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Day 11 - A book that disappointed you



About to commit some scifi heresy here, but Herbert's Dune. IDK, I really loved the first half, but I always get bored by the second. You know who's going to win, you know how, House Atreides bores the tears out of me, and I was rooting for the Harkonens. Basically there's little incentive to read unless you really like the Atreides family/desert folk. And I didn't.

Day 12 - A book or series of books you’ve watched more than five times




Phantom Tollbooth. I read this thing more times than I can count. Probably my favorite book as a kid. I really loved the whimsy and the creative ways that abstract concepts came to life. Its a simple, fun kid's adventure book.
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Anime Meme
Day 2 - Favorite anime you’ve watched so far

I'm going to do my top 15 because I really can't pick just one. If that makes me a big cheater than so be it.

To be honest, the biggest criteria of these picks is if I feel emotion just by thinking about it years later. My list is in alphabetical order as opposed to numerical.

Aim for the Top! Gunbuster (Or just Gunbuster in some parts of the world)

Two lady leads (and one super awesome dude), mecha and a space operaish touch (though only 3 episodes long so not sure if it counts?). A bit dated in some regards (can you imagine a black hole at the center of the galaxy? pure chaos!) but there's still a lot of heart and moving moments in this anime. We see the growth of two young women and their awesome kickassness. The pace is a bit slower than much of the following, but this OVA is a classic for a reason.

Birdy the Mighty: Decode (Second Season)

Season one creates the world, the various plot strands and what note. Season two picks up the pace, brings everything to an end, but as we know everything circles back on itself so its not really the end. The action, the story, the characters, its all amazing. And probably one of the best examinations of racism (albeit of the fantastic kind) that I've seen in awhile.

Digimon Tamers

Lol Digimon. While this show is either one you love or hate (at least according to Digimon fandom), I wholeheartedly loved this show. It shook up a lot of the conventions set in the previous two series (so if did like those conventions you might've hated this season). It started with a smaller cast, allowing more character development. And I loved those characters so. A sensitive leader, a cool nerd, a tsundere girl not afraid to be extremely aggressive and strong. Also the plot was more cohesive, darker, and thoughtful. Digimon heresy here, but this was my favorite season, shortly followed by the fifth (which is also darker and plays with conventions). Also this cartoon taught me the meaning of girl crushes (Ruki) and OTPs (Ruki and Ryo) which is the most important lesson anyone can learn. And it also drew me into the dark world of subs. Actually this show is probably what started me on the path of anime fandoms and fangirling.
lots more under the cut )
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Day 10 - A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. I really should hate this book since its really just a man fishing. But idk I just really like Hemingway's writing style. I also got caught up in the manly struggle and what not. I wish I could write more but its been a lifetime and a half since I read this book and I could very well hate it now. I just remember tensing up since it was English class and all, then bam! Manly tears.

Anime Meme


Day 1 - Very first anime


Its a toss up between this:


Speed Racer/Mach Go Go Go for the uninitiated.

Or this:



I watched the G-Force version (original is Gatchaman if I recall correctly).

Its official, I'm an anime geezer. On a serious note, its funny how these series have shaped my anime tastes. I generally love stuff with mech, fight scenes, tenable grasp on reality, and a certain amount of cheesiness.

full anime meme list )
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Just finished this today and LOVED it. The series is just extremely well written and the two seasons mesh well together. Though NGL, I really loved Birdy's season over Tsutomu. On the other hand, the growth that he went through in season one made him really kickass in season two. And it takes some chutzpah to being a badass nonaction guy in a series where people can regularly blow buildings up. I really love how the themes of love, the end really being the beginning, redemption, and the somewhat cyclical nature of life twist like vines between the two seasons.

huge spoilers for the entire second season )

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I really just loved the last few episodes. I liked Shyamalan as a villain. And the tension held throughout. Muroto was pretty badass in his own way. I also really loved how tight Birdy and Tsutomu were. I really love their friendship. Two characters I wish had more screentime were the spy Birdy punched out and her former teacher. They just seemed like very interesting characters, though admittedly this is a short, actiony cartoon. But the ever cursed Yakuza boss keeps appearing so maybe they will too.

Just started season 2. Its starts off pretty exciting although I'm a bit worried about Birdy getting a bad "end like" Tsutomu did. Also why is the Altan bad kid now working for Birdy's source? Does this ever get explained.

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Missed a bunch of days so cramming it all here.

Day 07 - Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise


Everyone's in Love/A decent percent of the cast has love as a motivator and its unrealistic or boring

example ) since they had build up. Like I don't even get the main couple as they had about 2/3 conversations before epic love followed.

