books. Hildegunst von Mythenmetz, hailed as Zamonia’s greatest Read More …

REVIEW: Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

172. Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko Publication: Miramax; Tra edition (July 26, 2006), Paperback, 464pp / ISBN 1401359795 Genre: Urban Fantasy Read: September 20-22, 2012 (reread1) Source: Bought ♦ Author’s site | Goodreads | LibraryThing ♦ Summary from Amazon: The Night Watch series has caused a sensation never before seen in Russia — its popularity is frenzied and unprecedented, and driven by a truly great, epic story. In 2005 Fox Searchlight announced it had acquired Read More …

Tiny reviews for the end of August

160. Scaramouche – Rafael Sabatini e ebook / public domain / read August 17-19, 2012 I can’t seem to write a good enough review of this, so instead I’ll just link you to my comments over at Tasha’s Project Gutenburg review of Scaramouche. Also here’s a gif expressing my feelings: 161. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy e ebook / public domain / read August 19-20, 2012 I expected this to be more of a Read More …

REVIEW: The Devil’s Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe

121. The Devil’s Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe Publication: Kodansha USA (March 1, 2010), originally published 1989, Paperback, 253pp / ISBN 4770031173 Genre: Mystery Read: July 6, 2012 Source: Contest win Summary from Amazon: Three deaths come in quick succession: one girl jumps from the roof of a six-story building; another falls in front of a train; and a third is hit by a late-night taxi. But how are they related? And are they accidents, suicides Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Ruby Red, Lighthousekeeping, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

I know I’m on vacation, but I’m trying to write posts anyway! So far it’s not going so well. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (2011), Hardcover, 336pg Filed under: Fiction, Sci-fi, Young Adult Got my copy from: Contest win Get your own copy at Amazon or BookDepository (affiliate links | info) or add it to your Goodreads shelf Things this book has: time travel, snarky people, adventures!, best Read More …

Review: Voltaire's Calligrapher by Pablo de Santis

193. Voltaire’s Calligrapher by Pablo de Santis Publication: Harper Perennial (October 5, 2010) originally published 2001, Paperback ARC Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Dark Fantasy (according to Kirkus) Rating: Bin it Read: September 26-28, 2010 Source: Publisher Summary from Amazon: Dalessius is twenty when he comes to work for one of the Enlightenment’s most famous minds, the author and philosopher Voltaire. As the great man’s calligrapher, Dalessius becomes witness to many wonders—and finds himself in the Read More …

Mini-Reviews: Ring, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Quick Bite

173. Ring by Koji Suzuki Publication: Vertical (April 25, 2004), Paperback, 288pp / ISBN 1932234411 Genre: Horror Rating: Read: August 2010 Source: Paperback Swap Review What can I say? You’re probably familiar with one of the movies, and so you know the basic premise. The book version is different, of course, way different than the American movie, but most the horror parts are similar enough that I was tense all throughout waiting for things to Read More …

Mini-Reviews: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Magic Moon, Trinity Blood #1

153. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams Publication: Pocket (June 1, 1991), Paperback, 306pp / ISBN 0671746723 Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Humor Rating: Read: July 2010 Source: Bought Review I had to read this for my summer class, and I’m glad I was forced to because I don’t think I would have made it past the first few pages if I didn’t expect for it to get better. Those were some boring first few Read More …