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text 2019-01-22 22:45
Around the World in 80 Books Mostly by Female Authors: Master Update Post

[World map created with Mapchart.net]


The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily 80) set in, and by authors from, countries all over the world.  Female authors preferred.  If a book is set in a location other than that of the author's nationality, it can apply to either (but not both).


On the map I'm only tracking new reads, not also rereads.


The Books:



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Purple Hibiscus (new)



Elizabeth Peters: Crocodile on the Sandbank (new)






Michelle Obama: Becoming (new)






Xinran: The Good Women of China (new)



Shizuko Natsuki: Murder at Mt. Fuji (new)




Australia / Oceania





United Kingdom

Lorna Nicholl Morgan: Another Little Murder (new)

Stephen Fry, John Woolf, Nick Baker: Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets (new)

P.D. James: A Taste for Death (revisited on audio)



Tana French: The Witch Elm (new)



Stephen Fry: Mythos (new)






The "Gender Wars" Stats:

Read to date, in 2019:

Books by female authors: 8

- new: 7

- rereads: 1


Books by male authors: 2

- new: 2

- rereads:


Books by F & M mixed teams / anthologies:

- new:

- rereads:

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text 2019-01-22 16:35
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 304 pages.
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World - Pénélope Bagieu

Really enjoying the stories and the illustrations in this! So far my favorite story is about Queen Nzinga who fought against the Portuguese.





Here are some illustrations.



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text 2019-01-22 02:40
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 213 pages.
Log Horizon, Vol. 1: The Beginning of Another World - Mamare Touno

While I love the anime, one of the things it requires me to put up with is occasional boob and panty related jokes. There's Naotsugu and his attempts at off-color remarks (which are always interrupted by a quick whack from Akatsuki). And there's Marielle and her efforts to squish Naotsugu into her enormous boobs (while he won't shut up about panties, he is instantly shut down by actual boobs, so I suppose it works as a preemptive strike).


Amazingly, the book manages to have more boob-related dialogue and jokes than the anime. Yeesh.


Edit: I just did a search of the author's name to see if he'd worked on anything else (he has, Maoyu, another work with a focus on fantasy economics) and discovered that he was found guilty of tax evasion in 2016. Oops.

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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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review 2019-01-21 19:20
Gang Of Fools
Gang of Fools - James Otis Smith

I really didn't like this.

And Dystopian settings are usually among my favorites but I just couldn't get myself to like Gang of Fools. I felt a fool reading it because it came across as very chaotic. There are so many story lines, all of which we are old just slightly to little to either completely get it or care about the character. I got the idea the author just wanted to throw as much as possible at the reader in hope of shocking them. I'm sure it was a clever story, but it really wasn't for me. Also the art didn't work for me, it felt rushed at some times and chaotic at others, filling the panels with a lot of text and characters.

It really wasn't for me.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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