Saturday, March 29, 2014

132. Blake 187: A Zombie Revolution by Aiden James & Michelle Wright


Blake 187: A Zombie Revolution by Aiden James & Michelle Wright.  (buy)

Rating: (4/5)

Jan 13, 2014; Curiosity Quills Press, 191 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"By the twenty-seventh century, eons of war, disease, and climate change have diminished the earth’s population. Those who remain must struggle to survive.

Towns worldwide have sunk into coastal waters. Deadly viruses kill thousands each day, and a dangerous man with a bad past—Pye Peters—wields an iron grip on the ‘zones’ that have survived nature’s purge. Severance, Peters’ radical new order, likes it simple: Exploit the ‘breathers’, and use advanced medical techniques to revive the newly deceased.

Thousands are brought back from the dead, kept animated and docile by use of medication that prevents the typical rabidness of zombies. To ensure the changes take, these modern versions of the undead are forced into a harsh rehabilitation program. Blake 187 is one such rehabilitee."

Received an ecopy from the publisher.

This is an entirely different type of zombie book!  A unique and unusual approach that had me intrigued from the get-go.  Here the zombies are the good guys, they only have a small problem that if they don't get their meds they will go rabid and eat anything living in sight, but other than that, they are the poor, oppressed, downtrodden members of society.  In a dystopian future ruled by a maniacal despot who controls the world through the usual methods proven through history: with drugs, brainwashing, taking away hope, forbidding religion, controlling the right to arms, creating a depopulation and a procreation system devoid of any need for the family unit.  All of these have been used in the past and are used today, making such a reality possible. However, since this is science fiction other controls are in place such as the complete control of weather (and this doesn't mean hot & sunny, but bringing on earthquakes when the despot thinks it's necessary) and the Zombie program.  All dead bodies in preservable condition are taken to the program where they are revived through, science and medicine, into Zombies.  This is where Blake finds himself after he kills himself and the story continues as he makes a few friends who attempt to escape the terrible work compound they are forced to live on.  Then a survival story as our group, who meets new people, learns how to live on the Outside, learns horrifying truths about the political world they've escaped and meet up with people who kill, lie, betray and deceive as a way of life.  Yet there are always one or two, a person can trust and this small group vows to make changes and become part of the Zombie Revolution.  A good quick read, with an excellent, unique plot that kept me interested throughout.  I found the characters a little stale, the dialogue somewhat stiff,so I didn't connect with them on an emotional level, yet I enjoyed their adventure.  The ending is one where the reader can image that now they are set and their lives will continue on past the pages of this book,or it could all just be the set up for a sequel.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

130. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  (buy)

Rating: (4/5)

1989; Dell/Doubleday, 137 pgs

Ages: (10+)

"As the German troops begin their campaign to "relocate" all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war."

Purchased a copy from a used book sale.

I've read this 1990 Newbery Medal winner a few times now and always find it a well-written light WWII story, yet one that still packs a punch at the impact Nazi occupation and persecution of Jews had upon the everyday citizens.  This is a good first book to read regarding WWII as it does not contain any descriptions of the horrors, yet it does lightly touch upon the subject matter while making an emotional impact.  At the base it is a story of friendship between two Danish girls, one who is a Jew.  The story touches upon the "relocation" of Jews, the Danish Resistance, the Danish occupation, the general attitude of the Nazis and the fear of those living under occupation.  It is a touching story that gently deals with death and heartbreak while also giving a good historical background on Denmark's WWII history.  The author's note at the back is a goldmine of information and will have many clamouring to learn more on the subject matter.  A worthy Newbery winner, imho.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

126. Last Message by Shane Peacock

Last Message by Shane Peacock.  (buy)
Seven, the series

Rating: (4/5)

Oct 10, 2012; Orca Books, 256 pgs

Ages: (10+)

"Adam has a good life in Buffalo: great parents, a cute girlfriend, adequate grades. He's not the best at anything, but he's not the worst either. He secretly lusts after Vanessa, the hottest girl in school, and when his dead grandfather's will stipulates that he go on a mission to France, Adam figures he might just have a chance to impress Vanessa and change his life from good to great. When he gets to France, he discovers he has not one but three near-impossible tasks before him. He also discovers a dark and shameful episode from his grandfather's past, something Adam is supposed to make amends for. But how can he do that when he barely speaks the language and his tasks become more and more dangerous? Despite the odds, Adam finds a way to fulfill his grandfather's wishes and, in the process, become worthy of bearing his name."

Borrowed a copy from my local library.

This is the final book I read in the Seven series.  The series' great claim is that the books do not have to be read in any specific order and I ended up with this one because Peacock was my favourite author from the seven presented.  This was a satisfying book for me to end with, but generally it would not have mattered when I had read it throughout the series as it has no connection with the other stories.  This is one of a handful of the books that delves deeply into the Grandfather's adventure quests for the grandson's, the Grandfather's past and brings another dimension to his personality which we have gradually gleaned from some of the books.  This is the most dangerous quest any of the boys have been sent upon, they seem rather grandiose and could be life-threatening, if not illegal.  Making for an adventurous read though.  I had high hopes for this volume, what with Peacock as the author, but he strays from his usual writing style somewhat and while I enjoyed it immensely this is no "Boy Sherlock Holmes" nor did it become my favourite book of the Seven series.

