Werewolves and mages and kitsune??

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:10 pm
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Fiction

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26. The Gladstone Bag - Charlotte MacLeod *
27. Dark Currents - Emperor's Edge 2 - Lindsay Buroker
28. The Resurrection Man Charlotte MacLeod*
29. The Odd Job - Charlotte MacLeod*
30. Deadly Games - Emperor's Edge 3 - Lindsay Buroker
31. The Balloon Man- Charlotte MacLeod*
32. Conspiracy - Emperor's Edge 4 - Lindsay Buroker
33. Blood and Betrayal - Emperor's Edge 5- Lindsay Buroker
34. The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian
35. A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore
36. The Carnelian Crow - Colleen Gleason
37. The Golem's Eye - Jonathon Stroud
38. The Sumage Solution - San Adreas Shifters 1 - Gail Carriger


Review

The book is highly readable and instantly engaging. The characters are, at least the main ones, rounded and realistic. Biff/Bryan is a little too gentle, understanding and caring which oddly enough makes him more two-dimensional than his brother Alec, who at least can get angry when the situation warrants it.
The book is full of snarky humour, great lines and visuals and, of course, tea.



Manga

1. The Ancient Magus' Bride 6 - Kore Yamakazi
2. Kiss Him, Not Me 6- Junko
3. Aoharu X Machine Gun 1 - Naoe
4. Aoharu X Machine Gun 2 - Naoe
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 1 - Asagiri Kafka & Harukawa Sango
6. Demon Prince of Momochi House 6 - Aya Shouoto
7. Demon Prince of Momochi House 7 - Aya Shouoto
8. He's My Only Vampire 8 - Aya Shouoto
9. He's my Only Vampire 9 - Aya Shouoto
10. Kiss Him, Not Me - 7 - Junko
11. Kiss Him, Not Me - 8 Junko
12. Barakamon- 10 - Satsuki Yoshino
13. Don't Be Cruel: Akira Takanashi's Story - Yonezou Nekota
4. Bungou Stray Dogs 2 - Asagiri Kafka & Harukawa Sango
15. Aoharu X Machine Gun 3 - Naoe
16. Aoharu X Machine Gun 4 - Naoe

What's in a name?

Jul. 19th, 2017 12:19 am
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Years and years and more years reading fanfic. All the porn. Or pr0n, as it was called back in the day. And I still can't get used to how they keep saying their partners' names during the act. Repeatedly. Like it's some sort of sex mantra. It's weird, is what it is! @_@

Many visitors

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:52 am
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This summer I am getting all the visits! Cousins and cousin's exes and old old friends and my mom! Okay, so mom visits every summer, but the others not so much. It's lovely to get all these guests, but also a wee shock to my introvert hermit's system. The cats love it, begging for snacks and affections shamelessly. They get the latter, but not the former on account of vet's orders. Poor sods.

The annual St Olav festival is soon upon us, I should get moving on the ticket purchases. Am feeling lazy, though. Tomorrow. Maybe.

The new Spiderman movie is glorious. I have now seen it three times at the cinema, and it was worth all those three times. It brought the fun and laughs back to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), something it desperately needed after Captain America: Civil War kinda broke the Avengers. (Like the Hulk kinda broke Harlem.) The new Spiderman is so precious. A 15 year old kid, not elegant, not smooth, zero game, utter dork and super sweet. I just want to put him in my pocket, take him home and feed him. The interaction with Tony Stark is also great, and I am very much relieved that it was just enough, not too much. This is Spiderman's movie, after all. And the bad guy, Michael Keaton, oh my word. Fantastic! He's becoming more and more Jack Nicholson-like, in a very good way. The Vulture is a bad guy we can understand and sympathise with, unlike Ultron and Thanos and Red Skull and such. The Vulture is an unpowered human with a very honest grudge, a real background; like the Kindpin from the Daredevil TV series - but more likeable! There are of course also a ton of candy for the fans. I don't follow the comics, but I have seen all the movies and TV series since 2008. And I have read metric craptonnes of fanfic. So yes, I get to notice lovely little non-plotty fan candies, like Principal M*****. ♥

Djinni and Golems Oh my!

