Adventures in Reading – February 1 – February 7, 2016

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

Tin House: Theft edited by Win McCormack, Holly MacArthur, and Rob Spillman (2015) – This edition of Tin House centers around the issue of theft whether it’s pure plagiarism, hurting readers’ trust in you, or someone physically stealing something from you. Despite the gorgeous cover art by Martin Wittfooth, this was my least favorite issue to date. I didn’t care for the “celebrity” pieces by Laura Lippman and Mary Higgins Clark and found many of the pieces boring or weightless. However, I did like the poetry by Timothy Liu, “Cooks Are Different” by Michael Ruhlman, and “What We Want Is Your Boy” by Sarah Dohrmann. There are definitely some gems here, but it was an overall weak edition.

From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad (2014) – This young adult book is about Alyssa, a girl being raised by her strict uncle who suddenly finds herself thrust into a magical word complete with wizarding mentors and evil French wizards. It’s a pretty dumb book with numerous logical inconsistencies and clunky writing. Probably not fun until you’re a pre-teen.

Sons of Abraham: J-17’s Trial by Joseph Ray (2015) – This sci-fi fantasy novel is about a distant future where mankind has spread beyond the solar system. However, to help keep it in line, cyborgs called Cybers and government agents patrol the systems. One Cyber, J-17 (Joseph), seems to act outside of his programming, precipitating a massive government cover-up, high profile trial, and a hunt for the original Cyber. It’s a pretty fun book though the legal trial got boring real quick.

Ongoing manga:

One Piece by Oda Eiichiro (1997 – ongoing) ch. 465 – 471 – In these chapters, the gang rallies, fighting against the evil zombie creatures. Just a lot of smashing and fighting, generally.

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) by Yusei Matsui (2012 – ongoing) ch. 174 – In this chapter, Koro-sensei gets serious, handily defeating the scientist and revitalizing the fight.

Cherry Boy, That Girl by South Ant (ongoing) ch. 88 – In this chapter, Walnut and Mandarin meet and fight and Pear has to try to explain himself to Walnut.

Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing) ch. 152 and 153 – These chapters involve the other members of the Elite Ten and the shokugeki that will enact Central’s plans.

* Image “Loot Bag” by Martin Wittfooth taken from http://www.tinhouse.com/blog/40286/about-the-cover-martin-wittfooth.html

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