Book Review: Batgirl volume 1: The Darkest Reflection

by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, and Vincente Cifuentes DC, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4012-3465-1 DC’s Batgirl reboot is only a partial one. We pick up sometime after The Killing Joke, where the Joker brutalized Barbara Gordon and broke Barbara’s back. Babs is recovered, thanks to tons of physical therapy and a spinal implant. But she’s still a […]

Book Review: Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac

HarperTrophy; Reprint ed, August, 2003 ISBN: 0064408884 Available: New and Used     Joseph Bruchac retells a tale from the Mohawk Indians about a man who was so hungry he ate his own flesh, leaving nothing but a skeleton, and then ate the rest of his family with the exception of a young niece.   In Bruchac’s […]

Book Review: Black Canary and Zantanna: Bloodspell by Paul Dini and Joe Quinones

DC Comics, 2014 ISBN: 978-1-4012-1054-0 A year ago Black Canary helped bust an all-feme cat burglar gang targeting a casino. Now the members of that gang are mysteriously dying–no, committing suicide. Is it really guilt driving them, or something else? Canary enlists the help of sorceress supreme Zantanna, but in the process risks giving a […]

Throwback Review: Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

Rebound by Sagebrush, October, 1999 ISBN: 0881035122 Available: New and Used Lois Duncan presents us with a chilling Gothic nightmare in Down a Dark Hall. Kit is starting eighth grade at the very exclusive Blackwood School. It’s so exclusive there are only three other students! A local tells Kit there are rumors that the house the […]

Book Review: Injection, Volume 1 by Warren Ellis, art by Declan Shalvey

Injection, Volume 1 by Warren Ellis, art by Declan Shalvey Image Comics, 2015 ISBN: 9781632154798 Available:  Paperback, Kindle edition, and comiXology ebook Injection centers around five eccentric geniuses dealing with the paranormal, and the consequences they must face after inflicting The Injection on the planet. Years earlier, Maria Kilbride founded the Cross Culture-Contamination Unit (CCCU), funded through […]

Book Review: H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories, adaptation and art by Gou Tanabe, translated by Zach Davisson

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories, adaptation and art by Gou Tanabe, translated by Zach Davisson Dark Horse, 2017 ISBN: 9781506703121 Available: print Gou Tanabe, known in Japan for using manga to adapt literary works, has adapted three tales of the macabre in H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories. This volume includes “The Temple,” “The […]

Book Review: Buffy: The High School Years: Parental Parasite by Kel McDonald, art by Yishan Li

Buffy: The High School Years: Parental Parasite by Kel McDonald, art by Yishan Li Dark Horse Comics, 2017 ISBN: 9781506703046 Available: print, Kindle, and comiXology ebook Into every generation, a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. So begins the story of Buffy, Angel, Giles, Willow, and Xander chasing down a […]

Book Review: My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman Atria Books, 2016 ISBN-13: 9781501160486 Available: Hardcover/Kindle edition/Audio Download/Compact Disc   Elsa is seven, “going on eight”. Her world looks bleak: she is too mature for her age. and is bullied and friendless at school.  Elsa’s parents are divorced.  She lives with her mother, […]

Book Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire Tor, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-0765392039 Available: Hardcover, Kindle edition, audiobook Down  Among the Sticks and Bones is a companion novella to Seanan McGuire’s award-winning novella Every Heart a Doorway. Every Heart a Doorway explored the question of what happens after children who walk through a door to a fantasy world […]