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This is a collection of one shots of Harley paired with various people. The most off the wall pairing was with Lobo. So, for the most part you get to see her interact with different people that normally she wouldn’t cross paths in her regular series. Overall it was an ok collection but not necessary to read to keep up with the story line.

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This is first in a new series with Eric Flint and newcomer Alistair Kimble. The action takes place in the Chicago area and it seems there is a cult kidnapping and sacrificing people to bring their god into our world. As Agent Jasper Wilde is joined by an agent out of the DC area that works for a division he has never heard of before they try and stop the cultists from killing anyone else and maybe stop whatever it is from coming into our world. They do find allies that have been fighting against these monsters for a long time and use their help to beat back the evil.

A solid good story and a nice beginning to what hopefully will be a long and fun series.


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Tremontaine: The Complete Season One
by Ellen Kushner , Alaya Dawn Johnson , Malinda Lo , Joel Derfner , Racheline Maltese , Patty Bryant, Paul Witcover

It has been forever since I read Swordspoint and I honestly don’t remember much about it and that is fine since this is a prequel to the books. The book is set up as serial but not every chapter ends on a cliffhanger and the story arc builds and completes nicely in the book. The cast of characters is certainly diverse and isn’t built off the European tropes you see so much in fantasy and that makes for a nice change of pace. Lots of growth for several characters and along with love and second chances for several. Not every story line ends well for everyone and that makes for good storytelling.

A fun read and I’ll pick up the next book when I get a chance.

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Set after the main line Fables stories have ended several fables are still here and working for an agency trying to protect the world from the new magic. Connor Wolf is now grown and after a quick cameo by his parents he goes to work for the new agency. Sent out with the team on a mission on his first day with no team training he uses his initiative when things don’t go to plan. The good news is this works and they uncover the group that is stealing the objects and what they want them for.

After reading the first arc and a one-shot story added in this volume it left me cold. Yes, there was interesting stuff seeded into the plot that you know will come out later on down the story line but for the most part I don’t feel that motivated to read any more of them. Maybe I’ll change my mind if other people I know are reading it and loving it I might give it another shot.

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This volume in the ongoing Liaden series focuses only on Theo, her crew, and the ship Bechimo.  Surprisingly enough this can work as a first-time dip in the series for someone since it only concerns so few people in the series and some background is given to reader as the story unfolds.  Longtime fans of the series might want to brush up on events that happened in Crystal Soldier and Crystal Dragon for things that happen in this story.  Another fun story in this universe and I’ll be reading more of them as they come out and rereading some of my favorites while I wait.

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This is more of a collection of shorts than one long arc of stories.  The zombie story was cute but felt more like an alt universe instead of going to part of the new cannon.  The call center attack was fun and almost everyone dreams of doing it at some point.  By the end of the issue Harley get a new villain to spar with that I’m sure we will be seeing more of in the future.

A decent start to this latest reboot in the DC universe. I’ll pick up the next one to see where it is going from here.

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If you are familiar with Hellblazer this is a reboot and doesn’t slavishly follow the previous series but does remain faithful to the character.  This first volume has Constantine coming back to London and facing off with a demon for all the souls in London to lift a curse the demon placed on him. John wins but doesn’t seem to get much of a reaction out of the London magic scene.  Turns out there is a new power in town and it has its sights on Constantine.  This is only part one of the story there is no real conclusion and is more Act one to the plot. Overall a good read and I’ll be looking at getting the next one.


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Each chapter in this book covers a different photographer but what they all have in common is a respect for the pinup style.  A few of the shots certainly reminded me of original 50’s shots. Several had great props to enhance the setting.  If you like cheesecake and pinup style art this is a good book to add to your collection. It is certainly one I’ll have to pick up to stock in the store.


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Holding back review until closer to the publication date. I will say go and reread the first book so you are ready to dive into this one. It was a lot of fun.


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The second book in the series reads well enough that if for some reason you missed the first book you are not lost at all.  Isobel is growing into her job as the Devil’s Left Hand, she responds to a feeling from the Territory and is soon mixing it up with people from outside their land, magic that doesn’t want to be contained and spirits that don’t always send a clear message.  Gabriel is still with Isobel but he is taking more of a back seat to her lead as she is growing in confidence being on the road and upholding the Devil’s agreement.

I don’t want to give much of the plot away but the weird West feel to the book is perfect.  I can’t wait for the next one to come out.



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This book has all the threads tied up by the end.  There are some surprises near the end of the book. She does find out who her father is and she does find a way to beat the Red Queen.  But the final ending of the book is a total deus ex machina and if you don’t like those types of endings then this will irk you.  If you don’t mind it then the last chapter will feel like an epilogue to a good story and leave you with the idea that the characters are in a good place in this story universe.

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If you haven’t read the Drafter I think you can read this book and still be ok. Peri is trying to live a life below the radar after leaving the Opti Group.  Being fed lies and having her memory constantly wiped while she uses her rare talent of rewriting events to do various missions for them of quasi legal status she had enough and left them and the company in ruins. But people with her talents can’t be left to themselves and Bill wants to get the team together and get Peri back under his thumb.