SEVEN, THE SERIES & BREAKING NEWS

A few words on the series Seven as a whole: Kudos to my favourite book which ended up being Devil's Pass by Sigmund Brouwer with Jump Cut by Ted Staunton following up as close second favourite.  Overall, as a series,  I found Seven successful.  Of course, with each book authored by a different person, some were better than others, but as a whole very satisfying.  The ability to read the books in any order is unique and I enjoyed the experiment of randomly picking the reading order based on whatever criteria I felt would make a next good book.  I think a person's personal experience will be slightly different by the order the books are read in, but it will not dampen the level of enjoyment of the series as a whole.  The books have an overall related theme but are each an individual story not connected to the others, the only difference here is that I would read  Ink Me by Richard Scrimger and Jump Cut by Ted Staunton one after the other as events in one are connected to the events in the other, but which comes first doesn't matter.  Just a little advice from a reader.  Not necessary to follow:-)

FANTASTIC NEWS: In October 2014, the same 7 authors will return with The Seven Sequels:



"New secrets will be brought to light…

When a visit to their grandfather’s cottage leads to the astonishing discovery of a hidden cache of passports and foreign currency, the grandsons from the bestselling Seven (the series) begin to suspect that their beloved grandfather was a spy, or even worse, a double agent. Determined to unearth the true story of their grandfather’s mysterious past, the seven cousins set off on seven new adventures that will take readers from the depths of the Caribbean sea to the top of the London Eye.

Read One. Read them all. YOU choose the order."

Thursday, March 20, 2014

121. Apocalyptic Organ Grinder by William Todd Rose

Apocalyptic Organ Grinder by William Todd Rose (buy)

Rating: (5/5)

June 17, 2013; Hydra/Random House, 86 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"William Todd Rose reinvents the zombie story with a thrilling novella of a post-apocalyptic America where saviors are heroes … and heroes are killers.

A fatal virus—a biowarfare experiment unleashed on an unsuspecting world—has reduced the once-mighty United States to a smattering of tribes duelling for survival in the lawless wilderness. The disease-free folk known as Settlers barricade themselves in small villages, determined to keep out the highly contagious Spewers—infected humans who cannot die from the virus but spread the seeds of death from the festering blisters that cover their bodies.

Tanner Kline is a trained Sweeper, sworn to exterminate Spewers roaming the no-man’s-land surrounding his frightened community. As all Settlers do, Tanner dismisses them as little more than savages—until he meets his match in Spewer protector Lila. But when hunter and hunted clash, their bloody tango ignites a firestorm of fear and hatred. Now, no one is safe from the juggernaut of terror that rages unchecked, and the fate of humanity hangs on questions with no answers: Who’s right, who’s wrong … and who’s going to care if everyone’s dead?"

Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

At only 86 pages this is an intense novella, with chapter breaks, focusing on characteristics and feelings of two differing post-apocalyptic species and certain members.  A typical hypothesis that I enjoy with post-apocalyptic novels: the evil virus that wipes out the population, at least most of it. The lucky ones die, the not so lucky ones live and the least fortunate ones become something mutated, less than human. Rose brings a unique vision to the table here though that makes for some fast paced, heart-pounding, sickening feelings and a reader looking for a moral high ground can not find one.  Written in alternating viewpoints, first from a man who is a Sweeper. His job is to keep the settlements clean from the remaining infected ones who carry the disease, show all symptoms of it, but it does not kill them, though they still are highly infectious.  These people are wild vermin who must be exterminated before they can infect the last of the pure human race left.

The other view is from an infected female warrior leader, a Spewer, covered in huge boil like lesions which fill with puss and burst frequently spewing the infectious swill wherever it lands.  The Spewers may have the disease but it is only a condition to them not life-threatening.  They live their lives in tribes, hunting, gathering and staying away from Sweepers who will randomly come out and shoot and kill them on sight.  The Spewers are an intellectual society, with a religious and moral order that they follow before making any decisions, while the "clean faces" think them savage and unable of reasonable thought.

Yet, each side is driven by pure fear for the very existence of their own people, they each become just as vile and torturously murderous as the other.  These Spewers can be compared to the zombie but they are much more intelligent and dangerous.  The unaffected humans are too scared and fearful to put forth any kind of harmony agreement.  While reading the story, both main characters were ethically repulsive to me  but I did waver between having more concern for one than the other back and forth through the story.  Until the end.  Righteously so, at the end of life one can only get back what one freely gave away to others.  The end is a fitting one and stunning.  Will look for this author again!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

49. BOOK TOUR: Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story by Freddie Owens

BOOK TOUR: Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story by Freddie Owens (buy)

Rating: (4/5)

Nov 15 2012, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 315 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"Nine-year-old Orbie has his cross to bear. After the death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married his father’s coworker and friend Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Now, Orbie, his sister Missy, and his mother haven’t had a peaceful moment with the heavy-drinking new man of the house. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand; a fact that lands him at his grandparents’ place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky. 

Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention their Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers. And, when he meets the black Choctaw preacher, Moses Mashbone, he learns of powers that might uncover the true cause of his father's death. As a storm of unusual magnitude descends, Orbie happens upon the solution to a paradox at once magical and ordinary. Question is, will it be enough?."

Received a review copy from the author.
Book tour courtesy of Pump Up Your Book

This was a complete joy to read and one of my favourite "types" of stories.  A book about boyhood in Kentucky during the 1950s.  Coming of age, southern fiction, historical fiction, racial relations: all "genres" that appeal to me and nothing better than to find them altogether in one well-written book.  Not too soon before I started this book I had finished "Little Joe" by Michael E. Glasscock III and it felt like this was going to be the same kind of book, and it was, generally speaking, but Orbie's Story is so much more raw, real and explores the nasty side of people and the old maxim that "what doesn't kills us makes us stronger".  For 9yo Orbie, his grandparents, his mother and his 5yo sister live a hardscrabble life, meet with opposition because they don't hold with the segregated south's proprieties and for Ruby, the mother, abuse from her second husband.  As the story progresses a dangerous mystery is exposed and not only is house, home and livelihood threatened but their very lives.  Owens sets us down into segregated 1950s Kentucky with no holds barred, the language is rough, the racism is rampant and ugly but Orbie is a little boy wise beyond his years who catches glimpses of his elders motives for what they truly are.  An added magical realism element comes with an enigmatic black snake-handler preacher man, who frequently disappears for long periods of time.  He recognises the power in Orbie and Orbie feels its strength.  The book also deals with a Christian message, one at cross purposes with itself at times as true believers, hypocritical believers and non-believers live either together or in close proximity with each other.  I truly enjoyed the people and world Mr. Owens immersed me in.  I had one problem and that was that the book meandered without a decisive plot, not much happens in the grand scheme of things.  I do like character driven novels, am one of those people who do enjoy a good book where nothing happens but here there is always a feeling that something is going to happen or did happen that nobody knows about and there is that expectation for the reader that never comes to fruition.  At least until the final 75 pages or so,  then the tension mounts, the book reads faster and we are rewarded with that something we expected after all.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DC Super Heroes Chapterbooks: Batman vs Catwoman, Superman vs Bizarro

118. Superman vs Bizarro by John Sazaklis. Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio (buy)
DC Super Heroes
Superman & Family

Rating: (3/5)

Jul 1 2013; DC/Capstone, 56 pgs

Ages: (8+)

"Bizarro is back! This backward version of Superman has plans to remake the Earth in his own image, and he's not taking No--or, is that Yes?--for an answer. Can the Man of Steel save the day before this evil opposite turns Earth into an alternate reality?"

Received a review copy from Capstone Publishing..

I'm a big fan of this easy chapter book series featuring DC superheroes and villains.  Full of action, fun to read and use of colour and crazy fonts on sound affect words give these chapter books a comics feel.  The title is a bit off on this one.  Bizarro is treated like the mentally challenged relative in this story and that doesn't quite rub me the right way. The real villain here and the "vs" of the title is really Metallo, a giant robot who is always after Superman and when he finds two, that's even better than one as far as he's concerned.

*****


123. Batman vs Catwoman by J.E. Bright.  Illustrated by Tim Levins.  (buy)
DC Super Heroes
Batman & Family

Rating: (4/5)

Jul 1, 2013; DC Comics/Capstone Publishing, 56 pgs

Ages: (8+)

"When a priceless, jewel encrusted bird statue is installed atop a skyscraper in Gotham, Catwoman has her eyes--and her claws--on the prize. But when she puts her paws on the curious statue, this feline gets caught up in the Penguin's foul power play."

Received a review copy from the publisher, Capstone Publishing.

I like this series and this latest entry is a fine example of it at its best.  A fast-paced action plot that portrays the superheroes/villains well.  Catwoman isn't really the villain in this book though she starts off by trying to rob the Penguin when Batman first confronts her.  Catwoman gets her back up and the two are battling from the get-go, but soon afterwards Catwoman escapes and finds out the Penguin is about to destroy Gotham so she and Batman team up against Copplepot and the fighting action never stops.  Purely plot driven, but Bat, Cat and Penguin are true to character throughout.  Will keep young readers or DC fans entertained.  Tim Levins is a veteran DC artist, which makes for rewarding illustrations.

Monday, March 17, 2014

117. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (buy)
Flavia de Luce, #6

Rating: (3/5)

Jan 14 2014; Doubleday Canada, 160 pgs

Ages: (18+) (YA Crossover)

"Bishop's Lacey is never short of two things: mysteries to solve and pre-adolescent detectives to solve them. In this New York Times bestselling series of cozy mysteries, young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the English countryside has to offer, and in the process, she comes closer than ever to solving her life's greatest mystery--her mother's disappearance. . ."

