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text 2017-07-15 16:56
Book shopping yesterday

Book shopping yesterday was an adventure. The power went out twice, both times while I was paying or about to pay. And it didn't just go out for the store I was in, but for several blocks. Traffic lights, everything.

 

But it all worked out in the end, unless you count the damage to my shelf space. I offloaded one bag of books and brought back three bags of books.

 

Anyway, here's the haul. It's lovely, even though I'm still debating where to put it all. I need to put together a library donation bag or two. (I have different criteria for donating rather than selling - the library I work at gets most of the manga I decide I don't want, for example. 99% of the library's manga collection used to belong to me.)

 

Aoharu X Machinegun Vol. 1 (Aoharu x Machine Gun) - Naoe,Naoe  Aoharu X Machinegun, Vol. 2 - Naoe  Aoharu X Machinegun, Vol. 3 - Naoe  

 

Aoharu x Machinegun vols. 1-3 - I read the first volume while eating a late lunch yesterday. This series starts off a little like Ouran High School Host Club, only with guns and the heroine never actually revealing that she's a girl.

 

Gravitation EX, Volume 01 - Maki Murakami  Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol. 2: Yuhi - Yuu Watase  Crown of Love, Vol. 2 - Yun Kouga  

 

Gravitation EX, Volume 01 - Maki Murakami - I want to do an "everything Gravitation" reread at some point.

 

Ceres: Celestial Legend, Vol. 2: Yuhi - Yuu Watase - Filling in a gap in my collection. I think I'm only missing a couple volumes now.

 

Crown of Love, Vol. 2 - Yun Kouga - I really like Kouga's Loveless (which I think might be on hiatus?) but have never read any of the author's other works. I'd need to get volume 1, but that shouldn't be too hard.

 

Kagerou Daze, Vol. 1 - Jin,Mahiro Satou  Alice in the Country of Hearts: Love Labyrinth of Thorns - QuinRose  Zero's Familiar Omnibus 1-3 - Noboru Yamaguchi,Nana Mochizuki  

 

Several other manga volumes to try out. Surprisingly, there are still Alice in the Country of volumes I haven't read. I wonder how close I am to finally being done?

 

Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers, Vol. 1 (light novel) (Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers (Light Novel)) - Ishio Yamagata  Baccano!, Vol. 3 - light novel - Ryohgo Narita  Baccano!, Vol. 4 - light novel - Ryohgo Narita  

.hack// G.U. (novel) Volume 1: The Terror of Death - Tatsuya Hamazaki,Yuzuka Morita  Sword Art Online 2: Aincrad (Novel) - Reki Kawahara  Black Bullet, Vol. 1: Those Who Would Be Gods - Saki Ukai,Shiden Kanzaki  

 

Japanese light novels! I already know I like Baccano, and most of the rest are ones I'd like to try out.

 

Deliverer - C.J. Cherryh  Pretender - C.J. Cherryh  Destroyer - C.J. Cherryh  

Gil's All Fright Diner - A. Lee Martinez  Bitterblue - Ian Schoenherr,Kristin Cashore  

 

And all the rest of these, except for Gil's All Fright Diner, are "I need to read more of the series first before I can touch this" books.

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text 2017-05-30 03:36
I am weak in the face of "out of print" sales

I bought a little more than I intended, but less than I could have when you consider how many product page tabs I originally had open. Most of these fill in gaps in my collection (and all are in English, despite their Japanese-language covers on Booklikes).

 

Gravitation: Voice of Temptation - Maki Murakami,Jun Lennon  Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya  Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 03 - Eiki Eiki  

Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 04 - Eiki Eiki  Sweet Admiration - Yuuki Kousaka,Midori Shena  The Moon And Sandals Volume 2 - Fumi Yoshinaga  

The Moon and Sandals, Volume 1 - Fumi Yoshinaga  Kanpai!: Volume 1 - Maki Murakami  The Good Witch of the West: The Secret Flower Garden - Noriko Ogiwara  

 

Gravitation: Voice of Temptation - Maki Murakami,Jun Lennon - Gravitation is a guilty pleasure of mine. I think I may have read this before, but I'm honestly not sure.

 

Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya - This is one of only two in the bunch that I have absolutely no familiarity with. One review said it was sweet and didn't have much in the way of explicit sex, so I decided to give it a shot.

 

Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 03 - Eiki Eiki and Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 04 - Eiki Eiki  - I bought these more to complete my set than anything. The first volume showed a significant lack of connection to anything even vaguely resembling reality.

 

Sweet Admiration - Yuuki Kousaka,Midori Shena - This looks so familiar I could have sworn I'd either reviewed it or owned a copy I hadn't yet read, but it's not in my LibraryThing catalog. Crossing my fingers it isn't rapey.

 

The Moon And Sandals Volume 2 - Fumi Yoshinaga and The Moon and Sandals, Volume 1 - Fumi Yoshinaga  - This filled in a couple of my Fumi Yoshinaga gaps.

 

Kanpai!: Volume 1 - Maki Murakami - Probably so-so, but I already own volume 2 for some reason.

 

The Good Witch of the West: The Secret Flower Garden - Noriko Ogiwara - Volume 1 was awkwardly translated, and Tokyopop never bothered to translate the series beyond volume 2, but I want to read this anyway. The description for volume 2 makes it sound like more my style than volume 1 was.

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text 2017-05-26 15:13
Book shopping

I'm visiting my sister today, and I always get anxious about the trip (whee, driving anxiety), so I bought some books. Not that I'll be touching them during the visit.

