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laceblade ([personal profile] laceblade) wrote2016-03-17 08:53 am

Reading from the past little while that prompts commentary

I thought that my favorite part of the third volume of Essential X-Men (145-161) was when Emma Frost was inhabiting Storm's body and quoting King Lear while conjuring a thunderstorm...but that was before the issue in which the X-Men fought Dracula.
Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler are my favorites at this point in time. Still mournful for this age of US comics in which, while text-heavy, THE WRITERS EXPLAIN WHAT IS GOING ON.

Claudia Gray's Star Wars: Lost Stars has been my favorite tie-in option related to the new movie, The Force Awakens. The whole point of the book is to simply explain how that Star Destroyer ended up crashed on Jakku.
The YA book involves two kids who grew up together bonding over flying on their home planet, despite being from different classes. They attend the Imperial Academy together, and then one ends up as an Imperial Officer while the other joins the opposite side of the war.
Like lots of YA, this book grabs you and pulls you along through lots of intense emotions. I will put a content warning on this for suicidal ideation, for which I really wish I'd had warning.

I reread Pamela Dean's Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary because I really needed some comfort, and it delivered. I also took a recommendation from its pages, and have read Shirley Jackson's Life Among the Savages and intend to read the follow-up, Raising Demons. The books are essentially about her domestic life as a mother, but it hilarious. I laughed so hard, so many times, that I had to read passages aloud so that my partner knew what I was laughing about.

I'd read the bulk of Mansfield Park a few months ago, and finally finished it. I'm not sure how I feel about it, in the end. I still like Persuasion most.

William Anderson released a selection of letters by Laura Ingalls Wilder in the past few weeks. It's still really upsetting that the people who inherited the Ingalls house in De Smet just pitched a ton of stuff out the front window into a dumpster. SO MANY LETTERS I WOULD WANT TO READ AHHHHH!!! Still, there's a lot to unpack in here. Laura's creepy suspicion and loathing of FDR and the New Deal; letters to her daughter Rose as they collaborate heavily over the Little House books; letters to her relatives close & distant; basically an insight into a period not captured anywhere else: When she's living on the farm in Mansfield with Almanzo but they've given up doing farming full-time and she's already finished writing articles for the Missouri Ruralist, through Almanzo's death, a decade of solitude, and then her own death. It might be disturbing for readers who haven't separated Laura-the-character from Laura-the-writer/person.

I'm reading Sofia Samatar's The Winged Histories right now.

I've listened to and really enjoyed Awake, an audio drama over on Sparkler. It's about a colony ship having left Earth and being mid-journey to a new planet. To keep the ship running while everyone's in cryogenic sleep, 6 people are "awake" at any given time. These are people who couldn't afford the full fare, and are paying for it with years of their lives given in service to the ship. So they'll wake up in the future with some loved ones having aged, or not, depending on who did service and for how long. There's some really great voice-acting in here, and I loved it.

I'm currently making my way through The Cat Lover's Circumstances. Misaki Tanabe attends university in Japan, but has a really hard time socializing with people because of her psychic ability to read people's feelings. Sometimes poignant, this series is HILARIOUS and as with everything else I've spent time with on Sparkler, I feel like it was written especially for me.

My "try to watch one episode of anime per day" goal has allowed me to make some steady progress.

Much to [personal profile] littlebutfierce's delight, I watched the first season of Love! Live. Not my first idol anime, but possibly the first in which I really feel a deep affection for almost all of the 9-member idol group. ALSO I LOVE THE SONG "START DASH."

I'm about 3/4 through Seirei no Moribito, which I like quite a bit although I'd anticipated it having more action scenes than it does. It's complex enough that I'd like to try reading the books on which the series is based. Balsa is a badass, Chagum is endlessly interesting, I'm afraid of how it's going to end. Are there fan translations of the novels, which surely must continue past where the anime ends?!

After I finish Seirei no Moribito, the goal is to figure out my VCR, to see if I can finally watch the cheap subtitled VHS set I found of Record of Lodoss Wars years ago.

I saw "The Boy and the Beast" in the theater last Saturday. I liked it, but don't think I have much to say about it. It's always nice when something makes it to a theater here.
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[personal profile] the_rck 2016-03-17 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
As far as the Seirei no Moribito novels, of the two translated, the first covers the entire anime and does so, IMO, in a much shallower way than the anime does. It also has some differences in underlying mythology. I read it mainly because I matched on the fandom for Parallels one year and thought that digging names out of the book would be a heck of a lot easier than digging them out of my DVD set.

The second translated novel has Balsa traveling back to her homeland and getting involved in events there.

I'm not sure what the later novels are about. I didn't love the two novels the way I did the anime, so I haven't felt impelled to look for more. I'm curious but not enough to work at it. I can't tell how much of what I found meh about the novels was the translation and how much the original prose. The stories were interesting; they just weren't conveyed in a way that pulled me in. YMMV.
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[personal profile] owlectomy 2016-03-17 05:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd be interested in reading the originals; I haven't seen the anime, but I've read other things by Uehashi Nahoko that I really liked.
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[personal profile] wild_irises 2016-03-17 04:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Nothing ever makes me happier than people reading Jackson's family essays. There are bits of them I quote all the time and they are deeply hilarious, but also more than that.
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[personal profile] littlebutfierce 2016-03-17 06:02 pm (UTC)(link)

someday i'll watch season 2

& finish shirobako
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[personal profile] wrdnrd 2016-03-18 12:45 am (UTC)(link)
"Persuasion" is so great. I should re-read it and "Pride and Prejudice" again to see which is my favorite, but maybe really it's a tie, i don't know or care. And, yes, i refer to "Persuasion" as "Jane Austen's Royal Navy fanfic", BUT I MEAN THAT IN THE MOST LOVING WAY POSSIBLE, BECAUSE I LOVE FANFIC, AND, WELL, IT IS.

"Mansfield Park" and "Emma" are the worst.
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yay for reading

[personal profile] bibliofile 2016-03-18 07:30 am (UTC)(link)
(Do you know anyone who reads Korean? There's a series/set of manga at the Sequoya branch, on the book sale stacks by the computers. I keep meaning to take a photo and I haven't.)

I should read those Shirley Jackson books; adding them to the eternal list (which never ends because there are always more books to add).

Have you asked the library to buy the new Samatar novel? If not, maybe Ill hunt down some reviews and put in a request.
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k 2016-03-18 09:56 pm (UTC)(link)
This post has caused the holding of four library books!

Yay you & thanks

[personal profile] jinian 2016-03-21 04:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I really enjoyed Awake too! I listened to all of it while doing some cathartic room-cleaning about a month ago.