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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: April 2021

02 Mai

Diesmal gibt es gleich den kompletten Beitrag auf Englisch. Warum? Keine Ahnung, aber irgendwie bin ich es derzeit einfach eher gewohnt auf Englisch zu schreiben, weil ich täglich lange englischsprachige Nachrichten auf Tumblr austausche und auch immer noch Fanfictions zu The Thick of It schreibe. Ich liebe die Serie immer noch sehr <3 Äh ja, aber nun zu den Büchern. Mangas sind auch wieder mit dabei, diesmal sind es aber auch irgendwie recht viele Bücher, auch wenn ich gar nicht weiß wann ich die alle gelesen habe???

Die Welt des Sherlock Holmes (Maria Fleischhack)
Aside from a few minor errors (no, the film ‚The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes‘ isn’t based on the 1933 Vincent Starrett book of the same name – that was wrongly mentioned about three times) this was a pretty interesting book about both the Holmes canon and also the various pastiches and adaptions. However, I wouldn’t have actually needed to read it because I knew about most of this already. I would recommend it for newcomers to the Holmes fandom though.

Art in the Blood (Bonnie MacBird)
Ah well. Obviously not every Sherlock Holmes pastiche can be just the right book for me. But sadly his one was a pretty disappointing read, even though it looked like it could be really good. However, there were multiple things which just took away most of the enjoyment for me. First off, Holmes‘ character. When a client was telling him about her case, he just waved her off impatiently. Well, I know that Sherlock Holmes is all about the facts and doesn’t like mindless chattering, but I don’t think the would cut a client short if that caused him to miss out on vital information. Holmes generally seemed pretty incompetent in this book and that’s never a good sign. And the second big negative factor was the fact that the story was pretty dark. Too dark for my tastes, actually. I know Victorian England wasn’t exactly a pleasant place (especially for the poor), but gruesomely murdered children and even frequent mentions of child abuse? These might be important issues, but just not something I want to read about in a Sherlock Holmes story. I’m reading these for pure pleasure after all, or else I would read a non-fiction book instead. Well, anyway, no matter how good the reviews are, I’m not too keen on reading the other volumes in the series now, so I most probably won’t. Oh, and note to self: just don’t buy pastiches which are said to be ‚darker than the original stories‘ anymore, you just never like them.

Todessprung – Reiche Mentoren auf fernen Welten/Ganymed, Gone – Wer stiehlt schon einen Mond?/Showdown Beijing – Quo vadis, Korechina? (Ivan Ertlov)
I enjoyed reading the first book in this series a lot! The sequels are just as good (or maybe even better), and so I finished reading these three books pretty quickly. I just love the combination of laugh-out-loud funny scenes, cool space fights and the often thought-provoking plots. Well, and now I would really like to read the last two volumes in the series, but I also don’t want it to be over anytime soon, haha.

British Politics for Dummies (Julian Knight)
Since I’m not from the UK after all I guess I could easily be considered a dummy when it comes to the basics of British politics, haha. Well, I’m closely following the daily political events, but that doesn’t mean I knew about the details of, for example, the different election systems used in the parts of the UK. This book explained stuff like that pretty well and so it was pretty helpful to me, even though it mostly covered the basics. I might read some more books from the Dummies series, they are pretty helpful to get familiar with a subject, I think.

How To Be Right…in a world gone wrong (James O’Brien)
I never listened to the author’s radio show before, but I might as well give it a try now! Reading the conversations between the host and various callers in this book definitely made me want more of that. I liked the way he tried to make the callers realise their wrong conclusions and prejudices about multiple subjects like feminism, Brexit or political correctness. (And I couldn’t help but admire his patience, I honestly don’t think I could stay calm when confronted with such thick people…)

Das Wolkentor (Yarito Niimura)
This book is a collection of short stories which are all somehow related to Buddhism. I kind of liked it, even though I obviously didn’t understand the deeper meanings of most stories. It’s entirely possible to read them just for fun, though.

Doctor Who Official Annual 2016
I only bought this for fun, since it’s mostly aimed at children anyway. Maybe I’ll buy some more of the annuals for collector’s purposes thought, since the books are kinda cute. ^^

Abenteuer Mineralogie (Andreas Landmann)
I’m really fascinated with pretty minerals, shiny stones, fossils and all that stuff since I was a child. I don’t collect minerals myself, and so that book wasn’t all that useful to me because it’s mostly aimed at amateur collectors. The first part about the origins of various mineral types was pretty interesting though.

Das waren die Bücher, kommen wir jetzt zu den Mangas. ^^

Behind the Scenes vol. 6-7
I read the first five volumes ages ago and so I hard quite the hard time remembering what happened last. Maybe that was why I didn’t enjoy the final two volumes as much as the beginning of the series. It still is a pretty unique and cute story, and maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it anymore, but I could have done without reading the conclusion.

23:45
I only read this manga by chance, but I loved it a lot! It’s quite hard to find good BL manga among the masses of releases on the German manga market, but I’m glad I read that one! Apparently there’s also a second volume which apparently the story from the other protagonists‘ view, if I got that right? Well, of course I already ordered that one too, haha.

Hyouka vol. 1
I can’t believe the anime adaption aired almost ten years ago. Am I getting old? (Well…yes. ^^) Anyway, I finally got around to read the first volume of the manga version after all this time and I really liked it! I remember liking the anime too, but the manga version might be even better? The small mysteries in every chapter are a pleasure to read and I really liked the drawing style too. I definitely need to buy the next volumes too, even though most of them got released years ago and might be hard to find…

Moriarty the Patriot vol. 9
An okayish volume, I guess? I wasn’t as hyped when I read it like as for the last few volumes, but I really enjoyed the flashback to William’s childhood. Also, Milverton is really hot <3 I’m still looking forward to the next volume. Need to wait one more month, aaah….

Umineko: When they cry – Episode 8: Twilight of the Golden Witch vol.3
I can’t believe I’m finally done with Umineko. I’ve been reading the manga for quite a long time and now all the mysteries that were left in the final episode of the story are now solved. The final volume really was a joy to read, especially since the ending was way more positive than expected! Anyway, I love Umineko and while I can’t compare it to the original visual novel, I think the manga captured the story and characters very well. And I will do a complete re-read one day. Probably not anytime soon though, I’m glad I don’t have to hold another one of these huge omnibus volumes during reading anymore. xD

 

Rückblick auf die Spring Season: Hyouka

25 Sep

Das KyoAni-Fangirl in mir hat gejauchzt, als ich die Ankündigung von Hyouka gehört habe. Konnte mich der neueste Streich meines Lieblingsstudios überzeugen?

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