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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: 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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