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review 2016-04-03 01:52
Berserk Volume 01 - Kentaro Miura

Since I have about a month till season 6 of Game of Thrones starts I decided I'd revist the other emotionally abusive, horrifically violent, series that I'm obsessed with. AND This series isn't yet finished either, maybe I'm a masochist.

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text 2015-03-16 04:38
Selling Your Soul for Fancy Bento Money
Sliver - Ira Levin
Berserk, Vol. 1 - Kentaro Miura

I sold what has to be less than 1/6th of my collection to my work place today and expected little.  1/6th of my collection translated into about 4.5 plastic crates, full mainly of the esoteric non fiction that I would never get to any way.


I got $75.



So I sold the vestigial parts of my collection that I have amassed over the years, like a sad hoarder that I am, and bought stuff to help me (hopefully) add to my luck with losing weight.  Like bento boxeeesss.


While I waited for my offer, I was reading more into the Levin book that I picked out during my last lunch break.  Color me surprised so far - I am not used to reading much, besides shorter fiction, that has such an adept use of just enough description so as to make you feel as though you can see the story as it unfolds.  I mean, am I the only one sick of pages upon pages of heaped on description so that the pace becomes bogged down and we're being forced to envision everything to the exact, minute, sometimes bullshit detail from the author's imagination?


I will say, the old timers of the thriller genre certainly know how to write cinematically. Oh, I also love the manga Beserk, or at least, the first one.  Guts gets shit done, something I can appreciate.


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review 2014-07-05 01:12
Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton
Hippos Go Berserk - Sandra Boynton
  Fantastic counting book for the little ones. Not only do we count the hippos as they come to the party--whether to work or play but we also get to count the hippos as they leave the next morning. I love the drawings. What makes this outstanding is the counting upwards then counting backwards Wonderfully fun!


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review 2014-06-12 00:00
Berserk, Vol. 1
Berserk, Vol. 1 - Kentaro Miura Unsure about this. The art was okay, the story was weird... I dunno. I'm told I need to give at least the next volume a shot but compared to what I've been reading, it doesn't hold up.
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review 2013-07-16 00:00
Berserk, Vol. 9
Berserk, Vol. 9 - Kentaro Miura I don't know why this volume is drawing so much heat with reviewers here, as I think it's probably one of the better volumes in the series thus far. In the wake of Guts's departure, Griffith basically loses it and to fill the unexpected void left by what he feels is abandonment by his friend, foolishly decides to speed up his plans and devote himself to the rapid attainment of the ambition he'd been so patiently and methodically working toward his entire life. In a fit of unthinking desperation, Griffith makes a terrible miscalculation. I think it's incredibly humanizing and even more profound considering how coldly rational and detached he's been portrayed up until this point. We see more of the pieces that will lead to the confrontation between Guts and Griffith teased at in the Black Swordsman arc and the transformation that subsequently takes place in the relationship between the two and the importance of Griffith to the Band of the Hawk is called into question. It raises questions of identity and the importance of others in life in establishing a relative notion of self in subtle and brilliant ways that have been missing in the series up until this point.

There is a lot of flashing around - sometimes confusingly so - in the wake of Guts's departure as Miura tries to move the story forward. He moves it forward a year to a certain fated time, but in doing so, finds he needs to provide awkward flashbacks for things to make sense and to give context to the changes in character that have occurred, particularly for Guts and Caska, with Caska being the more interesting of the two. The relationship between the two develops along expected lines (no surprises there), but it's a kind of sweet fulfillment because of the way Miura has dealt with the messy tangle of emotions between Caska, Guts and Griffith that I think was also particularly well done. Guts is still a prisoner of his past experiences and that (quite realistically) manifests itself as his relationship with Caska is realized.

Like George R.R. Martin, reading Miura requires an investment. If you decide to hang with them, they'll eventually make it worth your while with pretty awesome character development. It just takes a longer perspective to appreciate.
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