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text 2017-05-13 13:56
The Emperor and I - still reading, still enjoying

I love this bit from chapter 13.5 (speech bubbles are read from right to left):

 

 

Kosuke, the guy in the picture, has a crush on Kaho, the series' main character. But all of Kaho's time, energy, and attention is focused on Emperor. This is somehow made even better by the fact that Emperor continues to not be very loving or cuddly. He does seem to have preferences, but they boil down to "everyone but Kosuke" "not Kosuke." Kaho loves Emperor without needing any signs that Emperor loves her in return.

 

Although I did hate the timing of this interlude. Emperor was maybe in danger! I needed to know that he'd be okay! (Don't worry, everything turned out fine. Although I have so many questions about Emperor's existence. Some penguin rules apply to him, but several key things do not.)

 

Oh, and here's a screenshot of Kaho's bird-loving friend lecturing Kosuke on the difference between emperor and king penguins. He had just made the mistake of giving Kaho a toy penguin of the wrong sort! Gasp! (This is from Chapter 16.5.)

 

 

If you can't tell, I recommend this series. :-)

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text 2017-05-12 12:59
The Emperor and I by mato, Chapters 1-6

This is totally going to be my lunchtime reading today. It's strangely soothing.

 

Some notes:

 

- I love that Emperor is just sort of there, this hulking bird that has decided to live with them.

 

- I love Dad. He comes in at Chapter 5, I think, and is initially stunned at the appearance of a penguin in his home while he was away on a business trip. He adjusts quickly.

 

- Chapter 6 has a cat! And mato is just as good at drawing cats as penguins.

 

- I wish tapping on the left side of the screen turned the page (I'm reading on my phone). It looks like only swiping works, though.

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review 2017-05-12 08:00
Body Work
Rivers of London: Body Work - Ben Aaronovitch,Lee Sullivan Hill,Andrew Cartmel

I'm a big fan of the Rivers of London series, but I did hesitate a little before ordering Body Work, the first of a series of graphic novels that tell additional stories to the main series. I'm not always pleased with the way an artist interprets characters, so I was not sure I would like this graphic novel.

I needn't worry. It was great. Body Work, together with its sequel Night Witch, gave me one of the most relaxing evenings of the year so far (read it while listening to Gymnopedies, the world seemed perfect for a moment). In all seriousness though, I really liked it. It is not necessary to read this for the story I guess (but I can't be sure as I haven't read Foxglove Summer yet - yes, still waiting for that right edition).

Peter and his friends investigate 'England's most haunted car'. Also, there are some very very short stories in it as well. I suppose there's one at the end of each issue, but since I read the volume edition, I can't be sure.

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url 2017-05-11 21:18
Read for free - "The Emperor and I" by mato

A family discovers an Emperor penguin in their fridge. The very large penguin decides to stick around and continue being its penguin self.

 

I just read Katherine Dacey's review for this and it sounds weird and fun, so I'll try to remember to give it a shot sometime soon.

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review 2017-05-10 08:00
Look
Look - Jon Nielsen

Artie, the cute robot from the cover, Wall-Es his way through life when he starts wondering why he does what he does. What follows is a strange mix of boring and just not so good, that left me wondering 'why did I read this?'.

Let's start with the good things. The art was not special but it was nice. Artie's really cute, and has a nice interaction with his friend Owen, the Vulture. That's about it.

The story was filled with a lot of interchangeable/forgettable characters and scenes with clunky expositions. I was not a fan. Which is a shame, because I had good expectations for this one!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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