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MonatsausLESE: August 2021

04 Sep

Lots of manga, not as much books, the same as always. And behold: I even read two light novels this month! Yeah, I also can’t believe it, lol.

Magia the Ninth vol. 1-2
This was way too short! These two volumes were more like the prelude to a bigger story, but it seems that the manga got axed? I wish it hadn’t though, because it could’ve been really good. Well, I’m biased since I liked Classicaloid so much and this story feels very similar to it. But the premise is really interesting. I mean, people inheriting the souls of famous composers and using their music to fight battles against demons? Hell yeah! But seeing how the series only ever got these two volumes…it really is a shame.

Darwin’s Game vol. 2
Another enjoyable volume. I like that Shuka turned out to be a friendly girl after all (I expected her to be some cool and distant beauty type) and the new character could also become really interesting. I should finally continue buying this series, but I’m not really hooked yet and they are a bit expensive…

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time vol. 3
More wacky erotic fun with the best german translation ever :D I’m still really glad I started buying the translated version because every volume is simply a hoot! Also, this series is one of the few on my ‚instant preorder‘ list. It’s so worth it, haha. There just aren’t enough good Ecchi series today, so this one is a nice exception!

One Piece vol. 92-97
Initially I wasn’t too thrilled about the Wa no Kuni-Arc, but those volumes have pretty much changed my mind. The story is a bit weird and over-convoluted at times, but it’s still intriguing enough. Also, there were some nice revelations regarding certain characters so far. (Though the blurb on the back of one volume spoiled one of the revelations for me. Could the publishers please think of the people who don’t read every new volume right after release day? D:) Anyway, I really can’t wait to read the next volume(s) now because I’m somewhat curious how this arc will end!

My Genderless Boyfriend vol. 1
I fell in love with this manga after just that one volume. It’s just one of those series that instantly make me feel better once I start reading a few chapters. Even though I absolutely don’t care about make-up, fashion and all that stuff. Also, the drawing style is really cute – and Wako and Meguru = relationship goals! (Oh, and since the title is a bit misleading: this story isn’t about a trans or nonbinary character, the ‚genderless‘ is just referring to a certain androgynous type of fashion and styling!)

Dorohedoro vol. 1-3
So far I’d say I enjoyed the anime a bit more, but that doesn’t that I don’t like the manga. Quite the contrary, it’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait until I get to read the chapters which didn’t get adapted in the anime. (But as for the first part of the story, I can wholeheartedly recommend the anime. It really captured the stylishly creepy atmosphere of the manga really well!)

In/Spectre vol. 7-10
Finally some new stories which didn’t get adapted yet! And I really enjoyed those stories. Maybe even more so than the Steel Lady arc! The combination of crime stories and the supernatural works really well. And now I’m kind of angry at the publisher. Dear Tokyopop, you can’t just suddenly stop publishing new volumes right in the middle of a new arc – and even without telling us if they’ll ever release more volumes of the series! That’s just…not fair :/

Hyouka vol. 2-11
I like the series. I think I enjoyed the manga more than the anime. And I still really like the story about how the name ‚Hyouka‘ came to be. That’s the kind of wordplay I really love, even though it was quite hard to decipher the meaning for anyone who did not know about the events. Yet I can’t help but wonder: do high schoolers really think and talk about the kind of stuff like the characters in Hyouka do? I’m definitely less introspective than they are. But well, maybe that’s just me being stupid and uneducated, haha. In any case, it is an enjoyable series and I wish there would’ve been an english release of the original novel.

Tokyo Ghoul vol. 6-14
I was really thrilled by the series right up until the end. Though I was a bit sad when the tone of the story turned significantly darker after the first few volumes. Ken slowly coming to terms with the ghoul part of himself was really interesting too and I didn’t like the person he was becoming at first. But nevertheless, it turned out that the story was still really good even after he decided to embrace the ghoul – so to speak. The final battle was a great climax and the final chapter ending on a cliffhanger was a really big incentive to make me buy the first few volumes of :re right after reading it, lol.

Tokyo Ghoul :re vol. 1-6
And so I started reading :re right after finishing the first part. At first it felt like a different series, but then it quickly moved into the same direction as the first series: it got a lot darker. Though this time I was happy about the change – even though I liked the new characters, it would’ve become boring quickly to just follow their everyday lifes at work and at home. Honestly, that’s not what I read TG for. (Also, RIP Ginshi. You were my favourite of the newbies and then you got killed like that ;_;). Oh, and there was another thing I really like so far about the sequel. And this was the first appearance of the ghoul called Owl. I was quite sad about Takizawa dying during the big battle at the end of the first series (the scene with him writing a testament was one of the most emotional ones of the entire series) and so I almost couldn’t believe it when I finally noticed that Owl was indeed him :O Of course it’s pretty heartbreaking to see how much he has changed (and what they must have done to him), so I can’t say I was ‚happy‘ about this development, but…I’m really intrigued by this part of the story and by his character as a whole, that much is for sure! Anyway, I would like to read the next volume ASAP, but seeing the number of volumes of the series I bought in the last month alone…er, well, I guess I have to wait. ^^

Is it wrong to try to pick up girls in a Dungeon? Light Novel vol. 1
The Danmachi anime felt sort of boring to me, but I was curious about the novel. I heard it gets much better (and darker) after four or five volumes, and I’m intrigued about that. Well, this first volume was already a nice read, even though I was already familiar with the first part of the story – obviously. I hope I’ll find the motivation to continue reading soon. Though the later volumes are twice as long as the first few ones…that might keep me from picking up vol. 2 anytime soon, lol.

