fantasy

Domovoi

Living in Stockholm in the middle of last century, Jeannie is seemingly content with a normal job as a waitress, but she’s quite aware that her life differs from others, living as she does with a talking cat and a…

Memorial, vol. 1

How do you feel about reading? If you’re relatively keen on it, you’re going to want to look at Memorial. Let’s step back and take a look at what we have. A woman stumbles into a hospital, knowing nothing about…

The Last Call, vol. 1

The Last Call by Vasilis Lolos is about the wild midnight ride that two young friends, Sam and Alec, take. It starts out slowly, when Alec steals his mom’s car and rides out to Sam’s house. The two boys smoke…

Gunnerkrigg Court, vol. 1-3

After Antimony Carver’s mother dies, she is sent to Gunnerkrigg Court, a boarding school that is far from ordinary; there are mysterious items hidden deep in the school, the teachers seem to have more than normal abilities, and somehow Antimony…

Ichiro

Ichiro-Cover

This is a good book. Don’t let my pithy commentary and safe comments about the art let you forget this fact: Ichiro is an impressive accomplishment. To a point, I understood the craze that American Born Chinese got. It was…

Arata: the Legend, vol. 7

In the seventh volume of Arata: The Legend, Arata Hinohara goes up against Yorunami, one of the main Shinsho, who controls water. In order to force Hinohara to submit, Yorunami kidnaps Kotoha, Hinohara’s companion and the girl he has a…

The Last Dragon

Jane Yolen is a hugely popular and prolific author of fiction for kids and young adults. She’s won a Caldecott, a couple Nebulas, and a slew of other awards. Given her talent and stature, I was pretty surprised to read…

Castle Waiting, vol. 2

Within the walls of Brambly Hedge, lies a castle housing a group of misfits and outcasts. Their stories are familiar, borrowed from fairytales and nursery rhymes. In the first volume of Castle Waiting, Linda Medley introduced us to the castle…

The Wizard’s Tale

Bafflerog Rumplewhisker is an evil wizard, or rather he’s supposed to be one. The problem is that his spells don’t quite cause evil and he doesn’t really have the heart to fix them. But still, it’s in his blood to…

Natsume’s Book of Friends, vol. 1

All his life Takashi Natsume has been able to see things that others cannot. Since his parents died after he was born, Takashi has spent his life being shipped from relative to relative, with all of them too scared of…

Wonderland

We all know the story–girl falls down a rabbit hole, discovers various potions to change her shape, makes strange new acquaintances, and finally escapes the despotic government. But what of the people left behind? What of the little people of…

The Good Neighbors, Book One: Kin

Her mother has vanished and her father has stopped going to work, but Rue Silver’s not worried. Really. Only it is bothering her that she’s apparently going crazy, seeing things that aren’t there, that can’t be there. Things like faeries.…

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Introduction Anyone here a closet fan of Quantum Leap? Raise your hands. I admit, I loved that show beyond all reason, and would frequently catch reruns whenever possible. Who didn’t wonder what it would be like to travel to another…

Bone

Introduction There is a scene in Bone: Crown of Horns that perfectly sums up what makes the Bone series so special. Thorn Harvestar, our heroine, needs to touch the Crown of Horns, but she can’t quite reach; her leg is…

Castle Waiting, vol. 1

Do you enjoy books like Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted or Donna Jo Napoli’s Zel? Strong heroines who survive by their wits, humorous dialogue to rival The Princess Bride, friends from a knight who happens to be a horse to…