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review 2018-08-20 06:01
First time ever reading a manga.
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom - Tsugumi Ohba,Takeshi Obata

So this is the first time I have ever read a manga. I am not really sure what to say about it, just because I don't have other examples of other manga's to compare it to. I did enjoy it and I liked that it was such a quick read. I am not sure about how I feel in regards to what the main character is doing. I can understand why he thinks he's doing the right thing. But how is he any better than them, if his doing what he is doing. And his putting someone important into a lot of trouble because of this.

I did love the idea of the book, with killing someone by just writing that person's name on the paper. I know there are rules or steps that need to be taken for it to work. 

I will be most definitely getting other manga's and later on getting another book from this series. It was still a really interesting and enjoyable first experience of reading the manga. Especially since it's totally different in the way, you need to read the story. And at times it was confusing but hopefully I will get use to it as I get more experience.

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review 2017-11-06 20:00
12 Days of Death Note: Boredom
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom - Tsugumi Ohba,Takeshi Obata

Having previously seen the anime series of Death Note, I was also curious about the manga they were based on. As it was my first experience with Manga (and I had little experience reading other types of graphic novels as well) I anticipated some problems, but this wasn't necessary. It just took a little bit of getting used, but before I knew it, it was like I never did anything else.

The main thing I noticed when reading Boredom was how closely the anime followed the manga, making that the story came to life even more. I'm already looking forward to the rest of the series!

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review 2017-09-10 00:00
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom
Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom - Tsugumi Ohba,Takeshi Obata It's a really good start to a series that I hope will be just as good. I like that it could be much lighter if it were told from the point of view of L, but seeing Light's movements over everybody else's makes everything much darker. Light is very ruthless and the only time he considers the morality of his actions is at the very beginning. After this short scenes, he is fully convinced of the rightfulness of his actions. He even goes as far as considering killing his family if it becomes necessary.

I hope we get to see more or L in future volumes. He is obviously a very smart young man and probably the only person who can be a match for Light. The development of his investigation has been conveniently perfect so far, but I would like to see more scenes told from his point of view and the problems he runs into while investigating the mysterious deaths.
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review 2017-04-23 05:56
Not your average grandparents!
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules: A Novel - Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

A delightful and funny read!!

Martha and her group of friends had decided that they were all going to live in the same retirement home. For the first few years, things were good. But when management changed, they find their luxury living is coming to an end. Nurse Barbara is a constant thorn in their sides. They are bored and looking for excitement.
That is when Martha gets the bright idea to commit a crime so that they can go to prison, where they would get better food and have a bit more freedom. But when they commit their crime, and go to the police to confess, they are initially brushed off as crazy. But they lay out how they have committed the crime, the police have no choice but to charge them and bring them to trial. As they spend their time in prison, they find it is not all what it was cracked up to be. But they spend their time working on planning new crimes, trying to figure out what happened to part of their ransom money, and wanting to get away with the next one.
Brains and Martha find a way to send messages back and forth through a clergyman who has been visiting them.
What transpires is a tale of hilarity, with the League of Pensioners center stage working to get a better life, and find a way to help other senior citizens who are in the same boat that they are.

This book was such a delight to read. It was funny and engaging. The characters were well fleshed out, and one can almost imagine Martha being their grandmother! This is a book that everyone needs to read and pass on to someone else to enjoy!

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review 2016-10-19 02:37
The Non-Fiction Version of Joe Zieja?
Operation Cure Boredom - Dan Martin

In serious need of direction, training, something to do with his life post-rehab -- and gullible enough to fall for the outrageous assurances of military recruiters -- Dan Martin finds himself in Air Force boot camp. Which isn't as bad as, say, what Eugene Jerome went through in Biloxi or what "Joker" Davis endured at Parris Island -- but it's pretty bad. Thankfully, Martin can now laugh about it. And he does a pretty good job getting his readers to do the same. Martin's look back on his years in the military is told as a series of comic anecdotes -- while he is trying to portray what happened to him, he's doing it to make the reader laugh.


He never sees any kind of action -- Desert Storm began and ended too soon for that, but he did travel the world as part of an aircrew maintenance team. Which leads him to all sorts of interesting locales -- and even more not-so-interesting ones. Throughout his enrollment, he matures -- somewhat -- making this a sort of coming-of-age tale, and the Martin that is honorably discharged isn't the same loser that enlisted.


I do think this could be 1/4-1/3 shorter, tightening up the narratives a bit would help. It meanders a bit, both in the individual stories and the overall narrative. I don't know that I found anything out and out funny, but I found much of it amusing. That's probably taste, or just the particular day I read it (although I think a more streamlined approach might have helped).


This could be the Non-Fiction Prequel to Joe Zieja's Mechanical Failure, the sensibilities that characterize Sgt. Rogers are seen very clearly in Martin. Martin's memories are good reminders for us that the military isn't just full of heroes or hyper-violent patriots, it's primarily full of regular Americans just trying to get their jobs done. Less over the top than Heller, Hooker and Abrams -- but in the same vein, and hewing closer to the truth. Operation Cure Boredom is the military memoir we all needed.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2016/10/18/operation-cure-boredom-by-dan-martin
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