Adventures in Reading — August 17 — August 23, 2015

Photo property of Pegasus Publishing

Photo property of Pegasus Publishing

What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out.

Once Upon a Crime: A Brothers Grimm Mystery by P.J. Brackston (2015) – In Paula J. Brackston’s debut novel, we meet Gretel (yes, that Gretel) of Hansel and Gretel fame. She’s a hairy, cranky, overweight 35-year-old woman with amazing taste in clothes and food who must solve the mystery of three missing cats, confront a troll, and prevent her own execution. It’s a pretty fun book that’s fast and easy to read although there’s not much substance to it. Still, I’d be interested in seeing what else Brackston puts out in the future.

Iceland by Jonathan Porter (1989) – This photo book contains several interesting pictures of Iceland’s natural wonders and a well-written essay on the author’s somewhat disastrous trip to Iceland. It’s an okay book, but the photographer didn’t really have a dynamic eye, and the pictures aren’t as arresting as others I’ve seen. An okay book but definitely not the Icelandic picture book I’d show others.

East of West, Vol. 2: We Are All One by Jonathan Hickman (2014) – In this second volume, we meet The Beast, get more backstory on the Four Horsemen, find out who The Rangers are, and have a truly awesome battle between Death and Cheveyo. It’s a great volume, very dynamic and beautifully done. I just love this series; this is my second time reading this volume.

East of West, Vol. 3: There Is No Us by Jonathan Hickman (2014) – Another amazing volume which allows as to see Death’s son in-depth (and is insane in so many meanings of the world), find out The Beast’s purpose, and glimpse the politics of the new America. It’s another great volume.

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Photo property of reapersun

Wreck by reapersun (2013) – This short volumes has artist reapersun imagining what would happen after BBC’s Sherlock fakes his death and comes back. It’s a short book but very powerful with a surprisingly cute ending. So glad my friend let me bum this. It’s amazing.

Hana-Kimi (For You in Full Bloom) by Hisaya Nakajo (1996 – 2004), ch. 109 – 111 – These chapters deal with Mizuki and Nakatsu trying to become friends after she officially rejects him. We also meet his mother. It’s cute, and I like how the author does Mizuki and Nakatsu’s relationship.

Ongoing manga series:

Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing), ch. 130.3 and 130.4. These two short filler chapters have a brief side story with Erina and Soma and one with the teachers. There’s nothing much to them, but they’re fun. I’m looking forward to getting back to the main action soon though.

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