Sword Art Online Light Novel vol. 1
Same as for Danmachi, really. With the exception that I disliked the SAO anime quite a bit. However, when I played one of the available SAO video games I had a lot of fun, so…well, why not take a look at the source material. And I have to say, reading it is a lot more pleasant than watching it. Kirito feels a lot less like some stupidly overpowered Gary Stu and more like a human when I’m actually able to learn more about his inner thoughts. So I’ll keep on reading. Which is good, because I already bought most of the volumes which got released in English so far. Oops.

In tiefen Wäldern Träumen lauschen vol. 2-4
I still absolutely love this series. The story hasn’t even progressed very far in those first few volumes, but every single volume just draws me in and I want more. Sadly there isn’t more, at least not for now. I hope we’ll get a release date for volume 5 soon! Guess I should look into the other Chinese comics/manhuas from the same publisher until then.

Die 100 wichtigsten philosophischen Argumente
Let me first say that I’ve got absolutely no idea about philosophy. But I wanted to learn at least some basics, because I keep seeing references to this or that theory in newspaper articles, books and sometimes even anime. Well, I guess I didn’t get like 75% of the mentioned theories, but some of them felt quite logical, even without any deeper knowledge. So it was an interesting book, but I guess it will be of more use to philosophy students and other people with prior knowledge. It did make me want to read up more on the subject, though. I wonder if there is a ‚Philosophy for Dummies‘ book, haha.

UK Government and Politics Annual Survey 2007-2010
These books are still really interesting, as I didn’t follow politics as closely as I do now back then. Of course they don’t mention every single political event in the UK, but they can still give me an idea about the most important topics in each year. And well, that’s what was looking for.

Mock the Week: 1001 scenes we’d like to see
Well, another MtW book. Can’t really say much about this. I enjoyed most of the jokes, though some are pretty bad too. Overall, a fun read.

111 Gründe London zu lieben
I’d say that I indeed love London, even though I wasn’t able to visit the city yet. (Note to self: you would be able to save some money if you would buy less books, wouldn’t you?) However, I have read a fair share of books about it, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book really does mention some stuff I didn’t hear about yet! (I loved the part about Christmas sales starting at the end of July, haha.) So it was definitely worth reading, and I can just recommend it.

Life in London (E-book, obviously not in the picture)
Last year I listened to a great audio adaption of this novel on BBC radio. Well, the novel isn’t as good as the adaption because there is just too much unnecessary talking and describing things (I can’t believe I would ever have to say something like that). However, it was still worth reading because it felt like an oddly comfortable read. I was reading a few pages before I went to sleep and I felt like I was making a short trip to the old London right before bedtime? (Maybe I was just tired though, haha). And another reason: I really like Georgette Heyer’s books and apparently she used this novel as an inspiration for many words and phrases she used in her own works. Which is really interesting! And this reminds me, I should read another Heyer novel. Haven’t done that for ages.

It Wasn’t Me: Why Everyone Else Is to Blame and You’re Not
I have no idea if anyone has read my post ever since last November, but if you did: do you remember me being really in love with Chris Addison? Well, even if you don’t remember, I’m definitely still very much in love. So it’s a bit weird that I haven’t read this book earlier, but…I wanted to save it for a special occasion and so I started reading on my birthday, lol. (Ironically I’ve read a review saying that you probably only like this book if you’re over 30 and middle-class…well, I’ve got to work on the middle-class thing, but at least I’ve got the right age now…yay?) Anyway! It was a bit different from what I expected (then again, what did I expect – no idea), but I had fun reading it and some parts could’ve been straight from one of his comedy routines. So yeah, I liked it a lot. Even though some parts probably don’t really work that well anymore in today’s world, but…I can’t say I mind. If I need to find something to critisise, then it’s that he hasn’t written another book ever since that one. I’m definitely not okay with that.

 
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MonatsausLESE: Juli 2021

03 Aug

I’m still bang in the middle of reading the first few volumes of various manga series. Other than that, it’s a few non-fiction books. Still not really in the mood for novels though, but I do want to finish a few in the remaining months of 2021…well, we’ll see.

Tokyo Ghoul vol. 1-5
Another one of those manga series I never really cared about. But a few weeks ago I felt for some reason like I wanted to check it out after all. And what should I say, it’s really good, actually. I’m not even too much into gory stuff anymore (or I never really was into it, even though I really enjoyed stuff like Elfen Lied back in the day), but Tokyo Ghoul is strangely compelling. And if I had any doubts left, then vol.5 was definitely enough to convince me. The scenes were Nishiki was fighting to protect his human girlfriend were positively haunting. I sort of liked Nishiki before, but that volume made him my possible favourite character from the series. Though I have to say that everyone is pretty interesting so far! Well, I’m really looking forward to the next volumes, and I will have to buy them soon-ish even though my manga backlog is already enormous, haha.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba vol. 1-2
I admit it, I hated this series quite a bit because the hype around it was just so damn annoying. I just really wanted to dislike it because of that. But now? I just thought I should give it a second chance, mainly because I really like some of the character designs (Muzan’s design for example, or some of the character who apparently appear later in the story…and I just really love Nezuko’s cuteness, haha). And while reading the first two volumes I was actually pleasantly surprised. I expected the story to be pretty serious and all that, but it’s really funny on many occasions! Some of the character’s faces are just priceless :D Sadly the German volumes are quite expensive due to the bigger format. So I can’t really catch up on the series right now, but I will definitely do so in the future.

