Reading summary: started 15, finished 14. 11 2/3 reread. 7 mystery, 6 young-adult fantasy, 1 a bit of everything, 1 unsure (nominated for both mystery and sf). I planned to write an entry on the Donna Andrews books but think I waited too long (enjoyed, but don’t remember them well a few weeks later). I still have 15 drafts (though a few are wordpress-related notes).
- Murder with Peacocks, Donna Andrews (own) — reread, #1 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
- Murder with Puffins, Donna Andrews (own) — reread, #2 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
- Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos, Donna Andrews (own) — reread, #3 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
- Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon, Donna Andrews (own) — reread, #4 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
- We’ll Always Have Parrots, Donna Andrews (own) — #5 of the Meg Langslow mysteries; previously, I stopped reading at page 200 of 330, probably around the time of the paperback release in Feb. 2005, though I did intend to finish this and did buy #6 when it came out in paperback
- Owl’s Well That Ends Well, Donna Andrews (own) — #6 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
- A Scholar of Magics, Caroline Stevermer (own) — reread, I adore her writing and wish she would write more
- Sorcery and Ceceilia, or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot: being the correspondence between two Young Ladies of Quality regarding various Magical Scandals in London and the Country, Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (own) — reread; I like this better than the sequels (I liked them both, but not as much as this one, and The Mislaid Magician had far too many children in it)
- The Grand Tour, or the Purloined Coronation Regalia: being a revelation of matters of High confidentiality and Greatest Importance, including extracts from the intimate diary of a Noblewoman and the sworn testimony of a Lady of Quality, Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (own) — reread, and I’d reread The Mislaid Magician if I could find it
- Murder is Easy (aka Easy to Kill), Agatha Christie (library) — reread; I thought I checked for alternate titles before checking it out, but didn’t; as soon as I saw that on the copyright page, I realized that I have a paperback titled Easy to Kill but reread it anyway; it had been a while. This has Superintendent Battle in a small part, is mostly a random guy investigating rumors of a string of murders in a village. I thought I realized who the murderer was immediately, but forgot the twist at the end until a few pages before it happened. I like it well enough, but the plot is based on the guy investigating completely overlooking a couple of things. One was an obvious omission, but the other I didn’t realize; I trusted his memory of a conversation at the beginning instead of checking it when I wondered about a particular point.
- The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Michael Chabon (library) — unfinished; got distracted and never picked it back up; want to read and will try again
- Precious Dragon, Liz Williams (own) — the third of the Inspector Chen novels; I loved this, but am not sure I could say anything coherent about it
- The Mislaid Magician, or Ten Years After: being the Private Correspondence between Two Prominent Families Regarding a Scandal Touching the Highest Levels of Government and the Security of the Realm, Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer (own) — found it and reread it! too many children; Cecelia and James are investigating while Kate and Thomas are stuck at home with their two + Cecelia and James’ four + a plot device
- Mairelon the Magician, Patricia C. Wrede (own) — reread
- Magician’s Ward, Patricia C. Wrede (own) — reread; a direct sequel to the above; I think the world is the same as Sorcery and Cecelia
Mushi-shi v2 (netflix) — liked much more than v1, will continue
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle v2 (netflix) — bland, but will continue eventually
Torchwood Season 1 v2 (netflix)
NANA (netflix) — based on a manga by Ai Yazawa
Last Quarter (own) — rewatch, also based on a manga by Ai Yazawa; sadly the manga has not been released in the US, even though the movie was.
xxxHOLiC v1 (own) — more or less a rewatch; watched fansubs originally
Torchwood Season 1 v3 (netflix) — like better now that Gwen is more integrated into the group
Live 2005 Total Tone, ends (own) — rewatched; intended to have as background while finishing writing it up, but ended up watching it again.
Murder is Easy, Agatha Christie (library)
Dragon Sword and Wind Child, Noriko Ogiwara (library) — because it was pretty
A Companion to Wolves, Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (library)
Brave Story, Miyuki Miyabe (library)
Genju no Seiza v6, Matsuri Akino (new) — and for some reason, this is the first volume in a while that showed up at Borders, and Barnes & Noble actually had it as well (the Barnes and Nobles in my area tend to have lousy manga selections). I got the last few at Books-a-Million, which is inconvenient; I try not to mail-order because I tend to order too much.
xxxHOLiC DVD 1 + box (new)
Found, ends — wasn’t quite what I expected, but still liked it
Drink it Down, L’Arc~en~Ciel — and I got hyde again; someday I will get yukihiro
Crave, Crave — the inner fangirl strikes again, though I did find samples somewhere
and I have a couple more things in the mail from a yesasia gift certificate ordered this month, but will receive in May (slow to ship something released the 23rd)
Bloodhound v1 (netflix)
Dragon Tiger Gate (netflix)
Torchwood season 1 disc 3 (netflix)
The Taste of Tea (netflix)