Monday, August 16, 2010

This Looks Interesting: Sorcerers & Secretaries

Find the first volume at: [Amazon] [Borders] [Barnes & Noble]

Description from the publisher (Tokyopop):

Nicole Hayes sure likes to daydream - and who can blame her? She studies a subject she has no interest in so she can satisfy her mother, and she works part time as a receptionist to satisfy her growing debt. But when she's alone with her notebook, she crafts a fantastic story and lets her imagination go-go-go! Meanwhile, her old neighbor Josh pines after Nicole's every step but just can't seem to snap her out of her daydreams and get her to notice him. If only he could see what it was she was dreaming about, maybe he could finally win her over!

See what some reviewers have to say about this series:

Johanna Draper Carlson at Comics Worth Reading
This book is like gourmet hot chocolate: comforting and relaxing, prepared with great skill, yet with unexpected depth plus a hint of spice to keep the reader from taking it for granted.

Dindrane at Need Coffee
The fantasy setting comes alive as Nicole daydreams and shows everyone that "that fantasy stuff" that the other characters see as pointless and even "babyish" can be as real and important as business school or anything else.

Julie at Manga Maniac Cafe
I can hardly wait for the next volume! This was really cute, and even though the art was rather sparse, it worked well with the story. This wasn’t earth shaking, but it was one of the best new manga that I’ve read in while. This volume earns a place on the keeper shelf!

Jayne at Dear Author
I will say something about the illustrations in “Sorcerers and Secretaries.” They’re fabulous. Though I’m not sure about the high-heel boots that Ellon wears. I am in awe of anyone who can tell a story not only in writing but visually as well.

Sequestered Nooks
One of the book’s biggest strengths, however, is Nicole’s fantasy writing. Her story of the sorcerer Ellon who is betrayed by his a familiar, a source of friendship and inspiration, is woven through the main narrative and provides a nice parallel. In this way Sorcerers and Secretaries will appeal to both fantasy lovers and romance readers.

Interested readers might also want to take a look at the sizable serving of previews at creator Amy Kim Ganter's site.

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