The Makings of a Slytherin Witch

For one Christmas, I can’t remember which, I received my first Harry Potter books. It was the first boxset, the one that contained Sorcerer’s Stone through Goblet of Fire. Before then, I hadn’t known or cared what Harry Potter was. I was unimpressed by the intricate Golden Snitch presented to me by a classmate on stark white…

Review: The Namesake

This week I finished The Namesake, the first novel of Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. When I first picked it up I had no idea what it was about, and knew only that Lahiri’s second novel The Lowland had been nominated for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award in 2013. In my…

Mini Reviews of Old Schoolbooks

I’ve been done with school for a couple years now, but there are certain books I read in college that I still think about. Here are a few mini reviews of those books.

Review: Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1

I became familiar with DeConnick’s work through Captain Marvel, and have since constructed a shrine and began performing weekly Friday night summoning rituals. They have yet to have any effect as far as I’m aware, but that’s another story. Our current story is that I picked up this comic expecting excellence and was still blown…

Review: Lazarus #1-#19

Lazarus takes place in the near future, where the countries we know have been abolished, and the world is governed by 16 wealthy ruling families. These families live in luxury, and those who serve them receive food and shelter. Everyone else is Waste. Each ruling family has what’s called a Lazarus: a member of the…

Review: An Age of License

An Age of License is a travel journal written by Lucy Knisley that details her trip around Europe in the fall of 2011. After an invitation to speak at Raptus Comic Fest in Bergen, Norway, Knisley takes the opportunity to plan a trip around Europe to visit friends and family. Over the course of her travels…

Review: A Natural History of Dragons

I basically fell in love with this book as soon as I saw its cover. As a kid, I had very well-worn copies of Dragonology and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that are probably to blame for my love of fictional memoirs, histories, and the like from fantastical settings. As such, I was…

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

After falling for Gaiman’s writing in the Sandman comics, I decided it was beyond time to try his fiction. One of his more recent books, The Ocean at the End of the Lane came highly recommended as an introduction to his writings. I cracked the spine, flipped past the copyrights, and was almost immediately hooked….

Review: Sex Criminals, Vol. 1

Today I picked up Eisner-nominated Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, and promptly laughed my ass off for an hour. It’s smartly written and wonderfully illustrated; Fraction and Zdarsky took an original idea—what if time really did stop when you orgasm?—and made it compelling, funny, sexy, and touching (no, not that kind) all at the same time.

Review: Acceptance

Yes, I am aware that this is the last book in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. And yes, I do see the irony in the fact that my first Cannonball review of the year is of the final book of a series. That being said, I’m gonna cheat a little bit and use this review as…