LJ Fiction Reviews: July 1, 2016

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An intense and dark conclusion to Rock’s “Subs Club” series; new novels from Butler, Foer, Hill, and Moore come highly recommended; a final and unforgettable Elfquest; starred reviews for first novelists Black, Das, Levine, and Thomas

Graphic Novels from Kripke & Higgins, Simone & Co., Wilson & Morikawa, & Wood-plus | Xpress Reviews

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Adult tale by debuter Kripke is beautifully rendered and plays out wonderfully; readers looking for compelling contemporary horror will best enjoy a sojourn into the Clean Room; for those interested in ethics and their whys and wherefores; Rebels is essential for students of and readers interested in American history and warfare

Graphic Novel from Del Col & Company on the Assassin’s Creed Video Game | Xpress Reviews

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A lot of the references will go over the heads of the uninitiated; recommended for teens and YA who crave more of the Assassin’s Creed game in any form

Picture the Possibilities | Graphic Novels Preview 2016

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Nonfiction, memoir, even cookbooks show that the graphic novel format has grown far beyond the borders of its superhero roots. The capabilities are nearly limitless.

Graphic Novels from Dunn, Rucka & Scott, and Vaughan & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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Cat lovers everywhere will love Dunn’s news team; a solid choice for fans of the fantastical in a real-world setting; a violent vision of a possible tomorrow that will prompt readers to contemplate political and environmental choices

Graphic Novels by Lemire & Nguyen and Williams & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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A great sf tale that belongs in most graphic novel collections; be prepared to order the rest of the “Unfollow” series as the volumes are published

Graphic Novels from Aaronovitch & Co., Hernandez & Others, and Simon Plus | Xpress Reviews

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A story for fans of police investigative dramas and sf; lovers of The Prisoner will delight in this parallel world of government experts, secret agents, and scientists; for fans of DC’s Vertigo titles, punk art, and David Cronenberg films

Graphic Novels: Le Roy and Dan Breathe “Sublime” Life into Thoreau | Xpress Reviews

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This biography is a worthy addition to any library that includes Thoreau’s works

Wimmen’s Comix, Feiffer’s Cousin Joseph, Ancient China, “Threadbare,” & More | Graphic Novels Reviews, May 15, 2016

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An essential Comix collection to engage both amateur and professional culture critics; a fresh serving of classic noir from Feiffer; a compelling, nuanced treatment of Alan Turing; Zapico’s enjoyable, valuable introduction to James Joyce

LJ Fiction Reviews: May 15, 2016

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Belfer has created a fascinating historical novel; Clines’s Girls are unforgettable; Lancaster’s sprightly book is all about second chances; Feiffer serves up another classic noir; Liu recounts Chinese history; Chambers delivers a delightful debut space opera