Book Learnin'
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Review: Book Learnin’ – John McNamee

I read and enjoyed the author’s previous collection, Goldilocks and the Infinite Bears, so I was excited to see that a new collection was coming soon.  Unfortunately, this one was a lot less successful for me. While the previous collection dealt with fairy tellings, fables, and other books, this one has the comics arranged as a sort of school with five…

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Review: Mira’s Last Dance – Lois McMaster Bujold

This novella is a direct continuation of Penric’s Mission, and it’s a ridiculously silly and fun romp that reminds me of a mishmash of Shakespearean plays.  It’s another enjoyable story in the World of the Five Gods, but one that ends on, I think, a bit of a turning point for Penric. “In any case,” said Nikys, placating, “our roads…

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Making Up
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Review: Making Up – Lucy Parker

Trigger warning: panic attacks, retelling of emotional abuse If you’re looking for hilariously British contemporary rom-com, you can’t do better than Lucy Parker’s London Celebrities series. Besides the sarcastic (and very British) banter, it’s a trope fest of enemies-to-lovers with a dash of roommate thrown in.  I’ve very much enjoyed the first two books, and this one was no exception.…

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Little Moments of Love
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Review: Little Moments of Love – Catana Chetwynd

I picked this up because I’d seen and enjoyed some of the comics on Twitter before, and this collection seemed very much in the same vein as the Sarah Scribbles collections, which I love.  That turns out to be partway true. Ms. Chetwynd’s very first comic was about her relationship with her boyfriend, so it’s no surprise that that’s the…

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Bicycle Made for Two
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Review: A Bicycle Made For Two – Mary Jayne Baker

Trigger warnings: death of a parent from cancer, depression This is not your average British rom-com.  For starters, it’s set in the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, and is full of profanity, medieval food, cycling, and soul-reading bats.  In other words, it’s utterly hilarious. Lana and her brother Tom run a medieval restaurant in the village of Egglethwaite.…

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Other People's Houses
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Review: Other People’s Houses – Abbi Waxman

I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would!  It’s a quirky, humorous and insightful take on suburban family life, including the carpool, Saturday morning soccer, the neighborhood gossip vine, and why it’s always a pizza delivery guy in porn films. “Fuck you again, I say, thought Frances, calmly placing mugs upside down in the glass-fronted cabinet. Fuck…

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Fowl Language
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Review: Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting – Brian Gordon

Parenting’s frequently been a source of humor for the funny pages, but it took webcomics to finally fully express the range of parenting emotions.  Case in point, the comic that first introduced me to Fowl Language where I recognized the author as a kindred spirit: Why is it always in Target?  It’s no secret I love my kids, but a…

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Herding Cats
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Review: Herding Cats – Sarah Andersen

My response when I hear a new Sarah’s Scribbles book is coming out: This is the third of Ms. Andersen’s collections, which are a combination of her web comics, new material for the book, and a short essay illustrated with comics.  I’ve read, reviewed and enjoyed the previous collections (Adulthood Is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump) and this is (delightfully)…

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Bad Bachelor
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Review: Bad Bachelor – Stefanie London

Trigger warnings:  Oh, this was so much fun!  It’s laugh-out-loud hilarious, while still managing to have quite a few poignant moments, and a pretty interesting look at the effects of social media.  It also has my favorite last sentences of a book I’ve read in a while.  To be completely honest, this review is going to have a ridiculous amount…

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