A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2 Mini Graphic Reviews Japanese & Canadian

These are my last two books read in November.

#242 - We Were There Vol. 1 by Yuki Obata. (Nov. 2008), (2002 orig. Jap.) 187 pgs. Age 13+ - This back to front Japanese manga did nothing for me. I almost didn't read past my obligatory 50 pgs but figured it wouldn't kill me to see it through to the end. Basic story line is girl starts high school and falls for popular hunk, also new to school, but his girlfriend died last year. Which I guess gives the guy a right to be a major jerk, cruelly teasing Nanami and then turning around and being nice for a moment. Despite the 99% jerkdom, Nanami falls for the 1% nice guy and keeps trying to be friends with him no matter how nasty he is, savouring the few close connections they make. Yick!! Not even going to bother with a rating.

#243 - The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks (Oct. 2008) 156 pgs. Ages 12+ - Juniper has won a scholarship to attend a prestigious private school. She has done this herself as she is determined to make something of herself, make her single mother proud and follow in her deceased father's footsteps by becoming a doctor. Upon arrival, immediately the "it" girl, focuses on her, calling her "Project" and sets out to taunt her; only problem is she didn't count on Juniper having just as much attitude to throw back. But that doesn't stop the snooty girl from making her life's mission to finding Jun's weak spot. Fortunately, Jun becomes fast friends with her quirky roommate and learns about the legend behind Ellsmere of the disappearance of the Ellsmere brothers and the large white deer that roams the woods. A truly wonderful story, shows the real life ugliness of a popular girl bully and the formation of a friendship of two outsiders. Jun, in her own way though has similarities with both her quirky friend and the bully who is trying to ruin her life. A realistic story with a legend hiding in the background bring about a fantastic and surprising ending. I read this one very quickly and really enjoyed the story. The artwork is black and white and while it didn't particular grab me I love the artist's facial expressions. Her character's say so much even when they are not speaking any lines. I was thrilled when I finished the book to read the author blurb to find that the cartoonist is a Canadian, as I haven't read many Canadian graphic novels to date. 4/5


  1. Oh dear, you really didn't like that first one!

    Are the illustrations in the 2nd one comic strip size or bigger? It sounds interesting!

  2. LOL Wanda. How did you guess?

    The War at Ellsmere has nice big illustrations. They range from somewhat bigger than usual comic strip sized right up to just two big frames on a page.