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Tell Me What to Review Next!

I shall soon be finished with the massive thing wot I have been writing, and it's been far too long since I've reviewed anything. Please help me decide what I should review!

What Shall I Review Next?

Hikaru no Go (manga series)
Afterschool Nightmare (manga series)
Samurai Deeper Kyo (manga; vol. 30)
Bleach (manga; vols. 21-24)
Mushishi (manga; vols. 3-5)
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (manga; vols. 4-7)
Strong Poison/ Gaudy Night, by Dorothy Sayers (mysteries)
The Lies of Locke Lamora. by Scott Lynch (fantasy)
Dead Until Dark / Living Dead in Dallas, by Charlaine Harris (vampires)
Hellburner, by C.J. Cherryh (not so much a review as an analysis of why it's important to me)
Something else you know I've been reading (tell me what in your comments)



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Oct. 17th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'd like to read your reviews about all the series, actually.
Oct. 20th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)

Well, I imagine I'll get to most of them eventually! Thanks ... .

Oct. 17th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I think I've seen you mention Dokebu Bride, Bride of the Water God, and Antique Gift Shop...
Oct. 20th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)

Oh, yes, all the other manhwa!

I could do Dokebi Bride and Gift Shop some time soon, but I don't really consider that I've read enough of the other one yet. Continuing series take a while to get up full steam.

Oct. 20th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
BTW, Ithink you're kinda lucky, coming into manga only recently. Maybe it's just what was available locally at the time (I had not yet discovered the glories of online shopping) but when I started, there were a few good ones (BTW, if you can find demon diary, you'd probably like it) but most of them seemed pretty bad. There seems to be a mch better selection out the last few years. I only started reading it again last year with Land of Silver Rain and Dokebi Bride.

Bride of the Water God, is rather light on the plot, isn't it?
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)

I wonder, though, whether it's like the SF&F thing - when you're looking back over years of a genre, you have the entire body of work to consider, and the ones that are still available (other than through used book vendors) are the ones that have stood the text of time. When you're reading what's coming out now, it's a smaller number of items, and so it seems that very few are any good. Even though the percentage of decent work is the same from year to year, it will seem that SF&F was much better in times past.

And, with manga, there's the added factor of which series are being picked up for translation.

Bride of the Water God is pretty and fluffy, and I wish they'd hurry up and tell us more about the ethically ambiguous trickster types.

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Oct. 17th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I just got The Lies of Locke Lamora but haven't started it yet, would love to know what you think.
Oct. 20th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)

It looks like I'll be doing the Sayers first, but I'll do LLL eventually, simply because I feel opinionated about it. If you want a really quick take on it sooner than that, it was our "Babbling Books" selection for October on Shejidan, here, and I offered a quick opinion about halfway down the page.

Oct. 17th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I'd like to change my vote to Sayers, actually.
Oct. 20th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)

Understood, and noted! It looks like I will indeed be doing that first ... now I need to wrap my big fic.

Oct. 18th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Well, foodle, no option for "all of the above" so I went with the Sayers. But I am particularly interested in hearing more from the Mushishi manga, which I finally picked up but haven't started on, Kurosagi (which I'd love to borrow at some point), and HnG which I've seen some serialized chapters of and found intriguing. Also I'm curious to see what you think about Sookie on a second glance.

(Further datapoints for the uber-girliness being a deliberate characterization choice rather than something meant to be idealized -- I've now read a handful of volumes apiece from two of Harris' other, non-supernatural mystery series, and the heroines are all very, very different. Aurora Teagarden is a well-educated, upper-middle to upper-class (more middle-class by upbringing, but she comes into some serious money from inheritances later in life), middle-aged widowed librarian; she pays a bit of attention to clothes and makeup, but isn't nearly as fixated on it as Sookie, mostly seeming to be focused on looking conventionally well-groomed and respectable. Lily Bard is closer to Sookie in age, but seems a little better-off economically and educationally -- she's a college graduate, owns her own modest home and is self-employed, running a cleaning business -- she's also a bit of a snarky, brittle loner, and a serious student of martial arts, so at times she's a bit more of an action heroine than Aurora or Sookie. Lily, between her work and hobby, rarely even bothers with makeup unless she's having to dress up for a funeral or other such formal occasion, and her main interest in her own clothes is sturdiness and ease of motion. Judging by the way Lily and Aurora react to some more flashily-styled women they come across in their books, they'd both probably think Sookie's usual look is a bit cheap and trashy...)
Oct. 20th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)