Jul. 13th, 2017 03:02 pm
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Fiction

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26. The Gladstone Bag - Charlotte MacLeod *
27. Dark Currents - Emperor's Edge 2 - Lindsay Buroker
28. The Resurrection Man Charlotte MacLeod*
29. The Odd Job - Charlotte MacLeod*
30. Deadly Games - Emperor's Edge 3 - Lindsay Buroker
31. The Balloon Man- Charlotte MacLeod*
32. Conspiracy - Emperor's Edge 4 - Lindsay Buroker
33. Blood and Betrayal - Emperor's Edge 5- Lindsay Buroker
34. The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian
35. A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore
36. The Carnelian Crow - Colleen Gleason
37. The Golem's Eye - Jonathon Stroud


Review

The book took a good hundred pages to get the wheels rolling, due in part to setting the scene and filling the reader in on Kitty and the Resistance's back story. Kitty is really the only human of any interest in the story, apart from a couple side characters, and the time she spends in Bartimaeus' company is quite interesting and informative. The plot isn't overly complex but interesting enough to want to finish the book.



Manga

1. The Ancient Magus' Bride 6 - Kore Yamakazi
2. Kiss Him, Not Me 6- Junko
3. Aoharu X Machine Gun 1 - Naoe
4. Aoharu X Machine Gun 2 - Naoe
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 1 - Asagiri Kafka & Harukawa Sango
6. Demon Prince of Momochi House 6 - Aya Shouoto
7. Demon Prince of Momochi House 7 - Aya Shouoto
8. He's My Only Vampire 8 - Aya Shouoto
9. He's my Only Vampire 9 - Aya Shouoto
10. Kiss Him, Not Me - 7 - Junko
11. Kiss Him, Not Me - 8 Junko
12. Barakamon- 10 - Satsuki Yoshino
13. Don't Be Cruel: Akira Takanashi's Story - Yonezou Nekota
4. Bungou Stray Dogs 2 - Asagiri Kafka & Harukawa Sango
15. Aoharu X Machine Gun 3 - Naoe
16. Aoharu X Machine Gun 4 - Naoe

Crows and Vampires....

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:20 am
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Fiction

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26. The Gladstone Bag - Charlotte MacLeod *
27. Dark Currents - Emperor's Edge 2 - Lindsay Buroker
28. The Resurrection Man Charlotte MacLeod*
29. The Odd Job - Charlotte MacLeod*
30. Deadly Games - Emperor's Edge 3 - Lindsay Buroker
31. The Balloon Man- Charlotte MacLeod*
32. Conspiracy - Emperor's Edge 4 - Lindsay Buroker
33. Blood and Betrayal - Emperor's Edge 5- Lindsay Buroker
34. The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian
35. A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore
36. The Carnelian Crow - Colleen Gleason


Review

The mystery at the core is quite a bit weaker than the previous books, this book is far more slice of life...with vampires and steampunk tech than theearlier books. There is, however, some very well done character progression and the two romances get to the *GASP!* KISSING stage! Both Mina and Evaline are faced with difficult decisions. As usual the book ends on an annoying cliffhanger.



Manga

1. The Ancient Magus' Bride 6 - Kore Yamakazi
2. Kiss Him, Not Me 6- Junko
3. Aoharu X Machine Gun 1 - Naoe
4. Aoharu X Machine Gun 2 - Naoe
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 1 - Asagiri Kafka & Harukawa Sango
6. Demon Prince of Momochi House 6 - Aya Shouoto
7. Demon Prince of Momochi House 7 - Aya Shouoto
8. He's My Only Vampire 8 - Aya Shouoto
9. He's my Only Vampire 9 - Aya Shouoto
10. Kiss Him, Not Me - 7 - Junko
11. Kiss Him, Not Me - 8 Junko
12. Barakamon- 10 - Satsuki Yoshino
13. Don't Be Cruel: Akira Takanashi's Story - Yonezou Nekota
4. Bungou Stray Dogs 2 - Asagiri Kafka & Harukawa Sango
15. Aoharu X Machine Gun 3 - Naoe
16. Aoharu X Machine Gun 4 - Naoe

