Unfinished series and ones I won’t finish 2020

Well hi! Today is a combination of two posts I try to do every year. Mostly for my own sanity, this year I’m combining them into one: My unfinished series and ones I’ll be discontinuing. We’ll start with the ones I won’t be continuing, then go onto the ones I will be.

Series from last year’s post that I’ve decided to discontinue:

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to LovecraftY: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Illuminae by Amie KaufmanCrazy Rich Asians by Kevin KwanBitch Planet, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnickSnow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1 by Naoki UrasawaAngels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

So, the only one above that I might continue at some point is Snow Like Ashes, because I do own the first one. I have read the second, but I don’t own it. Aaaand if I were to ever read the third, I’d have to reread the first two. Right now I don’t see myself doing that, but hey, it could happen.

Series that I started this year and have decided to discontinue:

Heaven's Devils by William C. DietzHitorijime My Hero, Vol. 1 by Memeko AriiAgain!!, Vol. 1 by Mitsurou KuboLDK Vol. 1 by Ayu Watanabe
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1 by Skottie YoungMars, Vol. 1 by Fuyumi SoryoEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuireThat Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 1 by Fuse
Pestilence by Laura ThalassaThe Maze Runner by James DashnerThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The majority of these I read and wasn’t too impressed with. The only exceptions to this were Again!! and Every Heart a Doorway. Both of them I did like, but I just feel no urge to continue them.

Ongoing series from last year’s post that I do plan on continuing:

And how many of them I’ve read. If I’ve increased the amount that I’ve read from last year, I’ll bold the number.

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson
2/3 read, 3 owned
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
1/3 read, 2 owned
Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 by Haruko Ichikawa
9/11 read, 0 owned
Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
2/3 read, 3 owned
My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by Kohei Horikoshi
2/30 read, 20 owned
Chew, Vol. 1 by John Layman
4/12 read, 4 owned
Descender, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
2/6 read, 2 owned
Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased
2/16 read, 6 owned
Rave Master, Vol. 1
3/35 read, 11 owned
Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)
4/26 read, 4 owned
InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)
18/56 read, 26 owned
Trigun Maximum Volume 1: Hero Returns (Trigun Maximum, #1)
4/14 read, 4 owned
Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)
3/10 read, 6 owned
Attack on Titan, Volume 1
18/33 read, 18 owned
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
4/5 read, 4 owned
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
1/7 read, 0 owned
Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
1/2 read, 2 owned
Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)
2/3 read, 3 owned
The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)
1/4 read, 3 owned
Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)
1/3 read, 2 owned
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
3/5 read, 0 owned
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
2/6 read, 6 owned
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
1/3 read, 3 owned
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
5/8 read, 8 owned
Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)
1.5/9 read, 2 owned
Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)
2/3 read, 2 owned
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
4/4 read, 3 owned
Fence, Vol. 3 by C.S. Pacat
3/4 read, 3 owned

New series I started this year and plan on continuing:

And how many of them I’ve read.

Otomen, Vol. 1 by Aya Kanno
12/18 read, 12 owned
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
1/13 read, 1 owned
A Man and His Cat, Vol. 1 by Umi Sakurai
1/2 read, 2 owned
Black Butler, Vol. 1 by Yana Toboso
28/29 read, 28 owned
The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1 by Kousuke Oono
2/6 read, 4 owned
Takane & Hana, Vol. 1 by Yuki Shiwasu
3/18 read, 4 owned
Confidential Confessions, Volume 1 by Reiko Momochi
1/7 read, 3 owned
Magus of the Library, Vol. 1 by Mitsu Izumi
1/5 read, 3 owned
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
1/2 read, 2 owned
Model, Volume 1 by Lee So-Young
1/7 read, 2 owned
Waiting for Spring, Vol. 1 by Anashin
4/14 read, 7 owned
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
1/5 read, 2 owned
The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Vol. 1 by Yoshiki Tanaka
2/15 read, 0 owned
Shaman King, Vol. 1 by Hiroyuki Takei
8/28 read, 0 owned
Yarichin Bitch Club, Vol. 1 by Tanaka Ogeretsu
2/3 read, 3 owned
Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1 by Kazue Kato
3/27 read, 0 owned
Given, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Kizu
1/7 read, 3 owned
Kakuriyo by Waco Ioka
3/6 read, 3 owned
Candy Color Paradox, Vol. 1 by Isaku Natsume
2/4 read, 4 owned
Ajin by Gamon Sakurai
1/17 read, 1 owned
Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb
2/3 read, 3 owned
Hands Off!, Vol. 1 by Kasane Katsumoto
4/8 read, 8 owned
Graineliers, Vol. 1 by Rihito Takarai
1/3 read, 1 owned
Act-Age, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Matsuki
2/14 read, 2 owned

Aaaand that’s it. I had no idea I was in the middle of so many series until just now, when I went through and listed them all out.