With a possible drug being developed that would allow her to remember what she changed and not have other people convince her of false memories there is lots of pressure to bring her in and work for a new group. A very fast paced story and I think I liked this even more than the first book.

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The fallout from the previous book has Bosch done with the LAPD and is now a private investigator and a volunteer officer at a small department so he can keep his hand in police work.  He gets a large check offered to him to just meet with a client that wants utmost secrecy to find a possible child. Intrigued he takes the case and tries not to let it cross over in a case of a serial rapist that is hunting in the city of his new police job.  He has the usual clashes with brass even if there are less brass to worry about.

The nice thing is neither job feeds into the other but the switching between cases does stop the momentum of solving them. In the end both cases are solved and we also get some of Haller in the book as well. Another great read and I will now just have to wait for the next one.


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I must say that I was following this on Tumblr before the author got a book deal.  This is a great look at women throughout history and not just the few famous names you might have heard mentioned.  I read the book to see if it was appropriate for my young nieces and I might hold off a bit since the book doesn’t shy away for rape and torture that happens to some of the women.  The book does have a rating system with the stories set up on a maturity scale.  The art depictions of each of the women do try and blend in themes and objects about their story in the picture.  Overall this is a great book to give someone that likes history to be able to sample facts from around the world and various time frames.  A good jumping off point to find out more about each of these women.


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This is an illustrated short story that is so well worth it for the art by Collen Doran alone.  It starts with Jack as a young boy wandering the local area and coming across a bridge troll. He escapes with a pledge that he will return for the troll to eat him when he gets older and experience life.  The art in the book really elevates the story. What is a nice story gets even better with the art.


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1) Brazen – Subterranean Press 2013 Nick novella
2) Amityville Horrible – Subterranean Press Jaime/Jeremy novella
3) Chaotic – Hope/Karl novella from Dates from Hell, Hope’s 1st appearance in the series
4) Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word – Zoe short story from Expiration Date
5) Off-Duty Angel – Eve/Kristof story from The Hunter & The Hunted
6) The Puppy Plan – Logan Danvers novella from Gifted
7) Baby Boom – new Paige/Lucas novella

With only one all new piece of fiction this might not be the best buy for hardcore readers of Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld stories. But if you haven’t read the small press novellas or tracked down every anthology her work has been in or bought an electronic only version of a short story then this is a treat. I read most of her stuff and I still get a few new nuggets in this collection. This collection has a varied collection of POV characters and it covers almost all of the supernatural races that her world encompasses. Overall this was a great read and I’m sure at some point there will be another collection since I know there are more small press novellas out there.

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You can read this before reading the other books in the series but there are spoilers since this covers the same time frame in this universe but with a team of bloggers following one of the Democratic candidates in the race to the White House.  If you don’t mind spoilers, then this is a great book to read in this universe. This story and the collection of novellas that came out earlier this year is like the best love letter to fans of the series. You may only see Shawn and George name checked but the playing in this world setting is great as always.

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Overall I really liked this and was grateful at one part near the end of the book that I know the writer will not add rape scenes and I could see the plot possibly having that since many other books would have done that just to ratchet up the tension. I hadn’t realized how uncomfortable I was getting reading the book until I set it down for a break and then that fact about the author popped in my head and I let out the breath I hadn’t known I had been holding.



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Batgirl, Vol. 3: Mindfields
by Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, Babs Tarr, Rob Hayes, Eleonora Carlini, Moritat, Ming Doyle


After reading this I don’t’ think I really want to bother with more in the series. Barbara seems to be doing too many things at once and I just don’t see how she is making time to even live and yet it seems to be going on the book.  This story arc starts out with her having memory issues and saying things that no one else agrees on and yet nobody can put the puzzle pieces together until it is almost too late.  Overall I think there has been way too much playing with people’s minds and memories and as a plot hook it has gotten old.

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This is a tiny jewel of a book on sushi. The photography is lovely but I seriously doubt I will ever get to eat at the restaurant it is for.  With each fish listed Jiro lets you know what time of year he serves it and why.  There are some tips on eating sushi at the end of the book along with information about how to get a reservation at his restaurant. The book almost seems to be geared as a book to get as a gift for eating at the restaurant instead of trying to take pictures of every serving of fish.

I was surprised that some of the fish is aged to bring out the best in it. Each fish almost has a certain way of being treated to showcase the best flavors.  This is a really lovely gift book for the foodie on your shopping list.

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If you have watched any of his shows then you will be hearing him in your head while you read and use this cookbook. I liked how the recipes are set up with some having hints and tips before the actual measurements and some after. It feels more like a friend telling you how to do things instead of just measurements and directions with the pictures.  There are lots of great photos in the book and not just the typical food shots you would expect to find. But I have to say the last photo in the book made me laugh at loud.  I’ll try out a few of these recipes but I think a few I would have to try while going out to eat before I attempted it at home.

Overall a great book and I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy of the book.


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