Day 08 - A book everyone should read at least once Books I dropped one year (2008-2009) and why.


I am a firm believer in one person's personal classic is another person's personal hell so here's a list of books I dropped when I was trying to do a 50 book challenge (but stopped around college) and why.

list cut )
This list should probably be longer, but I have a habit of reading about 5 pages into a story, getting bored and forgetting all about it. Save for the Monster Blood, these were ones I got to around the halfway point before giving up.

Day 09 - Best Scene Ever


"Professor Von Grimskull's monocycle roared beneath him
as it thundered through the crimson night-sky, the wheel forged
from sheer awesomantium snarling its way across the flaming
dirigible's upper frame. The legion of steam-powered zombie airpirates
had all ready taken control, their engine-ladened frames
churning out thick choking whorls of vaporized smoke; soon, the
zeppelin would crash into the swirling energies of the temporal
anomaly, completing the necrocthulthic ritual and fulfilling the
eldritch prophecy — bringing an end to the universe.

"The bronze-nosed Von Grimskull made a low, deepthroated
snarl. "The Doctor is in... VINCIBLE!""

Taken from Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium.

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I don't know why I didn't watch this show until now. For some reason I saw this show coming out, decided to watch something else that was so not worth it that I don't even remember it now. I am the foolishest fool that every foolishly lived. :(

IDK. I really love Birdy and Tsutomu's relationship. I really like how the reporter side plot is going. The action/animation is pretty good. Just the whole story and its presentation is pretty awesome. Though I am really sad that a certain character is gone. He was just so awesome. Perhaps too awesome for his world. :'(

Its available free on Hulu, to those who can access the site.
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Day 06 - Favorite book of your favorite series OR your favorite book of all time

Another Fablehaven blab. My favorite book in the series is Rise of the Evening Star. This is where the story moves away from the slow, whimsy of a kids discovering fantasy creatures and turns into a fantasy, action-adventure. The first book felt sort of like the early Harry Potter books where a decent part of the action was put at the end. Now the series makes its own pacing but putting action and some breathers throughout. This is also where we get our 'big bad', ancient conspiracies (and ancient anti-conspiracies), and other cool stuff. Also the story feels more proactive on the part of the two kids, and less they messed up and have to clean it up. Seth improves loads. I hated him in the first book, but begin to like him around this time. Considering half the story revolves around him, its a good thing.

Basically this is where I feel the series came into its own. I also promise to blab less about this book in the upcoming prompts!

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Why do I bother to have favorite charas? ;_;
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Day 05 - A book or series you hate

About half of the Chronicles of Narnia. The other half I adore. I generally hate the ones where Aslan acts like a deus ex machina and makes me feel like I wasted my time reading the story. (I'm looking at you The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.) I really liked the ones with Eustace Scrubb oddly enough. He actually felt like he had a personality compared to the Pevensies (even if the personality was huge jerk). I also liked The Horse and His Boy but there's one part I can't stand (spoilers )). TBH, I have no clue how this book rates on the offensiveness or not (it was written in the '50s) about the Middle East, since I read this book at 12 and I was pretty ignorant then.

I also did not like Neil Gaiman's Stardust. I wanted to but I pretty much knew the ending from the get go and really did not care about anything or anyone. I hated the protagonist and really did not care if he got laid or not. I was actually kind of hoping the lady protag. would kick him in the nuts and have awesome adventures on her own. But it was not to be. To be honest, I feel like the side stories and characters had potential, but I honestly can't remember what happened about that stuff.

I've actually read a few stories like this but can't remember any of the titles so here's a description. Any fantasy adventure book that has the first hundred pages of the hero putzing around his/her hometown. And it has zero plot relevance once the hero leaves. Like it doesn't even build character or anything other than the protag. has the hots for some character or is bored with their dung ages peasant life. I mean, you could just put in some throw away sentences about this part since its so stock and it'll save us all the boredom.
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Day 04 - Your favorite book or series ever

The Fablehaven series
. I did a brief blurb here, so now I'm just going to fangirl over the parts I loved to avoid being repetitive.

The characters. I really love them all. There's Seth who I hated at first, but now I love him because of his continuing struggle with his impulsiveness. IDK, I think it takes some talent to make an obnoxious character, well not. Then Kendra. She's kind of just awesome all around. She is basically the smart, sensible girl but she learns that sometimes you need to take risks to get ahead. My top three side characters are Vanessa, Sphinx, and Gavin massive spoiler alert ). All of them are clever in their own rights. Though Sphinx is probably at the top. One concern I do have is massive 4th book spoilers ), but up until the reveal I like how there are hints here and there so you can figure out the ~mystery~.

