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I am drawn to the strange, whether it is David Foster Wallace’s ADD driven multi-plots, epistolary works like Ella Minnow Pea, experiments like House of Leaves, hardcore nonfiction on obscure topics, or almost any graphic novel, I ain’t afraid o’ no book!

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    Alterations By Ray Xu Cover Image
    By Ray Xu
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781454945840
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    Published: Union Square Kids - January 30th, 2024

    For Kevin Lee, everything is changing and it sucks, but, whatcha gonna do? You're gonna suffer. But, eventually, it gets better. Story of our lives. Ray Xu's seemingly naive line and quiet pallette lend Alterations a quiet sensibility in an engaging family drama.


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    K Is in Trouble (A Graphic Novel) By Gary Clement Cover Image
    $13.99
    ISBN: 9780316468602
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    Published: Little, Brown Ink - January 16th, 2024

    Living as a child can be bewilderingly existential. Little K knows! Threatened by undefinable phenomena, abandoned in emptiness, surrounded by a world that makes no sense, our hero navigates a life fill of mysterious and bizarre forces beyond his own agency. Franz Kafka would have laughed!


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    A Sense of Self: Memory, the Brain, and Who We Are By Veronica O'Keane Cover Image
    $17.95
    ISBN: 9781324021834
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    Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2022

    Think you remember being in the womb? No, ya don't. Ya don't remember anything until you have an identity. But which comes first, and how? Get into the nitty-gritty of memory and identity and read some fascinating case studies of neuro-divergence!


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    Things in the Basement By Ben Hatke Cover Image
    $14.99
    ISBN: 9781250909541
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    Published: First Second - August 29th, 2023

    Milo is sent on a mission for his sisters special sock, left in the basement. But the basement in his new house has its own basement, in fact, it is basements all the way down. And there are things there. Hatke's hero personifies the genre and returns victorious in plush art and color. You can see his love of this work in every panel! A good read for anyone!


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    100 Micro Amigurumi: Crochet Patterns and Charts for Tiny Amigurumi By Steffi Glaves Cover Image
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781446309704
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    Published: David & Charles - September 19th, 2023

    Cute, charming, precious: every synonym you can think of for adorable. These tiny creations are cute, cute, CUTE! So cute they melted my coworkers into a big puddle of squee!!


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    On Trails: An Exploration By Robert Moor Cover Image
    $17.99
    ISBN: 9781476739236
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    Published: Simon & Schuster - July 4th, 2017

    Why is is such a good metaphor? Paths, trails, ways, hikes, evolve and exemplify Nueral pathways, flood routes, roads, circuits, coding, ad nauseum. A pattern repeated over and over despite differing motives, agendae, goals, and generation. Trails we make make us, make wilderness, and make good practice. Robert Moor has walked enough and reflected enough to keep you following for a long way!


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    Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything By Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D. Cover Image
    $16.95
    ISBN: 9780393357080
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    Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 18th, 2019

    Here's the whole fraught history of endocrinology with a distinctly ethical filter to stir you up, fill you in and bake up a complete and up to the minute picture. While not for the squeamish, its topicality and pleas for tolerance make this a socially necessary read! Do it!


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    The Magicians By Blexbolex, Karin Snelson (Translated by) Cover Image
    By Blexbolex, Karin Snelson (Translated by)
    $34.95
    ISBN: 9781592704040
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    Published: Enchanted Lion - November 7th, 2023

    A fairy tale in the gaps, janky printing artefacts, archetypal characters, uniquely child friendly. Blexbolex as imagination stimulation; giant iconic images, weird meta multiple worlds! Reads like a feast with each course in a different household, and, ultimately satisfying! (this review written in the style of the creator)


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    Work Like Any Other: After the Novel by Virginia Reeves By Alex W. Inker, MA, Virginia Reeves (Other primary creator), Montana Kane (Translated by) Cover Image
    By Alex W. Inker, MA, Virginia Reeves (Other primary creator), Montana Kane (Translated by)
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9781912097456
    Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
    Published: Ponent Mon - October 26th, 2021

    A tragic and melancholy tale of one working man as revitalized by another working man. Roscoe T. Martin, stubborn and proud, seeks work in his field as an electrician and winds up in jail for twenty years. Drawn in blue and red printers dots and colors like a '40's sign painter this thing is both gorgeous and heartbreaking!


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    The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) By Katie Mack Cover Image
    $18.00
    ISBN: 9781982103552
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    Published: Scribner - May 4th, 2021

    The best thing about The End of Everything is the existential comfort that the universe can only end so many ways, most of which are so far off that we won't care, the rest so quick we won't notice. With tongue firmly in cheek, Mack dissects the current theoretical ends of existence as we know it in clear, concise, detailed prose. Existentially comforting!