Wise Man’s Grandchild vol. 1-2
Don’t even ask me why, but I really loved the anime adaption. And so I was pretty happy when I heard that the manga had been licensed by a german publisher. I wasn’t sure about how much I would like it, but…I love it a lot already. So far it’s not that different from the anime, but I just enjoy the story and characters and so everything’s a lot of fun. And strangely enough, I don’t even have a problem with the ridiculously overpowered main character. But he’s just so likable? I usually hate those kind of Gary Stu MCs, but he’s just alright and I totally get why the other characters want to be his friends :D

Spiel nicht mit meinem Herz
Generic boys love stuff, I guess. But I really enjoyed it! It was really funny and though the story confused me at times it was an entertaining read. Also, I like the drawing style and the way the mangaka depicted the sexy stuff. So yeah, I will get more of her one-shots! Already bought a few, actually. XD

Manga Love Story vol. 5
Can’t say too much about this. I need to finally get on with this series, because the first 30 volumes are re-reads anyway, But it’s strangely entertaining to read all about sex and love, even though I’m not too much into the real thing, lol.

Re:Life vol.1
Well, the premise is interesting, but…this manga just hits too close to home for my tastes. I mean, I’m even more useless than the MC (in my eyes he was just unlucky anyway, but that’s just how the japanese society is when it comes to people ’slacking off’…) and I definitely don’t want to live again through my high school years. Also, that thing about Hishino having trouble to find friends because she is too passive? That’s just exactly me. And I don’t want to be reminded of my loser-ness by a manga, so…I don’t know if I want to read on. Maybe. Or maybe not.

Kakegurui vol. 3-4
Still a somewhat awesome manga. I absolutely love Mary and I also came to like Midari a lot. I’m not always into the crazy ones, but she is exactly my kind of crazy person. XD

Moriarty the Patriot vol. 10
This manga just never fails to impress. Just when I thought that I didn’t really like Whiteley as a character, then THAT happens and I’m totally on board with the story again. Although I didn’t really like Whiteley’s reaction when he found his dead brother. Like the whole thing about ‚my life has no meaning anymore, I did all of this just for you‘. This only proves that Whiteley wasn’t that great after all, I think? Because he mostly cared about his brother’s wellbeing in the end the other poor and disadvantages people of Britain seemed just like an afterthought to him. I get that he was angry and heartbroken at that moment, but…yeah. It was absolutely great to see what the Moriartys made of the mess though. Oh, and the end of the volume was just priceless. Holmes at the Diogenes Club and especially that scene with Mrs. Hudson absolutely killed me. XD

D.Gray-man vol. 7-12
Reading this manga is such a ride, because the drawing style changes A LOT over the course of the series. It already looks way different than in the first volume, and when I looked into one of the later volumes I almost didn’t recognise some of the characters! It is a good read though, and by now I actually did remember some of the story details. It’s still pretty confusing at times, but I can live with that because I enjoy lots of things about the manga. Maybe I’ll finally manage to catch up to the latest volume in August. We’ll see.

Das Heureka-Prinzip (Chad Orzel)
Original title: Eureka – Discovering your inner scientist. First off, I did like the basic idea of this book. Some certain basic scientific methods really can easily be used for everyday things and this knowledge could actually change the way a layman is thinking about science in general. However, having said that…this book still rather served to discourage me from getting into science. How so? Well, the author used really lengthy examples from various fields of science to prove his assertions. And maybe this is just me being really stupid as usual, but…most of those examples were either really boring (like the one about sports statistics…I mean, I’m a huge nerd, but all that detailed stuff about various US sports? Hmm…) or just way too complicated for the unsuspecting reader. I just have zero ideas about quantum physics, and judging by the explanations in this book some prior knowledge would have been needed. But wasn’t this book about showing how everyone could make some use of scientific techniques?Well, but that actually disproved the entire point. At least in my eyes. So, while there were some interesting parts, reading this wasn’t really worth it in the end. And I still slogged through almost the entire thing. Sigh.

Bernie Sanders: Unsere Revolution
Reading through the first few chapters I really regretted getting the German edition, because the translation (or rather the use of some words) felt so weird to me? It got better in the later chapters though. Regarding the contents, it was pretty interesting and shocking to hear about some things happening in the U.S. and I can’t help but agree with most of the points Bernie Sanders is making. Global politics really does need major change, but I actually wonder if we’ll ever see that change. I’m glad some people still wholeheartedly believe in and fight for it!

A Short History of Brexit
A really interesting read, even though it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to know more about the political reasons for Brexit, but this book touches this issue only briefly. However, there were lots of interesting facts about the origins of the EU and its relationship to the UK. Knowing about their shared history does help a bit to get certain details of the negotiations and why both the British and the Europeans were really adamant about some things. Sometimes it was a bit much though, so I probably won’t remember all the facts, but…that’s not the book’s fault. So…still a really good book on the subject.

