October 12th, 2015

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Read a bit here, read a bit there and more books get finished.

Two books more this weekend.

First was the next graphic novel in the series, Queen & Country: Definitive Edition: Volume 03; more trouble for British Intelligence including their operatives being captured in Baghdad. It's still a very good read; one more graphic novel to go, and then apparently there's three actual novels involving these characters to try.

Next was Iron Wolf by Dale Brown; it deals with Eastern Europe in an undefined time in the relatively near future. I fell into this latest book in a long-running series at the suggestion of a good friend. It's action-filled, and gives a frightening look at what might possibly transpire in Ukraine and surrounding territories soon. I admit that I'm not going to go back and read the other books in the series, at least not in the near future, but this one was an exciting read.

books 102: InuYasha Volumes 6 by Rumiko Takahashi

InuYasha is an adventure, romance, and fantasy manga series about the title character, a half-human/ half-dog demon, and a 15 year old modern Japanese school girl named Kagome (and friends) who are searching for shards of the Shikon Jewel in Warring States Japan to prevent their considerable power from falling into evil hands.

book 102:  InuYasha, Volume 6 by Rumiko Takahashi

Kikyo, the priestess who "killed" InuYasha fifty years earlier, who died believing InuYasha killed her, and whose soul Kagome was reincarnated from, learns from InuYasha that he did not betray her; however, her hatred and desire for revenge are so strong that she cannot forgive him and be at peace.  Kagome is able to recover the soul stolen from her by Kikyo via the Ogress, but Kikyo's new body and memories are sustained by the power of her hatred and she escapes to attempt to take InuYasha into true death with her another day.  Everyone also starts to realize that InuYasha and Kikyo may not really have started enemies, but quite the opposite.  Next, we meet Miroku a lecherous buddhist monk with a "hellhole" in his left palm which sucks in everything and everyone in its path unless it is covered with some special prayer beads.  Miroku tells of the origin of his "hellhole", having been passed down as a family curse originally placed on his grandfather fifty years earlier by a shape-shifting demon named Naraku, and that the void will eventually grow beyond control and swallow him as well, as it had already done his grandfather and father.  Naraku also coveted the Shikon jewel and was rumored to have killed the priestess guarding it.  InuYasha realizes that it may have been Naraku in disguise that caused the tragedy that befell he and Kikyo, and an uneasy alliance forms between Miroku and InuYasha while they search for their common enemy.  The party then battles and defeats a painter, Kotatsu, and his demon hoard created with jewel charged demon ink.

book 103-113: kidlit continued

book 103:  Let's Learn Our First Words by St. Martin's Press

A magnetic boardbook with words in subject groups.  Also, has interactive questions and a place to spell out words using provided magnetic letters.  I like the variety of ways the book can be used to learn.  Very good.

book 104:  House Is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman

A fun rhyming verse about all different kinds of houses.  Lovely illustrations and subtle references to classic children's literature as well.

book 105:  Wheels on the Bus Pop-Up Fun by Igloo Books Ltd.

The pop-ups are cute, but this is a pretty lame rhyme.

book 106:  Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

Teaches a little about the ecological strata that live in the rain forest, but the story is awfully preachy and unrealistic (and I am a conservationist at heart and a zoology degree under my belt).

book 107:  Read to Me by Judi Moreillon

Nice message and does its best to include every ethnic group, but pretty bland otherwise.

book 108:  Big Sister, Little Sister by Marci Curtis

Not as good as the brother equivalent.  Lacks the mischief and playfulness, I think.

book 109:  On with the Show! by Joanne Barkan

A Disney Princess book featuring characters from Beauty and the Beast.  Says it's about creativity.  More about reconciliation of an argument.  Kind of dull.

book 110:  Cars, Volume 1 by Disney Pixar

Didn't see the movie, so can't compare plots. Has a few puzzles and lame jokes in back.

book 111:  Cars, Volume 2:  Fame in the Fast Lane by Disney Pixar

book 112:  Cars, Volume 3:  Home Sweet Home by Disney Pixar

book 113:  Day by the Sea by Joan Solomon

British and late 70's/ early 80's photos.  Otherwise, not super exciting.
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Book 43 - 2014

Book 43: A Series of Unfortunate Events: Book the Eleventh: The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket – 323 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
Warning: Your day will become very dark - and possibly damp - if you read this book. Plan to spend this spring in hiding. Lemony Snicket is back with the eleventh book in his New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket's saga about the charming, intelligent and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to provoke suspicion and despair in readers the world over. In the eleventh and most alarming volume yet in the bestselling phenomenon A Series of Unfortunate Events, the intrepid siblings delve further into the dark mystery surrounding the death of their parents and the baffling VFD organisation.

