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Posts Tagged ‘Moriarty the Patriot’

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: 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

 

Tales of the Week #33-34/2020

23 Aug

Ja, die letzten Tage musste man es wirklich so machen wie Erika auf dem Titelbild, denn anders als mit Kühlung in irgendeiner Form konnte ich zumindest nicht mehr funktionieren ;D Mittlerweile sieht es ja nach erträglicheren Temperaturen aus und immerhin steht ja auch der Herbst schon beinahe vor der Tür. Und darüber freue ich mich wie jedes Jahr wieder enorm! Vielleicht werde ich dann auch wieder produktiver, derzeit kann ich am Tag einfach mal gar nichts Sinnvolles machen und am Abend bin ich dann auch zu müde, lol.

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Tales of the Week #9-10/2020

08 Mrz

Während der Manga-Backlog immer weiter schrumpft, kämpfe ich aktuell tapfer gegen die angestauten Folgen der Season-Animes an. Und da sieht die Situation ähnlich aus wie bei den Jibanyans auf dem Titelbild, denn es sind eine ganze Menge und irgendwie werden es auch immer mehr xD Aber natürlich komme ich vor allem deshalb nicht voran, weil ich zwischendurch immer wieder eine ältere Serie einschiebe. In den letzten Tagen habe ich endlich Kemurikusa beendet (was ich richtig gut fand!) und außerdem habe ich richtig Lust auf Miss Sherlock bekommen. Gut, das sind leider nur 8 Folgen, aber ich sehe schon wieder einen Rewatch von BBC-Sherlock am Horizont auftauchen…sozusagen. ^^ Naja, aber die aktuelle Season ist wirklich gut, also mache ich mir gerne die Mühe ewig hinterher zu hetzen ;)

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Tales of the Week #33-34/2019

25 Aug

Jaja, die Figuren. Mit denen kann man wirklich nur schwer wieder aufhören. Wollte ich ja eigentlich auch machen, aber den einen oder anderen Neuzugang hat man doch noch zu vermelden. Allerdings schaffe ich es eh nicht mir wirklich ein 100%iges Kaufverbot aufzuerlegen, denn genau dann tauchen garantiert seltene, lange gesuchte Exemplare auf Ebay auf und dann ärgere ich mich wenn ich sie nicht kaufen darf, lol. Nun ja, aber Platz und Geld setzen der Kauflust immerhin enge Grenzen, also…erlaube ich mir zumindest ein paar Ausnahmen halt (noch).

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