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Idiot Control Now
bees on pie, burning rubber tires
oh, and D gave me his bug, yay
Four books in March, plus four manga/comics.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Ramona's World by Beverly Clearly
Replay by Ken Grimwood

Dengeki Daisy v11
Stepping on Roses (Hadashi de Bara wo Fume) v9
Nothing But Loving You
Archie: The Married Life book 3

It was funny that while reading Bernadette they had Michelle reading it on Bunheads. I was like, "Yikes, I'm accidentally trendy!" But it was actually good, and while I do not like kids, I might if I had one like Bee. Come on, she has a Zune and loves Xanadu! That's my kind of kid.

And so far, Delirium seems to be much better than Matched, so that's one rec out of fifty that's worked for me. I've ordered the next one, so we'll see how that goes.

But I was super disappointed in the ending to Hadashi de bara wo fume, and D said he felt like it was rushed to get it finished. That is kinda how it felt. Like, let's introduce a plot twist, and then have that solve everything. Because really, I wanted to see Sumi have some sort of grand plan like was hinted at, and for her and Soichiro to work together, and for Komai to finally bust out his kung fu butler skills, and we got none of that. SHE WAS STILL GOING THROUGH WITH THE WEDDING WHAT THE HELL. And given that Nozomu turned out to be nucking futz, why on earth would he stay with Miu and HAVE A BABY THAT POOR KID DOESN'T HAVE A CHANCE. I'm all for melodrama, but for reals, this story just flew apart at the end. I love Ueda's art style and humor, but man, this one ultimately didn't work for me like Tail of the Moon (Tsuki no Shippo) did. Geez, when Eisuke ends up looking like the most competent one, something went wrong.

Current Mood: sick sick
Current Music: the shadow of love--the damned

6 pathetic excuses or justify your existence
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: April 2nd, 2013 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry that Stepping on Roses went to seed, knowing how much you liked it.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: April 2nd, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did enjoy it otherwise, but I'm rarely satisfied with endings anyway. They're just kind of, "Oh. So that's it then."
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: April 3rd, 2013 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
When shoujo mangas start out, I doubt authors plan the story that far ahead, much less the ending, since the odds of a series long surviving the publisher's constant culling are thin. This is especially true of new authors.

Are you open to recommendations?
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: April 3rd, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anything episodic has that problem. It's why TV shows with grand mythologies tend to suffer in a second season, because they load so much of their good stuff up front trying to get an audience, then have to streeeeeetch out whatever story's left to fill new episodes.

Only new recs if something's really outstanding, because I've got a huge pile of books I'm working through.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: April 4th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's when you start adding new characters, in-laws, and recap episodes.

Chihayafuru (Did I rec this already?): The original manga won the Manga Taisho. I recommend the anime however, due to the cleaned up art, soundtrack, and superb voice acting.


So good, I'm writing fanfic to help encourage the fandom.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: April 4th, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, new characters are exactly what's dragging down my shows this year. That, and forcing the heroes to make stupider and stupider decisions in order to keep the villains around.
6 pathetic excuses or justify your existence