Douglas Cobb

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    Killer Pizza: The Slice by Greg Taylor – review

    What’s the favorite food of most red-blooded American teens? Pizza, of course, with assorted toppings of your choice! And, what could be better than awesome pizza? How about awesome pizza combined with hunting monsters? Killer Pizza: The Slice combines the two coolest things in the world, killer pizza and hunting monsters, in...

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    Among Others by Jo Walton – review

    Growing up surrounded by books is like growing up surrounded by friends. At least, while you’re enjoying the experience of reading them, and then when you fondly look back upon them, they can seem like good friends. Fifteen-year-old Morwenna (Mori) Phelps is a bookworm extraordinaire. This novel is told in the form...

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    The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge – review

    Madness runs deep in fifteen-year-old Aoife Grayson’s family, and she fears she’s doomed to follow in her mother Nerissa’s footsteps and end up a resident in one of Lovecraft’s seventeen madhouses. She lives in a Steampunk alternate universe world in the city of Lovecraft, Massachusetts, sometime in the 1950s. Aoife’s brother, Conrad, who...

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    Trouble and Her Friends by Melissa Scott – review

    Cyberpunk has a name, and its name is Melissa Scott. She almost single-handedly redefined the genre with her famous science fiction novel, Trouble and Her Friends, now in a trade paperback edition by Tor after its original publication in 1994. Trouble and all computer hackers in her world face the problem of...

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    Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman – review

    Are you too cool for school, or too school for cool? Meet the kids and teachers of Astronaut Academy in Dave Roman’s cool new graphic novel Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity. It’s a collection of strips from Roman’s webcomic Astronaut Elementary. Their stories are told with dialogue that comes straight out of Japanese...

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    Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 for the Wii – review

    Relive the Harry Potter books and movies by playing the entertaining and fun Wii game, Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, in the comfort of your own home! You can learn how to cast spells, unlock characters, play Quidditch, and defeat Professor Quirrell and all of the other evil wizards who work for...

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    Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – review

    It’s a post-apocalyptic world. The dead have risen, and in our war against the zombies, the living –we– have lost. Humanity still survives in fenced-in, isolated small communities, and people get on with life the best that they can. Still, whatever caused the original outbreak continues to make anyone who dies or...

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    Level Up by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham – review

    Is being true to oneself and having fun while doing it more important, or pleasing one’s parents? That is a question that is often very difficult to answer, and it’s one that, eventually, most of us face. It’s a question that Dennis Ouyang, an Asiatic teen in the First Second (0:1) graphic...

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    Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Wii – review

    Kirby’s Epic Yarn for the Wii is a fun-filled game for 1-2 players that the whole family can enjoy playing, regardless of your age level. Now, I’ll admit that when I started playing the game, this was not my initial opinion of it. At first, I thought the word “yarn” only meant...

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    The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby – review

    What do an orphaned street musician, an apprentice clockmaker, and a maid in a grand hotel have in common? Not much, on the surface; but in the magnificent, page-turning novel The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby, the lives of these three children soon interlock, like the turning gears of a clock,...

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    Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – review

    Alienation, an unsolved murder, and a ghost who is not-so-friendly are the subject matters of Anya’s Ghost, by the extraordinary author/illustrator Vera Brosgol, for First Second (:01). Anya is like any typical teenager–well, any who are embarrassed by their families, are self-conscious about their bodies, and have a hard time trying to...

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    City of Fire by Laurence Yep – review

    Dragons, sprites, griffins, goddesses, and trolls aren’t what you might usually think of when you try to imagine San Francisco and Hawaii in the year 1941, but those are the sorts of mythical beings who populate them in the two-time Newberry Honor Award-Winning author Laurence Yep’s latest page-turning urban fantasy novel, City...

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    The Dark Zone by Dom Testa – review

    The Dark Zone is the exciting fourth and much-anticipated book in Dom Testa’s Galahad series. Does it live up to the hype? Is it worth your money to buy it, and time to read it? Does it develop the characters further, to go beyond being a SF novel filled with teen angst...

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