Monthly Archives: March 2011

Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Two by Yana Toboso

Black Butler, Vol. 2The first chapter mainly involves Sebastian’s various adventures fixing the problems created by the servants. As much as he is exasperated by them, they seem to be there to make the results of his endeavors seem even more exceptional. (Incidentally, we learn that Bardroy has a fixation on guns, and that Finnie is as strong as he is inept at gardening.) In this case, Sebastian attempts to make a giant chocolate statue while the servants create disasters all around him. At the end of the day, the statue has lost its head, and the person at fault is none other than Ciel, who apparently wanted a snack. Continue reading


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War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull

309 pp.
(Orb, 336 pp.)

War for the Oaks: A Novel
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War for the Oaks is urban fantasy of the subset known as urban faerie. (While some more recent urban fantasy might tack on faeries in a mostly vampire and werewolf universe, this is primarily a novel dealing with Faerie and its intersection with the mortal world.) This novel originally came out in the 80’s. It has been reprinted by Orb books.

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Manga Review: Tena on S-String Volume One, by Sesuna Mikabe

Tena on S-String, Vol. 1 (v. 1)Kyosuke Hibiki is a music teacher who has recently awakened from a coma after having been in a car accident. Upon awakening, he discovers that he is experiencing auditory and visual hallucinations in the form of music and musical notation that appears to surround people. No one is able to find out the source of the hallucinations, and Kyosuke is eventually discharged from the hospital. Continue reading

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Manga Review: Mugen Spiral Volume One by Mizuho Kusanagi

Mugen Spiral Volume 1 (v. 1)Mugen Spiral is a two-volume manga featuring a powerful exorcist named Yayoi and a demon named Ura, who is the son of the demon king. It is a romantic comedy/fantasy of the “boy decides girl is kind of cool after initially trying to kill/eat/otherwise harm her.” (This is something that tends to happen in romantic manga, and in some Western romances as well.)

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Depression is in Your Head

Imagine that you are feeling a continuous formless sadness that continuously pulled down at your motivation. You cannot start any of the many chores and projects that you want to, and you can’t finish the ones  already begun. You might be irritable, tired or restless, you might feel trapped and helpless and on top of it all, you might even feel guilt for feeling these things whether or not you are actually at fault. Approximately, that is what being depressed feels like. You might know these symptoms personally or you might know someone who is frequently depressed. (Or, you might not realize that these are actually symptoms; maybe you just think that person is just a sour grump with a negative attitude.)

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And Also, I Hate Holden Caulfield

Adapted from a rant posted elsewhere.

Actually, Holden Caulfield, who is somewhere between Thomas Covenant and Elric of Melnibone on my Least Favorite Male Character Ever List doesn’t have a lot to do with this post. Instead, I’m going to talk about Earth Abides, and why I hated the protagonist Isherwood Williams on sight. (The book itself I’m largely ambivalent about, but I know that I despise the protagonist.)

Earth Abides is a post-apocalyptic novel involving a plague that Destroys Civilization. Our protagonist it one of the few survivors, and he is supposed to be a very intelligent loner type. He wanders around meeting people and inevitably feeling superior to them because they do not have his highly evolved brain and motivation to better themselves that he does. The problem is that he is not actually that smart, and he is a dick.

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Book Review: Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead

375 pp.

Iron Crowned (Dark Swan, Book 3)
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Iron Crowned is the third book in Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series. In this book, Eugenie continues to attempt juggling her role of queen of the Thorn Land with being a Shaman/exorcist in the ordinary world. She is not very successful due to having to fight a war against Katrice of the Rowan Land, whose son had kidnapped and raped Eugenie repeatedly in the previous book in order to fulfill a prophecy that states the Eugenie’s first born son would conquer the ordinary world. (I am still kind of reminded of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Merry Gentry series because of this plot point.)

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