July 17th, 2016

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book 77

ノラガミ 7 [Noragami 7] (Noragami: Stray God, #7)ノラガミ 7 [Noragami 7] by Adachitoka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I almost loved this (and if not for one chapter it would have been a five star volume). There is tons of emotion in this one.

It opens with a peace offering picnic between Yato/Yukine/Hiyori and Bishamonten's crew. It's mostly silly with two drunk gods and a panel of 1980s styled Yato but Kofuku adds a dimension of angst and fear to it by explaining to Hiyori (who has been coached to break ties with Yato for her own sake) that gods only exist so long as someone believes in them and Yato has no real believers.

Then came the chapter I disliked. Yato possesses Hiyori for her high school debut as an ad campaign for himself. that wasn't the problem, it's what he did as Hiyori that was. He acts like a slut even with teachers, does crazy things etc and otherwise ruins her reputation. I think it was meant to be funny but to me, it fell far short.

The rest of the manga was extremely touching. Yukine has Kazuma train him to be a better guide for Yato. Another more popular god tries to buy Yukine and they're both tempted by the offer, especially since Yato wants to build himself a shrine. We learn a bit about who has been making the evil 'masks' and most importantly Yato gets something he wanted all his life.

Looking forward to more as the next volume seems to promise we learn more about his past.

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Dead Dog Cat

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The last week had its share of busy-ness, but I did manage to finish a few books.

First was one by Christopher Moore, called Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings, a wild fun read sort of about whales.

Then I followed that with a graphic novel called White Sand which is based on a fantasy novelists worlds (Sanderson? I forget), but it just never gelled with me so I won't be following it further.

Next was Osprey Elite #25: Soldiers of the English Civil War 1 Infantry after reading which I was unconvinced that these fellows deserved to be called elite. Maybe it's just me.

Then, Osprey Fortress #30: Fort Eben Emael: The Key to Hitler's Victory in the West...there's a Raid book about the same topic, for the most part, and they give a lot of importance to a fort. Although a solid piece of work on the topic, I wasn't convinced that this place was a linchpin in the defenses of the West. Maybe I'm silly.

Finally, a rather stupid graphic novel, Adventures in the Rifle Brigade which is supposed to be, but isn't funny.

So, this week had an occasional bright spot, but really wasn't one of the better weeks for reading for me.

Book 35

Title: The Island Stallion
Author: Walter Farley
Series: part 4 of the "The Black Stallion" series
Pages: 213
Summary: On a remote Caribbean island, young Steve Duncan comes face to face with a fiery red stallion. Steve names the horse Flame and works to gain the untamed giant's trust. But fearsome obstacles arise that test Steve's strength and determination ... and put Flame's life in grave danger.

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