July 1st, 2019

plot bunny hunter

June 2019 reading

June 2019 reading:

55. Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson (867 pages)
One thing I liked about this was the nontraditional style; there was a lot of exposition, focused on the science aspect, and I was surprised to find I enjoyed it. In part this follows Dinah, a woman robotics expert who is on the ISS, or Izzy, as the people call it, in a time of calamity. The moon, for unknown reasons, breaks into multiple large pieces. The gravity of the situation isn't realized until they start colliding, and scientists project that in about 2 years, the fragments will start to rain down on earth... for the next 5000 years. The world must race against time to save humanity. But with humanity, nothing ever goes as planned. This book is a massive undertaking, but I was rapt.

56. The Girl Who Could Fly, by Victoria Forester (329 pages)
Piper tries to be good, tries not to be strange. Her parents want a normal girl, someone the nosy neighbor won't spread rumors about. But she's never been normal, has always floated. And when she learns to FLY, it's hard not to do it all the time. When she's exposed, she is sent to live at a facility with others like her, with strange abilities. But all is not as it seems.

57. That Ain't Witchcraft, by Seanan McGuire (357 pages)
Antimony Price would give a lot to get out of this pickle, to make everyone safe instead of having to run for her life and stay separate to keep her family clear of danger. Because the Covenant is after her, and her allies are risking everything by staying with her. This time they wind up in Maine, renting a house, and pray they get time to rest. But before long, the Crossroads comes for Ani's debt: they want her to kill someone, one of her new neighbors. And she knows that whatever they're afraid of is probably a positive, so maybe she can twist it to her advantage. But when Leonard Cunningham shows up, she's not sure whether she'll survive long enough.

58. Hounded, by Kevin Hearne (304 pages)
Atticus has managed to settle in Tempe, Arizona, running a small occult bookstore and apothecary, despite having been on the run from an angry god for centuries. Though he looks 21, that's actually in centuries, and much of it has been hiding, since he stole a magic sword from a battlefield during the Iron Age. He's hoped not to move, choosing his location carefully, but it seems his past has caught up with him.

59. Hexed, by Kevin Hearne (296 pages)
Ever since his shocking survival, Atticus has tried to get back to normal--including planning a nonaggression pact with witches. But peace is broken when he's attacked, only they're not the Tempe coven. They're a coven he encountered in WWII, a coven which happily cooperated with the Nazis, and killed a family he was helping to safety back then. This time, he intends to take them down, if he can.

60. Magic on the Hunt, by Devon Monk (346 pages)
The Authority has been scattered, and both Allie and Zay are trying to recover from the ordeal. Little do they know, more is going on than they realized--and Allie's father, still esconced in her brain, knows more than he's sharing. When someone they thought was an ally tries to assassinate her to silence him, Allie and her allies know they need to know more, and need to bring this fight to its conclusion.

61. The Rising of the Shield Hero: Volume 4, by Aneko Yusagi (344 pages)
The Spear Hero and Malty are on the trail of Naofumi and his bunch. The Spear Hero wants Filo, and Malty wants to assassinate Melty. They almost find refuge in a demihuman town, but people are put in danger, and they must rescue the nobleman who sheltered them from an anti-demihuman town nearby. Lots happened in this book, and it was generally enjoyable. But the end was a little cringe-y.

June pages: 2,843

Pages to date: 18,832 pages


June 2019 comic books & manga:

125. A Certain Scientific Railgun: Volume 13, by Kazuma Kamachi (234 pages)
126. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Volume 3, by Fuse (224 pages)
127. Bleach: Volume 73, by Tite Kubo (208 pages)
128. DMZ: Volume 9, by Brian Wood (128 pages)
129. Kuma Miko: Volume 6, by Masume Yoshimoto (168 pages)
130. Harley Quinn: Volume 1, by Sam Humphries (168 pages)
131. Doctor Strange: Volume 1, by Jason Aaron (280 pages)
132. After School Nightmare: Volume 10, by Setona Mizushiro (200 pages)
133. Video Girl Ai: Volume 11, by Masakazu Katsura (192 pages)
134. The Mighty Thor: Volume 5, by Jason Aaron (136 pages)
135. Pet Shop of Horrors: Volume 3, by Matsuri Akino (200 pages)
136. Stepping on Roses: Volume 6, by Rinko Ueda (200 pages)
137. Aqua: Volume 2, by Kozue Amano (192 pages)
138. Hunter x Hunter: Volume 27, by Yoshihiro Togashi (200 pages)
139. Hunter x Hunter: Volume 28, by Yoshihiro Togashi (208 pages)
140. All-New Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, by Gerry Duggan (136 pages)
141. March Story: Volume 2, by Kim Hyung-Min (200 pages)
142. Tokyo Babylon: Volume 2, by Clamp (168 pages)
143. Hana-Kimi: Volume 4, by Hisaya Nakajo (200 pages)
144. Fushigi Yuugi: Volume 3, by Yuu Watase (189 pages)
145. Chobits: Volume 1, by Clamp (184 pages)
146. Blue Exorcist: Volume 15, by Kazue Kato (202 pages)
147. Puella Magi Tart Magica: Volume 5, by Magica Quartet (180 pages)
148. Bleach: Volume 74, by Tite Kubo (232 pages)
149. High School Debut: Volume 7, by Kazune Kawahara (210 pages)

June pages: 4,839

Pages to date: 32,273 pages

149/150 (changing to 250)

Book #35: A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse

Number of pages: 259

This is a romantic comedy book by the writer most well known for the Jeeves and Wooster books. The lead characters, George and Maud meet early on when George spots Maud walking along the street, but he then hails a taxi and gets in, not thinking much of it.

That is, until Maud stops the taxi and asks to get in. It turns out that she needs George to hide her from her obnoxious and priveleged brother, Percy. Percy stops the taxi and the subsequent alteration with George results in him getting arrested.

After Maud leaves, George becomes infatuated with her and follows her to where she lives, infiltrating a family party by posing as a servant. This is where things get complicated.

Maud's family want her to marry a man called Reggie, but she is in love with a mysterious American who they haven't met. Because George is also American, everyone assumes that he is Maud's mystery suitor.

First off, this book was first published a hundred years ago, which is why it feels a bit dated. Secondly, the book's blurb made it sound a lot more farcical than it was - I thought it would be more similar to the first Wodehouse book I read, Young Men in Spats. Most of the comedy comes from Percy being constantly made a fool of, George being mistaken for Maud's lover and at one point being mistaken for his own twin brother. There is also a plot involving the servants having a sweepstake to see who Maud will end up with that didn't seem to go anywhere, except that it did involve a butler who seemed absolutely dislikeable but who never seemed to get any comeuppance.

Sometimes this book felt a bit long-winded, and I was having to constantly re-read whole pages, but I did find this very funny at times, although it had some moments that now feel like romantic comedy cliches.

I really enjoyed the book's denouement, though, which threw in a double plot twist that I did not see coming. I think I would read more P.G. Wodehouse, but maybe try and Jeeves and Wooster book next time.

Next book: Oblivion by Anthony Horowitz