Archive for December, 2008|Monthly archive page
Lupin III, by Monkey Punch, reviewed. This is a fun manga, and an enjoyable anime series as well. Lupin is a wonderful character, where even the bad stories are still interesting enough to engage, and the good stories make for great reading/viewing. I’m thinking anime: “Castle of Cagliostro” vs. “Gold Smuggling 101.” With Miyazaki at the helm, Castle of Cagliostro is a masterpiece. Gold Smuggling 101 is pure schlock, but fun to watch nevertheless.
The Furious Flycycle, by Jan Wahl, reviewed. This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I desperately wanted to be a wacky inventor, and this book appealed to the deep-seated nerdiness inherent to my soul.
Cosmicomics, by Italo Calvino, reviewed. Full disclosure – I read three of the dozen or so short stories in the volume, then I had to turn it back in. But for me, a short story is not that much different from a novel, in that it presents a complete work, and takes time to digest. In fact, sometimes a short story will linger with me much longer than a novel, because of all that is left unsaid. I’ll likely look for a copy of this book for my personal collection, so that I can read it sporadically.
“Visual Aid: Stuff You’ve Forgotten, Things You Never Thought You Knew, and Lessons You Didn’t Quite Get Around to Learning” by Draught Associates, reviewed.
Semi-Homemade Money Saving Meals (Sandra Lee Semi Homemade) by Sandra Lee, reviewed. This is one book in a series of books showing people how to make “semi-homemade” meals. As far as I can tell, that describes normal cooking techniques where you use canned vegetables, storebought sauces, or storebought pasta (as opposed to making your own from scratch). Still, I like some of the tools in the book, like a basic pantry stock list (easily modified to fit your own particulars, like brands or level of organicness.)
Gross-Out Cakes: The Kitty Litter Cake and Other Classics by Kathleen Barlow and Britney Schetselaar, reviewed. My favorite: The severed arm cake. Least favorite: Kitty litter cake. Blech!
Dr. Slump, Vol. 1, by Akira Toriyama, reviewed.
“What Bird Did That?: A Driver’s Guide to Some Common Birds of North America,” by Peter Hansard and Burton Silver
Money Shot, by Christa Faust, reviewed.
Yume Kira Dream Shoppe, by Aqua Mizuto, reviewed.