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Amulet

You need to check out the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, the legendary creator of the Flight Anthologies, if you haven't yet. The 2nd book just came out. It's amazing how Kibuishi can convey so much action with just a few scenes. And, the storytelling is top notch. I get the same chills of excitement reading this as when I, say, first started reading Bone. It's that good, and I can't wait for the next one. Take a peek at this all-ages fantasy romp about a girl with a magical amulet and a very unique destiny and you won't be disappointed.

Comic X Novel = Malice

This book may be one of the craziest, most inventive things I've seen lately. Chris Wooding, author of Storm Thief, breaks some new gound with his book Malice. Half of the story is fiction and half is graphic novel, and the main characters travel between the two in a weird, fascinating mix. A few have tried this risky move and failed, but Wooding pulls it off with a story revolving around a comic book that you can go inside if you know the right ritual. Menacing things happen there, of course, once you do... This book is unique, and even has an eye-popping, raised cover image. Just, cool.

A Little Fall Anime Cheer Your Way

O.K. so Halloween is long over and done with, but I couldn't resist. This is just too awesome. Anime News Network, one of the better places to get your anime news, holds an annual contest for pumpkin carving. I just stumbled across these, and they are fantastic. Take a look.

All new x-men...No, really, all new.

Love the x-men? Love shojo manga? Well, look no further: X-men: Misfits is a wild reimagining of the x-men drawn manga style with a heavy focus on romance. It follows Kitty Pryde at Xavier's school for the 'gifted', an all boys school. I know, your first thought might be "no, no this is blasphemy," but this is meant to be different with familiar characters turned on their heads. If you can accept that, this is actually a fairly entertaining story, and it's interesting how well these two styles mix!

Fae Blood and 80's Rock

I had pushed into my hands recently the book War for the Oaks, and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. It's about a human rocker girl caught in a faerie war because her presence on the battlefield will turn faeries mortal long enough for them to kill each other...yeah, she's thrilled. She's got a handsome but troublesome faerie bodyguard, and a rockband she's trying ot get off the ground. This book is very, very much dated in the 80's, with lots of 80's music references, so I'll warn you of that, but overall it's a great bit of fairy-fantasy-romance for those people who liked stuff like Wicked Lovely or the Holly Black books.

Ultimatum

The 'Ultimatum' event in Marvel's alternate timeline series 'Ultimate' has disappointed a lot of fans (a lot of heroes die, sometimes for inexplicable reasons...). However, there is one part of this series that somehow managed to escape a lot of the strange plot and is actually some top notch storytelling: Ultimatum Spider-man. It's tense and gripping, and handles the doom and gloom perhaps a little better than the rest. So, check it out.

Mystery Done Right

Out of boredom I picked up I Am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier, again, and, man, I have to say it's just as good as I remember it. A slightly disturbed kid starts on a perplexing bicycle trip across country all the while flashing back to strange question and answer sessions with a mysterious doctor. There's lots of emotional depth as well as some nice twists in this little story. There is a good reason Robert Cormier is considered by many to be a master of his craft.

Everybody Loves Zombies!

I don't know if you've heard, but Robert Kirkman's survival horror comic book series The Walking Dead is soon going to be a TV series on AMC! Really. I'm not joking. I decided to pick this up recently, and man is it entertaining. I recommend checking it out before the series airs. I'm hooked enough that I'm now digging into book two. Kirkman basically explores what might happen if a zombie movie kept the camera rolling. After the initial survival frenzy, what would it be like trying to live your life in a Zombie apocalypse? What would that do to people? It makes for interesting reading, let me say. Can't wait to finish book two and get into book three...

Teen Animanga Club Oct. 14

Oct. 14 6:30-8:45. Join us for our monthly meeting of the animanga club! We've gots lots in store: pocky to eat, a raffle, karaoke, and a mystery anime to top it all off. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints! Come hang out and let your inner otaku run free...

Moribito

You may not know that the epic, fantasy anime Moribito: guardian of the spirit (shown occasionally late night on Cartoon Network) was originally a kids book by Nahoko Uehashi, and that there is now a sequel, Morbito II : guardian of the darkness! This series follows a wondering female bodyguard Balsa, and is set in a world similar to ancient Japan. If you dig a little historical fiction with sword fighting, or if you just want see the original inspiration for the anime, you might want to take a look.

Worst Comedy Club in the World Sat. 10/3 1-4pm

Try Comedy Improv Saturday, October 3 from 1:00-4:00PM. Teens in grades 7-12 can join us for some improv comedy games “Whose line?” style. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be great at this. In fact, one of our games is a competition for telling the worst jokes ever. Come to watch or to partake; it’s all good!

Code Geass

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of giant robot shows normally, but I gotta say Code Geass is some good stuff. If you haven't watched it yet you are missing out. Think Gundam crossed with Death Note. Tight, ingenious plotting, lots of action, but also good tense moments of character development. It's just so enjoyable watching Lelouch mysteriously pull himself out of one impossible situation after another. We will be getting the 2nd two discs of the 2nd season in pretty soon (R2).

Genius!

I am reminded more and more why I like Girl Genius. Everyone has their favorite web comics, but I thought I'd put out a mention to this one by Phil and Kaja Foglio if you are looking for a good sci-fi fantasy read. It's got romance, humor, a talking cat, possession by otherworldly beings, and a girl who builds mad scientist machines...and, most importantly, it's got very likable characters and an interesting storyline. Check it out.

Into Board Games? Join Us Sat. Sept. 19

Teen / Adult Open Board Gaming this Saturday, Sept. 19, 1:00-4:00pm.
We’ve got the hottest games like Carcassonne, Settlers, Ticket to Ride… plus a ton more you probably haven’t heard of but should. Also, in honor of 'Talk Like a Pirate Day', we're breaking out the pirate themed games to add to the mix. Drop by for a good time with a few new folks.

Animanga Club Sept. 16

Animanga Club Sept. 16 6:30-8:45
Join us for our monthly meeting of the animanga club! We've gots lots in store: pocky to eat, a raffle, karaoke, and a mystery anime to top it all off. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints! Come hang out and let your inner otaku run free...