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    The Black Locomotive By Rian Hughes Cover Image
    $27.99
    ISBN: 9781529074420
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    Published: Picador UK - July 11th, 2023

    Ryan Hughes' The Black Locomotive hauls deep conspiracy, secret societies, artefacts of railway design, and an immersive train engineer experience and crashes it straight into alien encounter! The most completely designed experience since Watchmen!


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    Galaxy Jones and the Space Pirates By Briana McDonald Cover Image
    $17.99
    ISBN: 9781534498297
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    Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 24th, 2023

    Galaxy Jones' universe keeps expanding, separating her from her best friend and her family's hotel from regular guests. Now her personal nemesis, Prince Weston has inadvertently brought space pirates down on her family. Playing Astro Bonny, Space Pirate, was fun as a child, but in reality? And is she any kind of hero? Oh, you bet she is gonna find out!


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    Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else By Jordan Ellenberg Cover Image
    $19.00
    ISBN: 9781984879073
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    Published: Penguin Books - May 24th, 2022

    How many holes in a straw? Why do polls matter? What, really, is exponential growth? Ellenberg clarifies and illustrates pervasive patterns from the mathematically abstract to the practical tying principles to pandemics, gerrymandering, political polling, and pure mathematics in concrete examples and arguments and a minimum of "math".


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    Bitter Root Hardcover Omnibus By David F. Walker, Chuck Brown, Sanford Greene (By (artist)) Cover Image
    $59.99
    ISBN: 9781534324671
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    Published: Image Comics - February 28th, 2023

    When humans are overcome by hatred and racism, the Sangeryes go into action curing and killing the monsters! But even greater evils will arise against the Sangeryes and against humanity! Deep ethical questions, folk/root/herb magic, and monster fighting submitted with fantastic pencils, inks and colors! Nuff' said!


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    The Complete Johnny Nemo By Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins (Illustrator) Cover Image
    By Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins (Illustrator)
    $22.99
    ISBN: 9781782760702
    Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
    Published: Titan Comics - November 18th, 2014

    This is all of it! All of Milligan's favorite asshole detective. Think Judge Dredd and wise guys in future fashion and post-punk tech! It'll kick the crud outta your brains!


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    Mexikid: (Newbery Honor Award Winner) By Pedro Martín, Pedro Martín (Illustrator) Cover Image
    By Pedro Martín, Pedro Martín (Illustrator)
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9780593462287
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    Published: Dial Books - August 1st, 2023

    Not my first kid-forced-on-family-trip-discovers-self book I have read, but definitely the most real, authentic,and hilarious! Read and remember!


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    Cooking with Monsters (Book One): The Beginner's Guide to Culinary Combat By Jordan Alsaqa, Vivian Truong (Illustrator), Vivian Truong (Inker), Vivian Truong (Colorist), Vivian Truong (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
    By Jordan Alsaqa, Vivian Truong (Illustrator), Vivian Truong (Inker), Vivian Truong (Colorist), Vivian Truong (Cover design or artwork by)
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9781684059836
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    Published: IDW Publishing - September 5th, 2023

    Perfect for the niche-monster genre crowd, Chefs cooking meals WHILE fighting monsters. Some they adopt, some they kill, some--Mm Mmmm-- they eat! Great cartooning and a bright pallette support REAL people developing REAL relationships in a REAL community! Diverse, Authentic, Touching, and Hilarious! This is good work!


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    DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead By Bruce Campbell, Eduardo Risso (Illustrator) Cover Image
    By Bruce Campbell, Eduardo Risso (Illustrator)
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781779520654
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    Published: DC Comics - October 3rd, 2023

    Usually I don't like non-historical fiction, it is jarring to watch figures one has reviled ones whole life be killed. But there is gratification, too. And with Easy Company in the house, an' that ole noncom, Sgt Rock, its a joy. An' ya know what? Bruce Campbell treats ole Sarge with respect, fully supported by the fine line support of noir beast Eduardo Risso for the perfect balance of grit and resignation that make Sgt. Rock great!


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    Monkey Prince Vol. 1: Enter the Monkey By Gene Luen Yang, Bernard Chang (Illustrator) Cover Image
    By Gene Luen Yang, Bernard Chang (Illustrator)
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781779517098
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    Published: DC Comics - January 3rd, 2023

    Start with Gene Luen Yang, already a comic great and Let Bernard Chang draw superheroes slicker 'n greased glass! What's not to love? The Monkey King realized as a new teen superhero? Well, bet he drives Batman up the wall. Like, if Thor was funny!


