Friday, September 30, 2011

Gosick Episode Eighteen "The Jet Black Train Carries Many Lies" --Review

In this episode, there is a great deal of suspense and mystery as opposing agents of the Ministry of the Occult and the Science Academy vie for a mysterious box. We open with Victorique demonstrating how the double murder in the previous episode was accomplished. She does not get too far into her demonstration before it's revealed that she may have caught another cold. In addition, just before we go to the opening credits, there are two new arrivals in the train compartment.

When we are back from credits, the new people introduce themselves in a peculiarly fairytale way. There is a knight, an orphan, a "scarecrow" and a "wood cutter." Kujo is understandably confused but Victorique chooses to introduce herself as an "ancient Gray Wolf," and Kujo as her "dullard servant" (much to Kujo's outrage).

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Gosick Episode Seventeen "The Box Lies in the Spiral Labyrinth"--Review

After the opening credits, Victorique explains to Kujo that she had been transferred here as bait to trap her mother, Cordelia Gallo. We learn from Victorique that she has only seen Cordelia once in her life, when she was a little girl. From the flashback, it looks like Victorique was severely neglected as a child. (Which was hinted at previously, but it's even more apparent in this scene.) Cordelia gives her a locket, and promises that she will always help Victorique however she can. Victorique share a significantly intimate moment, but the sweet moment is interrupted by Victorique's stomach which has a few complaints to register concerning a lack of food.

We switch to Brian Roscoe who is conferring with a priest claiming that the magic presented at Phantasmagoria is real. Brian Roscoe is diplomatic in the exact way of someone who thinks that the person he is speaking to is full of beans. Brian heads off, and the priest tells a nun to keep an eye on him. We also learn that the priest does not like Jupiter Roget very much. (We can safely say that the priest and the nun are members of the Ministry of the Occult.) 

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Web Comic Review: Metanoia by Chartreuse and Rah

According to Wikipedia, metanoia can be any of the following:

Metanoia (theology), repentance

Metanoia (rhetoric), correction, a rhetorical device

Metanoia (psychology), the process of experiencing a psychotic "break down" and subsequent, positive psychological re-building or "healing"

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Heartless by Gail Carriger

374 pp.

In Heartless, Alexia and her husband have mended their fences and now they have to figure out how to keep the vampires from continuing their vendetta against Alexia and her not-yet-born infant-inconvenience. The solution presents itself in the form of Akeldama stepping forward with an offer to adopt the baby (thus assuring that the scary monster baby has a proper upbringing). Of course, this creates a new batch of problems involving Conall’s pack having to move into the city. (Alexia might have very little in the way of maternal feelings, but she does feel a certain amount of interest in the results of her pregnancy.)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gosick Episode Sixteen "The Felling Maria Has a Fly's Head"--Review

We open with a scene set in Lithuania at a convent during World War One. Some planes fly in and begin dropping bombs. In the middle of the carnage, the surviving nuns begin cursing the planes, apparently in the grip of intense fury. Then the image of the Virgin Mary appears, and this causes the circling planes to crash. Our last sight before we go to the opening credits are the nuns, who appear to be completely deranged.

In the next scene, we have Kujo and Avril in town. Kujo is reading a letter from home, where it is revealed his father is the master of backhanded compliments. They talk a little bit about what they plan to do by way of careers and Kujo goes shopping for a dessert for Victorique.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spirits That Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

306 p.p.
Spirits That Walk in ShadowIn this book we are reintroduced to Jaimie Locke, one of the minor characters from The Thread That Binds the Bones. She is still in recovery from having been trained to be evil by her previous teacher. (She more or less indicates this on a number of occasions.)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

477 p.p.
Ghost Story (Dresden Files, No. 13)In Ghost Story, everyone’s favorite wizard-detective is assigned the task of finding out who killed him. (This is a very familiar story line, but I cannot think of the movie it reminds me of.) If he does not, three of his friends will meet very painful, very tragic ends. Since Harry does not want this to happen, he goes on the case instead of doing whatever it is dead people do when they die. (We do not get any direct information on which direction if any Harry is going in.)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Reading Homestuck Part Three ==>John: Avoid imminent demise

From here to here.

With a very literal deadline in the form of a meteor heading directly for John’s house, John needs to figure out how to work the totem lathe and the cruxtrader. After some fumbling around (and avoiding his dad, who is trying to work out how the bathtub got moved to the staircase) he manages to get to the cruxtrader and retrieve the cruxite dowel from the living room, stick it in the lathe and create a random shape. How this is going to keep him from getting squished by a meteor is not yet clear.