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text 2019-01-21 21:12
Reading progress update: I've read 26 out of 213 pages.
Log Horizon, Vol. 1: The Beginning of Another World - Mamare Touno

My gut feeling is that this is going to be a reasonably quick read, even though it's a bit infodumpy. I'm not fond of a few of the translation decisions, but it isn't so bad that it's getting in the way of my ability to process the text.

 

A couple examples:

 

"Online games are played over the Internet..." (15)

 

Maybe the original Japanese was really that redundant, or maybe this is one of those instances where the translator isn't quite up to the challenge. (My favorite online article about redundancy in English translations of Japanese games and anime: Clyde Mandelin's "Redundant translations in video games and anime")

 

Also, on page 25 Naotsugu refers to Shiroe as a "strategy counselor." I much prefer the anime's English subtitles, which refer to him as a "strategist."

 

According to reviews, there's also the "Sewn Bind Hostage" spell to look forward to. In the anime, it's referred to as "Thorn Bind Hostage," which makes a lot more sense considering how the spell presents itself (thorny vines that wrap around an enemy).

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text 2019-01-21 17:46
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 213 pages.
Log Horizon, Vol. 1: The Beginning of Another World - Mamare Touno

I'm 11 episodes into the 50-episode anime adaptation of this series and loving it. I haven't seen (or read) Sword Art Online, but the things I've been enjoying about the Log Horizon anime seem to be the exact same things Sword Art Online fans hate - it's a trapped-in-a-game story that's much more focused on efforts to rebuild society in a world with new rules (no one can die, food looks good but tastes bland, etc.) than it is on battles.

 

I don't expect this book to have too many surprises - from what I can tell so far, the anime followed it pretty closely - but I'm still looking forward to it. Here's hoping the translation reads smoothly.

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text 2019-01-20 22:06
Reading progress update: I've read 258 out of 258 pages.
Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney

Wow, that's the fastest I've read a new-to-me novel in a while.

 

WTF was with that last sentence? I get that the edge of paranoia was necessary, but the way Feeney chose to do it was annoying, like a cheesy slasher horror film. Ugh. And some of those final details didn't add up. I don't believe that [redacted character] would have done something so risky, not after years of meekly being a follower.

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text 2019-01-20 21:22
Reading progress update: I've read 214 out of 258 pages.
Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney

I say lock Claire and Edward up in a cage together. Maybe they'd kill each other. Problem solved.

 

Also, whoa this took a turn. I expected part of it, but not in this particular form.

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text 2019-01-20 20:18
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 258 pages.
Sometimes I Lie - Alice Feeney

"Sometimes I lie."

 

lolololol "Sometimes," riiiight.

 

 

(Lying Cat, from the graphic novel Saga)

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