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Killing Castro by Lawrence Block

In this early Lawrence Block thriller five characters are thrown together in a plot to assassinate Fidel Castro. Interwoven in the assassination story is the story/biography of how Fidel comes to power in Cuba. Written in 1961 shortly before the … Continue reading

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MadMan by Michael Allred

Frank Einstein is the costumed character, Madman. He was brought back to life by mad-scientists and now has trouble remembering who he is and struggles deciphering fantasy from reality. By the first few panels we’re introduced to his existential crisis … Continue reading

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Ratio: The simple codes behind the craft of everyday cooking by Michael Ruhlman

I must admit I have not read many cookbooks. I’ve read a bit on celebrity chef culture in Heat by Bill Buford, and whole-hog eating in The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating by Fergus Henderson but usually I save … Continue reading

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The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and other stories by Nicholas Gurewitch

Ignatz Award winning The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and other stories is a collection of webcomics and newspaper comic strips from the inventive creator, Nicholas Gurewitch. Unlike most comic strips there is no recurring cast of characters, no consistent art … Continue reading

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The Nobody by Jeff Lemire

In artist/writer Jeff Lemire’s The Nobody the iconic Invisible Man, John Griffen escapes his lab and the city to hunker down and find his cure in a small town. Befriended by a teenager, Vickie, she tells the story of Griffen, … Continue reading

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Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days by Brian K. Vaughan

Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days follows New York City superhero Mitchell Hundred as he decides to retire when he realizes he can effect real change by becoming Mayor of his city. The story flashes back on Hundred during his … Continue reading

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