Mock the Week: Brand spanking new scenes we’d like to see
Well, it’s MtW. I love the show and so the book was also pretty funny to me. Mainly because I couldn’t help thinking about how some of the panelists would have delivered the jokes in it. And I even recognised some jokes! Anyway, I don’t think the books are must-haves, but I can’t say I regret getting most of them for really cheap.

Sherlock Holmes: Die rote Lola
More penny dreadful Holmes, so to speak. The atmosphere in these is just lovely, the cases…not so much. Sometimes the stories are just needlessy convoluted and don’t really make sense in the end. Well, but the books are great bedtime reading, so it’s not all bad!

Die zehn Kinder, die Frau Ming nie hatte
Bought this just on a whim, but it was actually really great! I enjoyed the story and I like the message the author was trying to convey. Well, if I got the message right, that is. ^^ (I’d say it was that what counts is what you feel in your heart, and not what everyone else thinks to be real.) Anyway, it was a really compelling read, maybe I should even look into the authors other books.

 

MonatsausLESE: Juni 2021

04 Jul

Not that many books, many new manga series and some re-reads – this sums up this month pretty well. I did read more than expected though, it felt like I rarely ever held any kind of book in my hand? :O (And the German title does just sound silly at this point, haha.)

Purgatory Survival vol. 1-2
Original title: Rengoku Dead Role. I have no idea why, but this month I was suddenly in the mood to read some random manga series I’ve never cared about before. This is one of them, and I mostly stumbled across it because it’s from the writer of Kakegurui. Well, even though I loved Mirai Nikki, I never got into any other of those survival death game series, but now I’m actually wondering why, because…I really enjoy this series! I’m too lazy to think about the solutions of the puzzles, but it’s a really entertaining read. I actually had to order the second volume right after finishing the first one because I wanted to know the solution of one game, haha. Honestly, my biggest complaint would be that the protagonist was never wearing his glasses again after the first chapter, lol.

Kakegurui vol. 1-2
Didn’t I just mention Kakegurui? Well. That was another one of the series I wanted to read all of a sudden. So, when there was a offer to get the first two volumes for a discounted price, I couldn’t say no. The promo art and what I saw of the series always put me off before…and that’s a shame, because it’s so good! I gotta say that Kakegurui might as well become one of my new all-time favourite series – and the grudging friendship between Yumeko and Mary is just totally my jam. And well, just like Yumeko can’t stop herself from gambling, I couldn’t stop myself from reading…so I already ordered the next volumes. Maybe I’ll also watch the anime, but for now I’m happy that I finally gave the manga a try!

Darwin’s Game vol. 1
More death game stuff, and I liked this one too. I’m not as excited about this one as I was about Purgatory Survival, but nevertheless I want to continue reading the series. I also noticed that some of the volumes have really beautiful covers and I’m looking to the point when the characters from those covers will actually appear in the story.

Interviews mit Monster-Mädchen vol. 1
Original title: Demichan wa Kataratai. A solid first volume, and I am intrigued to continue reading the series. But it wasn’t like I had to buy the next volume ASAP, like with some of the other series I started reading this month. Also, the volumes are really thin…I might as well try to get them used for cheap.

Violence Action vol. 1
The story is pretty engaging, and I liked the contrast between the heroine’s cute looks and the bloody jobs she completes for her employer. I might buy more volumes if I’m in the mood…or if I get them for cheap, as they usually cost 10€ and that’s a bit much for this kind of manga, I think.

Sengoku Blood vol. 1-2
Holy shit, this manga is pure crack. Or at least that’s what I thought when I was reading it :D I’m sure it’s actually supposed to be a pretty serious story, but I couldn’t help but laugh throughout the story. My favourite part was Yoshimoto Imagawa, the SM maniac who dresses like an idiot, lol. Also, the demon guy is pretty hot and Hideyoshi is best char. Looking forward to the next two volumes because I had a lot of fun with this manga.

D.Gray-man vol. 1-6
Hooray for omnibus volumes, I say! I did collect and read the German version of DGM some years ago, but then I sold my volumes and now I felt like re-reading the series from the beginning. Well, and so I started collecting the omnibus version! I have to say that I couldn’t really remember anything from the first few chapters, so it felt like reading that part of the story for the first time, haha. It was really enjoyable though – I especially liked the chapter about Miranda Lotto and I’m looking forward to her other appearances later in the story. By the way, it’s pretty funny that just five volumes got released since I stopped reading the series :O

Manga Love Story vol. 1-4
Original title: Futari Ecchi. Another series I read before, I think I owned all volumes until vol. ~30 before I sold them? Anyway, I still enjoy reading this series. Even though my interest in sex is basically just of an intellectual nature, it’s both entertaining and educational to follow the lovey-dovey adventures of our main couple and their various friends and aquaintances. I’m looking forward to getting beyond the point to which I had read before, but as I couldn’t remember many details it’s still fun to revisit the first volumes!

23:45 re
I loved the first volume of this duology. The second volume wasn’t as good in my opinion, but it was still a pleasant read. And it was a nice addition to the first volume after all, so…I really didn’t regret reading it!

Goodbye Harlequin
Wow, what even was my last 18+ rated boys love manga? No idea, but that one was pretty good. I love the drawing style (I will definitely buy the mangaka’s other stuff!) and I enjoyed both the story and the hot stuff. Quite surprising actually, I mostly bought this because the variant cover of the limited edition looks so nice, haha.

