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After I finished The Cuckoo's Song, I didn't feel like reading anything else substantive for a bit, which sometimes happens after I read something very involving. So I read some fanfiction, excerpts from a favorite comfort read (Rumer Godden's Thursday's Children), and magazine articles (in the Washington Post Magazine, National Geographic, and Washingtonian).

Monday (despite the holiday), I got some manga from Great Big River: Gangsta. vol. 7 (this is a hyper-violent and nihilistic seinen action series that deserves a more complete write-up) and vol. 1 of A Silent Voice.

A Silent Voice is about a restless, undisciplined young boy, Shoya, and the deaf girl he ends up tormenting and driving from their school. Actually, the most awful thing is how bad the other kids are, including the ones whom the teachers and administrators think are angelic. I'm hoping something humiliating happens to all of them eventually, especially the sweet-faced little meganeko who's the class representative. Butter wouldn't melt in her mouth, especially when she's saying tearfully (paraphrased) "How could you possibly think that I'd do anything bad to Shoko? You know I'm the perfect class rep!"

But! This is only the first volume of a series that has seven volumes out. At the end of the volume, there's a time skip. Shoya, now old enough to leave school, is totally aimless and (for lack of any other focus) obsessed by what he did. He cuts all his ties to his current life and travels to find Shoko. He encounters her again on the last page. So I clearly have to order some more of the series!

(Fact: it seems to be a shounen series. Huh.)

Then the latest October Daye installment, Once Broken Faith, arrived on my Kindle. I'm now about a quarter of the way through it. It starts with a very silly, enjoyable pajama party for the teen fae contingent at Toby's house, but in no time we're up to our ears in dirty court politics and new types of fae and Toby is defying royalty in her typical headstrong fashion. Some of the people she loves are in danger and others are not speaking to her. You know, the usual!

Date: 2016-09-08 01:53 am (UTC)
yhlee: Avatar: The Last Airbender: "fight like a girl" (A:tLA fight like a girl)
From: [personal profile] yhlee
I love Gangsta (although I haven't yet read vol. 7) but yeah, it is not for the faint of stomach. Alex Benedetto is my favorite character. <3

Date: 2016-09-08 05:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] avierra
I didn't get this October Daye book; how annoying. I'll have to see what happened. I was not impressed with the last book though (Toby's antics as manic pixie dream girl are irritating-- I HATE cutesy shit, and her tee-hee I am such an incomptent loose cannon what a joke I would be forced to be a diplomat routine really ground my gears), so this may be my last one.

ALSO: I just noticed that the price for the ebook is more than the mass market paperback. FFS. I realize she has no control over pricing, but... FFS.
Edited Date: 2016-09-08 05:55 pm (UTC)

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