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[Manga Monday] Franken Fran

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20 October
[Manga Monday] Franken Fran

Welcome back to Manga Monday! We round out October with Franken Fran by Katsuhisa Kigitsu. First published by Champion Red in 2006, Franken Fran is a manga series that, while having a few central characters that keep the narrative connected, is really about smaller stories that center around themes of body horror, gore, surgeries gone awry, and experiments in science. Most have a moral or a lesson to be learned, and others are just interesting (or horrifying) stories. But before we go too far in to the material, let’s look at the cover. Warning: Mature subject matter ahead. Only read if you are… Read more »

[Review] Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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18 October
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I’m not sure what I read here, not sure what I read at all. The only other time I’ve encountered Jeff VanderMeer’s writing is in his informative book about Steampunk and that was kind of dull and boring but full of information (that I already knew). This was a different beast and was meant to be a different beast. But what sort of beast, who knows, perchance a crawler? Anyway, Area X is an unexplained, confusing place that people travel to in order to do science experiments on it. They are sent in small, precise groups, in order to execute… Read more »

[Manga Monday] Black Butler

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22 September
[Manga Monday] Black Butler

Hello folks. This week we’re looking at the gothic comic, Black Butler. Black Butler, also called Kuroshitsuji, is a supernatural/mystery manga illustrated and written by Yana Toboso. It first appeared in the shōnen magazine Monthly GFantasy  from SqueakEnix. Yen Plus got the rights to bring it over to North America, and the series has since become a massive hit. It spawned an equally popular Anime series, and even a live-action film that debuted earlier this year. Let’s have a look at the cover. It depicts a dapper, devilishly handsome man, who is elaborately pouring tea from a silver teapot. This man is… Read more »

Bout of Books 11- Wrap Up!

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Holy crap, we made it through our first read-a-thon. I’m super glad to have been able to participate and I’m glad my co-bloggers jumped on board as well! It was a surprising good time! Can’t wait for the next one in January! Fry’s Wrapup Sunday 125 pages of Fiend Finished! The Last Stand of the California Browncoats Overall 3 short stories – The Legend of Troop 13, The Good Husband, The Fall of the House of Usher 2 Novellas- The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell, The Last Stand of the California Browncoats 2 Books- The Girl From the Well,… Read more »

[Recap] Tuesday Night Badfic! 8-19-2014

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Goodness, we’ve been hosting Tuesday Night Badfic for almost a year now and while we generally tweet random junk on twitter during the act, and generally half invite everyone ever, we never officially talk about it. The premise is simple, grab some booze (if you’re inclined), get a microphone and read some of the weirdest stuff the internet has to offer. We never read through the fics first, grabbing things from lists and forum suggestions or by just finding a crack sounding pairing or premise. Sometimes they’re gold, sometimes they’re duds. It’s always a good time. This week we read… Read more »

The Bout of Books 11!

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The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the… Read more »

[Arc Review] The Martian by Andy Weir

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06 August
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Hated it. It was a push to get through most of this book. I had to really dedicate myself and my willpower to the task. Unfortunate, because there were so many glowing reviews for this book. Guess I’m the odd duck. If you enjoy long, tedious descriptions of jury rigged science, I suppose this book is for you. I couldn’t handle it after awhile. Even when there reached a point where we weren’t forever in Watney’s head, it only held appeal for a little bit. This book is dull, despite that Mark Watney has everything going wrong for him and… Read more »

Monthly Wrap Up (2)- July

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Just in case you missed anything! Here’s our recap for the month. Reviews An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings: Amy’s Review/ Fry’s Review The King’s Dogge by Nigel Green Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff Magnolia by Kristi Cook Paradigm by Ceri A. Lowe Monster Hunter Nemesis by Larry Correia The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski To Die A Dry Death by Greta Van der Rol A Darkeness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre After the End by Amy Plum Queen of Swords… Read more »

[Review] Til The World Ends by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre and Karen Duval

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21 July
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There was this one time Ann Aguirre was giving away books if you signed up for her email newsletter and this was the only book on the list that I hadn’t read or didn’t own. It includes her short story Thistle and Thorn, which I’ve seen her tweet about people demanding more from that universe. I figured it’s about time to see what the fuss is about. Dawn of Eden (4.5 stars) The first novella in the book is by Julie Kagawa, whom, wait for it, I’ve never read a single thing from. Gasp! I know! How did that happen?… Read more »

[Top Ten Tuesdays (6)] Favourite TV Shows and Movies

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  Hello Readers! We’re back with another Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists! Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to… Read more »