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Curl up with a good book this Valentine’s Day

Since it's February, here are two new books about single women looking for romance in England!First is "The Art of Not Having it All" by Melissa Kite.Based on her columns in "Spectator," Kite's memoir is all about her life as a single woman in England, balancing work, friends, dating and trying ...

All the president’s superheroes: Comic characters get political

Many superheroes and villains have thrown their hats into the ring and run for, been elected to or been appointed to public office.They don't always stay there, because apparently saving all of reality, dying and coming back to life umpteen times and solving all of your arguments by punching ...

New Thor puts the hammer down

Three issues in and I'm sold on the all-new, all-distaff Thor.The gender-bending take on one of Marvel's mainstays shifted into high gear after an anti-climatic debut issue, with writer Jason Aaron delivering a book that reads first and foremost as fun and interesting, not a P.C. stunt like ...

Look back: What readers were reading in 2014

Best books of 2014 -Romance: "A Girl Walks Into a Bar" and "Girl Walks Into a Wedding" by Helena S. Paige (William Morrow, $14.99)These two pick-a-path stories let the reader choose their fate as their character visits a bar for a quick drink after a friend stood them up, or attends their ...

More comic characters’ New Year’s resolutions

A year has passed since the last time I provided you with a list of New Year's resolutions comic book characters might make.In the comics themselves, it's been much less than a year, or possibly more, or possibly both given the preponderance of time-traveling, no matter how many times Marvel ...

Supernatural police romance novel has it all

New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey finishes her Daisy Johanssen series with "Poison Fruit."Daisy, the half-human servant of Hel, the Norse goddess, serves as a paranormal police officer in Pemkowet, a city where humans interact with fairies, ghouls, werewolves and the like. ...

New Marvel comics have good stories – and diversity

While we were all discussing the upcoming replacements of Thor by a woman and Captain America by a black superhero, Marvel was already putting out a comic with a diverse cast of characters that came together for purposes of story, not stunt.When I first heard teasers about a new series entitled ...

New Doctor Who series book tie-in

A tie-in book series to coincide with the new season of Doctor Who on the BBC with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor has recently been released.Four original stories have been released, three with Peter Capaldi's Doctor, who teams with Clara the companion, and even one with Madame Vastra, Strax ...

When horror meets superheroes

There's a long, rich history of horror comic books, which would be ideal to delve into for this month's Halloween issue.At least it would be if I'd ever really gotten into horror comics. Let's face it; I'm a superhero junkie.But horror and heroes have intersected in interesting and unexpected ...

New WV-produced comic draws on urban legends

A West Virginia writer is launching a new comic book company with a horror story about an 8-year-old boy who can command the killers of urban legend."The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb" is an original, 64-page graphic novel written by Parkersburg resident James Patrick and drawn by Jen Hickman ("The ...