April 2008 log

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).


  1. Murder with Peacocks, Donna Andrews (own) — reread, #1 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
  2. Murder with Puffins, Donna Andrews (own) — reread, #2 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
  3. Revenge of the Wrought-Iron Flamingos, Donna Andrews (own) — reread, #3 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
  4. Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon, Donna Andrews (own) — reread, #4 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
  5. 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
  6. Owl’s Well That Ends Well, Donna Andrews (own) — #6 of the Meg Langslow mysteries
  7. A Scholar of Magics, Caroline Stevermer (own) — reread, I adore her writing and wish she would write more
  8. 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)
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Michael Chabon (library) — unfinished; got distracted and never picked it back up; want to read and will try again
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Mairelon the Magician, Patricia C. Wrede (own) — reread
  15. 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)
Nana (netflix)
Dragon Tiger Gate (netflix)
Torchwood season 1 disc 3 (netflix)
The Taste of Tea (netflix)

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