What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out.
Granta 130: India: Another Way of Seeing (2015). This issue of the literary magazine Granta focuses on India with almost every essay, story, or poem being written by a native Indian. The issue is pretty spotty though the worst that can be said is that some of the pieces are boring. However, I really enjoyed others like Vinod Kunar Shukla’s poems, the Annawadi photos, “Othello Sucks,” the art and photos by Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad, “Shunaka,” “Pyre,” and “A Double-Income Family.” I look forward to picking up the next issue.
Delayed Replays by Liz Prince (2007). This short little booklet contains some quick comics about love, life, and college. It’s better edited than Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? but there’s not much to it either.
Iceland by Kathleen W. Deady (2004). This short children’s book about Iceland contains some interesting facts and pretty pictures but nothing too substantive. Might be good for an early reader, but it doesn’t offer much for adults.
Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and illustrated by Kerascoet (2009/2014). This English translation of the French story and comic is about a collective of little people that emerge from the body of a dead girl and have to learn to live with each other and in the wild. It’s gorgeously done and very disturbing, but I really loved it. Click here to see my in-depth review.
Ongoing manga series:
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) by Yusei Matsui (2012 – ongoing), ch. 144 – 149. This arc features the class engaging in an epic game of Capture the Flag to figure out if they’re going to save or kill Koro-sensei. It really showcases how each person has grown in the year they’ve been together and features some pretty nifty psychological and physical warfare.
Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing), ch. 123 – 129. This arc showcases Soma and Tadokoro at the Harvest Moon Festival trying to compete with the 8th Seat. It’s not the most action-packed arc, but it’s fun seeing how the two cope with their poor ranking and try to leverage their way back up. I’m looking forward to the conclusion.