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    Barbaric Vol. 2: Axe to Grind By Michael Moreci, Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrator), Richard Pace (Illustrator), Addison Duke (Colorist), Jim Campbell (Letterer), Adrian F. Wassel (Editor) Cover Image
    By Michael Moreci, Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrator), Richard Pace (Illustrator), Addison Duke (Colorist), Jim Campbell (Letterer), Adrian F. Wassel (Editor)
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9781638491163
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    Published: Vault Comics - May 23rd, 2023

    Barbarian cursed by smart-ass axe to do only good deeds? What's not to like? Blood and guts, demons and monsters in lush color renderings make this book a lot better than it should be!


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    Little Monsters, Volume 1 By Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (By (artist)) Cover Image
    By Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (By (artist))
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9781534323186
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    Published: Image Comics - October 11th, 2022

    The adults are gone and the kids are bored immortals, vampire children left to their own devices. A great and unique take on the genre, with Dustin Nguyen's amazing pencils and emblematic colors, it's a joy to read!


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    Children of Time By Adrian Tchaikovsky Cover Image
    $19.99
    ISBN: 9780316452502
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    Published: Orbit - December 11th, 2018

    I been reading science fiction for fifty-one years and this is absolutely the best science fiction I have ever read! I read all 640 pages in two settings! Cutting edge science, smart characterization, seemless plotting, and deeper than the Mariana Trench with more layers than deep time! It manages to span 3000 years and yet remain personal. I'm gonna read it again; maybe tomorrow!


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    The Flowers of Buffoonery By Osamu Dazai, Sam Bett (Translated by) Cover Image
    By Osamu Dazai, Sam Bett (Translated by)
    $14.95
    ISBN: 9780811234542
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    Published: New Directions - March 7th, 2023

    Is it a novel? Is it and attempt at a novel? Is it an aborted novel? Yes. Wistfully funny and melancholy sad reflection on suicide, survival, and self-reflective creativity!


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    The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation By Jon Gertner Cover Image
    $19.00
    ISBN: 9780143122791
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    Published: Penguin Books - February 26th, 2013

    Sure, Ma Bell was the anti-christ of capitalism, the first "natural monopoly" and we are probably better off with it broken apart, but one crowning achievement mitigates much: Bell Labs. You wouldn't be reading this review if not for Bell Labs' human machine built to foster happy accidents; a model to follow!


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    Elf Dog and Owl Head By M. T. Anderson, Junyi Wu (Illustrator) Cover Image
    By M. T. Anderson, Junyi Wu (Illustrator)
    $18.99
    ISBN: 9781536222814
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    Published: Candlewick - April 11th, 2023

    What can M. T. Anderson NOT write? What a soft, warm cuddly tale with high stakes and riveting adventure, for reals! Spoiler alert: the dog DOES NOT die! This is great for younger readers, too, without talking down.


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    The Jules Verne Prophecy By Larry Schwarz, Iva-Marie Palmer Cover Image
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9780316349819
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    Published: Christy Ottaviano Books - June 27th, 2023

    Hey, ya'll, turns out Jules Verne invented the future--ours! And he left something for us. Luckily Owen, Rose, and Nas have attended Prof. Bessier's Jules Verne seminar and between the four of them, Jules Verne's greatest secrets are revealed. Danger, puzzles, and mystery combine in a delicious snail pizza of an adventure!


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    Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination: Case Studies of Creative Social Change By Henry Jenkins (Editor), Gabriel Peters-Lazaro (Editor), Sangita Shresthova (Editor) Cover Image
    By Henry Jenkins (Editor), Gabriel Peters-Lazaro (Editor), Sangita Shresthova (Editor)
    $32.00
    ISBN: 9781479869503
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    Published: New York University Press - February 4th, 2020

    The Geek Army arises! Nerds Unite! This collection of essays analyses the activist work of pop culture communities from Star Wars and Harry Potter to Guerrilla theatre! Find out how fandoms take control of the real world to bring about positive change!


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    Space Riders, Vol 3: Vortex Of Darkness By Alexis Ziritt (Created by), Alexis Ziritt (Illustrator), Carlos Giffoni Cover Image
    By Alexis Ziritt (Created by), Alexis Ziritt (Illustrator), Carlos Giffoni
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9781628752434
    Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
    Published: Black Mask Studios - December 26th, 2023

    I don't even know why I like this but it is compelling! Somewhere between wrestling, bikers, and old gang members comes this insane crew of space warriors complete with spiritual warfare, wierd science magic, and a dark and twisted artistic energy! It's probably bad for you!


  • Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World By Marcia Bjornerud Cover Image
    $16.95
    ISBN: 9780691202631
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    Published: Princeton University Press - February 11th, 2020

    fashion and fads pass like eyeblinks; political parties stances shift over human lifetimes, Democracies last hundreds of years. So much seems so permanent, but zoom out, and it becomes immediately apparent that even humanity is a short-lived trend in the life of the continent, the planet, the Sun, the Galaxy. Sure, you know this; read Timefulness and you will "feel" it! And maybe you'll work more to protect the future.


  • The Best of R. A. Lafferty By R.A. Lafferty Cover Image
    $19.99
    ISBN: 9781250778536
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    Published: Tor Books - February 2nd, 2021

    Me and Neal Gaiman both love R A Lafferty! Wierd, inventive, surprising, unique stories as broadly speculative as Bradbury, as anthropologically reflective as Vonnegut, with a highly animated voice that all ironically creates a feeling of familiarity to match the hilarity.


  • The Radiant Lives of Animals By Linda Hogan Cover Image
    $21.95
    ISBN: 9780807047927
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    Published: Beacon Press - October 13th, 2020

    Pure poet naturalist, Linda Hogan, shares the joy of simple observance and addresses our connection with our living environment! Without righteousness or stridence, they confess failures of affection, study small lives as a basis of our own large lives.


  • Grendel Omnibus Volume 1: Hunter Rose (Second Edition) By Matt Wagner, Matt Wagner (Illustrator), Rich Rankin (Illustrator), Mike Allred (Illustrator), Ho Che Anderson (Illustrator) Cover Image
    By Matt Wagner, Matt Wagner (Illustrator), Rich Rankin (Illustrator), Mike Allred (Illustrator), Ho Che Anderson (Illustrator)
    $29.99
    ISBN: 9781506732305
    Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 7-10 Days
    Published: Dark Horse Books - July 12th, 2022

    This is the best comic you’ve never read! Hunter Rose, 14 year old genius takes over the entire east coast mafia, killing each boss in his personal-assassin persona of Grendel with his trusty “fork”. Just the first part of a thousand year epic as the Grendel identity incarnates to fight vampires, compete in postapocyptic America, later as resistance to a corrupted Catholicism, culminating in the Grendel Kahn, and the post-human, Grendel Prime. This omnibus is just the beginning.


  • Viva Lola Espinoza By Ella Cerón Cover Image
    $19.99
    ISBN: 9780593405628
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    Published: Kokila - April 11th, 2023

    Mannnnn, there is a lot going on here; a curse, a punishment-exile, family demands and poor Lola with no idea how to liver her own life. She will figure it out! Authentic, multilayered, and revelatory--thank the universe I am not a teen girl!


  • When We Cease to Understand the World By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by) Cover Image
    By Benjamin Labatut, Adrian Nathan West (Translated by)
    $17.95
    ISBN: 9781681375663
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    Published: New York Review Books - September 28th, 2021

    Prussian Blue, zyklon gas, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrodinger and Einstein and all their metaphysical connections vibrate in Benjamin Labatuts fictionalized account of the struggles of physicists to determine reality. From appalling connections to deeply spiritual ramifications, When We Cease to Understand the World reminds us that even the most extraordinary thinkers are susceptible to the most extraordinary behavior.


  • Against Nature: A Novel By Joris-Karl Huysmans, Theo Cuffe (Translated by), Lucy Sante (Introduction by) Cover Image
    By Joris-Karl Huysmans, Theo Cuffe (Translated by), Lucy Sante (Introduction by)
    $18.00
    ISBN: 9781250787668
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    Published: Picador - February 22nd, 2022

    Can a man be sickened alone by decadence? Redolent of Bret Easton Ellis' AMERICAN PSYCHO, with its catalogs of pop music and GQ fashion, Huysman spins the tale of a young man retiring to the country to indulge his every whim of taste. It doesn't end as expected. Story is it was written to spite Zola.


  • The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator) Cover Image
    By Mac Barnett, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
    $16.99
    ISBN: 9780063084087
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    Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 10th, 2022

    I almost poopooed this one, but once you grab this cat's tale, hold on for the whole ride in one sitting! Did the first cat in space eat pizza? Well, First Cat, whose single "meow" is sufficient to communicate all an astronaut needs, sure tries, again and again and again. Barnett and Harris began this work as a live improv during the pandemic, and what it lacks in depth it overwhelms with high-octane energy. You can feel the fun oozing out like melting cheese! Did the first cat in space eat pizza? Time to find out!