Posted on 02-Dec-16 16:21
If you're anything like me, the excess of unoriginal Christmas books leaves you wondering how anyone could, at this point, come up with original holiday-themed content that doesn't make you want to move to the top of a moutain, leaving only to steal Christmas and harass villagers. Well, dear readers, I can inform you that your search is over. And if you've ever wondered "Why doesn't my holiday story involve extensive, Hattari Hanzo-esque swordfighting scenes with a dual katana-weilding Santa, posessed Ninja Teddy Bears and a disgruntled elf wielding dark magic?" look no further than Manga Claus: Blade of Kringle.
Posted on 01-Dec-16 15:35
Maybe it’s the fact that I just finished re-caulking my windows, the success of our Yule Ball, or just the relentlessly cheerful march through the holidays, but my cold, cold Grinch-like heart has been feeling a lot more optimistic lately. In keeping with that spirit, I thought I’d try to ferret out the sunny side of some unfortunate circumstances any student in the province is probably feeling as we trudge on into 2017.
Posted on 22-Jul-16 09:41
Festina Lente! This Latin phrase is something you will come to be familiar with if you read Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore. It translates roughly to “hasten slowly,” a contradictory expression that means to move quickly, but carefully – a great way to summarize this book with a plot that moves fast but is easy to digest, and manages to touch on a few different themes and genres along the way. Inside the world of Mr. Penumbra, protagonist Clay Jannon takes a part-time job at San Francisco’s strangest bookstore, and first hears the phrase used as a greeting between patrons of the store’s mysterious “wayback list.” The book centers on Clay and his mysterious boss, the eponymous Mr. Penumbra, then ‘hastens slowly’ to adventures with secret societies, giant computers, replica cities, and some very litigious owners of a font you’ll never find on Microsoft Word.