An update, and a bunch of mini reviews

2017 has been a pretty ridiculous year, both in good and bad ways, and it’s been absolutely exhausting. And I’ll be honest–I just haven’t been in the mood to read much lately. I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging this fall, as I recently started a new job, and am easing my way into a new schedule and new responsibilities. But that means that I still haven’t written anything about any of the books I’ve read this summer or fall, so here are a bunch of mini-reviews to get me caught up, so I can start blogging again with a clean slate:

An update, and a bunch of mini reviewsODY-C, Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithicaa by Matt Fraction, Christian Ward
Series: ODY-C
Published: June 10th 2015 by Image Comics
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 136
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Let’s start with ODY-C, a graphic novel that’s a futuristic gender-bent version of the Odyssey, set in outer space, which sounds like a pretty rad concept. The artwork is great too, featuring bright and trippy psychedelic colors. I spent a good deal of time reading Homer in my younger days, and so I was able to piece together the references and make some sense out of the story. But if you’ve never read The Odyssey, then you are going to be incredibly lost. In space.

An update, and a bunch of mini reviewsInjection, Vol. 1 (Injection, #1) by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire
Series: Injection #1
Published: October 20th 2015 by Image Comics
Genres: Graphic Novels
Pages: 120
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Injection is a graphic novel about a group of people who caused an apocalyptic event (also called the Injection). They had intended it to jump-start humanity’s innovation, but instead, they did a terrible thing and it got out of hand in a Lovecraftian way. Fast forward a few years, and now those characters are trying to live with the consequences of their actions. The storytelling was phenomenal, and the artwork did a great job conveying the dark and gritty mood of the story. Note: this book will make you want a sandwich.

An update, and a bunch of mini reviewsThe Ancient Magus' Bride, Vol. 2 by Kore Yamazaki, Adrienne Beck
Published: September 1st 2015 by Seven Seas
Genres: Manga
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift
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Book 2 of The Ancient Magus Bride continues the story of Hatori Chise, a Japanese girl who becomes the apprentice and future bride of the Thorn Mage, an inhuman creature who lives in England surrounded by fae magic. I adore this series so far with its beautiful yet dangerous magic. It gets the fae right. And it also provides a realistic glimpse into the impact of depression on Chise’s life. As she becomes more and more entrenched in the world of magic, she begins to slowly open up and come back into herself. Oh, and now that the anime is being simulcast, you should definitely watch that too!

An update, and a bunch of mini reviewsModel Volume 3 by So-Young Lee
Series: Model #3
Published: 2004 by TokyoPop
Genres: Manga
Pages: 193
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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And this is where my reviews in this post start to descend into hot garbage. Model is a Korean manga series about an artist who is living with a vampire because she wants to create his portrait. Michael’s house is like a soap opera, as he and everyone he surrounds himself with have a flair for the dramatic. Jae, the artist, is starting to develop feelings for Michael. But there’s also a love triangle with Ken, Michael’s mysterious ‘son.’ And then there’s the housekeeper Eva, who has a secret past as a supermodel, and that past comes back to haunt her. What will happen next? Who will fall in love with whom? What are everyone’s real motives? This series is blatantly ridiculous, and I’m eating it up as it requires zero brainpower whatsoever.

An update, and a bunch of mini reviewsDawn of the Arcana, Vol. 01 (Dawn of the Arcana, #1) by Rei Tōma
Series: Dawn of the Arcana
Published: December 6th 2011 by VIZ Media LLC
Genres: Manga
Pages: 192
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Descending even further into hot garbage territory with Dawn of the Arcana. Nabaka is a princess forced into an arranged political marriage. Her new husband, Prince Caesar, treats her as property/garbage. But Nabaka is slowly turning into a magical girl with superpowers. Nabaka’s only friend is her servant/caretaker named Loki, who is part of a race of part-animal people. And because this is pretty bottom of the barrel, it quickly descends into a love triangle between Nabaka, Caesar, and Loki. And it’s a weird a weird love triangle where you can’t really root for anyone, because Caesar is abusive and Loki is so much older than Nabaka. This isn’t high literature by any stretch of the imagination, but it managed to hold my attention, and I’ll probably end up reading the next book just to see what happens.

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  1. Hope you’re starting to get into a regular flow again! I know it’s been similar for me and I finally got through a huge backlog of books and then decided I didn’t want to read anything for a while 😀