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text 2018-11-03 02:30
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 180 pages.
In the Miso Soup - Ralph McCarthy,Ryū Murakami

I did not like this book. Was it trying to be deep? Was I supposed to be drawn in by a monster's efforts at self-reflection and societal analysis?

 

The Event, as one reviewer called it, reminded me of issue #6 of Neil Gaiman's Sandman, only with the violence cranked way up and lovingly savored.

 

Now it's back to cozy mysteries as a palate cleanser. I need it.

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text 2018-11-02 23:02
Reading progress update: I've listened 448 out of 448 minutes.
Gone to Dust: A Novel - Matt Goldman

The last hour or so of this book was the best. I didn't figure out the killer on my own, and the one big fake-out worked on me (there I was, gearing up to be pissed off, and the killer turned out to be someone else). There was a tragic tinge to the ending - the killer's motive, the stuff surrounding it, and Nils finally firmly cutting things off with his ex-wife for his own emotional well-being.

 

But in order to get to that last hour, I had to deal with my constant annoyance at Nils' love life and the murder mystery that didn't seem to be going anywhere for the bulk of the book. I'm deciding between a final rating of anywhere from 2 to 3 stars. I did at least really like the narrator. I don't plan to continue this series, though.

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text 2018-11-02 14:45
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 180 pages.
The Girl From The Other Side: Siúil A Rún Vol. 1 (とつくにの少女 #1) - ながべ,Nagabe

From the look of things, the later volumes of this series will be available for me to read during my vacation, but volume 1 is checked out and could be unavailable the entire time. I decided to read my own copy of volume 1 before flying out.

 

This is really excellent so far, but I have a feeling it's going to be a very bittersweet series. It's like a cross between Natsume's Book of Friends and The Ancient Magus' Bride, with a little girl instead of a teenager. I suspect I'll want to own the rest of the series, and I'd go that route and skip reading the library copies if it weren't for my complete lack of shelf space. I either need to buy taller bookshelves or downsize my collection.

 

One of the things I want to do before Sunday is write a bunch of reviews. I should have a full review of this available later today, hopefully.

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text 2018-11-02 11:23
Reading progress update: I've read 120 out of 180 pages.
In the Miso Soup - Ralph McCarthy,Ryū Murakami

This has gone from surprisingly tame for a book about murder and paid sex to incredibly gross and violent. A bit more than I can handle - I resorted to skimming the especially nasty bits.

 

Now I really hope Jun gets through this book okay. Frank seems a bit fixated on her, possibly because Kenji keeps resisting letting him talk to her.

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text 2018-11-02 03:44
Reading progress update: I've read 102 out of 180 pages.
In the Miso Soup - Ralph McCarthy,Ryū Murakami

I'm still not sure what to expect. It's Frank's second night as Kenji's client, and Frank wants sex. (The closest he got during his first night was a handjob.) I didn't expect it to be so hard for Kenji to find someone to fulfill this request. It isn't even that something's a little off about Frank. They went and found a couple women, but for some reason the rules of the club prevented Kenji from asking whether the women were just being paid for a bit of conversation and flirting, or whether one of them would be willing to do more. It looks like Kenji accidentally chose women who just see this as a paid date - no sex.

 

Still no confirmation on whether Frank is a killer or just creepy. Not much forward movement at all, in fact.

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