> no option for "all of the above"<

Ah ha ha ha! Sorry, but that was deliberate - I'm trying to make a decision!

I will write up Sookie eventually - you know there's a TV series based on the books now? And you saw the earlier writeup for Mushishi 1 and 2? I also mean to write up Hikaru no Go seomtime because it's not a series I thought I'd like, but I do.

That's interesting, about Harris' other characters.

Oct. 20th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Yep -- haven't seen it myself since with as little I watch TV, I'm too cheap to spring for HBO; I'll probably check out some clips online or rent it when it inevitably hits DVD, or maybe just catch it in syndication, knowing the way my viewing backlog goes. I've been seeing mixed reviews from folks, apparently there have been a lot of changes to minor characters in particular; but I'm not particularly deeply invested in this universe, so I think as long as the major characters are pretty true to themselves, I won't mind the adaptation.

Must check the archives -- I know I've seen some past reviews of the Mushishi manga but I can't recall if they were yours or Oyce or one of the other usual suspects. That's definitely another one worth adding to a video night, though, I saw the first half-dozen or so at Katsu and it's absolutely gorgeous animated. And I'm curious about HnG, high-school-competition series don't usually do anything for me but I keep hearing that there's a lot more to this one from folks whose tastes line up a lot with mine. The Heian-ghost angle definitely is interesting!

The funny thing with the Harris books -- out of all the characters, Lily is the one I think who's the most like me in general personality, very prickly and snarky and doesn't suffer fools well; Aurora, as a book lover closer to my age, is the one I'd probably find the easiest and most pleasant to have a casual conversation with...but I still like Sookie best as a character, even though I don't deeply identify with her or think we'd particularly get along well? She's just the most vivid -- she feels more like a real living, breathing person to me than the others, and there's just something I find rather appealing about her uneasy mix of snark and vulnerability and stubborn, defiant pride. The others aren't badly written, but Sookie's voice just somehow has a little extra ooomph to me.
Oct. 20th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)

I haven't seen the show either ... I rarely watch the tube. But I'm so used to the idea that everyone else does ... !

Yes, from what I understand, Mushishi is one of those rare series where the anime and the manga are both at the tops of their respective classes. And there's a live-action movie version as well.

Oct. 21st, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
I'm much more a reader than a viewer -- I have to be in the right mood to sit down and watch something, movies I'd rather see in a theater with friends if at all possible, and even with the handful of shows I do catch on the small screen, I almost always have to be doing something else with my hands, beading or cleaning or peeling vegetables or doing a manicure, etc., while I watch; I tend to get itchy if I'm just sitting watching alone and not multitasking, somehow, it's a very very rare thing that makes me put everything aside and give it my full attention. And I probably wouldn't even watch half as much of what little I do see if not for DVRs -- I almost never watch things live, and while I did timeshift some stuff via tape back in the VCR days, the hassle of buying and storing videotape and setting up the recording and making sure there was enough space was always a disincentive to tape more than a handful of real favorites. The DVR makes it so much easier to gamble on recording something that sounds like it might be interesting, or waste space on disposable stuff like Law and Order reruns that I'll halfway listen to and watch from the corner of my eye while housecleaning, that sort of thing...I'm not one who likes to keep the tube on randomly for background noise at all hours, that drives me INSANE, but I do like to have something that I'm actually interested in going to divert my brain while I'm doing mindless, repetitive manual chores.
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