September 11th, 2016

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Another week, another six books.

First was Odyssey: The Complete Game Master's Guide to Campaign Management, a gift from my spouse. I expect to be running an RPG again soon, and I'm reading a number of such books to refresh my skills. This one wasn't bad at all.

Next was Pirates of Frequency Modulation, an online history piece that goes into the story of pirate radio off Great Britain. It's worth taking a peek at when you're on the Internet.

Then I read Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters, clearly another game-related book and again not bad at all for those who plan on running RPGs.

Next was Osprey Fortress #36: US Strategic and Defensive Missile Systems 1950 - 2004. I found this one especially interesting as my high school was only blocks away from the command center of the Los Angeles-area Nike missile site. These weapons were defensive, intended to shoot door bombers heading towards LA with nuclear weapons, and the book went into some detail about them. Fascinating!

Then, Osprey Men-At-Arms #28: The Russian Army of the Napoleonic Wars. This one was not nearly as interesting. As with most of the older Osprey books, the art wasn't as good as it became later, and the prose was fairly turgid.

Next was Ossprey New Vanguard #18: M2/M3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle 1983 – 1995, pretty technical. Not horrible. Not recommended, either.

Book 43

Title: 100 Jahre Leben
Author: Kerstin Schweighöfer
Pages: 367
Summary: Was uns die Weisheit hundertjähriger Menschen über das Leben, das Glück und die Liebe lehrt

Denken wir an Hundertjährige, dann bekommt das ansonsten so gefürchtete Alter etwas Geheimnisvolles. Sie ziehen uns in ihren Bann. Umso mehr, wenn sie uns an ihren hundert Jahren Lebensklugheit teilhaben lassen. Denn wann, wenn nicht dann, weiß ein Mensch, worauf es letztlich ankommt?

In wunderbaren Begegnungen und berührenden Gesprächen mit zehn Hundertjährigen erfährt Kerstin Schweighöfer manch ein Geheimnis und erhält oft verblüffende Antworten auf die großen Fragen des Lebens: Was macht eine gute Freundschaft, Beziehung oder Ehe aus? Wie kann die große Liebe zur Liebe des Lebens werden? Wie soll man umgehen mit Schmerz und Verlust? Welche Werte zählen im Spiegel der Zeit?

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Book 101-102

ノラガミ 9 [Noragami 9] (Noragami: Stray God, #9)ノラガミ 9 [Noragami 9] by Adachitoka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This volume is very good and very Japanese lore heavy. There are translation notes (man I wish ALL manga publishers would include these) which helps to explain Yomi. I'd bookmark them and flip back and forth while reading or re-read the volume again after you get to the notes and read them).

Anyhow, Yato and Ebisu are trapped by the queen of Yomi (and her real form is pretty darned gruesome) One of them may have to die to get free. Worse, Ebisu's head now has a bounty on it by the council of Gods but not every god is happy about this. Some of them are ready to revolt and save him.

While the heavens are about to pull themselves apart, Hiyori and Yukine are searching for Yato (as he didn't tell Yukine where he was going) only to get waylaid by an old enemy who has the power to kill them both.

So plenty of action in this, fairly well balanced with plot and story arc advancement. The art is lovely.

Can't wait for more.

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Bleach―ブリーチ― 64 [Burīchi 64] (Bleach, #64)Bleach―ブリーチ― 64 [Burīchi 64] by Tite Kubo

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Honestly this nearly a flat out one star. It got the second one in honor of the longevity of this series (and obviously I'm fairly alone in absolutely hating this. Literally the only thing that happens in this entire volume is Kenpachi fighting one of the Quincys, Gremmy who can imagine anything.

The powers of the Quincys are now mind-numbingly stupid and unbelievable. Literally nothing should be able to stop that but as Kenpachi kept saying again and again 'I can cut anything.' I don't even care if it's a spoiler, because it's just so dumb. Kenpachi cut a meteor into tiny pieces in one blow.

And if I didn't know this was the final arc I'd be out of here with that. But it is so I might as well see how it ends.

Then along come three more super powered Quincys (and if they were this strong why the hell have they waited so long to attack the soul reapers?), all girls so naturally one has to have gravity defying boobs of doom and a skeevy outfit. (strains eyes rolling them so hard).

I really miss the days of the first several volumes so many years ago when the story line made sense and the plot knew how to balance action with you know, plot. This volume does nothing to advance the plot. It does nothing at all worth bothering with.

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