What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out!
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (2015) – When Rebecca Porter studies abroad in Oxford, she doesn’t expect to fall in love with a Crown Prince. Nor does she expect all the media circus and royal family drama that surrounds it. The Royal We is essentially a slightly fictionalized account of how Kate Middleton and Prince William got together and is rife with melodrama. It was a pretty enjoyable book, but there was a lot of repetition in drinking, fighting, losing oneself, and having sex. Some parts I just skimmed.
Chew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts by John Layman and Rob Guillory (2010) – In this volume, Tony and Amelia’s relationship blossoms, work progresses smoothly, and giant fiery alien letters encircle the globe. We also see the return of Poyo, the baddest motherfucker to ever walk the planet. It’s a lot of fun, and Layman really hits his stride, solidifying the characters and impressing you with new, crazy adventures. Loved it.
Chew, Vol. 4: Flambé by John Layman and Rob Guillory (2011) – This issue was essentially a series of small cases – Tony and Caesar tracking down a former FDA agent who becomes smarter the more he eats, Tony and Colby closing a creeper case at a local high school, and Tony and his twin sister Toni solving a NASA-related crime. I didn’t really like Toni that much at first, but she definitely grew on me. Another great volume.
Chew, Vol. 5: Major League by John Layman and Rob Guillory (2012) – In this issue, both Tony and Colby are bumped off the FDA, Tony to traffic (which he unexpectedly loves) and Colby to the USDA (which he hates). Then Tony gets kidnapped by one of Amelia’s colleagues, who severely beats him and force-feeds him dead baseball players so Tony can tell him their torrid sex lives. Meanwhile, Mason kidnaps Olive (Tony’s daughter), and she agrees to be his protégé. Honestly, this was sort of a hard volume to read because Tony goes through some really, really horrible stuff. But Olive does prove to be surprisingly badass, so that helped.
Chew, Vol. 6: Space Cakes by John Layman and Rob Guillory (2012) – While Tony recovers from his near-death beating, his sister Toni steals the show. This volume goes into her particular food-related abilities (can tell the future) and how she can use them to vet potential boyfriends, help her brother get revenge on a rival, and bust some punks. Then The Vampire shows up and horrible things happen. I was surprised by how hard I took it. It was unexpected.
Chew, Vol. 7: Bad Apples by John Layman and Rob Guillory (2013) – After the events of the previous volume, everyone shifts between deep mourning and throwing themselves into their work. Tony especially goes commando, almost singlehandedly wrapping up several investigations. Meanwhile, Olive continues to work with Mason and Caesar and hone her abilities. Then, Tony gives her a freezer-burned toe.
Dame na Watashi ni Koishite Kudasai (Please Love the Useless Me) by Aya Nakahara (ongoing) ch. 17 – This chapter is mostly about how Shibata is having trouble trusting Mogami, especially after he revealed his parents are having health problems. The worrying is affecting her relationships and her work, making her careless at the latter and cold in the former. She looks well on her way to an implosion.
Tiger X Crane by Huang Xiao Da (ongoing) ch. 1 – This action-adventure manga is about a distant past where magic and demons exist side-bye-side. The art style is really cool, and I like the character that does high level magic with an inherited sentient brush, but it didn’t grab me enough to make me keep going. Still, it was fun.