NGL, its probably not the best piece of writing. Its pretty decent on pacing and making every scene count. Though the feel of the first book along with the rest of the series is a bit different. Mostly I just like the mixture of gritiness yet hopefulness. Heroes succeed and fail. Villains succeed often. Bad things happen yet good too. Its generally uplifting even when things hit the fan.
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RL got in the way so this'll be in one post. Meme here.

Day 02 - A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about


Uh, there's a bunch so I'm going to spam this a bit.

The Braided Path trilogy. Its an Asian fantasy by Chris Wooding and a pretty good one. And a lot of the main players (including the protagonist) are ladies that do things, so that's a plus. Basically Kaiku is nearly killed one night, and must get behind the mystery of who killed her and how she can survive. The story expands to continent wide battles, political intrigue, and mutants. TBH, I didn't really enjoy the last two books, but that's more personal taste than the actual quality of these books.

Fablehaven series. A kids modern fantasy (not exactly urban, although there are some parts). Two kids visit their grandparents farm only to discover that its a secret preserve for fantasy creatures! Cue ancient conspiracies, more double crossing than you can shake a stick at, a Magnificent Bastard of a villain, and a faery-dragon! No really. Pretty mindless action-adventure, but good at it. Actually I will give it props to realism since there's mentions of a fantasy creature black market and other little details that make the premise seem less ridiculous. Actually, I will also give it props to actually making the fantasy creatures their own beings, with their own wills, desires, and what not. Too often in kidsbooks you'll see a fantasy creature whose job it is to serve the nearest person with little reason whatsoever. Here the kids have to negotiate, often with creatures that think little of eating them. Its awesome.

The Larklight trilogy. More kids stuff, but Steampunk this time. Its an action-adventure/comedy that's pretty tongue-in-cheek every step of the way. Even the romance isn't taken seriously, which is refreshing in a glut of 16 year old romance is tru wuv. Actually what's funny is that in the comedy of the romance, you often get a more realistic look at how two very different people clash than in romances that take themselves too seriously. Though since the story is typically from Art's perspective (and he's still in the girl's have cooties phase) most of the romance is in side snippets. Also, space pirates!

Day 03 - The best book you've read in the last 12 months

I'll have to put Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium, which I hope isn't cheating since I did a big old post about it here. The pacing is good. Not a scene, not a description, not even a line of dialogue is a waste. The prose is amazing (though more on the side of funny than deep/meaningful). The plot itself is both exciting and silly (something I really love). The cast is full of awesome characters. Its both a good story and good writing, which is something I find really rare (especially since my tastes are rather odd).
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Day 01 - A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just freaking end already (or both!)

ETA: Spoilers are in white text.

Hilari Bell's The Goblin Wood. Its a single book that I wish had spawned a duology or something. spoilers, including the ending! ) Goto 1

Non spoiler version: The ending felt abrupt to me and I always wondered about the interesting protagonists and their new life and adventures. I especially like the heroine and wished I could've seen more of her. Goto 1

1: While technically the book was a complete tale, I was always left wanting more.

As for ending too late, I suppose I'll blather on about my mixed feelings about the Golden Compass trilogy (His Dark Materials?). I loved the first book, was eh about the second and was mixed about the third. I really could go on and on how disappointing this series became for me. How the ending of the first book had me thinking there'd be some epic holy war. How there's going to be some decent analysis of the complexities of faith, organization, and how doing the right thing can be vastly different based upon beliefs. But instead its a mostly hollow religion is bad, everyone else is good. The most complex you get is Mrs Coulter, a woman who wants to do the right thing but is torn by her family. However, 3rd book spoiler ) and it kind of deflates this tension. She's pretty awesome until the end though. That and the epic tru wuv romance shoved in at the last five minutes. This is even more empty after you've seen the reuniting of more 3rd book spoilers ) which just has much more emotion, complexity and believability to it.

I have a million and one more complaints, but in the end most of me wishes the Golden Compass had just stayed one book. A small part finds two side characters redeeming though.
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So one day I was surfing the net and found a free e-book called Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium. It was steampunk and had a quirky female lead, so that pdf was on my harddrive in under a minute. Unfortunately keeping my attention to a pdf was too hard, so I ended up buying the book. And it was great. So here’s some blabbering about why I love this book and why you should give it a whirl if you like steampunk, grrl power done right, or just want a quick, fluffy actiony read.

