Book and Manga Reviews

Pirates of the Burley Griffin is primarily an anime focussed blog.  That said, I did start off lo these many years ago as a lit SF fan, and book/manga reviews will make an appearance from time to time.  For both my own convenience, and that of  readers of the blog, here is an index of those reviews.

Book Reviews – Fiction

Knife, by R.J. Anderson
Portal, Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor
1634: The Baltic War, Eric Flint and David Weber
Between Planets, Robert A. Heinlein
Farmer in the Sky, Robert A. Heinlein
The Rolling Stones, Robert A. Heinlein
Space Cadet, Robert A. Heinlein
Codex Born, Jim C. Hines
Libriomancer, Jim C. Hines
All Things Being Relative, Tanya Huff
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin
The Wizard of London, Mercedes Lackey
Rocket Girls, Hōsuke Nojiri
Rocket Girls: The Last Planet, Hōsuke Nojiri
Usurper of the Sun, Hosuke Nojiri
Lock In, John Scalzi
Redshirts, John Scalzi
Moribito and Moribito II, Nahoko Uehashi
Kitty and the Midnight Hour, Carrie Vaughn
A Beautiful Friendship, David Weber
Mission of Honor, David Weber
On Basilisk Station, David Weber
A Rising Thunder, David Weber
Shadow of Freedom, David Weber
Shadow of Victory, David Weber
House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion, David Weber and BuNine
Cauldron of Ghosts, David Weber and Eric Flint
Torch of Freedom, David Weber and Eric Flint
War Maid’s Choice, David Weber

Book Reviews – Non-Fiction

Admirals: The Naval Commanders Who Made Britain Great, Andrew Lambert
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies, Chris Kluwe
HMS Warrior 1860: Victoria’s Ironclad Deterrent, Andrew Lambert
World’s Worst Warships, Anthony Preston

Manga Reviews

Bunny Drop, Yumi Unita, first thoughts on volumes 1 – 5
I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up, Kodama Naoko (2018)

Oh My Goddess! by Kosuke Fujishima

This is an ongoing series of reviews as I work my way through one of the longest running manga around.

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5 & 6: Terrible Master Urd
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9
Volume 10
Volume 11
Volume 12
Volume 13
Volume 14
Volume 15
Volume 16
Volume 17
Volume 18
Volume 19
Volume 20
Volume 21
Volume 22
Volume 23
Volume 24
Volume 25
Volume 26
Volume 27
Volume 28
Volumes 29 – 44 (forthcoming)

Other Bits and Pieces

Of Fandoms Three includes my appreciation of Robert A. Heinlein.

As always I’m willing to take requests for reviews, leave a comment if you’d like to find out if I’ve read something and/or what I thought of it.

7 thoughts on “Book and Manga Reviews”

  1. Tim Samuel said:

    Hey, John. Its your nephew. Send my dad an email if you get this comment.

  2. Not the sort of comment I was ever expecting to see… 🙂

  3. Tim Samuel said:

    Do u remember me from canberra? We invited u 2 chinese food?

  4. Tim Samuel said:


  5. I certainly do. We were talking about you starting your own blog, and whether you were able to commit to the regular writing and editing required.

  6. Tim Samuel said:

    Well, my mom won’t let me. But i really want 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. AllanBorne said:

    Wow, looks like we both do reviews on anime and books :)) hope to read more from you.

    Would you also like to swap links? I got a anime fanwork review blog in blogspot. I’m kinda looking for interested readers.

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