His Name Was Ptirou

In 1929 France, an orphaned acrobat becomes a cabin boy in His Name was Ptirou. Slice of 1929 cruise ship life, this comic provides a fictional backstory to the creator and main character of Spirou Comics. Spirou et Fantasio is a famous Franco-Belgian comic begun in 1938 and still inContinue Reading

Kamo Vol 1

Kamo, a sixteen-year-old boy, is dying from a defective heart. Crimson from the underworld offers him a deal. Trap twelve spirit souls that will allow Crimson to live again and Crimson will repair Kamo’s heart permanently. Despite a non-Japanese author, the artwork has an authentic manga feel. The ambience isContinue Reading

Spectacle Vol 1

Unusual artwork is used effectively in a murder mystery set in a traveling circus. Spectacle Vol 1 is good until the unsatisfactory conclusion. Twins Anna and Kat are members of a traveling circus. Anna is the fortune teller. Kat is a knife thrower. When Kat is murdered with her ownContinue Reading

Nights Dominion Vol 1

Night’s Dominion Vol 1 contains great artwork and an interestingly imagined medieval world. However, the plot contains a rather generic revolution story reminiscent of Les Miserables. Emerane is a master thief.  When she and a band of other rascals led by a minstrel take on the cult of Uhlume, violenceContinue Reading

Hog Wild

Well-researched story of the fight for union representation in Smithfield’s North Carolina hog slaughterhouse. All the players in the union vs. Smithfield fight are examined in Hog Wild. The book also describes how modern vertical integration moved from chicken to hog slaughtering. It includes cringeworthy details of what the hogsContinue Reading

Chickens in Your Backyard

Chickens in Your Backyard is all anyone needs to know to raise chickens! Chickens in Your Backyard is newly revised and updated. It includes how to set up a coop, a run and a home for your new chickens. There are chapters on feed, eggs, water, cleaning, disease, breeding andContinue Reading

Archie Coe Vol 1

Archie Coe, hypnotist, cat whisperer and sucker to every dame he meets. The art and dialogue both up the 1940s noir feel in Archie Coe Vol 1. Jack Midland hires Coe to find the reason his wife, Hope, is frigid to him since their marriage. Hope insists that she andContinue Reading

Charmed Bones

Southern paranormal cozy mystery with ghosts, witches and a murder or two. Hope, Faith and Charity plan to open a Wiccan school and white witches’ potion shop in rural Sunflower County Mississippi. Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner in the Delaney Detective Agency, Tinkie Richmond, are paid to dig upContinue Reading

Favorite Sister

Great finish almost makes it worth reading the rest of The Favorite Sister. Brett, Stephanie and Jen are the sole remaining season 1 cast members on the new season 4 of the Real Housewives-esque reality show, Goal Diggers. The show ostensibly empowers women, while provoking as many fights among themContinue Reading