Received a review copy from Random House Canada & an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

I have read every book in this series and have loved each of them.  So it is with a heavy heart I must say, this was not up to par with the others at all.  Reasons I like these novels: the quaint British village murder mysteries, Flavia's obsession with chemistry and her sensibilities, her ability to go places as a child member of the community where the police could never do so that she ends up giving the Inspector insightful details to solving the mystery.

This book changes form, and while still well-written, having the same characters I've grown to love, the story here goes back to the events surrounding Harriet's disappearance and turns into something more along the lines of an espionage/spy story.  The book fully concentrates on the family background.  However with the book's conclusion, the entire situation changes and we can see that Flavia is about to embark on the next step of her life's journey.  I do sincerely hope the mysteries turn back around somehow to those previous quaint mysteries, but I'm not quite sure how the author would manage to proceed with that from this point.  We will have to see, as he has signed on to continue the series for another four more books.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

107. Going Home by A. American

Going Home by A. American (buy)
The Survivalist Series: 1

Rating: (4/5)

Jun 25, 2013; Plume/Penguin Group, 404 pgs

Ages: (18+)

"If society collapsed, could you survive?

When Morgan Carter’s car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country’s power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored—if it ever will be. An avid survivalist, Morgan takes to the road with his prepper pack on his back.

During the grueling trek from Tallahassee to his home in Lake County, chaos threatens his every step but Morgan is hell-bent on getting home to his wife and daughters—and he’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen. "

Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

Whoa, just going to azon to check the pubdate on this and wow, what a diverse reaction in the reviews!  It's got a strong 4 star rating with close to 800 reviews at this point in time so do I need to add another review, not really, but my impression anyway :-) This is a cross between post-apocalyptic and survivalist fiction.  The end of the world as we knew it as experienced by a few preparedness/survivalist/gung-ho/ex-military types and their families.  Nothing wrong with that!  Sounded interesting to me but a bit different from the usual dystopian post apocalypse novel being turned out today.  The scariness comes in knowing that these events and the way people in general react to them are realistic.  This could happen.  This is definitely aimed at men, whatever the opposite of chick lit is, that's what this is, barely a female present and testosterone oozing from the pages.  I haven't read anything like it since back in the day when I sampled a couple of Mack Bolan (The Executioner) books LOL  This read like an action movie for me; I could visualize it as it happened.  Lots of action and violence.  I mean the main guy kills three people before the book's barely started and they were "justifiable".  All the good guys kill bad guys all over the place and they are always "justifiable".  Really over the top, action hero movie violence.  If this was a serious book, these actions would be deplorable but set within this fictional world it was a lot of fun. I didn't like either of the young men who were trying to get back to their wives and kids but Sarge was a mean old coot with a heart in their somewhere and he's the only character I actually liked.  Anyway, this is one of those books, I'll say I loved, not for any literary merit but simply because it gave me an adrenaline rush and it was fun.  I have the second book on my Kindle and will be reading it soon.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Three Cam Jansen Mystery Stories: The Girl with a Photographic Memory by David A. Adler

102. Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Susanna Natti (buy)
Cam Jansen, #1

Rating: (4/5)

1980; Puffin Books, 58 pgs

Ages: (7+)

"Fifth-grade sleuth Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to catch a jewel thief."

Bookmooched a copy.

I first met Cam Jansen a few years back when my son read a couple aloud to me as his reader, so I picked up a few more for him.  I was impressed with the quality of the mystery for this level of reading.  Starting here with the first book in the series, I'm again impressed with this mystery series for first chapter book readers.  Cam (aka Jennifer) and Eric are two interesting and curious children with a lot of smarts.  Cam's photographic memory is an unusual device and makes for a fun element to these mysteries.  The children do some daring things but ultimately are clever and responsible enough not to go too far.  They may wait before calling the police but call the police they always do in the end.  This mystery is quite clever and will have would-be sleuths scratching their heads trying to figure out who the robber is and how he managed to escape.  This is the type of book I would have read as a child.  Well-done sketches accompany the text making for a pleasant reading experience.


*****


108.  Cam Jansen and the Mystery of Flight 54 by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Susanna Natti (buy)
Cam Jansen (12)

Rating: (4/5)

1989, Puffin Books, 64 pgs

Ages: (7+)

"When Cam the fifth-grade sleuth and her friend Eric go to the airport to meet Cam's aunt, just arrived from France, it's all systems go. But before you can say "bonjour," a young French girl has disappeared. Will Cam be able to find her?"

Bookmooched a copy.

I can't say enough, how impressed I am with this series from the books I've read so far.  The writing is good, the illustrations artistic and the mysteries are varied from real crimes such as robbery to family  mysteries such as missing items.  Adler does well at writing a mystery for this young age which takes some thinking to solve, may surprise readers with the ending, and yet leaves clues behind with the possibility of solving it.  Cam's photographic memory which we are told is scientifically called "eidetic" is a unique quality for a mystery sleuth.  Another one well-read.


