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Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Synopsis Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world, somewhere between magic art, and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in these powers to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a …

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the magic of terry pratchett

The Magic of Terry Pratchett

Synopsis The Magic Of Terry Pratchett is the first full biography of Sir Terry Pratchett ever written. Sir Terry was Britain’s best-selling living author, and before his death in 2015 had sold more than 85 million copies of his books worldwide. Best known for the Discworld series, his work has …

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interstellar flight magazine best of year one

Interstellar Flight Magazine: Best of Year One

Synopsis From space opera to weird fiction to indie games and NaNoWriMo, this collection represents the best in nonfiction dedicated to geekery. Founded by Holly Lyn Walrath, Interstellar Flight Magazine is an online SFF and pop culture mag devoted to essays on what’s new in the world of speculative genres. …

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exploring japanese culture

Exploring Japanese Culture: Not Inscrutable After All

Synopsis Dr. Nicos Rossides spent seven unforgettable years in Japan from the late 1970s, when the country began to emerge as a major player on the world stage. From a humbled nation, post-war Japan metamorphosed into an example to admire and emulate. Rossides witnessed this staggering growth and the “lost …

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sharing a house with the never ending man

Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli

Synopsis This highly entertaining business memoir describes what it was like to work for Japan’s premiere animation studio, Studio Ghibli, and its reigning genius Hayao Miyazaki. Steve Alpert, a Japanese-speaking American, was the “resident foreigner” in the offices of Ghibli and its parent Tokuma Shoten and played a central role …

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The Guest LIst

The Guest List

Guest post, from Lousie at Weezie Reads, as part of Readers Without Borders 2020. A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the author of The Hunting Party. The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ …

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biotope 2

Biotope: Volume 2

Synopsis After the scientific base he was assigned to investigate blows up and almost everybody on it dies, Captain Toussaint finds himself wounded, lost, starving and alone in the middle of an endless jungle on a distant planet. More violence and more surprises await him in his claustrophobic and hostile …

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biotope 1

Biotope: Volume 1

Synopsis A police captain and his two detectives arrive on Biotope, a distant planet on which a scientific base has been erected, to investigate a murder-suicide. They soon realize that all is not right on this self-sustaining base and that the scientists, some of whom are downright hostile towards them, …

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