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review 2017-10-10 17:13
Guardians of the Louvre
Guardians of the Louvre - Jirô Taniguchi

It took a while for me to get into this one. I didn't like the first chapter or so (why did the tense keep changing? Bad writing or bad translation?). The middle was great and the ending was eh. I would have preferred a graphic novel of the history of the Louvre without the framing story. 

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review 2017-10-10 06:31
Gotham Academy, Vol 3
Gotham Academy, Vol. 3: Yearbook - Brenden Fletcher,Rafael Albuquerque,Derek Fridolfs,Dustin Nguyen

This book is basically all filler. I thought I might like that since I do like the characters, and I don't care about the story, but alas this volume didn't do anything for me either. I might return if Maps and Olive ever start dating, but until then I'm going to find the Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy crossover and then be done with this series.

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review 2017-10-09 01:19
Gotham Academy, Vol 2.
Gotham Academy Vol. 2: Calamity - Brenden Fletcher,Karl Kerschl,Becky Cloonan

I want to like Gotham Academy, I really do. But I just don't. I really like the characters. I just wish they were in a different book.

 

The comic itself is difficult to read (I had this same complaint about Vol 1). The frames are not well-defined and text box placement doesn't make sense a lot of the time (two boxes in the top right corner, one on the bottom left... which one am I supposed to read first!?).

 

I'm also not familiar with the DC universe at all, and I think that lack of knowledge is hurting my reading, too.

 

I'm excited to read the Lumberjanes crossover. Both comics have that same Scooby-Doo feel, and I think they'll go well together. But after I finish this first arc, I think I'm done with the series (although, maybe the series is over? I don't understand DC...)

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review 2017-10-07 20:21
The Year of the Garden
The Year of the Garden (An Anna Wang novel) - Andrea Cheng,Patrice Barton

This book needed to be longer. It was too short to serve its story well. Laura and Anna's friendship needed more space to develop.

 

Also I don't believe that Anna cannot PRONOUNCE HER OWN NAME. Seriously, what the fuck? Cheng does a pretty good job of writing Asian characters but this part of the story was so ridiculous I almost quit reading.

 

Anna would have some pronunciation of her name. Whether that pronunciation is "correct" could be up for debate, but KIDS KNOW THEIR NAMES. Speaking from experience, it would have been 100% more realistic if Anna didn't tell Laura her middle name because 1. LAURA wouldn't be able to pronounce it or 2. Anna is embarrassed by her middle name because she's told people before and they made fun of her for it.

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review 2017-09-12 04:25
The No. 1 Car Spotter
The No. 1 Car Spotter - Atinuke,Warwick Johnson Cadwell

A good companion series to Anna Hibiscus and good to read on its own. 

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