Ornithology – Sixteen Short Stories

Ornithology – Sixteen Short Stories
Release Date: 2nd June 2017
Author: Nicholas Royle
Publisher: Confingo Publishing 

Here we have sixteen short stories about birds, or sixteen short stories which happen to feature the odd bird or two, be they flapping in the sky or taken out to the back with a knife. As a central concept it ties the stories of love, deceit, and overall strangeness together so they can happily coexist within the same work. It’s a popular device to sell short stories, just look at Haruki Murakami’s ‘Men Without Women’ just below this post. You need those birds to thrive. Or at least some hook, talon, or beak.  Continue reading

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Men Without Women

Men Without Women
Release Date: 9th May 2017
Author: Haruki Murakami
Publisher: Harvill Secker

Men without women tend to oversleep. Men without women sometimes forget to brush their teeth. Men without women like to sit and count stars. Men without women often wonder about nothing much at all. But enough about me, let’s take a look at Murakami’s latest short story collection, giving us seven tales of solo souls, and the women that they meet. So, not quite without, but not entirely there.  Continue reading

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Volume 4

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders
Volume 4
Release Date: 24th August 2017
Author: Hirohiko Araki
Publisher: Viz

It was foggy the other day. There was love in the air not long after. And today, well, there is a bright burning sun in the sky. Yes, it’s everything you should expect from a new volume of JoJo. Continue reading

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Volume 3

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders
Volume 3
Release Date: 2nd May 2017
Author: Hirohiko Araki
Publisher: Viz

With the last Jojonium setting the template for the rest of Part 3 and the series as we know it, it’s time to forget about those days of Jonathon and prime Joseph Joestar. It’s time to instead embrace the bizarre that only the monster of the week format can provide.  Continue reading

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Volume 2

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders
Volume 2
Release Date: 21st February 2017
Author: Hirohiko Araki
Publisher: Viz

The first volume of Stardust Crusaders introduced us to the concept of Stands, spiritual powers which can do more than the Ripples of the past, our heroes, from Clint Eastwood inspired Jotaro to the fire loving tarot card reader Avdol, and the overall objective of reaching Dio in Egypt to save Holly, and the world whilst they are at it. With all the pieces in place, we can now enjoy what the series is really all about, Stands, glorious Stands.  Continue reading

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3: Stardust Crusaders Volume 1

jojo-3-1Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 3 – Stardust Crusaders
Volume 1
Release Date: 15th November 2016
Author: Hirohiko Araki
Publisher: Viz

Dio has somehow returned from the bottom of the ocean to cause mayhem and take over the world, the power of the ripple has been replaced by Stands, and the format is now ‘monster of the week’. What’s going on with this bizarre adventure?
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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency Volume 4

jojo-4Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 2 – Battle Tendency
Volume 4
Release Date: 25th August 2016
Author: Hirohiko Araki
Publisher: Viz

Its time for the finale! For the first time English readers of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure get a chance to experience the climatic conclusion to Part 2 without having to track down crappy scans and funky translations, it’s only taken nearly thirty years! Part 2 tends to be the fan favourite, with the battles held within this tome being part of the reason why, so why did it take so long to make it to our doors? Continue reading