*****


110.  Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House by David A. Adler. Illustrated by Susanna Natti (buy)
Cam Jansen (13)

Rating: (4/5)

1992, Puffin Books, 58 pgs

Ages: (7+)

"Cam and her friend Eric are visiting an amusement park with her aunt and uncle, when Aunt Katie's wallet is stolen. Does Cam, with her amazing photographic memory, have a ghost of a chance of finding the thief?"

Bookmooched a copy.

It is now twelve years after the publication of the first book in the series and the children are all the same ages so that gives you the feel for these books.  Let your child read as many as possible when they love them as once they outgrown them, the books will  not grow with them.  Once again another excellent mystery for the youngest reading mystery fans.  In this book Cam's Aunt and Uncle take the children to an amusement park where one of the rides they go on is the titular Haunted House; there is no Hallowe'en tie-in though.  Lovable characters, while Cam is the star she shares page space with her buddy, Eric and the two make one of children's lit's great mystery sleuths.  This time the duo confronts a real crime when Aunt Katie's wallet is stolen.  I like how the author takes only two short paragraphs in the first chapter to sum up who these two kids are what their background in mystery-solving is, letting a new reader jump into the series at any point.  This one is a very-well written plot, using the device of a red herring to completely blindside us through a detailed investigation that turns into shock with the capture of the real villain at the end.  I wonder if Adler ever wrote grown-up mysteries?  He is good at the craft.  I highly recommend this series.  Now this is the last book I have in the house and (not having little ones anymore) I will not be rushing out to read any more than the six I've all ready read but if one crosses my hands, you can be sure I'd read it before letting go!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

7th Graphic Novels & Manga Challenge 2014 - FINISHED


MARCH 8, 2014 - FINISHED 52/52 (but I will continue to add books all year long.)


I'll be joining this challenge again as I'm addicting to this format and well ... I'm the host!  For all the details  you can find them here and sign-up as well.

I will be joining the top level and listing my books below:

Post reviews here:

Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 (2014) Goal: 52 books
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year

1. Button Man: Get Harry Ex by John Wagner
2. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 1 by Konami Kanata
3. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 2 by Konami Kanata
4. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 3 by Konami Kanata
5. Judge Dredd: Mutants in Mega-City One by John Wagner
6. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Wonderland Vol. 3 by Raven Gregory
7. Vinland Saga: Book One by Makoto Yukimura
8. One Piece, Vol. 4 by Eiichiro Oda
9. One Piece, Vol. 5 by Eiichiro Oda
10. One Piece, Vol. 6 by Eiichiro Oda
11. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 06 by John Wagner & Allan Grant
12. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 3 by Shinobu Ohtaka
13. Classics Illustrated: Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll by Kyle Baker
14. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 18 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
15. Ghosted Vol. 1: Haunted Heist by Joshua Williamson
16. Dragon Ball (3-in-1), Vol. 3 by Akira Toriyama
17. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 4 by Konami Kanata
18. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 5 by Konami Kanata
19. Chi's Sweet Home, Vol. 6 by Konami Kanata
20. Classics Illustrated: The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allen Poe
21. Classics Illustrated: Hamlet by William Shakespeare by Steven Grant
22. Vinland Saga Book Two by Makoto Yukimura
23. Into the Volcano by Don Woods
24. Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol. 2 by Maki Minami
25. Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol. 3 by Maki Minami
26. Legendz 1: The Tornado Comes! by Rin Hirai
27. Legendz 2: Burnout! by Rin Hirai
28. Legendz 3: Necrom Menace by Rin Hirai
29. Legendz 4: Legendz Become Legends by Rin Hirai
30. Half Past Danger by Stephen Mooney
31. Sherlock Holmes and the Vampires of London by Sylvain Cordurie
32. Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth 02 by Gerry Finley-Day
33. Justice League (New 52) Vol. 1: Origin by Geoff Johns
34. Justice League International (New 52) Vol. 1: The Signal Masters by Dan Jurgens
35. Justice League International (New 52) Vol. 2: Breakdown by Dan Jurgens & Geoff Johns
36. Bleach (3-in-1) Vol. 19-20-21 by Tite Kubo
37. Wonder Woman (New 52) Vol. 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello
38. The Flash (New 52) Volume 1: Move Forward by Francis Manapul
39. Justice League Unlimited #6 & #7 by Adam Beechen
40. Aquaman (New 52) Vol. 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns
41. Aquaman (New 52) Vol. 2: The Others by Geoff Johns
42. Justice League Dark (New 52), Vol. 1: Into the Dark by Peter Milligan
43. Justice League Dark (New 52), Vol. 2: The Books of Magic by Jeff Lemire
44. Justice League Dark (New 52), Vol. 3: The Death of Magic by Jeff Lemire & Ray Fawkes
45. Zatch Bell!, Vol. 6 by Makoto Raiku
46. Zatch Bell!, Vol. 7 by Makoto Raiku
47. Zatch Bell!, Vol. 8 by Makoto Raiku
48. Three Issues of Superman Family Adventures by Art Baltazar
49. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, V19 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
50. Essex County 1: Tales From the Farm by Jeff Lemire
51. Dragon Ball Full Color: Saiyan Arc, Vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama
52. Zombie War Complete by Kevin B Eastman

