December 23rd, 2015

Dead Dog Cat

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A couple of days back I finished reading another Expanse short story that I found on the web called The Vital Abyss which dealt with prisoners taken by the Belters. Not directly part of the main story of the novels, but a useful side light. I still recommend The Expanse novels especially since the ScyFy TV series is so good...

Tramps Like Us Volumes 3-7 by Yayoi Ogawa

books 218-222:  Tramps Like Us Volumes 3-7 by Yayoi Ogawa

Hasumi, Sumire's boyfriend, has been transferred back to Hong Kong.  Sumire decided that she couldn't leave Momo and later realized that she was not ready to consider marriage with Hasume at all.  They are still a couple, though, and Hasumi still doesn't know about Sumire and Momo (Takeshi)'s complicated relationship, still believing the lie that he is her second cousin.  Takeshi's emotions occasionally overflow for Sumire and he acts out, but he has decided that he will still stay with her until she asks him to leave.  He bides his time with one night stands and working hard on his dancing, which is becoming more and more recognized.  A former co-worker, Shiori, has set her eyes on Hasumi as marriage material and plots to make him hers.  On a visit to Hong Kong, Sumire meets a current co-worker of Hasumi who claims that her two-year-old son is actually Hasumi's child, but he doesn't know about it.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

book 223:  Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

This is the story of a 13 year old Eskimo girl, Miyax (aka Julie) who runs away from an unwanted marriage, becomes lost on the arctic tundra, befriends and is adopted by a pack of wolves for survival, and finally must decide her future...as wolf or human, as gussak (white man) or Eskimo.  I would say that the target audience in terms of reading level is probably 10-14, but there are some dark themes including early marriage, alcohol and domestic abuse, attempted rape, and the need to kill to survive that probably warrant parental guidance.  It's a powerful, bittersweet story and a winner of the Newbery Medal.