November 1st, 2015

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October 2015 reading

October 2015 reading:

45. Spice & Wolf: Volume 2, by Isuna Hasekura (284 pages)
I really enjoyed getting to see more of Lawrence's thoughts, and getting also to see more of what is difficult to convey in manga art in terms of character personality and other nuances. While the storyline was the same, I found the depth added to the light novels versus the manga to be awesome.

46. The Rise of Nine, by Pitticus Lore (360 pages)
I'm not sure the title really fit the book, since it focused on most of the numbers and not on Nine in particular, but it was an interesting book, and left me wanting to read more.

October pages: 644

Pages to date: 14,989

Progress: 46/52


October 2015 comics/manga reading:

175. Star Trek Ongoing: Volume 7, by Mike Johnson (104 pages)
176. 100 Bullets: Volume 8, by Brian Azzarello (224 pages)
177. Naruto: Volume 9, by Masashi Kishimoto (208 pages)
178. Naruto: Volume 10, by Masashi Kishimoto (208 pages)
179. Naruto: Volume 11, by Masashi Kishimoto (208 pages)
180. Revival: Volume 5, by Tim Seeley (128 pages)
181. Suicide Squad: Volume 3, by Adam Glass (144 pages)
182. GTO: Volume 3, by Tohru Fujisawa (184 pages)
183. GTO: Volume 4, by Tohru Fujisawa (184 pages)
184. Case Closed: Volume 48, by Gosho Aoyama (184 pages)
185. Case Closed: Volume 49, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
186. Case Closed: Volume 50, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)
187. Dresden Files: War Cry, by Jim Butcher (136 pages)
188. Case Closed: Volume 51, by Gosho Aoyama (192 pages)

October pages: 2,488

Pages to date: 34,119

Progress: 188/365
Dead Dog Cat

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Poul Anderson has written a lot of very good science fiction and fantasy; long ago I read his books Operation Chaos and Operation Luna about the adventures of a werewolf and witch who were part of the US armed forces in a parallel world where magic, and magical beasts, existed. Some time ago, I found a short story about them when they first met, called Operation Afreet, and in keeping with Halloween I read it yesterday. Set in what might have been the parallel world's WWII, the protagonist werewolf is assigned to eliminate the threat of a Djinn on the opposing side along with Virginia, the witch. This, too, is a fun read as were the two novels and I'd recommend them all.
Read or Die

Books 31 - 38 of 50 Book Challenge

31) Circle of the Moon by Barbara Hambly. 2005. Another good read by Barbara Hambly. This is a continuation after Sisters of the Raven. New and more terrifying problems arise as the old male magic continues to fade and the women still struggle to learn to master and harness their powers. The wards keeping the tenyn in line and the various household problems at bay, the women have their jobs cut of the. Add to that some political and ceremonial complications for the King and you have a good suspenseful read.

32) A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan. 2013. This reads like an Edwardian gentlewoman's adventure book and was very delightful. Isabella comes from a good family who mainly live in the countryside but has an odd obsession when it comes to dragons. She is writing her memoirs about her early days about her obsession and where it lead her. The pacing, the vocabulary, the observations of customs by country, and the dragons was worth the read. And it's part of a series of books so I will look into reading the rest.

33) The Enchantment of Flesh and Spirit: The First Book of Wraeththu by Storm Constantine. 1988. This classic of spiritual post-apolitical science-fiction book is the beginning of the Wraeththu series. The world is falling apart and humans are mutated in the Wraeththu. This instalment covers Pellaz' transformation from a human male into a hermaphroditic har. Along the way we see the different communities and challenges the old and new humans undergo.

34) The Bewitchment of Love and Hate: The Second Book of Wraeththu by Storm Constantine. 1988. This second book of the Wraeththu series covers the family of Swift, one of the first natural born Hars into the Varrs tribe. Swift's journey into adulthood covers some pleasant and some unpleasant aspects of the Varrs culture and practices.

35) Stardragon by Barbara Hambly. 2002, The conclusion of her Winterlands series starts off with an unexpected rescue for John and a few other twists and turns for Jenny as she reclaims her magic. A good conclusion with some interesting twist and turns for the heroes as they try to defeat the demons imperilling their world.

36) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo, translated by Cathy Hirano. 2014. A really different way at looking at how to declutter your life of possessions that you have all over your house. I will give it a try.

37) The Chocolate Companion by Chantal Coady. Second Edition. 2006. A little book coveringt he history of cocoa, chocolate, and a lot of chocolate makers in Europe and the United States. All have addresses and websites listed. Might look some up for the fun of it and see what the prices are for a box of hand made chocolates.

38) Truckers by Terry Prachett. Originally published in 1990, republished 2015. Another delightful book by Terry Prachett about Nomes, wee folk who live beneath our notice. Our heroes come from the Outside in the Department Store to find fellow Nomes who don't believe the Outside exits, much less that the Department Store is closing down and Everything Must Go.

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