Yotsuba&! is actually a manga I found out about through figure pictures. I know, an odd way to find out about new (to yourself that is) manga, butYotsuba&! is actually a manga I found out about through figure pictures. I know, an odd way to find out about new (to yourself that is) manga, but I just kept seeing the figure of this cute little green-haired girl and wondered where it came from. (With any luck, I'll track down my own little figure at a good price)
The first volume of the manga introduces us to our titular character, her Daddy, Daddy's friend Jumbo, and the next door neighbours. And quite frankly I can't think of another way to describe the feeling of reading this first volume other than it's like being smothered with adorableness. As a character Yotsuba reminds me a little of the character Lilo in that she'd very endearingly weird. Like a little kid should be.
She's so enthusiastic about everything and seems to love just learning about the world around her. And while she might not always get it right, she keeps trying and it's so hard to see her efforts and not stop and grin to yourself. If there isn't a mascot that represents that irresistible urge to grin? Yotsuba should become it; because that's exactly the feeling you get during this first volume.
I really can't wait to check out the rest of the volumes that are available, and see how Yotsuba takes to life in her new home, and how she brings in her neighbours and probably everyone else around her, into these daily adventures. (Because it might just be everyday life, but every day is an adventure to Yotsuba.)
I would recommend this manga to everyone. A kid looking for their first manga, an old pro who has read nearly everything out there, and even just the casual fan. This really is the type of story that can be for everyone.
A Pride of Poppies is a GLBTQI+ anthology which focuses on the period of the First World War. The aim of the stories in this anthology is to give us aA Pride of Poppies is a GLBTQI+ anthology which focuses on the period of the First World War. The aim of the stories in this anthology is to give us a look into how it would have been for these marginalized groups of society to live, work, and even fight during one of the bloodiest wars known to mankind.
Personally? I found all the stories to be incredibly moving, though each in their own way of course. Some made me laugh a little, some made me cry, and some just had me sitting quietly and staring at a wall for a little while. There is no doubt that all the authors in this book have done their very best to be as historically accurate as possible - even to the slang used by the characters in stories.
This is a book that is well worth reading no matter what 'group' of people you belong to. At the end of the day, the stories all are telling the lives of people who are simply people, trying to get by in a very hard time, and somehow just trying to manage. And that can be very important indeed.
Five out of five, and I still think I'm rating it too low....more
The London Market Guide was a book picked up the Mother when we took a short break down to London this past May to celebrate the Brother's 30th birtThe London Market Guide was a book picked up the Mother when we took a short break down to London this past May to celebrate the Brother's 30th birthday. On the first day in London, we went to Waterstones and the Mother found the above mentioned book. Being the type to enjoy various types of markets, she thought it would be a good source of new things for us to do during our trip and purchased it. I ended up reading it, and trying to map out how hard it would be to get to each market from the area in which we were staying.
Overall, it can be said that The London Market Guide gives a fair, clear view to the state of London markets as they stand today - the copy we have being updated for 2015. However, I would not say that it is entirely without bias. Author Andrew Kershman gives clear recounting of his experiences at each market, and with this you can easily tell the type of market which is more to his own preference. This can and would likely cause friction with a group if this happened to be the only guide of the Markets available to you, which it may unfortunately be. I was unable to discover another resource as up to date that did not require internet access.
That being said, it is a fairly entertaining read, as it offers some look into how the markets have changed since the first edition of the book came out. I would not take it as the be all, end all of market guides for London, however, which is why I am only rating it 3 out of 5 stars.
Though I do thank Mr. Kershman for his time and dedication taken to provide the book to the public. ...more