Comics Roundup #47: “Klaus: How Santa Claus Began”

I learned about this book from an Unbound Worlds post recommending sci-fi and fantasy books for Christmas. I’d link it, but Penguin Random House removed that website and now all blog posts, no matter the genre, appear on the main website… something like that. Anyway, that Unbound Worlds post convinced me that I NEEDED Klaus: How Santa Claus Began with this statement:

“And really, who doesn’t love a Santa who crafts all of his toys during an extended drug trip brought about by a hallucinogenic stew?”

Lol! I mean, yo! After reading that I had to find out what’s up with this Santa. So I bought the book (back in 2017) and waited 3 years to read it, lol!

Klaus: How Santa Claus Began by Grant Morrison, illus. by Dan Mora

Genre

Fantasy

Series

Klaus

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Comics Roundup #46: “Watersnakes”

I love the cover of this book. The girls on it look ready for a battle. I like the fierce expression on their faces and, once I’d gotten my hands on a copy of the book, I liked the silver foil used for the title and the faint water snake flowing through it.

When I saw the book at the Lion Forge booth at the 2019 ALA Conference, I knew I had to get it because of the cover, so I did and recently read it.

Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval (illus.), transl. from the French by Lucas Marangon

Genre

YA Fantasy; Horror

Series

n/a

Pubbed

2008

Goodreads summary

Mila is a solitary teenager ready to put another boring summer vacation behind her until she meets Agnes, an adventurous girl who turns out to be a ghost. And not just a regular ghost, but one carrying the essence of an ancient fallen king and a mouth full of teeth that used to be his guardian warriors.

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Comics Roundup #45: “Sobek”

I picked up Sobek on a whim. I was at Small Press Expo (back in 2019 when we could still attend such events in person) and was checking out the artists and publishers’ booths while desperately trying not to buy everything in sight. Then I saw the cover of Sobek and could not look away. That giant crocodile lured me over as well as the glint of gold winking at me from the cover.

Since then, the comic book has sat on my shelves, but I recently read it and am glad to report that this cover-buy paid off. I enjoyed it.

Sobek by James Stokoe (illus.)

Genre

Fantasy

Series

n/a

Pubbed

2019

Goodreads summary

Life is pretty good being a gigantic crocodile god: spend your days lazing on the riverbeds of the Nile while your devotees shower praise and juicy offerings upon you. But Sobek’s idyll is broken and he must limber into action when a distraught priest relays news of affront and vandalism from the followers of Set. An all-new, unmissable stunner from James Stokoe. (Goodreads)

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Comics Roundup #44: Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1

I really enjoyed reading this story 😄. A conversation with my fellow bookseller friends made me buy it. One of them mentioned wanting to read it, so I took it as a sign that I should purchase it because I was considering to do so before, 🤣. I love the cover and when I started reading, I quickly fell for the illustrations.

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 by Kamome Shirahama (illus.), transl. by Stephen Kohler

Genre:

Manga — fantasy

Series:

Witch Hat Atelier

Pubbed:

2017

Goodreads summary:

In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch…until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem… (Goodreads)

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Comics Roundup #43: How to Treat Magical Beasts: Mine and Master’s Medical Journal, Vol. 1

I bought this and the second volume from Book Outlet because it kept popping up there. I always clicked on it because I like the cover. I didn’t even bother looking up what it’s about. I just went ahead and bought it for the cover 🤣.

How to Treat Magical Beasts: Mine and Master’s Medical Journal, Vol. 1 by Kaziya (illus.), transl. by Angela Liu

Genre:

Manga — fantasy

Series:

How to Treat Magical Beasts: Mine and Master’s Medical Journal

Pubbed:

2017

Goodreads summary:

In an age of science and forgotten magic, mythic beasts are beginning to disappear from the world. A young girl named Ziska, born into a line of mages, becomes the apprentice to a veterinarian of regular animals–but Ziska’s interests lie with beasts of a more magical nature. Can she help these creatures of legend survive in a world that is leaving them behind?! (Goodreads)

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“Drowned Country” by Emily Tesh

Here’s to show how very trivial it is for me to rate things. I enjoyed Drowned Country much more than I did Silver in the Wood, but I gave Silver in the Wood a half star higher rating than Drowned Country. Why? Because Drowned Country felt like a 3 star and Silver in the Wood felt like a 3.5 star…? Basically, not much reason at all. Anyway…

Genre:

Fantasy

Series:

Greenhollow, book 2

Pub:

August 18, 2020

Goodreads summary:

Drowned Country is the the stunning sequel to Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh’s lush, folkloric debut. This second volume of the Greenhollow duology once again invites readers to lose themselves in the story of Henry and Tobias, and the magic of a myth they’ve always known.

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Mango Book Tag

I knew I HAD to do this tag the moment I saw it.
Okay, okay. Yes, I say that about almost every book tag I see, but this one is different because it’s named after my favorite fruit and the questions and such are based on mangoes! 😀 🥭

PLUS!! I ate a sweet, juicy mango a few days ago, and… Oh man! The mango was so good! My mouth is watering thinking about it right now. It had been so long since I’d eaten a mango. I miss it so much.

So, yea, I had to do a mango tag. 🥭

The tag was created by Nandini at Novels and Nebulas. She loves mangoes (of course!) and was inspired to create this tag after reading the Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala. One of the characters, Esha, loves mangoes too, which I think is pretty cool. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a character who loves mangoes. 🥭

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“Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts” by Nancy Campbell Allen

I was looking forward to reading this novel. I started listening to Allen’s Steampunk Proper Romance novels last year on audio and took a quick liking to the first book, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, which is influenced by both the fairytale Beauty and the Beast and the classic novel Jane Eyre. I liked the second book as well, but the third one wasn’t as engrossing as the first two. However, I was still interested in the series and even more so because the fourth book, this one, hinted at some Cinderella influences. Unfortunately, my reading experience with Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts was not as great as I thought it would be. I didn’t like it. 🙁

(Btw, I received an ARC through NetGalley to review, but my thoughts below are my honest reaction to the book.)

Genre:

Paranormal; Romance; Historical Fiction; Steampunk

Series:

Steampunk Proper Romance, book 4

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“The Inheritance” by Robin Hobb & Megan Lindholm

My buddy-reader in all things Hobb, Emily at Embuhleeliest, and I completed the last novel in Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series last year and have been craving more of the story ever since. Will Hobb write more stories in this epic fantasy series that’s 17 books long (including a prequel)? I don’t know, but I think there’s potential for her to write more and if she does, Emily and I will read it.

Well, wanting more of Hobb’s stories no matter what they are about, Emily and I decided to read Hobb’s anthology of short stories, The Inheritance, which contains stories written under the pseudonyms Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm.

We began with the Hobb stories, of course, since they are based in the Realm of the Elderlings settings (so that we completely wrap up that series) and then moved on to the Lindholm ones. They weren’t what I expected.

Genre:

Fantasy; Sci-Fi

Series:

Realm of the Elderlings (some stories are set in the same world)

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“The Goblin Emperor” by Katherine Addison

I read Addison’s debut novel, The Goblin Emperor, back in May for the Wyrd & Wonder reading event, a month-long celebration of all things fantasy. The book sat unread on my shelves for a long time, so I was happy when Wyrd & Wonder rolled around and the hosts decided to use it as the group read. And guess what? I loved it! 😊

Genre:

Fantasy

Series:

n/a

Pubbed:

2014

Goodreads summary:

The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.

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