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text 2018-10-20 15:30
Reading progress update: I've read 34 out of 244 pages.
My Neighbor Totoro: A Novel - Tsugiko Kubo,Hayao Miyazaki

The translation is blessedly smooth. So far it's following the movie pretty faithfully, but a few details here and there have been fleshed out. The house the family moved into has more history to it than was covered in the movie, and Mrs. Kusakabe's illness is explicitly referred to as tuberculosis, whereas I don't recall that being mentioned in the movie (in the English dub at least, so leaving out that detail could have been a translator decision).


This should be a quick read.

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text 2018-10-20 03:49
Reading progress update: I've read 271 out of 271 pages.
On Borrowed Time - Jenn McKinlay

McKinlay's foray into James Bond-ish levels of action. This was the most frustrating entry in this series yet. Lindsey repeatedly withheld evidence from Emma, even though Emma has more than demonstrated (just one book ago!) that she has an excellent poker face and can keep big secrets. Also, the love triangle was unnecessary. I think even McKinlay knew that, on some level, because Lindsey and Sully had better and more frequent scenes together than Lindsey and Robbie. Robbie's appearances tended to feel like an afterthought.


Halloween Bingo: I'm using this for Murder Most Foul. There was one murdered guy, who was almost forgotten in the face of Lindsey's worries about her brother.

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text 2018-10-19 17:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 347 out of 761 minutes.
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

I'm back from the car dealership and will have to go back again next week. The part should arrive in a couple days, and I happen to have next Friday off as well (their service center is only open on weekdays), so hopefully everything will be taken care of before I go on vacation at the beginning of next month. On the plus side, it's lots of audiobook listening time, although I would have preferred to spend my days off at home, reading a book, struggling to write reviews, or watching TV.


Would you believe that the investigation aspect of this book has only just begun? Luca (Mr. Love Interest) and Sorina have questioned a grand total of one person. I think Luca decided the man was a possible suspect because he associates with shady people and happens to have a special ability, but those reasons are ridiculous because that would mean most of the residents of Gomorrah are suspects. I either missed a detail, or the author just threw a possible suspect out there and hoped no one would notice that Luca essentially picked someone at random.



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text 2018-10-19 02:03
Reading progress update: I've listened 236 out of 761 minutes.
Daughter of the Burning City - Amanda Foody

There are now two dead bodies, and Serena (whoops, the publisher's description tells me her name is actually Sorina) still hasn't been involved in any actual investigating, although her father swears that he's doing a "full investigation." Whatever that means, considering that both bodies have already been buried and the city itself is moving away from the locations where the murders occurred.


Mr. Love Interest is rumored to be uninterested in sex. I don't know how this revelation came across in the original text, but the narrator had a character mention it in what sounded like an utterly appalled tone. Apparently she can accept that one of her family members has no eyes, that another one can't breathe out of water, and another one can collapse into a boneless puddle, but not being interested in sex is just weird. -_- 


I have a feeling I'm not going to like how Foody handles Mr. Love Interest.

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