Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Twelve, by Yana Toboso


Kuroshitsuji volume twelve opens up with a confrontation with the Aurora Society and the rather horrifying zombies they’ve created. Rian, the doctor involved in this project of “Absolute Salvation,” takes off running, leaving Sebastian and Ciel to deal with the zombie. Then Ronald Knox turns up and offers some quick advice on destroying the zombie (headshots, naturally). Knox then takes a look at the zombie’s Cinematic Record and is somewhat appalled to see that the corpse has already been reaped.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Book Review: Midnight Blue Light Special by Seanan McGuire


DAW
338 pp.

In Midnight Blue Light Special, Verity is still working part time at a night club, the former Fish and Strips, which has been recently rebranded as a burlesque nightclub called the Freakshow. (The new owner inherited the place from her sleazy uncle and decided some changes needed to be made.) When she isn’t dancing or bussing tables, she’s working as a journeyman cryptozoologists studying and assisting the New York cryptid population.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Book Review: Portal by Ryk E. Spoor and Eric Flint


BAEN
309 pp.


In Portal, our heroes are stranded on Europa after the events of Threshold. While they and the survivors from the Odin attempt to jury-rig a way to get home, they discover that General Hohenheim is still alive and work out a way to rescue him. (They are also making an effort to keep what happened more or less secret. There is a very real concern about further attempts at sabotage or murder from the enemies who instigated the events of the previous book.) Meanwhile, back on Earth, there is a growing suspicion that the accident wasn’t one.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Manga Review: Chrono Crusade Volume Six, by Daisuke Moriyama


In volume six of Chrono Crusade, we get a lot of backstory as Rosette voyages through the dangerous environment that is Chrono’s mind. This is an especially dangerous procedure because of their contract. There is a very real danger that Chrono might accidentally eat her soul. (Rosette of course does not care. She just wants Chrono to wake up. If Rosette had any sense of self-preservation, this would be a much shorter manga.) 
We see the Sinners, circa 1870, in Northwest Arizona. Chrono and the other Sinners are at the Grand Canyon. They have recruited a young human woman named Mary Magdalen to find a certain object. And by recruited I actually mean, “kidnap.” (Though this abduction it is the strangest kidnapping ever, since Mary actively assisted Chrono in escaping from the Magdalen Order.) Mary’s abilities are the ability to see into the future and the past, communicate with the dead, and the ability to see at a distance. These are all very useful skills to have when you are attempting to find Pandaemonium’s head!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book Review: Sword-Bound by Jennifer Roberson

DAW
343 pp.

The blurb for Sword-Bound is basically a complete synopsis of the entire series to date. I am not sure why, but I wonder if I should have taken it for a warning that this book is not much different from the rest of the series except Tiger is older now and a little more crotchety. (Don’t get me wrong, the crotchety is kind of adorable, since I’m not the one who has to deal with it, but still.) Sword-Bound is something of a mid-life crisis road trip novel.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Reading Homestuck Part Forty One:==>Karkat: Insist on being the Leader!


From here to here.

After a scene transition, we are introduced to gallowsCalibrator. Her name is Terezi Pyrope! She likes dragons a whole lot, and decorates her home with dragon scales and collects dragon plushies known as Scale Mates. She wants to be a “legislacerator” when she grows up and often role plays being one! Alternian law is very violent and brutal, if you couldn’t tell from a job title like “legislacerator.” (The job is something like a lawyer but also like a bounty hunter. I would compare them to the Assassin’s Guild in C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner novels, but atevi Assassins are much more reasonable. And also, they are much cooler.) Her typing quirk (which all trolls seem to use) is writing in all caps and using the numbers of the Blind Prophets. (The numbers 3, 1, and 4, respectively.) She is currently the leader of the Red team, which will be competing against the Blue team.