I enjoyed this book, but it has two major flaws. First, I finished it, put it down on the table and then realized I had no idea who the titular blonde was supposed to be. From my recollection, there is only one female blonde in the whole book, who didn't strike me as particularly sword-edged. Second, and more importantly (because publishers often change the title of books they publish, so the first thing might not have anything to do with Bledsoe at all), there's a lot of story that involves denigrating, abusing, raping and killing women. There's also some killing of men, but the men in the story aren't degraded by the act of killing them in the way the women are. And the main character, Eddie, feels bad about it, but never seems capable of intervening. Even in the situations where his intervention wouldn't cost him much. However, given the world Bledsoe has created, it seems ... natural, for lack of a better word, that women are treated so harshly. If I remember my history (and I rarely do, except for broad strokes), the sort of almost European medieval world that Eddie inhabits, is rough on women - even royal or religious women.
Eddie's relationships feel genuine, as do his emotions, and I can believe his anguish over his past (which is evident very early on). He may just be the kind of lucky guy who's in the right place at the right time, as he insists, but I am going to choose to believe that he's self-deprecating.
All in all, a decent first novel. And enough of a fantasy that fantasy fans should enjoy it, and enough of a mystery that mystery fans should enjoy it if they don't mind a little fantasy.
For some reason, little girls with big dreams are a common subject matter in manga. Twin Spica is no exception. Asumi is going to space school, and nothing, not even her own anxiety is going to stop her. With the help of her "imaginary" friend Lion-san, Asumi embarks on a quest to see the stars up close. A good beginning.
Like a Punk zine for food. Really, really good. I wish there were more like it.
Surreal and amazing. I paid full price for this book, and I couldn't be happier. Absolutely beautiful design.
One of the funniest things I've ever read. I wouldn't start here, though. Go to the web and look for Achewood and start from the beginning. It'll be much funnier that way. You CAN start here (I did), but I wouldn't recommend it. Currently on hiatus, alas.