Guest review: Genkaku Picasso is happy to present its first graphic novel review: Genkaku Picasso by Usamaru Furuya. This is a guest review by Shweta Vachani. Genkaku Picasso is a manga, about two friends, Picasso and Chiaki. Picasso—or Hikari Hamura, to give him his full name—is an artist. After he and his friend are in a terrible accident, […]

Review: Not Dead Enough

The year of reviews might be over, but (one hopes) the reviews will keep coming anyway. To start off the year, here’s Peter James’ third book in his Chief Inspector Grace series: Not Dead Enough. It seems that Brian Bishiop, a successful businessman, has pulled off the impossible feat of being in two places at […]

Review #52: Fangirl

Yep, it’s time for the final review of 2015, and the pride of place goes to Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. At its heart, Fangirl is (yet another?) teenage romance, but it would be doing it a great disservice to call it just that. This is a story of a tumultous year in the life of eighteen-year-old […]

Review #51: The Man on the Balcony

Thirty years before Henning Mankell began plying his trade as writer of Scandinavian crime fiction, there was the husband-and-wife pair of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. They collaborated on a series of ten police procedural novels starring Martin Beck, a superintendent with the Stockholm police. The Man on the Balcony is the third book. Unfortunately, […]

Review #49: Neverwhere

Neverwhere is a stunning, imaginative tale of an “ordinary” man who accidentally stumbles into a parallel existence called London Below, which is a sort of murky underbelly of the regular London, and gets swept away in an unlikely adventure. Neverwhere happened to be the first Neil Gaiman book I read. Needless to say, I sort […]