Murcielago vol. 14
I enjoy this series so much…I need to preorder all volumes from now on. Gotta support the publisher for releasing a series as weird as this one, haha. But the next volume is still some months away… ;_; Anyway, this was a great volume again. And I noticed that Kuroko’s sexual adventures aren’t that prominently featured in the story anymore. That was quite different in the first few volumes!

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time vol. 2
I’m still in love with the German translation. It’s just like the German dubs of foreign comedy films and shows from the 80s, and that’s just exactly my kind of humour. Also, the story is way more enjoyable in the manga. But I mostly do read this for the funny stuff, even though I’m kinda glad to have found an ongoing ecchi series I’m enjoying again…

Young Bride’s Story vol. 9-10
Original title: Otoyomegatari. I just adore every single volume, chapter and panel of this series. It’s truly one of a kind and I just can’t find any fault with it. The art is wonderful, the characters are lovable and the story is somewhat interesting. Please read this, it’s great ;)

In/Spectre vol. 4-6
Original title: Kyokou Suiri. With these three volumes, the Steel Lady Nanase arc comes to a close. I really liked it, maybe even more than I did in the anime version. And I absolutely adore the concept of a urban legend coming to life. But now I’m really looking forward to new adventures that did not get an anime adaption yet. Wonder what the manga still has in store for me.

Die Klingen der Wächter vol. 1
Original title: Biao Ren. After reading another really great manhua last month, I tried another series this month. Well, this one is entirely different from last months‘ series, but it’s just as good! The story has lots of potential and the fight scenes are extremely cool. It’s not that high on my priority list (mostly due to the price of the volumes), but I’ll definitely keep reading this manhua!

Besuch bei Nacht (Eric Ambler)
Original title: The Night-Comers. I only bought and read this book purely by chance, but I enjoyed it immensely! I felt entirely immersed in the atmosphere and it was almost like I experienced the events of the story together with the main characters. The plot wasn’t overly complicated, but really engaging and so it didn’t take me long to finish the book. I might need to check out the authors‘ other works now. Always wanted to get into spy novels and all that anyway.

Englische Märchen/Schottische Märchen/Irische Märchen
I got this boxset of English, Scottish and Irish fairy tales as a Christmas present…took me a while to finally get around to read the book. Well, and I think I should have gotten an english-language edition, because I didn’t really like some of the translations. The English and Scottish stories were alright, but the Irish ones apparently had a different translator and reading felt like a chore. Even though the mythological background of the stories is obviously really interesting! So maybe I’ll get another edition of those fairy tales one day.

Sherlock Holmes: Das Geisterwrack / Der Rubin der Gräfin
I still do enjoy this series of penny dreadful-esque Holmes pastiches. But: the volume ‚Der Rubin der Gräfin‘ contained one story about a murderous Chinese shipmate and Watson’s final words about the case were pretty damn racist, which entirely ruined my reading experience. I get that the original Holmes stories were written at a time where racism was still pretty much everywhere, and some pastiche authors try to replicate that feeling in their stories. But the Watson from the original stories never railed at the ‚beastly deeds of foreign people‘ and the ‚cold smiles of the Chinese‘. Eugh. I sure hope this wasn’t any indicator for the author’s own mindset…

 
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MonatsausLESE: Mai 2021

02 Jun

Wieder kein besonders guter Lesemonat, und wieder habe ich alles auf Englisch geschrieben, lol. Naja, immerhin macht das Schreiben so wieder mehr Spaß…yay?

Sherlock Holmes jagt das schwarze Phantom
No idea why this series of Sherlock Holmes pastiches got marketed as children’s books – they don’t strike me as especially written for children? I liked this series, but this last volume I still had to read kinda let me down. The culprit’s identity was pretty obvious, so Holmes didn’t have to do that much deduction work, actually. Still an entertaining read and by no means bad.

Satans Fluch
Another series of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. While I really enjoy them, the quality sometimes isn’t the best and rather reminds me of some kind of penny dreadful. But like I said, there’s is a certain enjoyment in reading those stories because they at least get the atmosphere of the original Holmes stories right. So I don’t mind the varying quality of the actual criminal cases too much.

In tiefen Wäldern Träumen lauschen vol. 1
There aren’t many Chinese comics/manhua available on the German market, so I got curious about this one. And it’s absolutely amazing. I love the detailed art, and the way the story is told just sucked me in. I want to know what happens next to the Princess and her new husband…and also what’s the deal with the mysterious storyteller with a monkey mask. I need the next volume. Can’t afford it right now though :/

Murcielago vol. 12-13
One of my guilty pleasure series, honestly…or rather, that’s what I said when I started reading the first few volumes. But by now I genuinely came to love it and it’s one of the few series of which I’m usually preordering the latest volumes. I enjoyed those volumes and the conclusion of the last story arc. The new arc seems promising too, so I’m looking forward to the next volume.

Wandering Island vol.2
I absolutely love this manga series. Sadly there aren’t any more volumes than the first two and I couldn’t find any information about a possible third volume. I sure hope there’ll be another volume though, because the story ended on a cliffhanger. Anyway, I loved how especially volume two had very few speech bubbles and still told so much of a story.

