Category Archives: General

Joining When Fangirls Attack

I’ve been sending in links to When Fangirls Attack for a little while, and I’m now on board officially. Thanks very much to Ragnell and Kalinara for the invitation to join their blog! I’m going to be focusing on manga linkblogging, since I figure everyone else has other areas of comics covered. If you know of any blogs or livejournals that focus on manga and gender that I should add to my rss reader, or if you want to send me any links please e-mail me at tangognat @

T is for Tugboat: Navigating the Seas from A to Z

T Is for Tugboat: Navigating the Seas from A to Z by Traci N. Todd and Sara Gillingham (amazon)

There are plenty of alphabet books out there, but T is for Tugboat is a handsomely designed book with a nautical theme that will appeal to any fans of boats, oceans, or maritime trivia. The color palette of red, blue, white, and tan sets off pages that list several items for each letter of the alphabet. For example, N is for Neptune, Navigate, and the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria and A is for Anchor, Ahoy, and Aground. The illustrations seamlessly combine historical photos, line drawings, and more detailed illustrations of the items that represent the alphabet. The reference librarian in me particularly appreciated the detailed pages on maritime flag code, knots, and Morse code. It would be easy to use this book as a jumping off point to further explore other related topics. There’s a mini quiz on the back flap of the book that tests the reader’s knowledge. T is for Tugboat is more sophisticated than the typical alphabet book, the publisher recommends it for ages 4-8.

There are two other books in this series, A is for Astronaut and C is for Caboose. So if you have a space buff or train hobbyist in the house, you might want to check those books out as well.

Review copy provided by Chronicle Kids Books

five things

Hmm, I’ve been tagged by Chicken Spaghetti and need to write 5 things about me, based on blog posts.

1) This has been a busy year. I got married and moved Out West after living on the East Coast for almost 4 years.

2) Other than the horrific wine closet, and a few ugly light fixtures, my condo is no longer terrifying.

3) Although I’ve been slowing down with posts to my knitting blog, I still knit! I just don’t happen to have many exciting projects to show off.

4) I saw Children of Men the other day and thought it was great, and not just because I like watching movies where Clive Owen cries.

5) I have a monthly manga budget, but I’m not going to say how much I spend.

If they want to play, I’ll tag pajcat, doom, nat, Larocque and Roll, and newcybrary.

Final Fantasy XII

…is very much like Star Wars. There’s an evil empire. Dashing pirates. A group of scrappy renegades. Early on in the game, you have to rescue a captured princess from the brig of a ship. Everyone speaks in stilted British accents. Still, I’m enjoying it a bunch.