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Alone on a Wide Wide Sea by Michael Morpurgo
Babymouse Burns Rubber by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Babymouse Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Bite Me by Christopher Moore
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
For Biddle's Sake by Gail Carson Levine
Fullmetal Alchemist 03 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 04 by Hiromu Arakawa
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNaple
The Green Ripper by John D. MacDonald
The Lost Elephants of Kenyisha by Ken Altabef
Mercury by Hope Larson
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc
The Odyssey (All Action Classics 03) by Homer and Tim Mucci
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Queer Phenomenology by Sara Ahmed
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Twin Spica 01 by Kou Yaginuma
Twin Spica 02 by Kou Yaginuma
Urgent 2nd Class by Nick Bantock
The Way They Wove the Spells in Sippulgar by Robert Silverberg
West Coast Journeys by Caroline C. Leighton
Writers of the Future by Charles Oberndorf

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Twenty-four Years of Reading
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Twin Spica, Volume 01

Twin Spica, Volume 01: 06/16/11

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Twin Spica, Volume 01 by Kou Yaginuma was on the short list for this year's Cybils. I'm glad it did as it is an excellent start to a science fiction manga series that I would have missed otherwise.

In this volume Asumi is roomed with two other girls during a test that will take all their cooperation if they want to pass and make it into the Tokyo Space School.

Intermixed with the test, the setting up of a huge number of dominoes, are flashbacks and insights into Asumi's past. Ever since she was a young child she has wanted to be an astronaut. Her mentor in all of this is Mr. Lion, the personification of the ship that crashed when Japan was first launching its space program.

I loved the psychological aspect of the domino test. While it seemed first too easy and then impossible it was a good test of teamwork and ingenuity. The next thing I loved was Mr. Lion and how he reveals bits and pieces of what happened during the crash.

I have since read volumes two and three and hope to keep going as time permits.

Five stars

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