 

All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries) - Martha Wells  Coffee Boy - Austin Chant  Peter Darling - Austin Chant  

Wings of Renewal: A Solarpunk Dragon Anthology - Claudie Arseneault,Brenda J. Pierson 

 

And I'll be delivering the CatStronauts volumes today. Crossing my fingers that they go over well.

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text 2016-09-03 03:20
Book shopping therapy

The past couple work weeks haven't been great. The first week was busy and exhausting, and the second week was stressful and exhausting. Since I had a day off I needed to either take or lose, I decided to do some book shopping therapy today.

 

I had intended to show some restraint and only get books by a few authors if I could find them. That plan was torpedoed when I came across a few excellent selections of Japanese light novels, as well as a bunch of James White's Sector General books (each less than $2! I wasn't sure which ones were in the omnibus e-books I owned, so I got them all). The "clearance" section also had some ridiculously cheap Antique Bakery volumes I didn't already own, which means that my collection is now only one volume away from being complete. I didn't list those below, but I feel that it's important to note that the covers are scratch 'n sniff, or at least used to be. They're old, and the scent has worn off. Sad.

 

Now I just have to hunker down and read. I haven't been doing a lot on my off time lately except sleeping, so both reviewing and reading have taken a bit of a hit lately. It never fails - I buy the most books when I'm least capable of sitting down and reading them.

 

 

Revolutionary Girl Utena, Volume 1 - Chiho Saitou  Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 1 - Jinsei Kataoka,Kazuma Kondou  In the Garden of Iden - Kage Baker  

 

Hospital Station - James White  Code Blue: Emergency! - James White  Lifeboat - James White  

 

The Genocidal Healer - James White  Star Healer - James White  Star Surgeon - James White  

 

Final Diagnosis: A Sector General Novel - James White  Chanur's Venture (Alliance-Union Universe) - C.J. Cherryh  The Deed of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon  

 

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: White Maze (Ghost in the Shell, #3) - Junichi Fujisaku  Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: The Lost Memory (Ghost in the Shell, #1) - Junichi Fujisaku,Kazuto Nakazawa,Camellia Nieh  Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Revenge of the Cold Machines (Ghost in the Shell, #2) - Junichi Fujisaku  

 

xxxHOLiC: AnotherHOLiC - CLAMP,NisiOisiN  Spice & Wolf, Book 10 - Isuna Hasekura  The Earth Kingdom Chronicles: The Tale of Azula - Michael Teitelbaum,Patrick Spaziante  

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text 2016-07-24 06:26
Liquidation sale shopping

Right now, most of the best sales are focused on the used and clearance books. I found a few I was interested in, but the section with the best discounts turned out to be the manga and graphic novels area, where both new and used volumes had the current maximum discount.

 

Here are a few of the things I bought:

 

FukuFuku: Kitten Tales (Chi's Sweet Home) - Konami Kanata  The Heiress and the Chauffeur, Vol. 1 - Keiko Ishihara  Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1 - Amu Meguro  

 

FukuFuku: Kitten Tales (Chi's Sweet Home) - Konami Kanata - This is by the same person who created Chi's Sweet Home. Flipping through it, a few differences are apparent: readers don't get a peek into the cat's thoughts, the owner is an older woman rather than a family, and everything is in black-and-white.

 

The Heiress and the Chauffeur, Vol. 1 - Keiko Ishihara - It doesn't look like anything particularly special or original, and I'm sure I'll be donating it to my library eventually, but it was on my "want to read" list.

 

Honey So Sweet, Vol. 1 - Amu Meguro - I've heard mixed things about this series, but it's supposed to be pretty sweet.

 

Azumanga Daioh Omnibus - Kiyohiko Azuma,Stephen Paul   Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki - Yuu,Mamoru Hosoda  Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Vol. 1 - HaccaWorks*  

Azumanga Daioh Omnibus - Kiyohiko Azuma,Stephen Paul - I've read this before and remember enjoying it.

 

Wolf Children: Ame and Yuki - Yuu,Mamoru Hosoda - I doubt I'd have bought this under other circumstances - my hardcover manga buying is limited almost entirely to Kaoru Mori's works. Anyway, I own the movie too, but haven't watched it yet.

 

Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi, Vol. 1 - HaccaWorks* - The cover makes me think of a bunch of other series, but I've wanted to at least try it for a while. If it doesn't work out, then my library's manga collection will grow a little more.

 

And now for some of the novels, most of which started off really cheap and then became pathetically cheap with the additional discount:

 

The Science of Attack on Titan - Rikao Yanagita,Hajime Isayama  Surface Detail - Iain M. Banks  The Concubine's Tattoo - Laura Joh Rowland  

 

The Science of Attack on Titan - Rikao Yanagita,Hajime Isayama - This was counted as manga, although it's actually a nonfiction examination of the science behind Attack on Titan. It answers questions like "If a Titan comes running, how fast do you have to go in order to get away?", "How could Titans be destroyed as a species?", "Would it really be possible for one Titan to rip through another with a single punch?" and more.

 

Surface Detail - Iain M. Banks - Do you know how often I've tried to find a Culture novel, any Culture novel, at this store? Pretty much every time I visited. Now I've finally found one there, and it's even one I don't already own.

 

The Concubine's Tattoo - Laura Joh Rowland - I'm almost certain I've read one of the books in this series before. I just can't remember whether I liked it or not.

 

Ring - Koji Suzuki,Robert B. Rohmer,Glynne Walley  Spiral - Koji Suzuki,Glynne Walley  

 

Ring - Koji Suzuki,Robert B. Rohmer,Glynne Walley - I've read this already, but it was years ago. I figured that, since I was getting its sequel, Spiral, I might as well buy it too so I could reread it.

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