A Christmas Movie Quiz

A quick trivia quiz about the Christmas movies I care enough to own. They’re listed in reverse chronological order, and you can find the answer by clicking the link, which will take you to IMDB. Happy winter holiday of your choice! 1. This lovely bit of house porn, accomplished through residence swapping, covers more winter celebrations than just Christmas, but it’s flawed by its refusal to solve its central romantic complication. Answer Buy on Amazon 2. An atypical action movie, […]

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The Wallace Mystery (Little Murder Library #2)

Rick Geary’s latest release is The Wallace Mystery, second in the new line Little Murder Library, following Chester & Grace. The subject is the 1931 death of Julia Wallace in Liverpool, England. Her head was bashed in, and her insurance agent husband William was arrested. The night of the murder, he was decoyed away from home to an address that didn’t exist. His case presented an interesting legal twist, and Geary has his own suggestion for the guilty party in […]

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Cells at Work! Code Black Volume 1

Cells at Work! Code Black is a gender-swapped spin-off of the original Cells at Work! manga with a more adult approach. The red blood cell, who serves as the reader’s guide through the body, is here an uncertain young man who doesn’t like his job. The protective white blood cell is now a woman (with a ridiculously impractical costume that’s missing its front, so copious cleavage is always on display). And the topics covered are those happening in the body […]

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Sherlock Unlocked: Little-Known Facts About the World’s Greatest Detective

Sherlock Unlocked: Little-Known Facts About the World’s Greatest Detective, by Daniel Smith, is a lovely little gift book. It’s nice for pick-up-and-put-down reading, or dipping in and out, with 117 chapters in under 200 pages on a variety of topics. (Obviously, most topics get a few paragraphs; many of them are reminiscent of short blog posts.) Content ranges across the origins and inspirations of the characters to bits of Arthur Conan Doyle’s life, with diversions into spinoffs (mostly on the […]

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Long-Awaited Manga Exists!

The Udon Entertainment release of The Rose of Versailles exists! I have touched a copy! See photo proof below. The release of this historically important manga was originally announced in 2015, but production and localization (and the desire to make the release the best it could be) delayed that date. It’s been made available for order through comic shops, with a planned release this month, but current information indicates it will ship in mid-January. I just wanted to let those […]

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Fruits Basket Another Volume 1

Fruits Basket Another is the best most recent example I’ve seen of the benefits of brand extension. I read a bunch of the original Fruits Basket series, although I quit long before the end. It’s considered a modern classic, though, with lots of awareness, so Yen Press republished it in the US beginning a few years back, along with this sequel series by the same author, Natsuki Takaya. I thought Fruits Basket Another might make a good starting point for […]

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Camp

Olive, the lead of Click, is off to summer camp with her friend Willow in Camp. As seen in the previous book by Kayla Miller, Olive has no problem making lots of friends, but Willow is less outgoing and jealous of the time Olive spends with others. As the two weeks of camp continue, Olive begins to resent Willow for her clinginess, and the two have to learn to understand those different from themselves in order to save their friendship. […]

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Sincerely, Harriet

In Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah W. Searle, Harriet is spending the summer getting used to her family’s new apartment in Chicago. It’s hot and boring, with her parents working hard at new jobs and the girls from last year’s summer camp ignoring her postcards. The only person she interacts with is the older woman downstairs. Pearl owns the building and tells tales of her family. Pearl was also a librarian, and she recommends books to Harriet that interest her more […]

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