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Book Review: Rat Queens

Rat Queens
By Kurtis J. Wiebe
Illustrated by Roc Upchurch

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 128 pages
2014, Image Comics
ISBN: 9781607069454

From the back of the book: They’re a pack of booze guzzling, death dealing battle maidens-for-hire and they’re in the business of killing all the gods’ creatures for profit. Meet Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. 

As a fantasy reader, RPG fan, I was an instant fan of Rat Queens.

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Book Review: Seconds

Seconds
By Bryan Lee O’Malley

Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 322 pages
2014, Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345529374

I’m a big fan of the Scott Pilgrim series and I was super excited to see that Bryan Lee O’Malley put out a new book. For some odd reason, I hadn’t purchased it yet, so I was thrilled to find it at my local library.

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Book Review: Level Up

Level Up
By Gene Luen Yang
Illustrated By Thien Pham

Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 160 pages
2011, First Second
ISBN: 9781596437142

From the back of the book: Struggling with bad grades, a video game addiction, and his father’s death, Dennis Ouyang is on the verge of dropping out of college when four adorable angels appear and take charge of his life. But nothing is ever what it seems, when life, magic, and gaming collide. 

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Book Review: Through The Woods

Through The Woods
By Emily Carroll

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 208 pages
2014, Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781442465961

From the back of the book: It came from the woods. Most strange things do. Give mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss. Come, take a walk in the woods and see what awaits YOU there. 

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Book Review: Paris

Paris
By Andi Watson
Illustrated by Simon Gane

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 144 pages
2007, SLG Publishing
ISBN: 978593620813

From the back of the book: Juliet is a penniless American art student in early 1950s Paris, painting portraits of socialites and sharing a flat with a revolutionary bohemian to make ends meet. She’s not expecting romance, but this is Paris after all, where both inspiration and love abound. When she’s commissioned to paint Deborah’s portrait, Juliet thinks the young British woman is just another rich girl. But Juliet and Deborah’s love for art bring them together, even as their friends and family try to drive them apart.

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Book Review: Soppy

Soppy
By Philippa Rice

Not My Edition:
Hardcover, 106 pages
2014, Andrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN: 9781449461065

From the back of the book: Sometimes it’s about sympathizing with someone whose tea has gone cold or reading together and sharing a quilt. When two people move in together it soon becomes apparent that the little things mean an awful lot. The throwaway moments in life become meaningful when you spend them in the company of someone you love. 

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Book Review: American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese
By Gene Luen Yang

My Edition:
Paperback, 233 pages
2006, Square Fish
ISBN: 9780312384487

“Three very different characters. One simple goal: to fit in.” Jin moves with his family and attends a new middle school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. He makes a few friends along the way, but just wants to be the All-American boy so he can date his dream girl. Danny is the All-American boy who struggles to fit in once his overly-stereotyped Chinese cousin, Chin-kee, comes to visit. The Monkey King has worked hard to master the art of kung fu, only to be laughed out of a party by all the other gods because he’s a monkey. Each character must find a way to work with the others to fix what their lives have become. 

I was very impressed with Boxers & Saints, so when I saw American Born Chinese at a used bookstore (last night) for only $5.00, I couldn’t pass it up!

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Book Review: Persepolis 2

Persepolis 2
By Marjane Satrapi

My Edition:
Paperback, 187 pages
2004, Pantheon
ISBN: 9780375714665

Persepolis 2 picks up where Persepolis left off. Here’s a blurb from Amazon: In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging. Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran.

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Book Review: Persepolis

Persepolis
By Marjane Satrapi

My Edition:
Paperback, 153 pages
2003, Pantheon Books
ISBN: 9780375714573

Persepolis is a memoir turned graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. From the back of the book: “The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.”

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