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Dendera Reading progress update: I've read 67%.

Dendera - Edwin Hawkes, Nathan Collins, Yuya Sato

I've just started skimming this book. It's like to pad itself out by havinga chain of names and where people are going.

The bear is now back and they are still trying to fight it.

Given that this was written by a dude there's a ton of gender essentialist stuff. I don't think a bear can turn someone into giblets with just a swipe of a paw, even if the person being attacked is old.

Dude obviously thinks that old people are just so fragile, when in reality there are a lot of old people that are active and strong.

When Marnie was There - Review

When Marnie Was There - Joan G. Robinson

The anime pretty much follows the book until the ending, which cuts out the part with the Linsdays.

Yes Marnie and Anna say they love each other. So that whole "queer baiting" thing is in the book too if you want to call it that. It's pretty much that Marnie was forced to marry Edward and then had kids.

 

Overall the book is pretty good if you like slice of life type books were not much happens and there's no super magic stuff going on.

I felt the part with the Lindsays was drawn out a bit much. They are mostly there to get you hyped for the big reveal of who Marnie was.

Reading progress update: I've read 146 out of 288 pages.

When Marnie Was There - Joan G. Robinson

So I had a friend that said that "When Marnie Was There" (the anime movie from Studio Ghibli) was "queer baiting" as in the anime Anna and Marnie both say that they love each over and over and "that wasn't in the book!" She insisted that she had read the book many times.

 

Only... reading the book myself there are quite a few time that Anna says she loves Marnie, even one point where she puts her cheek next to Marnie's. Yes they use the word "love" and not just implying it.

 

So.. yeah, turns out she DIDN'T read the book. Not surprising.

Reading progress update: I've read 51%.

Dendera - Edwin Hawkes, Nathan Collins, Yuya Sato

I assume the bear has been solved? We are moving away from the bear and are talking about attacking the village. There's also a plague.

 

Really this book has a lot of character death and it probably needs it considering the amount of characters they inundate you with. Too many to really care about any of the individually other than Kayu Saitou.

 

Oh seems that Yuuya Saato is a dude. Here I thought Haikasoru had translated something by a woman for once.

 

WHELP I can see how this is going to end. How DARE those FEEEMALES think they can take on the patriarchy and wiiiin!

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 288 pages.

When Marnie Was There - Joan G. Robinson

Did the movie start out so slow? I can't remember

Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 288 pages.

When Marnie Was There - Joan G. Robinson

Let's see how Ghibli embellished this one.

The Beast Player - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano

I don't like the English title because it removes Eren/Erin/Elin's name. Probably because it's to feeeeemale.

 

Overall the book relatively follows the anime, however the beginning of the book jumps straight to the action and the ending is vastly different from the anime. The book also doesn't have the two "commenter characters" either.

Overall the book gives a lot of perspective that the anime misses.

If you haven't watched the anime nor read this book, I'd say do both.

Reading progress update: I've read 314 out of 480 pages.

Star Darlings Collection Volume 1: Sage and the Journey to Wishworld; Libby and the Class Election; Leona's Unlucky Mission - Shana Muldoon Zappa, Ahmet Zappa

2/3rds of the book read now. Leaves off with a bit of a cliffhanger for Libby's story.

Kinda wish this series was more popular than the other stuff they had. I seem to like stories that nobody else did.

Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 512 pages.

The Beast Player - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano

"He just can't help himself! You'll forgive him right?" Ugh, why in a kids book! I think he's evil so he'll get his, but still.

Reading progress update: I've read 317 out of 512 pages.

The Beast Player - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano

I'm wondering how they are going to get what happens in the anime in the book, unless that was added only for the anime.

Reading progress update: I've read 41%.

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights - Ryu Mitsuse, Alexander O. Smith

Now we are on to Jesus. I don't think this is an accurate portrayal of Jesus however. The author writes him as if he doesn't know what he's talking about.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 5: Mobilization - Yoshiki Tanaka, Tyran Grillo

Once again Yang wins not loses by the grace of Reinhard.  This one doesn't feel as believable as the other ones, since it's more or less a Deus Ex Machina.

Though it does showcase how smart Mariendorf is in pulling it off.

We also get to see Julian on his own with the Terra-ists.

Reading progress update: I've read 178 out of 512 pages.

The Beast Player - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano

The rest of this book seems to be following the anime (or the anime the book) pretty faithfully. It however delves into the thoughts that Erin has and as thus, explains some of the things more.

Reading progress update: I've read 35%.

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights - Ryu Mitsuse, Alexander O. Smith

So we meet Asura... who is a girl that Siddartha lusts for. Or at least that's the way she's described, in sexualizing terms.

 

Oh and she's also the one destroying everything while all the men are trying to save everything or something.

Reading progress update: I've read 69 out of 512 pages.

The Beast Player - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano

I like the anime more than the book with the way it starts. The book gets right into the action of Souyon killing the Touda. Where as the anime build up to it with a few episodes about village life and about the Touda. Maybe to let it make more sense what's going on.

Reading progress update: I've read 213 out of 272 pages.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 5: Mobilization - Yoshiki Tanaka, Tyran Grillo

Once again, another ass pull saves the day for both parties. Yang won't have to kill Lohengramm and vice versa.

 

It's kind of getting a bit contrived right now.

Currently reading

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights
Ryu Mitsuse, Alexander O. Smith
Progress: 41 %
Dendera
Edwin Hawkes, Nathan Collins, Yuya Sato
Progress: 67 %
Star Darlings Collection Volume 1: Sage and the Journey to Wishworld; Libby and the Class Election; Leona's Unlucky Mission
Shana Muldoon Zappa, Ahmet Zappa
Progress: 314/480 pages
Oz, the Complete Collection, Volume 1: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz/The Marvelous Land of Oz/Ozma of Oz
L. Frank Baum
Progress: 188/573 pages
新世界より [Shinsekai Yori]
貴志 祐介, Yusuke Kishi
Progress: 20/953 pages
Deadly Décisions
Kathy Reichs
Progress: 100/368 pages
The Chanur Saga
C.J. Cherryh
Progress: 228/704 pages
A Confederation of Valor
Tanya Huff
Moonheart
Charles de Lint
Progress: 100/447 pages