Dragon Ball vol. 1-3
I read all volumes of Dragon Ball years ago, but now I felt like reading the story from the very beginning again (probably because of nostalgia? I really couldn’t say). I think the first few chapters were my favourite part of the story anyway, so I’m not sure whether I’ll continue reading anytime soon. Maybe if I need a bit of light entertainment, who knows.

Mai Ball! vol. 1
Didn’t read a sports manga in ages, so why not try a series about a women’s football team? Though there’s quite a bit of fanservice in this one, which I personally wouldn’t have needed, but fine. They didn’t play much football in this first volume, but I’m interested in some of the characters, so I’ll probably keep reading.

In/Spectre vol. 1-3
Original title: Kyokou Suiri. I LOVED the anime adaption, so I just had to start reading the manga adaption at some point too. I really like the drawing style, and I still enjoy the first story arc about a urban myth brought to life by people on the internet believing in its existence. Quite thought-provoking, actually. Well, I still need to catch up on some more volumes, but I sure hope the German publisher didn’t drop the series though, we didn’t get a new volume in months and there’s literally no information :/

 
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MonatsausLESE: März 2021

02 Apr

Ja, eh. So richtig läuft es mit dem Lesen weiterhin nicht. Wobei ich aber zugegeben auch recht viel Zeit mit dem Lesen von Sachbüchern und der jeweiligen Tageszeitung verbringe und da ja (noch) nichts Zählbares rauskommt. Deswegen packe ich hier einfach mal meine englischsprachigen Kurzfazits zu den Manga rein, die ich in letzter Zeit so gelesen habe. Immerhin habe ich die Kommentare nun einmal geschrieben, also kann ich sie auch hier posten. Mittlerweile geht in meinem Blog ja eh alles drunter und drüber, lol.

Queen Lucia & Miss Mapp (E.F. Benson)
Letztes Jahr habe ich eine BBC-Adaption der Lucia & Mapp-Romane gesehen und fand die eigentlich recht gut. Und überhaupt, ich lese gerne Geschichten, die in den 1920/1930er Jahren im ländlichen England spielen. Also die perfekten Bücher für mich! Und ich hatte auch eine Menge Spaß beim Lesen. Wobei mir Lucia’s Geschichte insgesamt einen Tick besser gefällt, allerdings hat Mapp’s Dörfchen einige der Charaktere zu bieten, die ich in der Adaption besonders gerne mochte (etwa den Major oder den schottischen Pastor). Deswegen habe ich letztlich beide Teile gerne gelesen. Allerdings ist mir nun aufgefallen, dass die Adaption doch recht deutlich vom Original abweicht. Im TV spielt etwa die ganze Handlung in einem der Dörfer, in dem die Charaktere aus beiden Orten aus dem Original leben. Oder in der Adaption kommt Lucia erst später dazu und lebt nicht schon seit Jahren auf dem Land. Aber was soll’s, beide Versionen haben mir gefallen. Deswegen lese ich nun auch die Buchreihe weiter, wenn ich mal dazu komme.

Und die zwei üblichen Politikbücher waren auch wieder mit dabei. Wieder sehr interessant, mittlerweile bin ich ja auch in den Jahren angekommen, in denen ich mich noch nicht näher mit der britischen Politik befasst habe. Deswegen habe ich wieder eine Menge dazugelernt! Jetzt widme ich mich aber erstmal wieder anderen (dickeren) Sachbüchern, es liegen aber noch einige der dünnen Jahrgangsbüchlein auf meinem Stapel.

Kommen wir nun mal zu den Mangas. Wie gesagt, alles auf Englisch ;D

Tanya the Evil vol. 9-16
Apparently the manga is a really, REALLY faithful adaption of the original light novel. That’s why the story still didn’t progress really far, even though we already reached volume 16 by now. I honesty don’t really mind though, because it’s still a fun and interesting read. And I love the fact that the manga version is way funnier than the anime adaption. I don’t know about the LN yet (still need to start reading that…), but as of now: manga > anime.

Bungo Stray Dogs vol. 13-19
Oh well….I didn’t read a new volume of this series for AGES, so I hoped that I would be able to finish the entire current story arc without cliffhangers. Well, screw that: the arc is far from over and of course volume 19 had an especially evil cliffhanger. Well, now I had to preorder the next volume. Can’t wait for it to be released.

QQ Sweeper vol. 1-3 (complete)
I’m really not used to reading shoujo manga anymore. But for some reason this series (and especially the sequel Queen’s Quality) piqued my interests. Well, I wasn’t too impressed by the story and the art is okay, but nothing special. I’m still curious about the continuation of the plot and so I’ll won’t change my plans about reading the sequel. (Well, and let’s face it, I already bought quite a few volumes of Queen’s Quality, so…haha.)

Ab sofort Schwester! vol. 1-2
Original title: Oniichan wa Oshimai. This is actually a pretty cute manga, basically the kind of cute-girls-doing-cute-things story, but with a twist. I honestly enjoyed reading it quite a bit. The art style is pretty simplistic, but cute. Sometimes I got reminded of Lucky Star, and that’s always a good thing.