Two books to go on this series and the final book for 2014 (leaving me just over 100 pages short of 15000 pages – sad face!). The poor Baudelaire siblings continue trying to resolve the mystery of VFD in a bid to find out what happened to their parents, and the further they dig the more it becomes apparent that the world is full of people a lot like them – trying very hard to be good, but inevitably making bad decisions to survive. There’s something quite deep about this whole conundrum, and it makes me wonder why it is pushed so repetitively in a children’s series. I’ve quite enjoyed watching the Baudelaire kids grow up, particularly little Sunny, thought it’s been sad to watch them slowly lose more and more faith in the world. It’s an intriguing story that I don’t think I appreciated when I first started reading it many years ago. Probably actually more appropriate for a slightly older audience than I ever thought it was marketed to.

43 / 50 books. 86% done!

14885 / 15000 pages. 99% done!

Currently reading:
-        The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter – 442 pages
-        Work’s Intimacy by Melissa Gregg – 198 pages
-        The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival by Hirsh Goodman – 253 pages

And coming up:
-        The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Volume 3: White Gold Wielder by Stephen Donaldson – 500 pages
-        The Odyssey by Homer – 324 pages
-        One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – 290 pages
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September 2015 reading

September 2015 reading:

42. The Power of Six, by Pitticus Lore (406 pages)
John, Sam, and Six have managed to escape the Mogs, but have been labelled terrorists and are on the run. They need to try to find Six's chest, which has been taken by the Mogs. Meanwhile, half a world away, Seven is struggling to pull her Capan out of the fugue she's been in for years. They sheltered in a convent shortly after arriving on Earth, and never moved on, and her Capan has turned to earthly religion and lost faith in Lorien. If she doesn't manage to get her back, they're both in grave danger. Good, quick read.

43. Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher (470 pages)
Claudia thought helping Finn escape would solve everything, and Finn thought escaping would be the end of his troubles. Not so, as the Queen hopes to rid herself of both of them with the Warden gone. But Incarceron has plans, as well, and Attia and Keiro are mixed up in them, finding Sapphique's glove. And Incerceron's plans and capabilities may just trump the Queen's. Will any of them survive this? I liked it, but I also wanted to know more about the world itself and how the Protocol worked, so I felt a bit unfulfilled.

44. Spice & Wolf: Volume 1, by Isuna Hasekura (234 pages)
I was told I should read the light novels in addition to the manga, and I'm so glad I did. There's so much detail in the writing style, and I really found the story to be even more compelling the second time as a novel. Good book.

September pages: 1,110

Pages to date: 14,345

Progress: 44/52

September 2015 comics/manga reading:

158. Natsume's Book of Friends: Volume 18, by Yuki Midorikawa (192 pages)
159. Arata The Legend: Volume 22, by Yuu Watase (200 pages)
160. The Thanos Imperative, by Dan Abnett (248 pages)
161. Blue Exorcist: Volume 13, by Kazue Kato (202 pages)
162. Kimi ni Todoke: Volume 21, by Karuho Shiina (176 pages)
163. Dengeki Daisy: Volume 16, by Kyousuke Motomi (192 pages)
164. Rosario+Vampire, Season II: Volume 14, by Akihisa Ikeda (266 pages)
165. Captain Marvel, Volume 2: Stay Fly, by Kelly Sue DeConnick (120 pages)
166. xxxHolic Rei: Volume 3, by Clamp (208 pages)
167. Case Closed: Volume 45, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
168. Case Closed: Volume 46, by Gosho Aoyama (200 pages)
169. Case Closed: Volume 47, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
170. Puella Magi Madoka Magica, The Different Story: Volume 3, by Magica Quartet (162 pages)
171. The Wallflower: Volume 33, by Tomoko Hayakawa (192 pages)
172. Bleach: Volume 64, by Tite Kubo (192 pages)
173. Crossed: Volume 5, by David Lapham (240 pages)
174. Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin, by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, and Joseph Cooper (152 pages)

September pages: 3,326

Pages to date: 31,631

Progress: 174/365