March 2008 log

reading summary: 12 total, 5 reread, 3 unfinished (one due to the end of the month); 4 mystery, 3 romance, 2 manga (both fantasy-ish), 1 fantasy (unfinished, will try again), 1 science fiction (unfinished, probably won’t try again), 1 a bit of everything (unfinished, still have). I need to spend less time online and readjust my Netflix (though I did watch more this month). I think i’ve accepted the fact that I’m going to let things sit in drafts for weeks and clear them out a couple of times a month; I wish I could convince myself that entries can be less than a thousand words, though.

Read

  • The Unknown Ajax, Georgette Heyer (own) — wanted fluff, reread; I was happy when this was reprinted because my old copy was falling to pieces and missing pages.
  • xxxHOLiC v11, CLAMP (own) — plot and foreshadowing of DOOM and spoilers for part of Tsubasa that I haven’t read yet, unfortunately (though I have no idea what they mean). It was mostly interaction between Watanuki, Doumeki, and Himawari (and I assumed it was Yuuko in the color pages and wondered why Watanuki and Doumeki had sunflowers until I realized it was Himawari). I want the next volume NOW. There was the bird for Himawari, the pipe fox wanting a name, a girl who was scared of her house, and gloves for everyone (including the son of the fox-oden spirit and the psychic girl from before), with Yuuko worrying in the background about the Impending DOOM (the Final Moment is approaching). There was also some explanation of Maru and Moro.
  • Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle v16, CLAMP (own) — it’s not CLAMP until someone loses an eye. Also, an actual reservoir and much infodumping. I wish I could find v15 to reread; I can’t remember the setup for this volume. Angst and violence and plot, instead of random wandering; I was spoiled for the plot twist generally, but did not know the details. I think the part mentioned in xxxHOLiC (Yuuko mentioned a choice) starts at the end of this volume, unfortunately. No real mention of the Impending DOOM, though.
  • Interworld, Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (library) — young adult science fiction; an organization of alternate versions of Joey Harker try to keep the peace between worlds; there are groups from the magical end and the technological ends of the worlds trying to conquer all. I didn’t finish this; it didn’t really work for me, and I don’t know why (it had people wandering through occasionally-surreal worlds and Neil Gaiman; it should have). I may still buy it once it’s in paperback, though. I did at one point think it might make an interesting movie or tv series; according to the afterword, a tv series was the original intention.
  • Tooth and Claw, Jo Walton (library) — didn’t finish (started the day before it was due, and wasn’t in the mood for it right then) but liked what I read, and it’s now on my list of things to buy eventually.
  • Eugenia, Clare Darcy (library) — reread, wanted fluff
  • What Mrs. McGillicudy Saw! (aka 4:50 from Paddington) (own), Agatha Christie — rented, wanted to compare
  • The Penguin Who Knew Too Much, Donna Andrews (library) — the eighth her the Meg Langslow series; I have the first six, according to librarything; I’m fairly sure I started the fifth but didn’t finish it. I enjoyed this, and may retry the others. I was surprised that Meg and Michael were still not married or moved into the house yet, though I can’t remember where the house made its first appearance.
  • The Talisman Ring, Georgette Heyer (own) — reread, fluff
  • By the Pricking of my Thumbs, Agatha Christie (library) — think I read it a long time ago, missed it when rereading the Tommy and Tuppence books recently, but was reminded of it in the list of future Marple adaptations.
  • The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Michael Chabon (library) — started, plan on continuing (had to renew)
  • No Nest for the Wicket, Donna Andrews (library) — #7 of the Meg Langslow mysteries, liked #8 better

Watched

Zigzo: the Last Scene
The Avengers ’65 v4 (netflix)
Agatha Christie’s Marple: Series 1: 4:50 From Paddington (netflix)
xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (netflix)
Live 2005 Total Tone, ends (own)
All Time Super Best Tour, Tomoyasu Hotei (own)
Songs From Gentle Heart: Video Clips ’99-’00, Zigzo (own) — PVs for Walk, ひまわり, tonight, I will fall, 血と汗と涙の裏側のハッピー, splash!
“Grace” Live – Toshi (own)
Blood+, v1 (netflix) — episodes 1-5; re-watch (watched about half a while back); watched the dub; has subs in English, French, Korean; translated song subtitles, untranslated credits in the OP/ED, undubbed previews, random bad accents, no English credits anywhere. I like Kari Wahlgren usually, but she’s a little too little-girly as Saya. I think Saya’s reactions to the changes in her life are realistic, but annoying.

Acquired

xxxHOLiC v11, CLAMP (new)
Spaceman Blues: a love song, Brian Francis Slattery (new)

From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain, Minister Faust (used)
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami (used) — I don’t generally read short stories, but it was $1 at the library; I thought it was a different collection than the one that was released recently, but it’s the UK edition. I like the UK cover better than the US cover

xxxHOLiC the Movie: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (netflix)
Agatha Christie’s Marple: Series 1: 4:50 From Paddington (netflix)
Blood+, v1 (netflix)

Eugenia, Clare Darcy (library) — fluff
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon (library) — nominated for an Edgar (mystery) and Nebula (sf) and Hugo (sf); must try; had to renew (started day it was due to see if I might want to try again later; was on ch.5 before I knew it)
The Penguin Who Knew Too Much, Donna Andrews (library) — #8 of the Meg Langslow mysteries (I think I stopped reading during the fifth, but saw it and thought I’d try it anyway)
By the Pricking of My Thumbs, Agatha Christie (library) — was looking at future Marple adaptations, and this was one of them, despite being about Tommy and Tuppence; I don’t have it and I’m not sure if I’ve read it before.
No Nest for the Wicket, Donna Andrews (library) — #7 of the Meg Langslow mysteries, am working my way backwards to wherever I stopped reading

from yahoo.jp (my inner fangirl does not need access to credit cards; no more for now)
Mission, Toshi
“Grace” Live, Toshi (VHS; it was ¥1 and looked like ex-rental, but might actually be new) — and I don’t even like Toshi much, but it has Chachamaru on guitar (Mission essentially has Vienna as his backing band, but a different bassist toured)
opium, the HAREM Q (Sakura before L’Arc~en~Ciel)
Songs From Gentle Heart: Video Clips ’99-’00, Zigzo, VHS, (Sakura after L’Arc~en~Ciel)
Live 2005 Total Tone, ends (DVD)
three magazines, one because they were selling it with one I was looking for at a reasonable price and it looked interesting: one was in great shape and I was happy with what I bought it for and it had unexpected Ju-ken; the other two were possibly water-damaged (though the covers were OK) or stored in too-humid a place or that’s just what UV does when it gets older (and the other was older than both and was fine) and less satisfactory, article-wise
I’m very glad I resisted the 29 issues of some magazine for ¥1000; I don’t want to think about what the shipping would have been.

All Time Super Best Tour, Tomoyasu Hotei (DVD, ebay)

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