Friday, April 27, 2012

Missing Kamikakushi No Monogatari vol 1:

Missing Kamikakushi No Monogatari Vol: 1  Story by: Gakuto Coda Art by: Rei Mutsuki
Non-Fiction: Manga, mystery, paranormal 172 pages
Book Count:25

This manga is based off a series of novels by the same name.  In this volume we meet Kyoichi Utsume, known by his friends in the Literature Club as "His Majesty, Lord of Darkness."  We also meet Ayame, a mysterious girl who might be a ghost, wind maiden, or a kamikakushi (stealer of souls).  When His Majesty dissapears his friends talk about his dark past and try and come up with a way to rescue him. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How I Write Secrets of a Bestselling Author:

How I Write Secrets of a Bestselling Author By: Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof
Non-fiction: writing 240 pages
Book Count: 24

This book is a series of questions that were asked on Janet Evanovich's website that have to do with writing and her answers.  They are divided up by subject and some of the questions are also answered by Ina Yalof and or Alex Evanovich (Janet's daughter and webmaster.)  They include the whole range of writing from: How do you come up with ideas to What's a book tour like?  The include many examples of the Stephanie Plum series and was written after book 12, so if you are reading the books wait until you finish 12 to read this as this book includes an outline of book 12.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi vol 6:

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi The Power of Negative Thinking Vol 6 By: Koji Kumeta
Non-fiction: Manga 169 pages
Book Count: 23

No review as you heard it a million times before and the ghost doesn't want any expectations in this volume. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi vol 5:

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi The Power of Negative Thinking vol 5 By: Koji Kumeta
Non-Fiction: Manga, 169 pages
Book Count: 22

In this volume there are more holidays as well as seasons.  We meet another member of Zetsubou-Sensi's family and one more of the students. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi vol: 4:

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi The Power of Negative Thinking vol 4 by: Koji Kumeta
Non-fiction: Manga 180 pages
Book Count: 21

In this volume we have a summery of a previous volume (of what I don't know but something.)  We also celebrate holidays and learn that the authors clearly have no idea how long the gestational period of a human is.

Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings Am I Being Haunted?:

Ghosts, Spirits, & Hauntings  Am I Being Haunted? Edited by: Michael Pye & Kirsten Dalley
Non-Fiction, Paranormal, essays, 203 pages
Book Count: 20

In short the answer to the question in the title is: no, maybe, Nessie is a ghost, and you must ask a parapsychologist to find out.  It is a collection of essays from many different authors.  They mostly talk about studying ghosts and psychic abilities.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children By: Ransom Riggs
Fiction: Fantasy, history 351 pages
Book Count: 19

Jacob grew up with his grandfather's stories of monsters and peculiar children on a magical island.  He even had some odd pictures of the kids.  As he got older Jacob stopped believing the stories as literally true.  His grandfather was an Eastern European Jew during WWII, clearly the monsters were the Nazis and the only thing remotely unusual about the kids was that they were also Jewish.  The island was a remote one that was part of the UK so its only magic was that it was safe.
 And then the monsters come after his grandfather and he sees one.  It looks just like the monsters in the stories; rotting skin, tentacle tongues, black eyes.  Jacob then start putting the clues his grandfather gave him together to find the truth of all the stories about the peculiar children he grew up hearing.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Creative Writing Demystified:

Creative Writing Demystified By: Sheila Bender, M.A.
Non-Fiction: Writing 207 pages
Book Count: 18

This book is about how to improve your writing.  In each section there is information about a writing technique, style, etc and then ideas on writing exercises you can do to improve that thing.  It includes ideas from many different writers and for all types of creative writing. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi vol 3:

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi The Power of Negative Thinking vol 3 by: Koji Kumeta
Non-fiction, Manga 169 pages
Book Count: 17

In this volume there is : a gross-out test, another student, a minimum cultural festival,  not a field trip, amakudari, idols, more family, hibernation, and a dark stew.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi vol 2:

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensi The Power of Negative Thinking Vol 2 By: Koji Kumeta
Non-fiction: Manga 169 pages
Book Count:16

In this volume we deal with wishes, Commodore Perry, the secret of the universe, shadows, trips, we meet some more students and learn about Sensi's family.  Also there is the oddest way of arranged marriages which results in some unusual results.  And at the end of each book is page notes on things someone not from Japan might not know.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei vol 1:

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei  - The Power of Negative Thinking vol 1 By: Koji Kumeta
Non-Fiction: Manga
Book Count: 15

Classroom 2-F is unusual. First there is the teacher "Mr. Despair" who is suicidal, and even made a list of all the best places and ways to kill himself. Then the students are even odder. There is the always optimistic girl, the shut-in, the stalker, the illegal alien that bought the identity of a student, the split personality and even the "ordinary" one wouldn't be in any other class. In this volume each chapter introduced a new unique character.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Bestsellers Top Writers Tell How:

Bestsellers Top Writers Tell How By: Richard Joseph
Non-fiction: Biography, Writing 284 pages
Book Count: 14

This book has interviews from 23 authors with information on how they started writing, how they do their writing, and other writing related information. There are a wide range of British and American authors interviewed in this book. It also includes information on how the book came about and comments on when the writers give opposite advice from each other. Due to its focus it includes info that many other biographies about these authors do not include or do not go into details about.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Awkward Family Photos:

Awkward Family Photos By: Mike Bender and Doug Chernack
Non-fiction: Humor, Pop Culture 187 pages
Book Count: 13

This book is from the same people who made the web site of the same name. It includes all sorts of awkward, odd and embarrassing photos of families. There are also comments by people in the pictures and awkward stories about all sorts of family members.

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