December 2nd, 2019

yellow roses

September - November Reading

September 2019 reading:

81. The Unkindest Tide, by Seanan McGuire (368 pages)
There’s so much in this book, as well as the novella, that it’s hard to find words to review it. The world building is fantastic, and the characters keep me coming back always.

82. Spice & Wolf: Volume 18, by Isuna Hasekura (240 pages)
This was a really sweet tale. Definitely enjoyed the continuation of Lawrence and Holo's story.

83. The Rising of the Shield Hero: Volume 6, by Aneko Yusagi (400 pages)
When Rishia is abandoned by one of the other heroes, Naofumi offers to add her to the party, and discovers she has magical talent--something the other hero had ignored. A monster of lore awakens, and the other heroes of course refuse to cooperate, leaving Naofumi to figure out how to protect the world he's been sucked into.

September pages: 1,008

Pages to date: 26,423 pages


September 2019 comic books & manga:

200. Bombshells, United: Volume 1, by Marguerite Bennett (144 pages)
201. Batman Beyond: Batgirl Beyond, by Adam Beechen (168 pages)
202. Crossed: Volume 14, by Kieron Gillen (160 pages)
203. Dawn of the Arcana: Volume 7, by Rei Toma (184 pages)
204. Tokyo Babylon: Volume 4, by Clamp (166 pages)
205. Fushigi Yugi: Volume 4, by Yuu Watase (189 pages)
206. Spider-Gwen, Ghost-Spider: Volume 1, by Seanan McGuire (112 pages)
207. Your Name, by Makoto Shinkai (184 pages)
208. Hana-Kimi: Volume 7, by Hisaya Nakajo (200 pages)
209. Barefoot Gen: Volume 4, by Keiji Nakazawa (281 pages)
210. Curses! Foiled Again, by Jane Yolen (160 pages)
211. Pet Shop of Horrors: Volume 6, by Matsuri Akino (216 pages)

September pages: 2,164

Pages to date: 43,850 pages



October 2019 reading:

Lots of fanfiction.

October pages: None

Pages to date: 26,423 pages


October 2019 comic books & manga:

212. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Volume 5, by Fuse (192 pages)
213. Bombshells United: Volume 2, by Marguerite Bennet (144 pages)
214. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: Volume 5, by Brandon Montclare (136 pages)
215. DMZ: Volume 12, by Brian Wood (144 pages)
216. WITCH: The Power of Friendship, by Elisabetta Gnone (128 pages)

October pages: 744

Pages to date: 42,430 pages



November 2019 reading:

Lots of fanfiction.

November pages: None

Pages to date: 26,423 pages


November 2019 comic books & manga:

217. Livewire: Volume 1, by Vita Ayala (112 pages)
218. Blue Exorcist: Volume 17, by Kazue Kato (186 pages)
219. Chobits: Volume 3, by CLAMP (182 pages)
220. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura's Revenge!: Volume 2, by Magica Quartet (160 pages)
221. Lumberjanes: Volume 9, by Shannon Watters (112 pages)
222. Resistance: Volume 1, by Carla Jablonski (121 pages)

November pages: 744

Pages to date: 43,174 pages


Book #57: The Cockroach by Ian McEwan

Number of pages: 100

I got this book as soon as it was released because it intrigued me. Very topical in nature, it is a thinly-veiled satire about Brexit, with "clockwisers" (remainers) and "reversalists" (brexiters).

So, in a sort of parody of Kafka's The Metamorphosis, the cockroach, Jim Sams, suddenly turns into (or evidently swaps bodies with) the British Prime Minister, and after getting used to his human body, proceeds to ensure that Britain votes for his "reversalist" movement. It also turns out that the entire cabinet is made up of cockroaches who have become humans. Not surprisingly, this involves a lot of backstabbing and smear campaigns. In one of the funniest moments, he calls up the American president and asks if he "once had six legs", a question that results in the phone receiver being slammed down on the other end.

It's not hard to see that Ian McEwan is completely anti-Brexit, and while this book felt quite dense, it was very short and easy to read in a few days, and it did make me laugh a lot. The points it made were not exactly subtle, but I was glad I read this.

Next book: Case Histories (Kate Atkinson)