Monthly Archives: January 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.  Continue reading


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GBE2 Blog On Prompt 89: Meditation

309895_10151469419389453_1093514455_nIt’s a cold gray day and she finds him down by the water with a fishing pole and a six pack as an excuse. It is debatable whether he wants company or not and she is not inclined to interrupt with conversation for no reason. He in turn is not inclined to object to her presence and the only indication that he appreciates it is a glance and the slightest of smiles.

For her, meditation required a place to sit or occasionally walk. It involves counting breaths and not thinking of any particular thing. For him, meditation was a highly suspect occupation of time that needed to be disguised by some other plausible activity. Heaven forbid anyone see him engaging in something suspect or “new-agey.”  

(She very politely never calls him on this. She is not even going to mention that the six-pack hasn’t even been touched. Nor will she indicate his luck with fishing usually isn’t this bad; he’s been out here for an hour and still hasn’t caught anything. The subterfuge is endearing to her and she doesn’t want him to feel self-conscious.)    

She sits nearby but not too close and watches the wind, the clouds, the light, the water. She does not watch him, but his presence is felt and is comfortable to her. She counts her breaths and doesn’t think about any particular thing.  

So. They are both meditating.

Eventually he does catch fish. She goes back to the house for the portable grill and they have dinner by the water.

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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. Continue reading

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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! Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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GBE2 Blog On Prompt 88: Playlists!

This is for GBE2 Prompt 88: Music

One of the things that I do is create playlists for writing or just for general listening while I am reading. Sometimes I create playlists for a specific story, or for a movie, television series or a book. I also create playlists for my favorite characters from said entertainment media. (I will also talk about specific songs that remind me of one character or another with my friends.)

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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. Continue reading

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