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December 2013 reading

December 2013 reading:

49. Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon's Firefly, edited by Jane Espenson (238 pages)
I really enjoyed a lot of the articles. I think my favorite was "Whores and Goddesses." There were a few I actually did not like--a few of the authors seemed unable to look beyond their own Western perspective. I also loved getting Jewel Staite's take on the episodes, complete with insider information on where the nickname "Captain Tightpants" originated. The essays made me appreciate the nuances of Firefly, and notice more of them.

50. The Simple Truth, by Philip Levine (80 pages)
A lovely example of his work. Reminds me in some ways of Whitman and Ginsberg.

51. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth (526 pages)
A lot of people seem torn over this one, but I think the thing that drew it to me the most was the characters being true to themselves. As a result, the story gets a bit misshapen at times, pulled in different directions based on the various characters' motivations. So while I understand their concerns, it was one of the things that I actually liked about it. We have character arcs that threaten the plot at times, but they engrossed me. I loved, and was heartbroken, by the conclusion to this series, but I love that Roth doesn't pull the punches. I also love that this series leaves an entire dystopic, post-apocalyptic United States to be explored.

December pages: 844

Pages to date: 15,763

Progress: 51/50


December 2013 Comics/Manga reading:

294. A Bride's Story: Volume 5, by Kaoru Mori (208 pages)
295. Fate/Stay Night, Volume 6, by Dat Nishiwaki (192 pags)
296. xxxHolic: Volume 7, by Clamp (192 pages)
297. Arata The Legend: Volume 15, by Yuu Watase (192 pages)
298. Zombie-Loan: Volume 7, by Peach-Pit (174 pages)
299. Descendants of Darkness: Volume 6, by Yoko Matsushita (192 pages)
300. Ceres: Volume 5, by Yuu Watase (200 pages)
301. Bleach: Volume 20, by Tite Kubo (216 pages)
302. Case Closed: Volume 18, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
303. Case Closed: Volume 19, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
304. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Volume 10, by Naoko Takeuchi (248 pages)
305. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Volume 11, by Naoko Takeuchi (248 pages)
306. The Wallflower: Volume 11, by Tomoko Hayakawa (192 pages)
307. Black Butler: Volume 15, by Yana Toboso (176 pages)
308. The Wallflower: Volume 12, by Tomoko Hayakawa (192 pages)
309. The Wallflower: Volume 13, by Tomoko Hayakawa (192 pages)
310. Case Closed: Volume 20, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
311. Case Closed: Volume 21, by Gosho Aoyama (200 pages)
312. Kekkaishi: Volume 11, by Yellow Tanabe (192 pages)
313. Loveless: Volume 9, by Yun Kouga (184 pages)
314. Fate/Stay Night: Volume 7, by Dat Nishiwaki (192 pages)
315. Fate/Stay Night: Volume 8, by Dat Nishiwaki (192 pages)
316. Ceres: Volume 6, by Yuu Watase (200 pages)
317. Ceres: Volume 7, by Yuu Watase (200 pages)
318. Bleach: Volume 21, by Tite Kubo (200 pages)
319. Bleach: Volume 22, by Tite Kubo (216 pages)
320. Translucent: Volume 1, by Kazuhiro Okamoto (186 pages)
321. Translucent: Volume 2, by Kazuhiro Okamoto (196 pages)
322. Pandora Hearts: Volume 18, by Jun Mochizuki (192 pages)
323. xxxHolic: Volume 8, by Clamp (192 pages)
324. xxxHolic: Volume 9, by Clamp (192 pages)
325. Bride of the Water God: Volume 13, by Mi-Kyung Yun (164 pages)
326. Zombie-Loan: Volume 8, by Peach-Pit (171 pages)
327. Zombie-Loan: Volume 9, by Peach-Pit (173 pages)
328. Someday's Dreamers Spellbound: Volume 4, by Norie Yamada (192 pages)
329. Descendants of Darkness: Volume 7, by Yoko Matsushita (192 pages)
330. Descendants of Darkness: Volume 8, by Yoko Matsushita (184 pages)
331. Candidate for Goddess: Volume 2, by Yakiru Sugisaki (144 pages)
332. Gunslinger Girl: Omnibus 4, by Yu Aida (320 pages)
333. Doonesbury: The Long Road Home, by G.B. Trudeau (96 pages)
334. Doonesbury: In Search of Reagan's Brain, by G.B. Trudeau (128 pages)
335. Chi's Sweet Home: Volume 10, by Kanata Konami (160 pages)
336. Yotsuba&!: Volume 12, by Kiyohiko Azuma (224 pages)
337. The Wallflower: Volume 14, by Tomoko Hayakawa (192 pages)
338. The Wallflower: Volume 15, by Tomoko Hayakawa (176 pages)
339. Blue Exorcist: Volume 10, by Kazue Kato (192 pages)
340. Sakura Hime: Volume 10, by Arina Tanemura (184 pages)
341. Nabari no Ou: Volume 13, by Yuhki Kamatani (192 pages)
342. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Volume 12, by Naoko Takeuchi (276 pages)
343. Detroit Metal City: Volume 3, by Kiminori Wakasugi (192 pages)
344. Boy Princess: Volume 1, by Seyoung Kim (200 pages)
345. Kekkaishi: Volume 12, by Yellow Tanabe (192 pages)
346. Kekkaishi: Volume 13, by Yellow Tanabe (192 pages)
347. Case Closed: Volume 22, by Gosho Aoyama (200 pages)
348. Case Closed: Volume 23, by Gosho Aoyama (200 pages)
349. Dance in the Vampire Bund: Volume 8, by Nozomu Tamaki (192 pages)
350. Spice & Wolf: Volume 7, by Isuna Hasekura (192 pages)
351. Durarara!! Saika Arc: Volume 2, by Ryohgo Narita (176 pages)

December pages: 11,028

Pages to date: 69,038

Progress: 351/350
Tags: dystopia, essays, graphic novel, manga, manhwa, poetry, post-apocalypse, television
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