science fiction

The Clockwork Sky, vol. 1

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In 1895, twelve-year-old Sally is shunted off to her brooding inventor uncle, Erasmus Croach. Escaping his mansion becomes the spunky girl’s top priority and, luckily for Sally, no locks can restrain her for long. Her freedom could give her the…

Finder: Talisman

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Marcie: “It’s not fair!” Lynne: “So? So? Look, Mars. This is not soccer. This is dealing with people who have power over you… There are no rules and there is no ‘fair.’” Marcie: “But…” Lynne: “If you want your book,…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 5

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After falling into an ambush plotted by the criminal mastermind known only as The Wiseman, assassin-turned-vigilante Mamoru Hijikata finds his confidence completely shot. Were it not for the intervention of tween psychic Haruka Tooyama, he would be dead. Thinking himself…

Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad

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In 2022, Sword Art Online (SAO) is released, a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) that is unlike any other. Advances in technology have allowed for the creation of a perfect virtual reality experience, known as “full-dive.” A…

The Advance Team

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Zach McKinley is a stereotypical self-described loser, a pop culture-obsessed twenty-something scraping by with a lousy pizza delivery job and a crappy apartment and a guy who is too insecure to ask the girl of his dreams to go out with him. Zach is…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 4

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The vigilante Element Network’s plan to strike fear into the heart of Tokyo’s underworld has been a success, but it has also attracted the attention of super-cop Detective Genda. Assigned to the kidnapping of Haruka Tooyama, Genda has uncovered evidence…

Trigun Maximum Omnibus, vol.1

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Trigun Maximum can best be described using the line of text on its contents page: “DEEP SPACE PLANET FUTURE GUN ACTION!!” The series includes lots of over-the-top, gunslingin’ action, with machines and weapons advanced far beyond what the Wild West-style setting suggests, coupled with a large…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 3

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The third volume of Until Death Do Us Part opens in the thick of the action, with pre-teen psychic Haruka and her protector Mamoru on the run. Their pursuer is Fang, an international assassin who utilizes stolen military-grade technology to…

A Boy and a Girl

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Typically, when I see a book entitled A Boy and a Girl, I immediately think “romance novel”—and most likely a cheesy one, given its relatively simplistic title. In this case, I was right, but so wrong as well: the book’s simple title hides a complex…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 2

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As the second volume of Until Death Do Us Part opens, blind swordsman/ex-criminal Mamoru and his allies in the Element Network have successfully protected tween psychic Haruka from her would-be kidnappers. However, the vigilantes have little time to rest on their…

Attack on Titan, vol. 1

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Attack on Titan and the film adaptation of Starship Troopers share quite a few similarities. Both tell the story of young men driven by revenge against an enemy responsible for killing their families and besieging the human race. While Johnnie…

Steampunk Originals

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Steampunk Originals is a collection of 28 stories that celebrate the diversity of the steampunk genre. Steampunk, for those who don’t know, is a sub-genre of science fiction wonderfully described by Urban Dictionary as, “what the past would look like…

Uglies, vol. 2: Cutters

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Like everyone else, Shay has been an Ugly—a teenager full of imperfections, but not old enough for the surgery that everyone gets at sixteen to turn them into perfect Pretties. Shay didn’t want that surgery, so she ran away to…

Doctor Who Omnibus, vol. 1

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The Doctor Who Omnibus, vol. 1, collects eight comics by all different authors and artists. The first story and last one are long and the middle six are short. It helps to know something about Doctor Who, the TV show…

Daniel X: the Manga, vol. 1

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Daniel X is an unusual fifteen-year-old. Since his parents were murdered by a vicious alien when Daniel was three, he has lived by himself—sort of. Daniel has the ability to manipulate matter, which he uses to create independently-operating manifestations of…