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The Little Blue Kite

November 8, 2019 Leave a comment

The Little Blue Kite
Written by Mark Z. Danielewski, art by Regina M. Gonzales
Pantheon Books, 96 pp.
Rating: Not Rated

From Mark Z. Danielewski and Regina M. Gonzales, comes the illustrated children’s (??) book, The Little Blue Kite! Perhaps best known for works like The House of Leaves and Only Revolutions which push and pull at the novel form through visual layouts, and structure of a text, Danielewski now turns his skills towards the illustrated children’s book format. Through a combination of surprisingly expressionistic artwork, and a story that can be read in three different ways, Danielewski and Gonzales lead readers through an emotional story of loss, letting go, and finding’s one place in the world which can be read and enjoyed by readers of all ages.
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Attack on Titan: Choose Your Path Adventure

January 12, 2018 3 comments

The cover for Attack on Titan: Choose Your Path AdventureAttack on Titan: Choose Your Path Adventure
Written by Tomoyuki Fujinami, Illustrated by Ryosuke Fuji and Toru Yoshii, Attack on Titan created by Hajime Isayama, Translated by Kevin Steinbach
Kodansha Comics, 256 pp.
Rating: Teens (16+)

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has become an international hit, and like most international hits, it’s branched out into other media and product lines. It’s been adapted into live action, anime, video games, visual novels, audio plays, light novels, and now… a Choose Your Own Adventure novel! Set during the Siege of Trost, the opening arc of the manga, Attack on Titan: Choose Your Path Adventure allows readers to take part in the the battle and fight alongside Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and the rest of their fellow cadets. Your decisions can influence the outcome of the battle, and even cause it go in new and unexpected directions unseen in the original series or its various adaptions. Will Eren and his friends die at the hands of the Titans? Will the walls fall, allowing the Titans to overrun humanity once and for all? And most importantly, will you survive long enough to find out?
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Ravina the Witch

June 5, 2017 1 comment

Ravina The Witch?Ravina The Witch
By Junko Mizuno, Translation by C.B. Cebulski, Patrick Macias, and Jason Thompson
Titan Comics, 48 pp.
Rating: Not Rated

From Junko Mizuno, the creator of Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu and Princess Mermaid, comes her latest work, Ravina the Witch; a short story about a little girl named Ravina, who lives in a garbage dump, and her adventures as she journeys across a fairy tale landscape.
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Sword of Honor

October 27, 2015 Leave a comment

It’s been a while, I know. Sorry about that, classes have been running me ragged. I’ve got something a little different for you today, a novel review! The news and manga reviews will be returning shortly, but for today I’ll be taking a look a Sword of Honor by David Kirk!

Sword of HonorSword of Honor
by David Kirk
Doubleday, 464 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

David Kirk’s Sword of Honor is the second book is series about the life the legendary Japanese swordsman, Minamoto Musashi. Beginning shortly after the last, major battle of Japan’s Warring States Period in 1600, it depicts the feud between Miyamoto Musashi and the esteemed Yoshioka Sword School in Japan’s former capital of Kyoto.
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The Science of Attack on Titan

August 13, 2015 Leave a comment

Welcome to the latest midweek manga review here at Sequential-Ink! There was a brief break last week due to finals, but I’m back on track and looking to return to a twice a week schedule for the rest of the month. Despite the fact that I just welcomed you to a midweek manga review, this midweek review is actually a little different as I’ll be looking at The Science of Attack on Titan, which technically isn’t manga! Before we get that though, some news from the past two weeks…

And now, onto this week’s review of The Science of Attack on Titan!

The Science of Attack on TitanThe Science of Attack on Titan
Written by Rikao Yanagita, Illustrated by Maru Fujishima, Additional Illustrations and Attack on Titan originally created by Hajime Isayama, Translated by Ko Ransom.
Kodansha Comics, 208
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

As Attack on Titan mania sweeps the world, leading to spin off series, anime series, OVA’s, action figures, games, moves and more, one man dares to ask the important questions! One man dares to ask just what is the body temperature of a Titan, or just how fast does the vertical maneuvering gear move you through the air. That man is Rikao Yanagita and he’s written The Science of Attack on Titan to address just such issues!
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Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound

June 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Attack on Titan: Kuklo UnboundAttack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound
Created by Hajime Isayama, novel by Ryo Suzukaze, art by Thores Shibamoto
Vertical Comics, 300 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

Set some 70 years before the events of Attack on Titan, Attack on Titan: Kuklo Unbound details a turning point in humanity’s struggle against the implacable Titans, a turning point that comes with a most unexpected backstory. Following a rampage by a Titan through Shingangshina district, a lone child emerges from his dead mother’s womb. Dubbed the Titan’s Son, Kuklo, he will go on to create an art that will change the world of Attack on Titan for all time. From Ryo Suzukaze and Thores Shibamoto, comes an untold tale from the history of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan!
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Errantry: Strange Stories

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

errantryErrantry: Strange Stories
Written by Elizabeth Hand
Small Beer Press, 288 pp
Rating: Not Rated

Errantry: Strange Stories, a collection of short, strange stories is the latest release from Elizabeth Hand. This collection is comprised primarily of tales about normal people and their encounters with things far beyond the norm.

Being a short story collection each tale is ultimately different, dealing with different characters and ideas, though many are unified by shared themes. The most obvious among them being encounters with the supernatural and otherworldly, and the recent loss of a loved one. This turns up again and again in the volume, most notably in the opening story, “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon“, “Uncle Lou” and the deeply unsettling “Near Zennor”. In addition Hand often sets the stories in the wilderness or at the edge of civilization. Isolated Maine communities, something fans of her Cassandra Neary stories should be familiar with, hard to reach, rural English towns, abandoned islands in the South and more. Hand uses these lonely, natural settings as “soft spots” areas where the skin between the “mundane” real world we all know and the “other” world is at its thinnest and where they often interact. They’re the areas one expects and associates legends of fairy mounds, hauntings, big foot encounters and more. These encounters almost always occur without explanation which, bizarrely, lends them a certain grounded feeling. As a result, each feels less like some spectacular, over the top urban fantasy story, and instead carry the same feeling as modern accounts of encounters with ghosts, UFO’s and other unexplained phenomena. It’s a smart move and one that makes the encounters that much more effective and genuine.

While all the stories are entertaining and enjoyable, the stand out in this volume is easily “Near Zennor”. The story starts off normally enough and focuses on a man dealing with the death of his wife. What starts out as an attempt to clear out her belongings leads him on a quest with disturbing implications regarding her childhood, and ultimately leads to one of the most terrifying and disturbingly realistic paranormal encounters I’ve ever come across in fiction. It’s a moment that left me deeply unnerved, and something that haunted my dreams and left me with an unsettled feeling which lingered for several days after having read it.

Errantry seems like it would be a decent introduction to her work for newcomers, while appealing to her already existing fanbase by collection some of these wonderful gems in one handy location. All in all, it’s an enjoyable and solid collection with “Near Zennor” along being worth the price of admission.

Errantry: Strange Stories is available now from Small Beer Press. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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