Tales of Zestiria: Alisha’s Story vol. 1-2 (complete)
Still didn’t play the video game, but I read the first manga adaption already and watched parts of the anime. I thought this one was a bit boring, but that’s mostly due to the fact that my favourite Zestiria characters only featured in minor roles. And while I don’t dislike Alisha, she also isn’t among the characters I care the most about. The art was really nice though.

Peter Grill and the Philosopher’s Time vol. 1
I mostly bought this because the German translation is simply hilarious. Other than that…I don’t mind fanservice in anime and manga too much, so it is a pretty fun read after all. And the manga seems to be better than the anime. That one bored me a lot, and I had to drop it.

 
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MonatsausLESE: Februar 2021

02 Mrz

Weder ich noch der Blog sind tot, auch wenn das angesichts des Mangels an Posts so scheinen mag, haha. Ich will aber mal festgehalten haben, dass ich mittlerweile ernsthaft mit dem Gedanken spiele den Blog in dieser Form auch nicht mehr weiterzuführen. Wenn ich nur noch unregelmäßig Posts schreibe sehe ich auch nicht ein warum ich jedes Jahr Geld für den Webspace hinlegen muss. Immerhin scheint mein Leserkreis ja auch sehr begrenzt zu sein. Liest hier überhaupt noch jemand mit? ^^ Eventuell geht es also irgendwann nur noch unregelmäßig nach Lust und Laune auf einem einfachen Gratisblog bei WordPress, Blogspot oder gar Tumblr weiter. Mal sehen. Da ich für dieses Jahr noch meine Rechnung bezahlt habe habe ich aber noch Zeit für die Überlegung. Äh, ja, und jetzt zum eigentlichen Thema, den Büchern.

Statistisches (ohne Sachbücher)
Lasse ich gleich mal weg, weil ich keine Ahnung habe ob ich die Inside No.9 als eines oder drei Bücher zählen soll…und weil ich zu faul zum Seiten zählen bin, lol.

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The Gun Seller (Hugh Laurie)
In letzter Zeit habe ich mit Avenue 5 und Veep gleich zwei Serien gesehen, in denen Hugh Laurie mitspielt (und irgendwie habe ich jetzt auch Lust es mal mit House zu versuchen, obwohl mich Arztserien aller Art abschrecken, hmmm….). Wahrscheinlich auch daher ist sein schriftstellerisches Debüt in meinem Warenkorb und kurz darauf auch gleich auf meiner Leseliste gelandet. Und ich muss sagen, dass ich mich den vorwiegend positiven Rezensionen durchaus anschließen kann. Gerade im Mittelteil hatte die Story zwar ihre Längen, aber der trockene Humor und die enthaltene Kritik an Politik, Wirtschaft und Militär haben mir sehr gut gefallen.

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone (C.S. Denning)
Diese Buchreihe war schon eine Weile auf meiner Liste, nur habe ich nie eine Gelegenheit gefunden damit anzufangen. Und dann habe ich gelesen, dass Chris Addison eine Umsetzung der Bücher als Serie geplant hat :D Leider wurde das Projekt scheinbar gecancelt…aber was soll’s, für mich hat das als Motivation gereicht um endlich den ersten Band zu lesen. Und nun ja, ich kann zwar nicht sagen, dass ich zu 100% begeistert war, aber diese Version von Holmes und Watson hat schon was. Wie die Charaktere und die Fälle mit einem Schuss Fantasy versehen wurden gefällt mir jedenfalls echt gut und die Idee, dass Watson hier derjenige mit den deduktiven Fähigkeiten ist habe ich so auch noch nicht in einem Pastiche gesehen.

Inside No. 9: The Scripts Series 1-3 (Steve Pemberton/Reece Shearsmith)
Erstmal das Obligatorische: Inside No.9 ist eine geniale Serie – also los, schaut sie euch an! >:D Entsprechend genial sind natürlich auch die Script-Vorlagen, auf denen die Folgen basieren. Weil ich im letzten Herbst auch gerade wieder sehr von der Serie begeistert war hatte es mich umso mehr gefreut, dass eine Collector’s Edition der Skriptveröffentlichung angekündigt wurde. Und auch wenn die Box etwas teuer war, das war es mir wert. Immerhin handelt es sich ja auch um eine signierte Edition <3 Jedenfalls, der Fan und/oder Sammler muss hier eh zugreifen und es macht wirklich Spaß, sich die Dialoge durchzulesen und sich dabei an die Folgen zu erinnern. Ein Rewatch ist auch bald mal Pflicht.

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Wie letzten Monat war auch wieder etwas britische Politik mit dabei. Viel schaffe ich ja immer nicht in Sachen Bücher, aber diese Exemplare hier geben mir immerhin ein kleines Gefühl von Produktivität, haha. Jedenfalls habe ich wieder einiges gelernt…die Bücher sind wirklich eine gute Möglichkeit um einen Einblick in die aktuelle Politik im UK der vergangenen Jahre zu bekommen. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass im 2016er-Band das Brexit-Referendum noch als Zukunftsmusik angesehen wurde kommen direkt nostalgische Gefühle auf… :‘)

 
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MonatsausLESE: Januar 2021

02 Feb

Wieder ein eher lahmer Monat, aber was soll’s. Dieses Jahr mache ich ja keine Challenge, und immerhin kaufe ich derzeit auch kaum Bücher. Also alles super. ^^