 

 

Never forget the duck incident. )

 

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Paradise Kiss

Finished Paradise Kiss. Overall its a good experience if you want to see a lot of romance cliches taken to their tragic conclusion. Its an interesting read, and for the most part not as depressing as it sounds. Although there are parts where I just wanted to shout "break up already" at the main couple. Though I admit the ending knocked me over. ending spoilers )

Deka Wanko
more gibbering, not much spoilers )

Gokusen

I am rereading. I'm picking up on a lot of the jokes I'd forgotten over the years. Apparently the newest chapters are out, so I finally finished it (though I spoiled myself with the special). IDK, I really love this comic. Its just a chock full of ordinarily bizarre humor. Mostly low brow stuff, but occasionally some clever stuff. Its hard to describe. Kumiko is one of my favorite protags ever. Mostly because she reminds me of me, oddly enough. Though my life has a lot less awesome beatdowns. Watching the art style shift is also neat. I didin't even recognize chapter 1 Shin since his hair changes so much. Though the others are pretty recognizable since they aren't bishonen.

spoilers for last chapters of last volume )


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Deka Wanko

I read the first two volumes and really love it. It has a similar feel to Gokusen, yet its different enough to stand on its own. The story is about a girly detective with super smelling abilities. She's assigned to Squad 6 and the manga is pretty much them solving cases. Its better than it sounds. Mostly because of the nakamaish vibe around the squad, Ichiko (the protag) working her way into it, and the slow reveal of all the characters. Yet the pacing of the cases help to make things seem fast moving. Its a nice mix that works. The humor is also weird, and low brow. But I enjoy that kind of humor. The only thing that bothers me is the art. I feel like at times its a bit stiffer than the Gokusen art, but on the other hand the artist has gotten better at facial expressions. Though I really do like it despite that. I can't wait for volume 3.

Paradise Kiss

After troping it, I decided to take the plunge. And its worth it. I really love the dialogue and narration. It feels much more natural than most romance manga I've read. I also know the ending, which has made some parts easier to read. Spoiler alert, hints to ending. )Though I'm only 3 volumes into it, so I'm not done yet. IDK, I really love comics that can have complex themes, yet manage to actually work them into the story. Also, the costume porn is great. :D

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Though admittedly I may not be as active as I hoped. Mostly real life stuff. Nothing bad, just busy busy.

I've found Ricky the Redshirt. A collection of twitters from a red shirt aboard the Expendable. Basically entertaining Star Trek geekery. From what I've read its pretty funny/nostalgic.

I've picked up Deka Wanko, a manga by the same lady who did Gokusen. I really like the rather bizarre humor. While it feels like Gokusen, I hope it ends up having a feel of its own eventually. Though I'm only a few chapters in, so...
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Haven't been up to much these past weeks. Game Crazy went out of business so I ended up getting around 10 games for twenty dollars. Very good deals considering some of the titles. I'll probably talk about them as time goes on.

I read Dragonfly by Julia Golding. Its at young adult fantasy book about two young people arranged to marry and how they overcome various cultural clashes. The plot expands to encompass more, but it feels spoilery to mention anything other than it gets actiony. I read the book not expecting the action and it was a bit of an odd shift I had to adjust for.

Pluses:
  • Locales besides fantasy Europe, and decent culture build up
  • A dark skinned protagonist (which may be just the fantasy I read, but a rarity). And he's not alone.
  • Quick reading (at least for me).
Minuses:
  • The villain starts off awesome, but decays as time goes on.
  • Feels overly moral simplistic in certain parts.
  • Not much character development aside from the main two characters. And there are some side characters which I really wanted to see more of.
  • One moment where I went wtf. Spoilers (highlight)-> Essentially the heroine is harassed by some guy. The climax of this problem ends with some people in high places essentially saying they know that the guy is a harasser and will protect her. Its supposed to be a moment of awesome/heartwarming, but only begs the question that if they knew this guy was a harasser, why not warn the girl. The guy is important so I can see why they don't kick him out of the group, but at the same time a few sagely words could have prevented a lot.

Verdict: Its odd. Although I could nitpick this book forever, I actually enjoyed it. Its a pretty mindless read, but a decent one. The biggest problem (for me) is that the romance is much better than the rest of the plot. I really enjoyed the two characters overcoming cultural differences, and learning (sometimes struggling) to get along. It feels very different from a lot of fantasy that I come across. So the turn to the epic fantasy plot was a bit sad for me.
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Title: Kaibutsu-kun
Running Time: One Hour
Info: Jdrama Wiki
Genre: Fantasy comedy
Pics: 21

Last riveting installment here.

So where were we? Oh right, Daiou, Kaibutsu-kun's dad, said that instead of crowning Kaibutsu (kept calling him Prince last installment), he's going to banish the Prince to the human world-



-with lightning.

10 more exciting minutes. )

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