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text 2017-10-21 01:59
Reading progress update: I've read 75 out of 154 pages.
Vintage: A Ghost Story - Berman, Steve,Steve Berman

I'm reading this for my Chilling Children square. So far it's not exactly to my taste. The main character (whose name has never been mentioned and will therefore be called MC - Main Character) is a mostly closeted gay teen whose past suicide attempt gave him the ability to see ghosts. Something about it reminds me of Maggie Stiefvater's Lament, although thankfully MC isn't nearly as horrible as the main character of that book, just depressing. If someone told him he was a character in a book and asked him to guess what role he was playing, I get the feeling he'd say that his best friend Trace was the main character and that he was her sidekick.

 

Right now MC, Trace, and several friends are having a gathering where the "fun" activity is drinking something called Jim Joneses: a mixture of different flavors of Kool-Aid, vodka, and, in one special glass, a random ground up pill from the hostess's mother's medicine cabinet.

 

It looks like MC's choices for things to do are limited to 1) hanging out with friends who have terrible ideas about what counts as fun, 2) hanging out with a sexy ghost who almost killed him the first time they kissed and sort of had sex, 3) going to work, and 4) hanging out with Trace's younger brother, who is probably just as messed up as a lot of the other characters but who seems to be channeling it into his artwork rather than ingesting random pills. I want more scenes with the younger brother.

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text 2017-10-16 22:57
Reading progress update: I've listened 461 out of 461 minutes.
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (Audible Audio) - Wil Wheaton,John Scalzi

My head hurts from trying not to cry over this book while listening to it at work, even though I already knew what would happen. Pff.

 

The idea that

the actors and their characters would have such a deep connection

(spoiler show)

still bugs me, though.

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text 2017-10-15 19:26
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 200 pages.
Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya

Well, that was disappointing. It gets points for having a few entertaining characters, and I liked that the best characters in the volume, Shogo (Fumi's brother) and Reiko (the secretary), ended up together, even though their relationship made no sense. Then again, very little in this made sense.

 

I don't think "not rape-y" is too much to ask, and yet even this volume couldn't quite manage it.

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text 2017-10-15 16:12
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 200 pages.
Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya

Oh geez, I think Takeo and Fumi really are going to end up together. I was hoping Takeo would end up with Fumi's younger brother, who's nice and thinks Takeo is fine the way he is (aside from his inadvisable crush on Fumi).

 

Anyway, best convo yet, even though I'm a bit irked at the situation that led to it. Read the panel from right to left. For context, Fumi has the flu and Takeo was taking care of him. Takeo had to go to work, so he sent a secretary from his company to take care of Fumi (because Takeo's the CEO and the secretary has nothing better to do with her time *snort*). The first bubble is the secretary and the next one is Fumi. One thousand points to the secretary for not letting Fumi step on her and for establishing clear boundaries.

 

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text 2017-10-15 15:42
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 200 pages.
Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya

I'm guessing on the page number.

 

I picked this up a while back because some reviewer said it was sweet, which I hoped meant that it was also non-rapey. The artwork isn't really to my taste, but so far it has some good lines.

 

 

 

I'm pretty sure the guy Takeo ends up with is not the guy he's initially in love with, because otherwise I don't see how the word "sweet" could ever be applied to this. Fumi sucks, and Takeo shouldn't have to remake himself from the ground up to win his affection and approval.

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