Death....it's a dirty job

Jul. 9th, 2017 10:17 am
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Fiction

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Click here for previous books )

26. The Gladstone Bag - Charlotte MacLeod *
27. Dark Currents - Emperor's Edge 2 - Lindsay Buroker
28. The Resurrection Man Charlotte MacLeod*
29. The Odd Job - Charlotte MacLeod*
30. Deadly Games - Emperor's Edge 3 - Lindsay Buroker
31. The Balloon Man- Charlotte MacLeod*
32. Conspiracy - Emperor's Edge 4 - Lindsay Buroker
33. Blood and Betrayal - Emperor's Edge 5- Lindsay Buroker
34. The Ruin of a Rake - Cat Sebastian
35. A Dirty Job - Christopher Moore


Review

Humourous and often sarcastic, the book is a pageturner from the begininning. Moore weaves the various threads of his story together nicely and keeps the reader's attention focused on the story. The only pointof contention is the addition of Audreyin the last fourth of the book. It feels a little shoehorned as if he needed a deus ex machina to make the whole thing work. But it fits with the world Moore has built up and the philosophy, so it's a minor complaint.



Manga

1. The Ancient Magus' Bride 6 - Kore Yamakazi
2. Kiss Him, Not Me 6- Junko
3. Aoharu X Machine Gun 1 - Naoe
4. Aoharu X Machine Gun 2 - Naoe
5. Bungou Stray Dogs 1 - Asagiri Kafka & Harukawa Sango
6. Demon Prince of Momochi House 6 - Aya Shouoto
7. Demon Prince of Momochi House 7 - Aya Shouoto
8. He's My Only Vampire 8 - Aya Shouoto
9. He's my Only Vampire 9 - Aya Shouoto
10. Kiss Him, Not Me - 7 - Junko
11. Kiss Him, Not Me - 8 Junko
12. Barakamon- 10 - Satsuki Yoshino
13. Don't Be Cruel: Akira Takanashi's Story - Yonezou Nekota
4. Bungou Stray Dogs 2 - Asagiri Kafka & Harukawa Sango
15. Aoharu X Machine Gun 3 - Naoe
16. Aoharu X Machine Gun 4 - Naoe

Cat back to normal!

Jul. 7th, 2017 12:32 pm
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It took a week from the vet visit until Laban was back to his normal self again. It has now been two weeks since the vetting (har!) and all is well. Except his food. His food is still the special good for little kidneys and livers and hearts food, which means it's low on salt and some other stuff, has special proteins in it, and probably tastes bland as hell. Laban is not impressed and desperate for salt. Which he ain't getting. The vet was very firm on the "only the special food, NO SNACKS!" order. Sorry, pal.

I am very much relieved, though. Am thinking I'll take him back for a new round of tests at the end of the month, when my vacation starts. Get his liver values/indicators/whatever they're called in English checked. If good, maybe vet will let him have some "good" food, too. Maybe.

Went to an outdoor gig last Sunday, with two visiting cousins (one from mum's side, the other from dad's side). It was good. Very, very good. But I guess the 10 000 strong audience was kinda small compared to the one at Woodstock... The artist was John Fogerty, of Creedence Cleerwater Revival fame. At 72, he still rocks like a rocking thing. And we got all the old classics! His band rocks. His sons (one of whom is IN the touring band now, the other does a quick duet) rocks. And the sheep on the hill at the outdoor museum where the gig was held, rock. I mean, seriously. They posed! In stark profile against the blue evening sky. And gazed down upon us mere mortals. Even impressed Fogerty himself; "Damn, he likes rock'n'roll!!" quoth he. (Though technically, it was a she-sheep. The rams don't get to join the flock.)

Today is Friday. The weather is lovely, and we've not had much of that so far. Work morale is very low. Am counting hours and minutes until I can go home.