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text 2017-07-22 21:45
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 574 pages.
The Dinosaur Lords: A Novel - Victor Milán

There's a good chance this is going to be my last Booklikesopoly read. I'll miss this game - it was usually a fun way to select my next book.

 

I have a feeling Dinosaur Lords is going to end up on my library donation pile. I can see the Game of Thrones comparisons, but it doesn't grab me the same way that book did. The politics bores me. I don't really have any favorite characters, either. Melodia comes the closest, but... I don't know. I feel like the text has spent more time emphasizing her desire to have sex with Jaume than her desire to do something useful.

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text 2017-07-20 13:27
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 194 pages.
No Longer Human, Volume 2 - Osamu Dazai,Usamaru Furuya

The idea of Yozo creating children's manga disturbs me.

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text 2017-07-19 14:52
Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 194 pages.
No Longer Human, Volume 2 - Osamu Dazai,Usamaru Furuya

I'm guessing on the page number.

 

Yozo is now being confined at the home of one of his family's former (?) servants. There's more dad-blaming in this than in the original book. Basically: "if only my horrible dad hadn't paid off the cops, I'd have been properly punished for Ageha's death and my life would have been given meaning!" Boo hoo.

 

Yozo wasn't exactly a sympathetic figure in the original book by this point, but he had least had my sympathy at the beginning. Manga Yozo, not so much. All the male characters see right through him, even his friend, but the female characters just see a good-looking young man with puppy dog eyes. Even if I weren't already familiar with the story, it'd be fairly obvious that Yozo is about to latch onto yet another woman.

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text 2017-07-18 18:47
Reading progress update: I've read 192 out of 192 pages.
Cells at Work! 1 - Akane Shimizu

This ended a bit earlier than I expected, due to ads and such.

 

I'll probably get the next volume, but I'm not entirely sure how long this series can go on without getting old. So far, though, it's interesting and funny. My favorite enemies/catastrophes were cedar pollen and a scrape wound. I was iffy about the platelets ("okay, they're cute, but not that cute") until the scrape wound part. They made the most adorable little army.

 

I hope Macrophage shows up more in the next volume. I loved her character design.

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text 2017-07-17 21:34
Reading progress update: I've read 58 out of 574 pages.
The Dinosaur Lords: A Novel - Victor Milán

I'm not sold on this one yet. I've been having a terrible time following what's been going on. Why did Rob, who seemed to admire Voyvod Karyl Bogomirskiy, try so hard to set things up so that he'd be defeated? And why was Voyvod (Karyl? I've seen him called either one) betrayed?

 

I got this almost entirely because of the dinosaurs, and I'm a little bummed that, so far, I'm having trouble picturing them as the living, breathing, awesome creatures they're supposed to be.

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