Statistisches (ohne Sachbücher)
Anzahl Bücher: 2
Seiten-Gesamtzahl: 1009

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Jetzt oder nie! (P.G. Wodehouse) 235 Seiten
Mein erster Wodehouse, der nichts mit Jeeves und Wooster zu tun hat – naja, an Bertie und seinen genialen Butler kommt nichts ran, aber spaßig war das Buch trotzdem irgendwie. Allerdings werde ich die Bücher doch definitiv lieber im Original lesen. Die Kurzgeschichten aus dem „The World of Jeeves“-Sammelband habe ich jedenfalls problemlos verstanden und gerade die Sprache macht hier doch auch viel von der Faszination für die Geschichten aus, finde ich. Aber wie auch immer – ich werde jedenfalls nach und nach auch die anderen Einzelbände und Reihen von P.G. Wodehouse lesen, nur dann eben nicht mehr auf Deutsch.

The World of Jeeves (P.G. Wodehouse) 774 Seiten
Dieser dicke Sammelband hat mich schon Ende Dezember aus meinem gefühlt endlos tiefen Leseloch gezogen. Dafür sind Kurzgeschichten ja eh nicht übel, und wenn es dann auch noch so lustig wird wie bei den Abenteuern von Bertie Wooster und dem genialen Butler Jeeves, der für jedes Problem eine unkonventionelle Lösung parat hat…dafür kann zumindest ich mich auch noch in der größten Flaute begeistern. Weswegen ich mich jetzt definitiv mit weiteren Büchern des Autors bevorraten muss. Die nächste Flaute kommt bestimmt! Und es ist ja jetzt auch nicht so, als wäre meine Leselust schon voll wieder da. ^^

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Sachbücher reizen mich momentan da noch etwas mehr, auch wenn ich nicht wirklich viel Zählbares in dieser Kategorie vollbringe. Es liegen so einige dicke Bücher über die englische Politik auf meinem Stapel, so zum Beispiel gut 1000 Seiten über sämtliche Premierminister… Immerhin, zwei dünne Bücher konnte ich beenden. Genaugenommen handelt es sich um Schulbücher, in denen jeweils die politischen Ereignisse eines Jahres zusammengefasst und deren Hintergründe erklärt werden. Sehr interessant und genau das, was ich gesucht habe. Denn auch wenn ich mich mittlerweile sehr mit der aktuellen Tagespolitik im UK befasse (mittlerweile lese ich sogar täglich den ‚Guardian’…während ich keine einzige deutsche Tageszeitung regelmäßig anfasse, lol), sind mir doch einige Ereignisse aus den letzten Jahren entgangen und da sind diese dünnen Büchlein echt hilfreich. Nach und nach besorge ich mir dann noch alle Ausgaben, soweit ich sie noch für ordentliche Preise bekommen kann.

 
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MonatsausLESE: Dezember 2020

05 Jan

Der Dezember war lesetechnisch irgendwie totaler Mist. Gerade mal drei dünne Bücher konnte ich beenden. Zwei davon sind zwar richtig super, aber irgendwie…. Und weil eh alles so komisch ist hatte ich irgendwie die Idee mein extrem kurzes Fazit zu den Büchern diesmal auf Englisch zu schreiben. Deswegen besteht dieser Beitrag aus ziemlich komischem Denglisch. xD Allerdings will ich langfristig eh versuchen meine Buchkommentare zwecks Veröffentlichung auf Goodreads etc. gleich in englischer Sprache zu schreiben, von daher ist dieser Monat vielleicht eine nette Übung. Dann muss ich aber irgendwann die ganze Rubrik umbenennen, haha.

Statistisches (ohne Sachbücher)
Anzahl Bücher: 3
Seiten-Gesamtzahl: 420

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The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Files (various authors) 136 pages
I can’t really put into words how much I loved the show (even though I tried) and the same goes for this book. It’s a really nice addition to the show and really a must-buy for every fan. I especially enjoyed the section about Glenn’s Twitter account, the various e-mail conversations between Malcolm and the other characters and the hand-written notes by some characters. Like the one where Ollie basically admits he wants to be liked by Malcolm…just for that one bit alone the book would’ve been worth it’s money :D (Or Nicola’s letter to Ollie, that one was hilarious too!) By the way, I’m really glad I still got an used copy for a decent price, seems like the book is pretty rare? But at least there’s an e-book version…unlike the TTOI Scripts book. I will probably never own the scripts because used copies are damn expensive /cries

Cautionary Tales for Grown-Ups (Chris Addison) 104 pages
Chris Addison is an awesome person, and you can’t convince me otherwise. That’s why I admit that I might be slightly biased, but…I just really enjoyed this little book. You know what would’ve been awesome? An audio book version, read by the author…. <3 (Wait…I just saw on Amazon that there is in fact an audio book version, but it’ll be hard to get my hands on it….aaaaah!)

Doctor Who: Adventures in Lockdown (various authors) 180 pages
I have a pretty mixed opinion about this book, to be honest. Some of the stories were pretty nice, but it really isn’t anything special. Also most of the stories didn’t really feel positive or hopefully to me, like other reviewers on Amazon said? But that might also be due to me feeling weird through the entire December, so I don’t really know. Well, anyway, I still don’t regret the purchase because the book is in aid for a charity, so it was worth it, I guess! (Though I don’t know if foreign purchases do count because it’s a UK charity?)

 
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