Archive for December, 2008|Monthly archive page

One Minute Lupin III Volume 1

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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. 

One Minute Furious Flycycle

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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.

One Minute Cosmicomics

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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.

One Minute Visual Aid

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“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.

One Minute Semi-Homemade Money Saving Meals

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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.)

One Minute Gross Out Cakes

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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!

One Minute Dr. Slump

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Dr. Slump, Vol. 1, by Akira Toriyama, reviewed.

One Minute What Bird Did That?

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“What Bird Did That?: A Driver’s Guide to Some Common Birds of North America,” by Peter Hansard and Burton Silver

One Minute Money Shot

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Money Shot, by Christa Faust, reviewed.

One Minute Yume Kira Dream Shoppe

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Yume Kira Dream Shoppe, by Aqua Mizuto, reviewed.