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text 2018-09-25 14:50
Starting!
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku 1 - Maki Fujita

I'm not using manga for Halloween Bingo, so this is just something extra. I'm only a few pages in, and although it does seem like the anime followed the manga really closely, it eased viewers in more. The manga starts with the scene where Narumi and Hirotaka first encountered each other at work and Hirotaka inadvertently outed Narumi as an otaku (someone with an obsessive interest, like gaming in Hirotaka's case or BL manga in Narumi's).

 

I'm loving the artwork - it's attractive, with nice, clean lines. And although I miss the days of pages and pages of translator's notes (incredibly helpful to me when I was first getting into manga), the translator's notes here are still really good. For example, I didn't know that the pointing on the cover actually meant something beyond "Narumi and Hirotaka are pointing at each other." According to the translator's notes, the characters on the covers for this series generally point at the parts of the title that are most relevant to them. Here, Narumi is pointing at the part of the title that means "otaku," and Hirotaka is pointing at the part of the title that means "love."

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text 2018-09-18 13:47
Reading progress update: I've read 176 out of 316 pages.
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

I would like nothing more than to take the day off and spend it finishing this book. Unfortunately, I have a lot of work to do, so that isn't happening. Also, I have an appointment right after work. Ugh. I want to know how the spell goes, and why Anna isn't a normal ghost.

 

I have to chuckle a bit at some of the Anna/Cas stuff though. Anna has violet eyes (the mark of specialness!), Cas is the only living person she doesn't instantly get the urge to kill, and the way Cas has acted around her so far probably would have gotten him killed several times over with any other ghost but turns out just fine with Anna.

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text 2018-09-18 00:23
Reading progress update: I've listened 73 out of 254 minutes.
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

Roz is now the accidental mother of a gosling, and it's giving me Horton Hatches the Egg vibes.

 

This started off as a robot trying to figure out how to survive in a realistic wilderness without human guidance. It has since morphed into a talking animal book, which disappoints me a little. I'm trying to adjust, but it's weird that a beaver is advising Roz on how to make her home more inviting to guests ("grow a garden!") and telling her she needs to find a way to heat her home before it gets colder.

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text 2018-09-17 22:57
Reading progress update: I've listened 27 out of 254 minutes.
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

"The robot's programming stopped her from being violent, but nothing stopped her from being annoying."

 

Go, robot, go.

 

There's a sequel, or I would be much more worried about this being a tearjerker with a rusted, dead robot at the end. I don't think even 24 hours have passed since Roz was first booted up by curious otters, and she's already been caught in a mudslide and is currently being attacked by bears.

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text 2018-09-17 18:47
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 160 pages.
Mongrel - K.Z. Snow

I forgot to bring Anna Dressed in Blood with me, so I read a little of this during lunch.

 

I'm not sure this is going to work very well for me. There's already some insta-lust, although thankfully neither character has acted on it yet. One of them appears to already have a regular lover (I have to check some earlier wording, because I recall him thinking something about not having had sex in ages, which doesn't fit with the way he and his lover acted later on).

 

Well, it's short and it'll get me the Creepy Carnivals square when I'm done.

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