Manga Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1—Phantom Blood, Vol. 3 by Hirohiko Araki


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This series. I just don’t know. It’s a little gorier than the other Shonen Jump manga that I’m reading, and the character designs are baffling. How do these guys fit through most doors, which are designed to accommodate normally proportioned mortals?

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Manga Review: Dance in the Vampire Bund V 11 by Nozomu Tamaki


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I felt a little more connected to the story with this volume. After the long gap of time between reading the series, I, naturally, forgot what was going on, and who was doing what, and felt really out of touch with the previous volume. I settled into the story with V 11, and enjoyed it a lot more than V 10. Both because the story makes sense again, and because there was more action this time around. And the evil Mina imposter is about to get her comeuppance. I hope.

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Manga Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1—Phantom Blood, Vol. 2 by Hirohiko Araki


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One thing I can say about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – it has a ton of action. If JoJo isn’t battling his lifelong nemesis, Dio, he’s training under his new mentor, Zeppeli. JoJo fights against vampires, zombies, and giants in this volume, and ho-boy, if that isn’t exhausting, I don’t know what is.

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Manga Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1—Phantom Blood V 1 by Hirohiko Araki


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I saw this in the library catalog, so I put a hold on it. When I went to pick it up, I was surprised to see that it’s a sturdy, well made hardcover. This series has been around forever, but it never grabbed my attention. I think it finally landed on my radar when I read the word “vampires” in connection with the story, but who knows what finally caught my interest.

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Review: Stray Magic by Kelly Meding


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I am forever in search of new Urban Fantasy to read, so when I saw Stray Magic, I decided to give it a shot. Kelly Meding is a new to me author, and I am always game for the start of a new series. This looked interesting, and I thought that Shiloh being a Federal Marshall in the Paranormal Investigations Unit could be fun. I’m always up for a good case to crack, especially if it involves missing vampires and werewolves.

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Manga Review: Blade of the Immortal Omnibus 1 by Hiroaki Samura @DarkHorseComics


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I was first introduced to this series when Dark Horse was releasing the floppies over 20 years ago (!). That was before licensed manga was released right to left, but instead was flipped to read left to right. Blade of the Immortal was cut up and the panels arranged in an order more palatable to Western readers at the time. Boy how things have changed! Instead of taking the opportunity to release these omnibuses in their original layout, the publisher choose to keep everything the same, and just bound three volumes together for each omnibus. Since I read a digital review copy, I unfortunately can’t weigh in on production quality, other than to say that the digital review copy was so clean and crisp, and a joy to read, that I wish that they releasing this in digital format as well as paper.

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Review: Lake Silence by Anne Bishop @AceRocBooks


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I loved The Others, and when I saw that Anne Bishop was continuing the series with new characters, I was beyond excited. When I started reading Lake Silence, I was a little put off that Vickie’s chapters are 1st person POV,and everyone else is 3rd POV, but I quickly got over that. She is an emotionally wounded character, the 1st person POV let me empathize with her and her painful past. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down, and when I finished, I was bummed out. I did not want it to end, and I have come to like the citizens of Sproing and the Jumble, both human and Other. I wanted more!

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Manga Review: The Water Dragon’s Bride V 3 by Rei Toma @shojobeat

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Subaru and Asahi are all grown up! Subaru’s village has become prosperous since Asahi became the water priestess, and other villages view their growth with envy. Believing that Asahi is blessed by the water dragon god, she’s kidnapped by another village hoping to improve their fortunes. Will Asahi be more than a pawn in the struggle between the two villages?

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