Fairway to Heaven Review

Fairway to Heaven
Written by J. David Barron
Published by A Ladder Press Publishing Book
ISBN: 097937653

Reviewed by Lauren Lapinski

Golf, just the thought of the word and one automatically thinks of players such as Tiger Woods or movies such as Happy Gilmore. It is a sport loved by many and lost on by just as many people in all parts of the world. Fairway to Heaven is a book that both explores a passion for golf and the faith one has in Christianity.
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Graphic Novel Review: The Walking Man

The Walking Man
Story and Art by: Jiro Taniguchi
Published by Fanfare/Ponent Mon
ISBN10: 8493340995
ISBN13: 9788493340995

Review by Linda Yau

In this bustling world of rapid movement, and possibly the normalcy of your life, what would happen if you there is an opportunity to observe the area around you? This is what the protagonist in Jiro Taniguchi’s The Walking Man does. He is a nameless Japanese salary man who for all appearances is a newlywed who has moved with his wife to a new location that reflects Japanese suburbs. Continue reading “Graphic Novel Review: The Walking Man”

Comic review: Fables 75

Fables #75 (War and Pieces 3 of 3)
Story: Bill Willingham
Art: Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Andrew Pepoy
Coloring: Lee Loughridge
Letters: Todd Kline
Cover: James Jean
Publisher: Vertigo (2008)

Review by Budd Black

Fables #75 is not a starting off point, but it is a must read to go forward. It is the culmination of the War and Pieces storyline that brings Fabletown head to head with Homelands. The artistic team deserves acclaim for bringing these epic battles to life. Willingham knocks the story out of the park as it changes everything. Sacrifices are made, fugitives are brought to justice, and lives are lost. The uncertainty and horrors of war are conveyed with words and images in this book. My only complaint is that it seemed almost rushed. Things are wrapped up with a little bow on top very quickly once the divisive blow is struck.
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Book Review: Ghost Medicine

Ghost Medicine
Written by Andrew Smith
Published by Feiwel and Friends
ISBN10: 0312375573
ISBN13: 9780312375577

Reviewed by Lauren Lapinski

Ah, the coming-of-age story. It is a tale often told of dealing with situations of real life and how they help us grow up and become more mature while we are teenagers. Such is the case of “Ghost Medicine”. It is the story of a young boy dealing with the recent loss of his mother and how his life and mentality are forever affect by this event.
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Book Review: One Last Dance

One Last Dance: It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love
Written by Mardo Williams with his daughters, Kay & Jerri
Published by Calliope Press
ISBN10: 0964924145
ISBN13: 9780964924147

Review by Linda Yau

Finding love is never an easy thing to do. But what happens if you are 89 and walk into a women, ten years your junior? Insults, broken cakes, and bruised self esteems were the impression that Morgan and Dixie was left with from their first meeting. However as the plot forms, eventually these two seniors started to date Morgan moves in with Dixie, and her elderly dog Jiggs. These two seniors attempt to settle into some domestic normalcy, with much protests from Morgan on his part of doing household chores. The past eventually catches up with Morgan though. Now then how would the two deal with Morgan’s estranged grandson? Continue reading “Book Review: One Last Dance”

Book review: Who is Shayla Hacker?

Who is Shayla Hacker?
Written by Evan Kilgore
Published by Bleak House Books
ISBN: 9781932557306

Review by Lauren Lapinski

How far would you be willing to go to find someone you may or may not remember from your past? Would you be willing to go so far that the search turns into an obsession with law enforcement at almost every turn you make, accusing you of crimes you didn’t commit? This seems to be the case with the characters in Who is Shayla Hacker?; five different characters, five different points of view and one question plaguing them all throughout the story. The writing style itself flowed very well and made for an easy read, but some of the things the main characters did seemed somewhat unrealistic to the point where I wanted to smack a few of them upside the head and ask what the hell were they thinking.
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Book Review: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Written by Muriel Barbery
Published by Europa editions
ISBN10: 1933372605
ISBN13: 9781933372600

Review by Linda Yau

It took me a while to get through this book, but I have finally made through it, and what a reading time that it was. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is an unlikely story of friendship between social classes. Set in Paris, Renée is a widowed concierge of an apartment building. Her employers are all families of bourgeois backgrounds, and she makes her observations of them on a first person narrative. Renée seemingly gets by in life by deceiving nearly everyone of her intelligence and appreciation of knowledge.
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Book Review: Hymie and the Angel

Hymie and the Angel
Written by Norman Beim
Published by Newconcept Press
ISBN10: 0931231094
ISBN13: 9780931231094

Review by Linda Yau

What would happen if you learned that you had four months to live. Would you accept this impending death sentence or curse your ill luck? Now what would happen if you had a personal angel, and there was a loophole to escape Death’s clutches? This is the situation for tavern owner, Hymie who learns of his death sentence. He has the fortune to befriend a disgraced angel named Adam. Adam bargains with Death for him the opportunity for Hymie to find someone else to take his place. If he finds someone to take his place, then he wouldn’t need to die. What would happen when Hymie questions who exactly would be willing to sacrifice their life to save him?
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Novel Review: The Confessions of Max Tivoli

Story by Andrew Sean Greer
Published by Picador, imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN10: 0312423810
ISBN13: 9780312423810

Review by Linda Yau

Although, their plot may sound similar – The Confessions of Max Tivoli is not the same as The Curious Case of Benjamen Button. I kid you not, although this might be an attraction to read a plot alike book. Both have protagonists that ages backward, and I believe that is where the similarities end. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I have read The Confessions Of Max Tivoli.
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Book Review: Deadville

Written by Ron Koertge
Published by Candlewick Press
ISBN10: 0763635804
ISBN13: 9780763635800

Review by Linda Yau

Ever since his younger sister died of cancer two years earlier, Ryan has sleepwalked through his life. He hangs out with his slacker-stoner drug-dealing friend, Andy, listening to music, and rebels against his yuppie-ish Middle aged parents. Everything changes though when popular High school senior Charlotte Silano has an accident and is in a coma at the hospital.
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