Category Archives: book reviews

First review of Blackdog!

Even though the official release date is actually mid-September, Blackdog is now out in the US, and should be available elsewhere before too long. Today the first review of it (by Jackie Cassada) appeared in Library Journal. Here’s an excerpt: … Continue reading

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KV’s Desert Island Anime

I was musing on my favourite anime series and just for my own amusement, started to make a list. I decided I would post it … but this is obviously for a desert island with a wind turbine to power … Continue reading

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Currently reading … Nightschool Vol. 4

… and other things. I’ve been enjoying Svetlana Chmakova’s Nightschool a lot, and have just got my hands on volume 4. Great storytelling. I like her characters; they have personality, not just a function, and there’s a lot of humour … Continue reading

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Currently reading … mostly natural history

Time for another few short book reviews — or at least, brief comments upon a few books: I’m currently (re)reading … Himalaya, by Michael Palin, and India, by Michael Wood — two of the great contemporary travel writers. Both of … Continue reading

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Screentones, Hal-Con, Thieves & Kings

I’m just back from Hal-Con, where I was helping man the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia recruiting table. It was an interesting time. There were some good costumes, though I found the cosplaying at Animaritime the two years I was … Continue reading

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Currently reading …

We’ve been having some friends visit, and one of the topics of conversation of course ends up being, “What are you reading right now?” Authors get asked that a lot in more formal circumstances, too, so I thought I’d start … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art of Drawing Manga – Camara & Duran

Most “Drawing Manga” books seem to consist of pictures of big-eyed kiddies to carefully copy, and are aimed at big-eyed kiddies themselves — young anime fans who want to draw cartoony Pokemon-style heroes. When we started this project, I knew … Continue reading

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