I didn't post anything but book thoughts last week, so I thought that I'd lead in to this blogpost with a duck-date! A couple weeks ago
, I posted that I'd adopted a duckling and named it Raptor. The photo below shows how big it's gotten in the interim. Raptor is a very healthy duckling, and it's quite huge now. I didn't think that it would grow so quickly, to be honest, and I'm a bit sad that I'll have to say good bye to it very soon.
Comparison: Day 3, 7, 12, 16, and 22!
I got into Neko Atsume as well, during that 9 and 1/2-hour wait to register for the elections, and it's been very nice and soothing. They finally rolled out an English setting, and I've been happily collecting cats on my phone. I've got quite a few already, but my other friends are blowing me out of the water.
We've only got a few weeks until the term ends, and you can really feel the tension in the air. Students were able to start enlisting last week, already trying to look forward to next term. We've still got finals to finish with first though, and I hope that they don't trip over that major hurdle in their hurry to move on. They're very sweet kids, after all.
L: My number from when I registered for the elections last 10/31, R: My Starbucks planner for 2016 from 11/02!
I'd also like to share a new video made by my cousin Leanne
because a) it's a cool video, and b) she's helping me with a project I've been trying to get off the ground for a while now. :)) Here's hoping that I'll have news about that by my next blog post, after Komikon
One Punch-Man by ONE and Yusuke Murata is a fucking delight, and I am sorry that I've only gotten into it now. Then again, it's no-one's fault but my own. A lot of my friends, I'm going to casually namedrop Lea here because she's pretty much the One Punch-Prophet to me, have been into the webcomic and the manga for quite some time now, and they've been pretty polite about my demurring for so long. They were probably laughing at my stupidity. ANYWAY, that aside, this manga is hilarious, with moments so funny that I often had to bite the inside of my cheek to keep from laughing outloud. The character designs are so varied (except for the women, of which there has been a shortage) and the situations so unique and FUN that I basically mainlined all the available chapters in less than a day. At one point, I was so engrossed in a volume that I completely forgot that I was in line at a Starbucks (this may also be a comment on how goddamn long lines are during planner season). I'm probably not going to watch the animé because I find it really difficult to commit to series right now, but I'm definitely going to check out the original webcomic for more OPM goodness. I was going to comment about how dynamic the art is, something that is important in a comic about ACTION, but y'all probably remember that Yusuke Murata did Eyeshield21, and anything I could say pales in comparison to all the images that came to your mind.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
by Rick Riordan I was a bit iffy about picking this up after being disappointed with the conclusion of The Heroes of Olympus, and I was honestly sceptical that branching out into the Norse mythos would be a good idea considering how stretched thin Riordan's writing was after three series, but I ended up reading it in a fit of pique (Gardens of the Moon has very difficult to read, more on that later.). I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it. Having very low expectations may have helped, of course, but it was pleasant in its own right. Some of it is still horribly contrived, but I'd like to think that Riordan really enjoyed himself writing this one, even going so far as to poke at his previous books in some parts. I was worried when the First Person POV came back, but Magnus manages to be likeable, (unlike some demigods...). We'll see how it develops. Here's hoping it stays just as fun as it is.
Okay, so, if you've read my previous post, you know that I'm reading Gardens of the Moon now. Unfortunately, it is pretty damn hard to get through. I've been assured by my Malazan buddy (Hey, Amador!) that GotM is easily the weakest one out of the whole ten-book series. I'd feel better about it if I could even get through a chapter a day, but it's pretty hard so far. I've just finished the Book One, and I hope the rest of it flows better for me. Meanwhile, I might sneak in a few books to co-read with it.
The Gardens of the Moon
(The Malazan Book of the Fallen
by Steven Erikson
by Greg EganAbarat: Days of Magic Nights of War
by Clive Barker
Next 20 Reads:
1. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
2. Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano
3. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton
4. Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson
5. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks
6. Cloud and Ashes: Three Winter's Tales by Greer Gilman
7. She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya
8. Atonement by Ian McEwan
9. Sans Moi by Marie Despleschin
10. The Angel's Game (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #2) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
11. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
12. The City and the City by China Mieville
13. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley
14. Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
15. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
16. Life During Wartime by Lucius Shepard
17. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
18. Thank You, Jeevesby P.G. Wodehouse
19. Descent of Angels (The Horus Heresy #5) by Mitchel Scanlon
20. Kindred by Octavia Butler