Man.

I think one of my 2021 read goals is going to be to finish some of these, holy cow. Also, this list does not include series that I ended up finishing this year or series that are unfinished, but I’m currently caught up with. So keep that in mind, too.

Happy Blogmas!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be adapted into television shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books that should be adapted into shows or movies but honestly, I feel like depending on the book, they should definitely be adapted one way or the other. So I’m going to split this out into two weeks: One for books that should be shows, and one for books that should be movies.

Today’s post, obviously, is shows. Next Tuesday will be movies.

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

This book I feel would make for a very atmospheric series. It follows a young girl whose brothers are turned into swans, and goes into myth and folklore. I feel like this would be a show with a more sedated pace, but it’d be entertaining nonetheless.

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The book has both the plot and the world building to justify a television series. It moves along at the perfect pace for binging.

 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Kathrine Arden

Again this one’s super atmospheric. I’ve only read the first out of the three so far, but from what I’ve heard it gets pretty crazy.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

As much as I disliked this book, I think it’d make for a great television show. My main reason for disliking this thing was the writing. I liked the lore and everything set up behind it, so seeing it fleshed out and seeing real people acting in it would probably get me to like it.

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I’ve read this entire trilogy, and with all the world building and twists and turns, I know it’d make a great television show. There are plenty of places for episode and season cliffhangers. It’d be perfect, I’m tellin ya.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

I feel like this book is just set up for a series. The tower in the book is divided into different levels, and at each stage Senlin is confronted with different situations and characters. Totally breakable into episodes, man.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

This is a nine book series, and would give a lot of material. This one would also require a huge budget, because dragons and CG and special effects and all that.

But man would it be awesome.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Again I have issues with this book – mainly the main character – but the world is awesome. I’d love to see it explored more fully, and I feel that a series could do that much better than a movie could.

I could see this actually getting picked up if book three ever comes out.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

This is another long series with a huge world and lots of lore. It also has a huge cast, so it’d provide plenty of different scenes.

It’d also require a large budget, because the magic system is pretty intricate, and a lot of work would have to go into making it look real. But it’d. be. awesome.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Honestly the entire Elderlings world. Sixteen books. Tons of characters, tons of lore, tons of worldbuilding, tons of plot. Out of all the books on this list, I want this one to happen the most. And honestly I could see it happening within my lifetime. Robin Hobb is becoming more and more affluent with every passing day. It’s only a matter of time, man.

And that’s it! As said, next week will be movies. I have a whole different set of books for that one. If you’ve read any of the above, or feel that they should be movies as opposed to tv series, do let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy reading!

Unfinished Series 2019

Blogmas 2019

Happy Monday! Unlike yesterday’s post, these are all the series I’ve started and will continue. It’s an update from last year’s post, and I’m hoping I haven’t added too many more to the list, but you know me.

First I will put all the ones from last year’s post, and put any updates and progress in blue. Any series I’ve since finished and will drop off the list as of next year will be in green. After, I’ll throw in the new series I’ve started this year.

Ongoing series from last year

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons – 1/4 read (1 owned)

Contours of the Heart series by Tammara Webber – 2/4 read (2 owned)

The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey – 1/6 read (2 owned)

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas – 5/8 read (7 owned)

Snow Likes Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch – 2/3 read (1 owned)

Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson – 1/3 read (1 owned)

An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir – 1/3 read (2 owned)

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – 2/6 read (6 owned)

Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown – 1/4 read (0 owned)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams – 3/5 read (0 owned)

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)

Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)

Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)

Bas-Lag trilogy by China Mieville – 1/3 read (2 owned)

The Monstrumologist quartet by Rick Yancey – 1/4 read (3 owned)

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik – 9/9 read (7 owned)

Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke – 2/3 read (3 owned)

Shanghai Girls duology by Lisa See – 1/2 read (2 owned)

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Attack on Titan, Volume 1

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)

The Gungslinger by Steven King – 1/7 read (0 owned)

The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks – 3/5 read (5 owned)

Attack on Titan series by Hajime Isayama – 18/31 read (18 owned)

Locke & Key by Joe Hill – 2/6 read (2 owned)

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by Motoro Mase – 3/10 read (6 owned)

Trigun Maximum Volume 1: Hero Returns (Trigun Maximum, #1)

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)

Rave Master, Vol. 1

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased

Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow – 4/14 read (4 owned)

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – 18/56 read (23 owned)

Dragonball Z by Akira Toriyama – 4/26 read (4 owned)

Rave Master by Hiro Mashima – 3/35 read (6 owned)

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – 2/16 read (6 owned)

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

Descender, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire

Chew, Vol. 1 by John Layman

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by Kohei Horikoshi

Halo by Eric S. Nylund

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan – 7/10 read (0 owned)

Descender by Jeff Lemire – 2/6 read (2 owned)

Chew by John Layman – 4/12 read (4 owned)

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi – 2/25 read (20 owned)

Halo by multiple authors – 3/18 read (0 owned)

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 by Haruko Ichikawa

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Fruits Basket Another by Natsuki Takaya – 2/3 read (3 owned)

Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa – 8/9 read (0 owned)

The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft – 1/3 read (2 owned)

Saga by Brian K Vaughan – 9/9 read (9 owned)

The Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb – 4/4 read (4 owned)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa

The Masquerade by Seth Dickinson – 2/2 read (2 owned)

Monster by Naoki Urasawa – 4/18 read (4 owned)

So, some of them I haven’t touched in over a year. We’ll see if they show up on next year’s ‘will not finish’ post. Wah. Now for the new ones started this year and not yet finished:

New series

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 1 by Ryoko Kui

Goblin Slayer, Vol. 1 by Kumo Kagyu

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Spice & Wolf, Vol. 1 by Isuna Hasekura

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

The Girl from the Other Side by Nagabe

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Ten Count, Vol. 1 by Rihito Takarai

Noragami by Adachitoka

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Food Wars!, Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda

I’m not even gonna link them, there are a lot. I’m hoping to finish up a lot of these this year. And who knows, some of them might end up on the ‘not reading anymore’ list next year though, there are some iffy ones.

Anyways, if you’ve read any of the above, lemme know!

Series I won’t finish | #3

Blogmas 2019

Happy Sunday! Today I will be posting the third rendition of ‘Series I Won’t Finish’. The last time I posted this was in 2017, so these are all the series I’ve started and decided to discontinue since then!


Scryed, Volume 1

Scryed by Yasunari Toda – I read one volume of this and decided it wasn’t for me. It’s a bit of a shame though – I loved the anime.

Merman in My Tub, Vol. 1 (Merman in My Tub, #1)

Merman in My Tub by Itokichi – Again, not for me. A friend lent me this, and when she lends me books I always either love them or hate them, no in between. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a love.

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons, #1)

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren – I picked this up because I heard good things, and it was alright. I liked it, but it was nothing to write home about. I mean if I find the sequel for a buck somewhere, I’m not saying I won’t get it, but I’m not going out of my way to find the second one of these.

Song of the Hanging Sky, Volume 1

Song of the Hanging Sky by Toriko Gin – This was another borrow from that same friend. Not for me. Usually when I start a manga, I try to give it a few volumes before deciding whether or not I’ll read it, but this one just.. well, it bored me, haha.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P. Beaulieu – This book took me ages to read. I’m talking months, and that’s because it was rather dull in my opinion. I didn’t connect with the characters, the plot dragged… the ending of it was exciting, but not exciting enough to convince me to pick up book two.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy, #1)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James – I hated this book, point blank. I’m not picking up the next one.

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening

Monstress by Marjorie Liu – I tried two volumes of this and my main issue with it is… when I’m not reading it, I forget everything about it. I couldn’t tell you anyone’s name, or what the plot is aside from there’s an eyeball swirly black creature. I’ve even reread the first volume and I have no idea. So I’ve given this one up.

Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1)

Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley – I didn’t like this book. The romance was horrifically unhealthy and nobody in the book seemed to have an issue with it. Not for me.

Seraph of the End, Volume 1 (Seraph of the End: Vampire End, #1)

Seraph of the End by Takaya Kagami – Yet another borrow from that same friend. THis one kinda bored me. I gave it two volumes and nada.


And that’s it! Next year’s post will contain series I start this coming year and decide to abandon. Until tomorrow, happy reading!

Unfinished Series 2018

Blogmas 2018

Hello! Today’s post is an update of last year’s post, where I go over all the series that I’ve started and haven’t finished. I’m going to divide it up into series that were on the list last year and new series that I’ve started since then. Any series that were from last year that I’ve made progress in will be indicated in blue. Any that I’ve since finished will be marked in green. Any series I’ve decided to quit have been removed.

Ongoing series from last year

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1)The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons – 1/4 read (1 owned)

Contours of the Heart series by Tammara Webber –  2/4 read (2 owned)

The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey – 1/6 read (2 owned)

The Queen of the Tearling trilogy by Erika Johansen – 1/3 read (3 owned)

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas – 5/9 read (5 owned)

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Walk on Earth a Stranger  (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1)An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Snow Likes Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch – 2/3 read (1 owned)

The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson – 1/3 read (1 owned)

An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir – 1/3 read (0 owned)

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – 1/6 read (6 owned)

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown – 1/4 read (0 owned)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams – 3/5 read (0 owned)

Bas-Lag trilogy by China Mieville – 1/3 read (2 owned)

The Monstrumologist quartet by Rick Yancey – 1/4 read (3 owned)

The Remnant Chronicles3/3 read (3 owned)

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)Inkheart (Inkworld, #1)Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)The Gunslinger by Stephen KingThe Black Prism by Brent Weeks

 

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik – 7/9 read (7 owned)

Inkworld trilogy by Cornelia Funke – 2/3 read (3 owned)

Shanghai Girls duology by Lisa See – 1/2 read (2 owned)

The Gungslinger by Steven King – 1/7 read (0 owned)

The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks – 3/4 read (4 owned)

Attack on Titan, Volume 1Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to LovecraftIkigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 (Ikigami, #1)Trigun Maximum Volume 1: Hero Returns (Trigun Maximum, #1)InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)

Attack on Titan series by Hajime Isayama – 16/27 read (16 owned)

Locke & Key by Joe Hill – 2/6 read (2 owned)

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by Motoro Mase – 3/10 read (6 owned)

Trigun Maximum by Yasuhiro Nightow – 4/14 read (4 owned)

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – 18/56 read (23 owned)

Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)Rave Master, Vol. 1Demon Diary, Volume 01Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the DeceasedY: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

Dragonball Z by Akira Toriyama – 4/26 read (4 owned)

Rave Master by Hiro Mashima –  3/35 read (4 owned)

Demon Diary by Lee Chi-Hyong – 7/7 read (7 owned)

Priest by Min-Woo Hyung – 2/16 read (6 owned)

Y: The Last Man by Brian K Vaughan – 6/10 read (0 owned)

Descender, Vol. 1 by Jeff LemireOrange by Ichigo TakanoChew, Vol. 1 by John Layman

Descender by Jeff Lemire – 1/5 read (1 owned)

Orange by Ichigo Takano – 3/3 read (3 owned)

Chew by John Layman – 1/12 read (2 owned)

So, I made progress in some, I finished two, the rest are still in purgatory.

New series

These will be series that I’ve started and plan to continue, because looking through my list, there are a bunch I started and have either read all the books that are currently out, or have no interest in finishing. The latter will be a different post.

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 by Kohei HorikoshiHalo by Eric S. NylundFruits Basket Another, Vol. 1 by Natsuki TakayaLand of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 by Haruko Ichikawa

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi – 2/21 read (0 owned)

Halo by multiple authors – 2/18 read (0 owned)

Fruits Basket Another by Natsuki Takaya – 1/2 read (1 owned)

Land of the Lustrous by Haruko Ichikawa – 2/9 read (0 owned)

Senlin Ascends by Josiah BancroftSaga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. VaughanDragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

The Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft – 1/2 read (1 owned)

Saga by Brian K Vaughan – 8/9 read (8 owned) – Not a new series, but the first time I’ve not been caught up when this post came around.

The Rain Wild Chronicles by Robin Hobb – 2/4 read (3 owned)

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth DickinsonNaoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa

The Masquerade by Seth Dickinson – 1/2 read (2 owned)

Monster by Naoki Urasawa – 4/18 read (4 owned)

And that’s it! I added nine new series that I’m not currently caught up on, five of them being manga or graphic novels. Slightly overwhelming.

Oop.

 

Demon Diary by Lee Chi-Hyong and Kara | Series blabber

Demon Diary, Volume 01Demon Diary by Lee Chi-Hyong and Kara
Manhwa – Fantasy
Seven volumes
Read June 18 – 21, 2018
Spoiler-free blabber

This is the fluffiest thing I’ve ever read about demons.

And it was rather enjoyable. The series begins when the main character Raenef, pictured to the left here, is put into the position of Demon Lord after the previous one dies. From the sound of the premise, this sounds like a good opener for a coming of age, serious, character-driven story.

Well… not really. I mean it is, but it’s not really serious, and the character development gives way a bit for a wave of comedy instead. Raenef is a young kid – fifteen or so – when given this title. And by no means was he prepared for it. He’s still childish, light-hearted, and all around goofy. So the plot basically revolves around Raenef being himself during his training and his advisor, Eclipse, growing ever more exasperated trying to get him in line.

It’s adorable and endearing and I love the bond of friendship that grows between the two. I like seeing male friendships that are healthy and dynamic and don’t revolve around constantly jabbing each other or shared interest in a woman or… anything like that. I just like seeing two men get along on principle and not be afraid to actually show that they like each other.

The cast of characters that are slowly introduced are rather amusing as well – some align more with Eclipse’s seriousness and others are very much like Raenef, which is why they seem to gravitate towards him. They’re funny and cute, and they improve the flesh of the story in a good way.

The only thing I can complain about in this series is the ending. No spoilers, promise. But. The ending of the ‘plot’ concluded earlier than the end of the series, and the final bit was basically a plot device trope used to extend the writing a bit more. It had nothing to do with the plot, was overused, and was not done super well. Also, I feel like the story could have gone on for ten volumes more. There would have had to been a second arc in the story to do it, but it could have easily been done. The world that was built was rather big, but only a small part of it was explored, leaving much plot and character development to be desired.

But aside from the end section, which was not my favorite, the plot and characters that I did get to read in this world were pretty great. I just… wish there would have been more. The comedic aspects of the series kept me entertained and laughing, and both Raenef and Eclipse are wonderful characters to read about. If you’re looking for a short-ish manhwa series to dive into, I recommend this one.

Overall series rating: 4.25/5 stars

Individual volume ratings:
One: 4/5 | Two: 4/5 | Three: 5/5 | Four: 5/5 | Five: 4/5 | Six: 5/5 | Seven: 3/5

The Tawny Man Trilogy | Series Blabber

The Tawny Man Trilogy by Robin Hobb
Fantasy
Read Sept 17 2017 – June 15, 2018
Books 7-9 in the Realm of the Elderlings world

Spoilery blabber, also spoilers for the Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies.

I finished these books almost a month ago and it’s taken me this long to collect my thoughts on them. Robin Hobb is a master at taking your emotions and twisting them into knots.

This trilogy was a culmination about everything I loved from the previous two series in the overarching one. It broke my heart and mended it and broke it and mended it so many times. Over and over, I found myself agonizing and then rejoicing just a few chapters later. Ugh, I’m not going to be over this one for a long time. This is the reason why it took me so long to be able to write something that actually sounded semi-coherent.

The first book begins with Fitz being summoned out of his secluded life to retrieve Prince Dutiful, who has been whisked away by the Piebalds. One of my favorite parts of this series occurred before that, when the Fool came to retrieve Fitz in the first place – the two stayed at Fitz’s home for a while before departing, and the care free easiness the two displayed for each other, the deepness of their bond, was wonderful to read about. I’d read an entire series of the Fool just being around Fitz. (If you can’t tell, the Fool is my favorite character. He’s my little bean.)

Once the main plot picks up, new characters are introduced, old ones are reintroduced, and a sense of nostalgia takes hold. I didn’t realize how much I missed reading about Fitz, The Fool, Kettricken and everyone else until I was able to do so again.

Out of the three, I think the first book is my least favorite. I’m not saying it was bad by any means – it still got 5 stars from me – I just loved the other two all the more. The first book was largely a set-up book in my mind. The errand that Fitz departs on to retrieve Dutiful was a bit aggravating to me, and the reasoning behind Dutiful’s disappearance in the first place had me grinding my teeth. Dutiful’s absolute obsession with the woman-cat left a bad impression about him for me. I can understand why he did it, but the teenage trope of ‘I know exactly what I’m doing, I don’t care if you’re older and wiser’ bugged me. It bugged me when Fitz was a teenager in the original trilogy and it bugged me now. The rest of the characters and the plot made up for it though, and the fact that Dutiful himself quickly learns his lesson and then is much better at squashing out that ideology in himself afterward than Fitz ever was really helped as well.

The second book is probably my favorite, and that’s because The Fool gets so much screen time. I love reading about his character, his motivations and learning about his past. Each persona he takes on as well, is a joy to read about. When Fitz discovered that one of The Fool’s personas was Amber, a woman who had basically declared her love for Fitz by carving Paragon’s face to look like him, Fitz took it as a personal insult, which… really annoyed me.

Fitz is the type of character that I love but I can easily be annoyed by at the same time. And it’s not that his character is badly or inconsistently written, it’s that he has this poor impulse control when it comes to jumping to conclusions. He gets petty in a way that irritates me because I know he can do better. It’s like he’s acting in a way that is below him, and it’s aggravating that he doesn’t take time to just stop and think ‘hey maybe this wasn’t about deceiving me at all and people are allowed to have parts of themselves they don’t tell me about’. But nope, Fitz is a bit self-centered, and that flaw in his character is both what makes him feel real and what makes him a butt head sometimes.

The Fool however, is wonderful in this one. He recognizes this flaw in Fitz and calls him out on it. It’s just so wonderful to read, The Fool sticking up for himself and his actions. It causes a bit of strife between the two, but it also allows Fitz to realize what I said above, that The Fool doesn’t owe him every aspect of himself. It’s so refreshing to see two characters in a complex disagreement come to terms with it.

And that ending, man. The ending of Golden Fool, where Fitz called The Fool ‘Beloved’, just melted me. The Fool’s reaction, covering his mouth briefly with his hand, as if he wasn’t sure if he was hiding a smile or trying to keep himself from crying… just. Sigh, The Fool is my favorite. I loved that scene. I think this scene is that one that made Golden Fool my favorite in the trilogy.

And the final book in the series, Fool’s Fate, is the one that really sent me on a roller coaster of emotion. The amount of times that this book had me near (or actually reaching) tears, and then turned around and went ‘no it’s okay, be happy’ only to rip that happiness out from under me again was insane. I feel like this is one of the most solid endings to a trilogy that I’ve read in a long time. Everything wrapped up nicely – not everything happily mind you – but nicely enough that I felt rather satisfied with the ending. It left me knowing most of the characters were in more or less a good place, but that the next trilogy concerning them (which I’m totally looking forward to) could easily take that all away from them again.

I’m even weirdly okay with Molly coming back into the picture and being with Fitz. For a long time, I wasn’t. Burrich and Fitz were going back and forth about her when they were on Icefyre’s island and I’m sitting there going ‘Nobody is asking what she wants, dammit’. And then when she finally shows up, she calls Fitz out on that – I really love Robin Hobb for this. I’ve read too many books where the love interest is just like ‘I’ll wait to see who claims me’ instead of actually forming an opinion and even getting offended over the idea of two people deciding who will get them. I like adult Molly in this series – she’s very opinionated, strong-minded and has her family’s best interest at heart. I feel like I’ll like her just as much in the next trilogy that she’s in.

Overall, this trilogy was just amazing. Any irritation I had with it turned out to be included in the plot and was at a point called out and corrected. I adored it. I cannot wait until the next series.

5/5 stars each


Side note: I learned two things reading this. 1 – I need to start using tabs while reading if I intend to review. There was so much material I feel like I’ve forgotten the details of and therefore couldn’t mention. 2 – books like this basically need a buddy reader. I feel like I wouldn’t have gotten nearly as much enjoyment out of them if I couldn’t yap at Zezee about them all the time (so thanks friendo :D).

Happy reading!

Livingstone by Tomohiro Maekawa | Series blabber

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Livingstone by Tomohiro Maekawa
Manga, 4 volumes
Urban fantasy
Spoiler-free blabber

This series was a breath of fresh air.

I read this manga series as part of Borrowathon and MangaReadathon (which is still ongoing). My friend lent it to me, meaning there was about a 50-50 chance I’d hate it or love it. Our tastes usually really overlap or do not at all. Luckily, this one was a winner.

This series takes place in a world where at the beginning of the 20th century, a doctor conducted some unethical experiments and found that when one dies under circumstances not ordained by fate, that their body weight changes by 30g at the moment of death, the weight of a human soul stone.

The manga follows two men whose job it is to make sure these soul stones stay on their destined paths, for when the body the stone is in veers off course, it could threaten or even shatter the stone. This means the manga deals with some heavy topics at times – suicide, murder included.

So, the premise alone was really neat. It kinda sounds like reincarnation, but not really. A soul stone is born and its path will lead it through the use of many human bodies. Once its current body dies according to plan, it moves onto the next until the stone itself becomes old enough to die. Of course of if the person its in currently commits a murder or a suicide, that soul stone’s vitality goes down, and if the trauma becomes too much, then the stone is shattered, permanently thrown off its course.

The two main characters – Sakarai and Amano, go around looking for stains, places where souls have veered off course, because locations where something went wrong once will lead to more souls getting sucked in and going off course as well. When they find a soul stone that has altered its path but is still able to be saved, they either help the human its in… or if there’s no hope left for the person but there is for the soul, they kill the human and help the soul along to its next destination.

Seriously, the concept of this series is amazing, I loved it!

Both Sakari and Amano are pretty interesting characters, though I felt that Amano ended up much more fleshed out than Sakarai did. That’s really the one flaw I found with this series – aside from the two main characters, pretty much all the side characters were flat. Some more than others for sure, but none of them really did anything for me.

This series played off a few myths about souls and did so really well. Like, the idea that one suffers jetlag when flying because a plane will take your body but your soul can’t keep up, so you get tired waiting for it to return fully to you. So that’s a good thing to think about with me having two upcoming plane trips. Thanks Livingstone, I’ll be sure to ductape my soul in.

I also feel that this series handled sensitive topics well – suicide was not glorified and it was dealt with in a sympathetic manner, the idea of self-identity was discussed thoroughly – are you your body or your soul? Where do your memories lie? What makes you you?

For a four volume long series, this got quite in depth about philosophy related to the questions above. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was quick, well drawn, easy to follow and entertaining – everything you need in a manga. I definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for something new to pick up.

4/5 stars

Inuyasha: The Final Act | Anime Blabber

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Today I’m doing a post of a different flavor: an anime blabber. I had stated a few months ago that I was going to start breaking out of the mold a bit concerning what I post about, and this is the first attempt at that.

Inuyasha: The Final Act

  • 26 episodes
  • Continuation of anime series Inuyasha (167 episodes)
  • Historical/Portal Fantasy
  • Rated T+
  • Originally aired in 2009
  • Watched April-May 2018, English dub

Spoil-free blabber
(Though spoilery if you’ve never seen the original Inuyasha)

MyAnimeList Synopsis: InuYasha: The Final Act is a continuation of the anime Inuyasha, which follows Kagome Higurashi, a fifteen-year-old girl whose normal life ends when a demon drags her into a cursed well on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine. Instead of hitting the bottom of the well, Kagome ends up 500 years in the past during Japan’s violent Sengoku period with the demon’s true target, a wish-granting jewel called the Shikon Jewel, reborn inside of her. After a battle with a revived demon accidentally causes the sacred jewel to shatter, Kagome enlists the help of a young hybrid dog-demon/human named Inuyasha to help her collect the shards and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. Joining Kagome and Inuyasha on their quest are the orphan fox-demon Shippo, the intelligent monk Miroku, and the lethal demon slayer Sango. Together, they must set aside their differences and work together to find the power granting shards spread across feudal Japan and deal with the threats that arise.

Both The Final Act and the original Inuyasha series are based on the manga of the same name. The original series, which spans 167 episodes, ends prematurely, not finishing out the plot of the manga. The Final Act picks up where the original left off and continues the manga plot until the end.

Inuyasha was one of my gateway animes, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I first started watching it when I was 15 years old, back when it was first debuting on Adult Swim back in 2005. It had begun airing originally in 2002 in the US and finished in 2006, so I caught on a bit late but was able to see the finale as it was released. As stated above, it followed a fifteen year old girl and as I was fifteen at the time, I totally loved it.

After the series finished up and I realized it wasn’t going to actually finish out the plot, I hunted down the manga and read the ending of it that way. After that, I never actually went back to watch The Final Act when it aired. So when I watched it now at 27, obviously I needed to buzz through the original seven seasons and four movies of Inuyasha first in preparation. It was totally worth it. It slowed down my reading of books, but it was time very well spent in my opinion.

The Final Act in my opinion had a different feel to it than the original series did. It wasn’t a huge difference, but it was there. It didn’t feel as involved, if that makes sense, but very rushed instead. I know that the manga that it was covering per episode was a lot more than the original series had done, so it definitely skimmed over or skipped things in the name of plot progression. Personally, I think it could have done with another large series to finished out the manga – there was enough plot left for sure to do it.

It did cover all the major bases though from what I remember, so overall it was rather enjoyable. Watching it was being a teenager again, minus the whole one episode per week at midnight on Saturdays, thing. I was able to watch it at my own pace whenever convenient, which was nice. The discs themselves (I bought the DVD set) were pretty good quality and had nice art on the front of each. Every time I switched to the next disc though I got a bit sadder, since I knew the end of the series was coming closer.

One of the major things I noticed watching this time around was my opinion of the characters – I was definitely a Kagome fan when I first watched it but this time around, not so much. I didn’t dislike her by any means but a lot of the drama she had to endure was kind of her own doing. She had the romantic rival Kikyo (who I disliked originally but seriously liked this time around) and the whole time I’m shaking my head like ‘why are you doing this to yourself. You can totally just walk away’. So I was a lot less sympathetic towards her romantic endeavors and hang ups. Inuyasha as well irritated me, but at the same time, I could better understand his emotional ties to Kikyo and his difficulty in severing them.

But I have to say… watching this as an adult and having been through a series of relationships, seeing all the romantic relationship dynamics in this show just screamed unhealthy to me. There was obvious border-line cheating via flirtation (which is or isn’t, depending on a couples’ boundaries but obviously half the party involved wasn’t a huge fan in the show), there was a lot of yelling and name calling, and the ‘sit’ commands that Kagome gives Inuyasha, while funny to me as a teen I couldn’t help but see as abusive now, especially when Kagome would give a command out of anger. Occasionally she’d do it to pull Inuyasha out of the way of getting injured… but most of the time she was just pissed at him. Wasn’t a great message and I couldn’t really ignore how uncomfortable it made me. Sooo… can’t say I was really a fan of aaaany of the relationships in the series. I feel like all four of the characters involved in their respective situations needed to do a lot of maturing… except maybe Sango. She seemed pretty good most of the time.

And Sesshomaru was still…. Sesshomaru, haha. Though he was a lot more talkative in this series than he was in the last. It almost felt out of character for him, honestly. But it made a lot of the fanfiction I read as a teen more believable, I suppose. He was in the series a lot more, too – I think he was in 22 or 23 of the 26 total episodes. And as he was and still is my favorite character, I wasn’t complaining. He and Rin being he and Rin was adorable and I lived for any scenes with the two of them together. I feel like those two are one of my favorite non-romantic dynamics I’ve come across. They’re always so cute. Jaken too I took a shine to – though I noticed that literally nobody is nice to him except Rin, which is kinda sad. No wonder the poor little thing is irritable a lot of the time. I feel like Jaken and I could be bros.

The plot in this, while rushed, as pretty good. I feel like Naraku just needed a hug though, honestly. I feel like sooo much could have been avoided if someone had just been like ‘no it’s okay gimme hug come here’. Naraku is probably one of my favorite characters too, but he was almost comically villainous at times, it was amusing. And seeing the plot finalize in the anime like it did in the manga was just so satisfying to see after being a fan of the show for over a decade. I feel like I got closure.

So overall, I enjoyed watching this series, and the time I spent rewatching the original to watch this one too was quite enjoyable.

4/5 stars

Series I Will Not Finish v2

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Hello! This is an update from a post I did earlier this year, so any of the books on there are still series I’m not going to finish, so these are any additional ones on top of that. 😀

Bungo Stray Dogs by Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs, Vol. 1 by Kafka AsagiriNow to be fair, I’ve only read the first volume. To give up on a manga after the first volume is kinda not giving it a chance… but unfortunately this manga did nothing for me. I didn’t like it, I didn’t hate it. I was really indifferent to it. Sooo while I’m saying I’m not going to finish it, I mean it in the sense of I’m not going to buy anymore or rent anymore volumes. I might read it if they were gifted to me, but I’m not going to go out of my way to request them. Y’know? This first volume was just kind of meh.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)I mentioned that I’m discontinuing this one in a post I made earlier this month, so I’m even more set on it now. I read the first book when it came out, and then re-read it when the second book came out on top of reading the second one. And when the third one came out, I had forgotten all about the series except for the feeling of awkwardness that Stockholm romance created, and decided that rereading the first two books again to read the third was not exactly on my to do list. I still have the first two… which I made end up getting rid of. I’m not sure.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)This is another one that fell victim to ‘took too long’ syndrome. That, and I remember distinctly disliking an action of the main character towards the end of the book – ended up being a bit jaded by it. Soooo I’ve actually already gotten rid of my copy, so I’m definitely not going to pick up the second.

 

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And I do believe that that is it.


Y’know, when I started this post, I seriously thought there were going to be more series on the list than there were. I suppose that’s a good thing? Happy reading. 😀