Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Seven, by Yana Toboso

Kuroshitsuji volume seven was almost a deal breaker for me. This is not to say that it was a terrible volume, only that this is one of the more horrifying story arcs. After this arc ended I had to take a hiatus from the series and considered not keeping up with it at all, I was that affected by the arc and the ending. I am trigger warning for abuse, murder, a kid having some fairly sever post traumatic stress, and some extremely creepy and very disturbing stalker behavior.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume Six, by Kazue Kato

Blue Exorcist volume six opens with a collection of hangovers. (I am still wondering how it is possible to not realize that you are drinking alcohol.) Renzo Shima is extremely friendly with Rin, much to the dismay of Konekomaru, who is still terrified of Rin. Renzo points out that Rin is actually a good person, and there is no reason to be standoffish toward him.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Reading Homestuck Part Thirty Three:==>Dave: Do the Timey Wimey Thing

From here to here.

We next see AR and WV doing something mysterious. And by mysterious I mean weird and slightly confusing. The pumpkin, a number of mail boxes and cans appear to be involved. I am not sure what this present is supposed to be. Oh wait, it’s a crown. PM is watching this scene from a distance, and seems to be very agitated or possibly surprised!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Book Review: The Collegium Chronicles: Redoubt, by Mercedes Lackey

330 pp.
Redoubt, book four of The Collegium Chronicles has a slow beginning and does not do very much to clear up the mysteries surrounding Mags’ parentage even though a great deal of the plot was centered on it. A great deal of the book is focused on variations of kirball, Mags’ apprenticeship as an undercover agent and his friends’ romantic difficulties and family problems. Then we get some foreshadowing in the form of someone telling Mags that the severe abuse Mags suffered as a child toughened him up so if anything horrible happened to him again he would be better able survive it. Then Mags gets kidnapped by the Mysterious Foreign Spies that have been a recurring menace in the series.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Manga Review: Blue Exorcist Volume Five, by Kazue Kato

Blue Exorcist volume five opens with a dangerous hostage situation and a stolen Magical Doohickey. The magical item in question is “The Left Eye of the Impure King.” The entire situation turns out to be a feint of some kind and it turns out one of the Order Operatives has become a black hat and the Magical Doohickey is now long gone. Mephisto turns up to tell Yukio and Rin that they are going to be going with the group looking for the Left Eye. He also reports that there had also been an attempt on The Right Eye of the Impure King.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Reading: Daybreak 2250 A.D. by Andre Norton, Part Seven

This time around, let us talk about Dances With Wolves. It is part of a genre where the White Guy partially assimilates and for whatever reason decides to help the culture he assimilated into. See also The Last Samurai. We may or may not have another example in John Carter. So the White Guy steps in to fight the oppression of the Other White Guys who are not as Enlightened as he is. This genre is pretty much a huge turn off for me and I tend to avoid stories with this plot because I am not sure the narrative understands what the hell it is talking about.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Book Review: Virtual Virgin, by Carole Nelson Douglas

Pocket Books
371 pp.
I was not sure that I wanted to read Virtual Virgin. I had some fairly severe problems with the previous book, Silver Zombie related to questionable therapy practices, horrifically stupid racial stereotypes and fairly grotesque plot twists though I still managed to find the book entertaining. (Your mileage may vary as to how severe the problems are. I am fairly sensitive when it comes to racial stereotypes.) I think it would be safe to say that I probably should have listened to my misgivings because this installment was a chore to read.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Manga Review: Kamisama Kiss Volume Nine, Julietta Suzuki

Kamisama Kiss Volume Nine opens with Tomoe asking what Nanami and Mikage had been talking about. Since they had been talking about Tomoe, Nanami is understandably evasive. Next we see that the convention has come to a close. Okuninushi, the kami of the shrine where the convention took place tells Nanami that she did a good job. Nanami takes the opportunity to ask Okuninushi if it is wrong for a human and a yokai to be in love. Okuninushi tells her that if the relationship is something that can end if he says “no,” then their relationship wouldn’t have lasted very long to begin with. (Nanami also asks about the competition that had been arranged between her and Kayako. Okininushi assures Nanami that he actually admires Kayako very much, and intends to visit her!)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Reading Homestuck Part Thirty Two:== >adiosToreador: Attempt to serve Dave crisp bunches of honey and verbal Annihilation!

From here to here.

John finds Dad’s extremely smashed up car which has been surrounded by yellow caution tape. He sees that the package and the game are now missing. He also realizes that he is being pestered by someone. It is gallowsCallibrator and she apparently wants to help John, even though he cruelly makes fun of her blindness and leet-speak. John is not at all willing to receive her help! gallowsCallibrator, however is insistent, and sends him a map of his world.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Book Review: Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, by Lois McMaster Bujold

422 pp.

In Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Ivan finds himself in the middle of a zany romantic comedy when Byerly turns up at his doorstep in need of help. It turns out that there is a mysterious young woman who is not who she says she is, who may be in need of help. Ivan is persuaded to make contact with this young lady, but the lady in question is understandably wary; she is in fact in danger. Somehow, this ends with Ivan getting married to the young woman, who turns out to be the youngest daughter of a Jackson’s Whole House which has recently suffered an extremely hostile takeover. (The marriage was to prevent Tej’s enemies from having her deported and then kidnapped.)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Reading Homestuck Part Thirty One: ==> PM: Grab the box and run!

From here to here.

In the past, we see John and Jade having a chat over Pesterchum! They are talking about the birthday presents that John has been sending to his friends. (Their birthdays are all very close together.) Then Jade is being pestered by carcinoGeneticist. His sign is Cancer! Jade does not want to talk to him, but it seems that he has a message for her from her future self. He seems to be unusually conciliatory toward Jade, and generally seems both worried and exasperated, and apologizes in a sideways fashion for his previous misbehavior. He delivers his message and stops pestering Jade.