AND MORE:
53. Justice League (New 52), Vol. 2: The Villain's Journey by Geoff Johns
54. Justice League (New 52), Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns
55. Aquaman (New 52), Vol. 3: Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns
56. Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem by Steve Niles
57. Chi's Sweet Home Volume 7 by Konami Kanata 
58. Chi's Sweet Home Volume 8 by Konami Kanata 
59. Chi's Sweet Home Volume 9 by Konami Kanata 
60. Chi's Sweet Home Volume 10 by Konami Kanata
61. Justice League of America (New 52), Vol. 1: World's Most Dangerous by Geoff Johns
62. Super Girl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, #5 & #6 by Landry Q. Walker
63. Batman: Li'l Gotham Vol. 1 by Derek Fridolfs
64. D-Day: June 6, 1944 by Agnieszka Biskup
65. Defend Until Death!: Nickolas Flux and the Battle of the Alamo by Nel Yomtov
66. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Realm Knights by Pat Shand
67. Graphic Classics: Rafael Sabatini edited by Tom Pomplun
68. Magi, Vol. 4 by Shinobu Ohtaka 
69. Tiger & Bunny Vol. 4 by Mizuki Sakakibara
70. Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 1 by Jinsei Kataoka
71. One Piece (3-in-1) Vol. 7-8-9 by Eiichiro Oda
72.  Mr. Puzzle Super Collection! by Chris Eliopoulos
73. The Seven Deadly Sins 1 by Nakaba Suzuki
74. Naruto (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 4-5-6 by Masashi Kishimoto
75. Dragonball (3-in-1) Vol. 10-11-12 by Akira Toriyama 
76. Naruto (3-in-1 Edition) Vol. 7-8-9 by Masashi Kishimoto
77. Helheim: The Witch War, Volume One by Cullen Bunn
78. Nobrow 9: It's Oh So Quiet edited by Alex Spiro
79. Bohemians: A Graphic History edited by Paul Buhle
80. Courtney Crumrin:The Witch Next Door by Ted Naifeh
81. Gangsta., Vol. 1 by Koshke
82. Batman: Death Mask by Yoshinori Natsume
83. Hinterkind Vol. 1: The Waking World by Ian Edginton
84. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 07 by John Wagner
85. My Amazing Dinosaur by Grimaldi
86. Tao, The Little Samurai: Pranks and Attacks! by Richard Lawrence
87. The Other Dead by Joshua Ortega
88. Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 1 by Arina Tanemura
89. D.Gray-man (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 7, 8 & 9 by Katsura Hoshino
90. The Shadow/Green Hornet: Dark Nights by Michael Uslan
91. Zero, Vol. 1 An Emergency by Ales Kot
92. Graphic Classics: Oscar Wilde edited by Tom Pomplun
93. Ghost Stories by Jeff Lemire
94. Tegami Bachi, Vol. 16 by Hiroyuki Asada
95. Noah by Aronofsky, Darren
96. Zatch Bell!, Volume 9 by Makoto Raiku
97. Zatch Bell!, Volume 10 by Makoto Raiku
98. Zatch Bell!, Volume 11 by Makoto Raiku
99. Graphic Classics: H.G. Wells (3rd Ed.) edited by Tom Pomplun
100. X-Files Season 10 Volume 2 by Joe Harris
101. Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill
102. UQ Holder V1 by Ken Akamatsu
103. Aphrodite: Goddess of Love by George O'Connor
104. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 20 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
105. Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
106. Dragon Ball, Full Color Saiyan Arc Vol. 2 by Akira Toriyama
107. Essex County Vol. 3: The Country Nurse by Jeff Lemire
108. Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 2 by Jinsei Kataoka
109. The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
110. Sunny, Vol. 3 by Taiyo Matsumoto
111. Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier
112. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 11 by Kiiro Yumi
113. Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
114. Zatch Bell, Volume 12 by Makoto Raiku
115. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Oz by Joe Brusha
116. Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe
117. Zatch Bell Vol. 13 by Makoto Raiku
118. Zatch Bell Vol. 14  by Makoto Raiku
119. Social Smarts Privacy the Internet and You by Mark Slutsky
120. Sweet Rein, Vol. 2 by Sakura Tsukuba
121. Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama by Eric Hobbs
122. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 5 by Ohtaka Shinobu
123. LEGO Legends of Chima #1: High Risk! by Yannick Grotholt
124. Ariol #1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me by Emmanuel Guibert
125. Monster Soul Vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima
126. Ariol #2: Thunder Horse by Emmanuel Guibert
127. Ariol #3: Happy as a Pig... by Emmanuel Guibert
128. Phantom Thief Jeanne, Vol. 2 by Arina Tanemura
129. Banzai Battalion: Just Another Bug Hunt by John Wagner & Alan Grant
130. Green Lantern, (New 52) Vol. 1: Sinestro by Geoff Johns
131. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 1: The Midas Touch by Dan Jurgens
132. Bleach (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 22, 23 & 24 by Tite Kubo
133. Detective Comics, Vol. 1: Faces of Death by Tony S. Daniel
134. Ro-Busters: The Disaster Squad of Distinction by Pat Mills
135. Suicide Squad (New 52) Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass
136. Batgirl (New 52), Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone
137. Ariol #4: A Beautiful Cow by Emmanuel Guibert
138. Vinland Saga 3 by Makoto Yukimura
139. Penguin: Pain and Prejudice by Gregg Hurwitz
140. Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays, and Other Endangered Sea Creatures by Matt Dembicki
141. Superman Action Comics, Vol. 1: Superman and the Men of Steel by Grant Morrison
142. Batman: Arkham Unhinged, Vol. 1 by Paul Dini & Derek Fridolfs
143. Gangsta, Vol. 2 by Kohske
144. The Cage by Martin Vaughn-James; Introduction by Seth
145. Sand Land by Akira Toriyama
146. Wonder Woman (New 52), Vol. 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello
147. Gotham City Sirens, Volume 1: Union by Paul Dini & Scott Lobdell
148. Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics by Mike Madrid
149. Gentleman Jim by Raymond Briggs; Introduction by Seth
150. Birds of Prey, Vol. 1: Trouble in Mind by Duane Swierczynski
151. The Seven Deadly Sins 2 by Nakaba Suzuki
152. Classics Illustrated #19: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Michael Ploog
153. Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson
154. Nightwing (New 52), Vol. 1: Traps and Trapezes by Kyle Higgins
155. Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Code Red Volume 1 by Patrick Shand
156. Seraph of the End, Vol. 1: Vampire Reign by Takaya Kagami
157. I, Vampire (New 52), Vol. 1: Tainted Love by Joshua Hale Fialkov
158. Moonhead and the Music Machine by Andrew Rae
159. Doubt, Vol. 1 by Yoshiki Tonogai
160. Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison 
161. Manifest Destiny, Vol. 1 by Chris Dingess 
162. The Stand Volume 2: American Nightmares by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa 
163. Andy, Also by Maxwell Eaton III 
164. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 2: Triple Threat by Ann Nocenti
165. Green Arrow (New 52), Vol. 3: Harrow by Ann Nocenti
166. Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Lévy
167. Doubt, Vol. 2 by Yoshiki Tonogai
168. I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin
169. Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine, July 15 2013
170. Batman Adventures, Volume 1: Rogues' Gallery by Dan Slott & Ty Templeton
171. Batman Adventures, Volume  2: Shadows and Masks  by Dan Slott & Ty Templeton
172. Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson
173. Red Hood and the Outlaws, Vol. 1: Redemption by Scott Lobdell
174. Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
175. Millennium Snow (2-in-1) , Vol. 1: Includes Vols. 1 & 2 by Bisco Hatori
176. Codename: Action Volume 1 by Chris Roberson
177. The Heart of the Beast by Dean Motter & Judith Dupre
178. Classics Illustrated #6: The Scarlet Letter: Graphic Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne  by P. Craig Russell
179. Classics Illustrated #8: The Count of Monte Cristo by Aexandre Dumas by Steven Grant
180. Batman and Robin, Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian by Peter J. Tomasi
181. Classics Illustrated #9: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair by Peter Kuper
182. I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached
183. WWE Superstars #1: Money In the Bank by Mick Foley
184. Red Hood - The Lost Days by Judd Winick
185. Millennium Snow, Vol. 3 by Bisco Hatori
186. The First Mouse on the Moon by Geronimo Stilton
187. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol 21 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
188. DC Universe Presents, Vol. 1: Deadman/Challengers of the Unknown by Paul Jenkins
189. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repulsa's Attitude Adjustment by Stefan Petrucha
190. Arkham Asylum: Living Hell by Dan Slott
191. Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
192. Marx by Corrine Maier
193. Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns
194. Toto Trouble #1: Back to Crass by Thierry Copee
195. Batman Strikes! #1,3&4 by Bill Mathey
196. Dragon Ball (3-in-1 Edition), Vol. 13, 14 & 15 by Akira Toriyama
197. (In a Sense) Lost and Found by Roman Muradov 
198. The Wraith by Joe Hill
199. Damian: Son of Batman by Andy Kubert
200. UQ Holder 2 by Ken Akamatsu
201. Noir Volume 1 by Victor Gischler
202. Two Issues Teen Titans Go! by J. Torres
203. The Seven Deadly Sins 3 by Nakaba Suzuki
204. Superman & Batman: Generations, An Imaginary Tale by John Byrne
205. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 6  by Shinobu Ohtaka
206. Glory: The Complete Saga  by Joe Keatinge
207. Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1-4 by Matt Wayne
208. Trillium by Jeff Lemire
209. Black Science, Vol. 1 by Rick Remender
210. Batman: Brave and the Bold Vol. 3 - Emerald Knight by Landry Q. Walker
211. Star Wars: Jedi Academy 2, Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
212. Age of Darkness Volume 1 by Patrick Shand
213. Weekly Shonen Jump, July 22 2013
214. Courtney Crumrin: The Final Spell by Ted Naifeh
215. The Flash, Vol. 2: Rogues Revolution by Francis Manapul
216. The Flash Vol. 4: Reverse by Francis Manapul
217. Vinland Saga, 4 by Makoto Yukimura
218. Kings Watch Volume 1 by Jeff Parker
219. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
220. Outlaws of the Marsh Volume 1: Spirits and Bandits by Wei Dong Chen
221. Bigfoot Boy 3: The Sound of Thunder by J. Torres & Faith Erin Hicks
222. Amulet, Vol. 6: Escape From Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi
223. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 22 by Hiroshi Shiibashi
224. Young Justice Vol. 1 by Art Baltazar
225. Young Justice Vol. 2: Training Day by Greg Weisman
226. Young Justice Vol. 3: Creature Features by Greg Weisman
227. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
228. Static Shock (New 52) Vol. 1: Supercharged by Scott McDaniel
229. Captain Atom (The New 52), Vol. 1: Evolution by J.T. Krul
230. Young Justice Vol. 4: Invasion by Greg Weisman
231. Zatch Bell, Volume 15 by Makoto Raiku
232. Zatch Bell, Volume 16 by Makoto Raiku
233. The Savage Hawkman (New 52) Vol. 1: Darkness Rising by Tony S. Daniel
234. Monster Soul 2 by Hiro Mashima
235. Superman/Wonder Woman (New 52), Vol. 1: Power Couple by Charles Soule
236. The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro
237. Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift by Greg Rucka
238. Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by Dav Pilkey
239. Creepshow by Stephen King
240. Zatch Bell, Volume 17 by Makoto Raiku
241. Kamen Volume 1 by Gunya Mihara
242. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 4: The Kill Machine by Jeff Lemire
243. Supergirl (New 52) Vol. 1: Last Daughter of Krypton by Mike Johnson
244. Superboy (New 52) Vol. 1: Incubation by Scott Lobdell
245. Teen Titans (New 52) Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight by Scott Lobdell
246. Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 1 by Adachitoka
247. Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
248. Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 12 by Kiiro Yumi
249. The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1 by Yoshiki Tanaka
250. El Deafo by Cece Bell
251. Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel
252. Green Arrow (New 52) Vol. 5: The Outsiders War by Jeff Lemire
253. The Seven Deadly Sins 4 by Nakaba Suzuki
254. Fish by Bianca Bagnarelli
255. Invincible Days by Patrick Atangan
256. Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources by Arthur de Pins
257. Vinland Saga, Omnibus 5 by Makoto Yukimura
258. Weekly Shonen Jump, July 29, 2013 (No. 35)
259. Comics Squad: Recess! edited by Jennifer L. Holm
260. The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
261. Ash and the Army of Darkness by Steve Niles
262. Ernest & Rebecca #5: The School of Nonsense by Guillaume Bianco
263. The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by P. Craig Russell264. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
265. Grimm Fairy Tales: Robyn Hood Legend by Patrick Shand
266. This One Summer by Jillian & Mariko Tamaki
267. Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bass Reeves by Joel Christian Gill
268. 3 Issues of Superman Family Adventures by Art Baltazar
269. LEGO Ninjago #11: Comet Crisis by Greg Farshtey
270. The Heroic Legend of Arslan 2 by Yoshiki Tanaka
271. Colonial Comics: New England, 1620 - 1750 edited by Jason Rodriguez
272. Superman Family Adventures Vol. 2 by Art Baltazar
273. Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
274. Chi's Sweet Home, Volume 11 by Konami Kanata
275. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
276. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
277. The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
278. Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
279. How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis
280. The Wake by Scott Snyder
281. Art Schooled by Jamie Coe
282. Clockwork Game: The Illustrious Career of A Chess-Playing Automaton by Jane Irwin
283. The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks
284. Kamen Volume 2 by Gunya Mihara
285. Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner
286. Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination by Dan Mishkin
287. Explorer: The Hidden Doors by Kazu Kibuishi288. The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler
289. Teen Titans: Earth One Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
290. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
291. Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard
292. Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
293. Hinterkind Vol. 2: Written in Blood by Ian Edginton
294. Princess Ugg Volume 1 by Ted Naifeh
295. The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop
296. Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks
297. Cast Away on the Letter A: A Philemon Adventure (Toon Books) by Fred
298. Classics Illustrated Deluxe #9: A Christmas Carol and the Remembrance of Mugby by Charles Dickens by Rudolphe 
299. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow 
300. Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 1 by Jiro Kuwata
301. The Smurfs Christmas by Peyo
302. The Royals: Masters of War by Rob Williams
303. Dance Class #6: A Merry Olde Christmas by Béka
304. Tune, Book 1: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim
305. Tune, Book 2: Still Life by Derek Kirk Kim
306. Neurocomic by Dr. Hana Ros
307. Garfield & Co. #7: Home for the Holidays by Jim Davis
308. Theseus and the Minotaur by Yvan Pommaux
308. Dance Class #8: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Béka
309. Forever Smurfette by Peyo
310. Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy