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Monthly recs: graphic novels and manga

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Happy February. This month’s Monthly Recs Topic is graphic novels and mixed media. I’m gonna put manga into the category, too. And honestly this is gonna be mostly if not solely manga 😛


Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by Motoro Mase

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)You should read this if you like psychological character studies or 1984.

I picked this one up on a whim and have since been morbidly fascinated. This is not a series for the feint of heart.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dear Citizen:

Thank you for your loyalty. You’ve no doubt noticed that the world is a troubled place. People are apathetic, lazy, unmotivated. You’ve probably asked yourself

WHY ISN’T ANYTHING BEING DONE TO STOP THIS SYSTEMATIC DECLINE?

Rest assured that measures are being taken. Beginning immediately, we will randomly select a different citizen each day who will be killed within 24 hours of notification. We believe this will help remind all people how precious life is and how important it is to be a productive, active member of society.

Thank you for your continued attention and your cooperation and participation…

Congratulations! You have been randomly selected by the government…to DIE in 24 hours!

Demon Diary by Kara

Demon Diary, Volume 01You should read this if you like fluff

This is a super cute and funny story of a ding dong who has no idea what he’s doing who finds himself the leader of demons. His advisor, understandably, gets frustrated. Seriously this series is adorable.

Goodreads synopsis:

Raenef is the black sheep of the demon court, with minimal knowledge of magic and courtly etiquette. In order to help him claim his birthright as a demon lord, the demon masters send him the wise and noble teacher Eclipse to be his tutor. As Raenef and Eclipse begin their journey of discovery, they find that the bonds of friendship are stronger than the teacher/student relationship.

Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki

Rurouni Kenshin, Vol. 1: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (Rurouni Kenshin, #1)You should read this if you like historical fiction

This is one of my absolute favorite series ever, people. I love it.

Goodreads synopsis:

A hundred and fifty years ago in Kyoto, amid the flames of revolution, there arose a warrior, an assassin of such ferocious power he was given the title Hitokiri: Manslayer. With his bloodstained blade, Hitokiri Battosai helped close the turbulent Bakumatsu period and end the reign of the shoguns, slashing open the way toward the progressive Meiji Era.  Then he vanished, and with the flow of years became legend.

In the 11th year of Meiji, in the middle of Tokyo, the tale begins. Himura Kenshin, a humble rurouni, or wandering swordsman, comes to the aid of Kamiya Kaoru, a young woman struggling to defend her father’s school of swordsmanship against attacks by the infamous Hitokiri Battosai. But neither Kenshin nor Battosai are quite what they seem.

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedYou should read this if you like westerns or Constantine

This was a recent acquirement – I picked it up at a clearance sale on a whim, having heard nothing about it but feeling drawn to it because the first volume was actually bloody there. Do you know how rare that is at a clearance sale?!

It turned out to be fantastic 😀

Goodreads synopsis

In the frontier of the American West, a veil of evil threatens to engulf humanity. Servants of the fallen archangel Temozarela are paving the way for their dark lord’s resurrection. One man stands in the way of the apocalypse– Ivan Isaacs– a fallen priest who sold his soul to the devil Belial for the power to fight evil armed with a wicked blade and silver bullets. Ivan will give the heretics a baptism of blood in his pilgrimage for humanity’s redemption.


And that’s it! There are many, many more manga that I could throw up here, but these ones have stuck out the most and aside from Kenshin, I feel like I don’t talk about them enough. 😛

I feel like like these ones could be liked by many people. Happy reading!

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Posted by on 02/10/2018 in Books

 

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Monthly Recs: New To You Authors

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Hello! Happy 12th Day of December! It’s weird to think that Blogmas has hit its half way point. I’M NOT READY FOR CHRISTMAS I STILL HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO DO.


Monthly Rec’s is a monthly meme hosted here, where you receive a monthly topics and give some recommendations for it. The magic is that you can recommend as many or as few books as you want. I really like it! And honestly this month, I think there’s only one (group of) author(s) I want to recommend.

So today I’ll be talking about an author that I’ve only picked up within this past year. Though a warning, because of that, the book I recommend is likely the only book I’ve read by them. 😛

Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen and Steve Wands

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin StarsThese are the authors and the artist of my most recent favorite graphic novel, Descender. I picked this up a few months ago on a whim as a part of the GetGraphic Readathon and it ended up blowing me away. The story follows a young companion robot, shaped like a little boy, as he tries to find his human companion after robotics have been outlawed. The book is set years after planet-sized machines appeared in the solar system and wiped out countless lives (hence the outlawing of robotics).

