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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.