The cast of characters are definitely interesting and I found myself feeling for them (or against them) within the first volume of the trade. I was rather pleased with that.

So, the plot is fantastic and on top of that, the art is absolutely gorgeous. Dustin Nguyen, the artist, does a beautiful job. Every picture looks like it was painted with water color, which lends a whimsical feel to the otherwise hard sci-fi series.

It’s just really great. I’m thinking I should have given it a full review what I finished it, because there was so much going on just within the first volume. It was definitely a five star read for me.


And that’s it! See you tomorrow! 😀

 
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Posted by on 12/12/2017 in Blogmas, Books

 

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Monthly Recs: Oldies

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Hello! Continuing my pre-written posts here, this month’s Monthly Recs theme is oldies! By Oldies, it means books published before 2010 (before 2010 is old?!?!) but hey, who am I to judge.


Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)Published in 1990

If you’ve seen the movie and liked it, I guarantee you’ll like the book. There’s so much more to the book than to the movie – there’s more archaeology, more backstory, more science – it’s all so cool! I listened to this on audio book last summer and adored it. I’ve seen gone on a Michel Crichton buying spree and own the majority of his books now. 😛 I haven’t purchased his latest book yet but I’ll get there soon enough!

From Goodreads:

A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella EnchantedPublished in 1997

This is one of those books that’s nostalgic for me. It was one of the ones that when I was little, I would rent out from the library and read over and over again. It’s a more fantastical take on the Cinderella story, but the female main character actually has a personality and can think for herself. It’s a lovely, fresh breath of air. Every time I mention it on here, I want to go back to read it. (Don’t watch the movie, it’s doo doo)

From Goodreads:

At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a GeishaPublished in 1997

This book was one of my first bouts into adult fiction back when I was a teenager. The story has stuck with me (and the movie is fantastic, btw). It follows the (fictionalized) memoir of a young girl who is taken into a Geisha house and trained in the arts of being a Geisha. It’s somewhat historically accurate for the time, but mostly it’s just a fascinating and engaging read. I really, really enjoyed this book.

From Goodreads:

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable.

Rave Master by Hiro Mashima

Rave Master, Vol. 1Published in 1999

Yet another nostalgic one on my part. This series is a pretty long one, but it’s very easy to get into – it has action, humor, and all sorts of goofiness. It’s along the lines of One Piece and Fairy Tale in the out-there-ness sometimes, so if you like either of those, you’ll likely like this too 😀

From Goodreads:

The Continent of Song is in chaos. The sinister secret society known as Demon Card is using the power of Dark Bring to destroy everything in their path. The only things capable of stopping Dark Bring are the Rave stones. Unfortunately, the Rave Stones were scattered around the globe in an explosion 50 years ago, so now they must be collected by the Rave Master in order to stop Dark Bring once and for all.


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/12/2017 in Books

 

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Monthly Recs: Auto-Read Authors

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Hello! I’ve decided to pick up a new meme – this one is monthly, so I figured it’ll be doable to keep up with. :”D It’s called Monthly Recommendations and you can find out more about it here if you would like. Basically, they give you a topic each month and you make a post about it. So here is mine, woo.

I have a couple auto-reads that I’d like to mention:


Neal Stephenson

Neal StephensonBook that made me smitten with this author: Snow Crash

Goodreads Synopsis:

In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately.

You should read if: You want a Ready Player One that’s not juvenile, what it could have been if it had been a more fleshed out, character-driven book.

Books I own by this author: Snow Crash, Diamond Age, Interface, Quicksilver, Confusion, System World

Robin Hobb

Robin HobbBook that made me smitten with this author: Assassin’s Apprentice

Goodreads Synopsis:

Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated as an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family.

As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

You should read if: You want to fall into a 90s fantasy kick for about 6 months…. because that’s what happened when I picked up this book.

Books I own by this author: Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin’s Quest, Ship of Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny, Fool’s Errand, Shaman’s Crossing

Naomi Novik

Naomi NovikBook that made me smitten with this author: His Majesty’s Dragon

Goodreads Synopsis:

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

You should read if: You like fantasy or historical fiction. This is both! It’s so good – so well thought out, so tactical, so heart-twanging! It’s one of my all-time favorites

Books I own by this author: His Majesty’s Dragon, Throne of Jade, Black Powder War, Empire of Ivory, Victory of Eagles, Tongues of Serpents, Blood of Tyrants, Uprooted

Alan Campbell

Alan CampbellBook that made me smitten with this author: Scar Night

Goodreads Synopsis:

Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge or redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest…. The last of his line, Dill is descended from legendary Battle-archons who once defended the city. Forbidden to fly and untrained even to wield the great sword inherited from his forebears, he has become a figurehead for a dying tradition. Now he lives a sheltered existence in one of Deepgate’s crumbling temple spires under the watchful eye of the Presbyter who rules the city. Spine assassin Rachel Hael has better things to do than oversee the Presbyter’s angel. Each dark moon she must fight for her life among the city chains, hunting an immortal predator with a taste for blood. But when a traitor brings enemies to Deepgate’s doorstep, Dill and Rachel are forced into an uneasy alliance with the city’s oldest and most dangerous foe. They must journey down into the uncharted chasm to save their sprawling metropolis and themselves from annihilation. Once they descend however, they learn that what lies below is far more sinister than what they’ve been taught to expect.

You should read if: You like steampunk, fantasy, fascinating worlds, anti-heroes

Books I own by this author: Scar Night, Iron Angel, God of Clocks, Sea of Ghosts


I figured instead of me saying ‘AHHH THEY’RE SO GOOD, READ THEM!’ over and over for each author, I’d let the synopses of their works speak for themselves. If you have read any of these authors’ books or plan to, do let me know. :”D Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/15/2017 in Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Halloween Recommendations

I’m so excited for this topic. Halloween is a fun holiday, though I really don’t do much for it aside from read books, haha. Someone invite me to a Halloween party, dammit.

T5W was created by Lainey, and here is the list of posters if you’d like to join.

Here are my top Halloween Recommendations:

5. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

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This book showed up a lot last year during Halloween and for good reason. This is a pretty funny horror story. This book is set in an Ikea knockoff store and it reads like a catalog. It starts off with simple things like chairs and tables and stuff, but as the main story progresses, the advertisements slowly turn into more gruesome and creepy devices. The story itself is pretty entertaining, though not exactly 100% original. It’s like watching a typical horror movie in a book, but with the entertaining twist that I mentioned. Overall, it’s totally worth a read if you’re looking for something creepy and something fast.

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

FrankensteinI hope that this one will be on a lot of lists today. It’s a classic!

Frankenstein is one of those books I was forced to read in high school and ended up loving. If you haven’t read it yet and are looking to get into classics, why not start here? It’s good timing.

3. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)This book man. This book. Rick Yancey. Have you read is 5th Wave book? Did you notice how he has a bit of difficulty writing romance? Well, that problem only deals with romance. With horror, he. is. in. his. element. I dreamed about the monsters in this book for days after finishing it. It was so gritty and dark. It had me fearing they were gonna jump out of the shadows of my closet. Reading this book was an experience, and I highly recommend it.

It follows the apprentice of a mad scientist, a Monstrumologist, as they investigate and capture monsters that I couldn’t even dream up in my worst nightmare. Buh. I’m uneasy just thinking about it.

2. Lord Loss by Darren Shan

Lord Loss (The Demonata, #1)I read this book a long while ago, so I don’t remember too much about it other than the completely consuming feeling of horror and disgust I felt while reading it. I think I’m going to try to re-read it soon This is the first book in the Demonata series and from what I’ve heard, the rest are just as good.

This book is fantastic. It has demons and werewolves and chess. Chess. Chess is scary in here. It’s awesome.

1. Diabolo by Kei Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1

This manga is definitely my top pick. It’s about two boys who sell their souls to the devil in exchange for someone’s life. And then they think all is fine and dandy. It’s a soul right? They don’t need it while they’re alive. But then things start to get weird. Maybe you do need your soul.

This series is unnerving, creepy and riveting. I loved reading this. It gave me goosebumps. This series is only three volumes long, so you could easily get through the whole thing in a couple hours. Highly, highly recommend it.

Have you read any of these? Do you have any recs for me based on these? :”D Please and thank you, happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/28/2015 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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