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I've worked a lot recently, but at least I've had the time to read on the bus. And during lunch, sometimes...

So, my impressions, cut for lenght and potential spoilers:

Eoin Colfer's And Another Thing... )

Catherine Asaro's Diamond Star )

Now I'm reading Dragon Soul, Metro 2033 (as soon as I find it again...) and Udda Verklighet.
dancing_moon: [APH] Austria getting his hair teased (Stress)
Have read a bunch of stuff lately.

First I caved in and bought the Dirk Gently Omnibus (by the esteemed Douglas Adams of Hitchhiker's fame). The hardcover was only slightly more pricy than buying the two books separately in paperback and this way, it can stand next to my Ultimate Hitchhiker's omnibus.

Then I read the first book, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and it's. Whoa. It's so damn weird, this book.

There's plot, lots more plot than in the extremely meandering Hitchhiker's series, but it is if anytihng even stranger. Perhaps because it's here and now (or, recently-then, these days), so that the weirdness is more obviously visible? Whatever the reason, this book is friggin weird... and brilliant. Some of the sentences, some of the similes, brilliant.

I was going to continue straight on to book two, but I found Richard Morgan's Black Man again. Was planning to say a great deal about that book, but I'm a bit too tired. Suffice to say, I was not very impressed. Too much pointless technobabble, the story just flopped uselessly here and there. I mean, there was a clear thread through the story, we knew they had to solve a murder and political commentary and blaha, but the tension, the feel that I'm following an investigator solving a puzzle just wasn't there. And it is there even in stuff like Sherlock Holmes, where you can rarely figure out anything about whodunnit, but you can see that Holmes is figuring it out.

Here, we got graphic violence, awful sex scenes, some vague kind of love story which fell even flatter than Morgan's usual fare and a lot of fairly interesting but too repetitive discussions about the ethics of cloning and genetic manipulation by someone who may know hiw SF tropes but is horrendous when it comes to modern discussions of gender, feminism and nature vs. nurture

Also, why would they breed a human that hibernates for some months? What was the point? I never got that part

Then I've read Black Butler 2, Kobato 1 and 2 (review coming next week to a J-fi page near you, I hope) some yaoi I can't even recall the title of much less the "plot" and Youka Nittas Otodama. Is it okay to review her art style evolving positively when she's been found guilty of plagiarism before? I mean, I don't much care if she's copying or not, I like this softer style.
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Yes, of course I'll forget to keep a log of the books I'm reading. Who do you think I am, some kind of organized person?

Anyway, since the last time I know I've worked my way through at least:
- Manga -
Shout Out Loud 1-5 - Meh. Not bad, but the plot was a bit too convoluted and at the same time too down-to-earth and realistic. Either operatic hijinks or a universe were not everyone wants to sleep with the uke or his (adult, no worries) son.
Baby and Me 1-7 - So sweet! So good! Marimo Ragawa is something so unusual as a manga author who manages to take slice of life and mangafy it without slipping into so many wacky hijinks that one doesn't even remember the original setup

- Books -
Dwarves - Far too mediocre. The "original spin" of the book, that the dwarves are the main characters, isn't enough to keep my interest. Well-crafted epic fantasy which brings absolutely nothing to the genre that hasn't already been done a thousand times before. Only this time, it's dwarves doing it
Two more Wodehouse books! The Jeeves and Wooster collection with that one story from Jeeves POV and the story where they, uh, have a tragic divorce due to banjoeloes. Banjolettes? Something like that, I've read them in translation. Still very funny, though I think the Blandings books either translate better into English or had a more competent translator. They're not written in first-person POV after all, so a lot of the very slangy parts aren't in them. But, you know, very funny
A while ago I bought Don't Panic, the book about Douglas Adams and his 'verse by Neil Gaiman. Since I managed to sprain my foot and was forced to basically sit on the couch (except when I was sitting in the bed, for a change of pace) and read all weekend I ploved it. Very quick read... It's fun to see how very improbable the creation of the entire thing seems to have been, with Adams happily ignoring deadlines until his editors basically locked him away with a typewriter. Or, in the case of some radio episodes, had begun airing the first part of the episode. Yeeahhh...
2x Jasper Fforde, both Thursday Next books bought on the annual book sale. Amazingly enough, I had a much better time with book five than book two in the series despite not having read any other parts. They're good, very lit-injokey and do not work at all in the Swedish translation. It feels, I don't know, clunky, boring and just not well done at all. A shame

Also, I re-read the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Or, honestly, am re-reading them and I think I will once again stop before Mostly Harmless, as that book just makes me sad. I've read these books so many times that I can still quote passages. But! Only in Swedish, because we had the whole four-parts trilogy in a pocket edition. Now I've got the ultimate softcover version (US edition, which does not contain the word "fuck" but four extra sentences about the swear word "Belgium" instead. Ah well) and I... honestly don't know if I'll ever read the sixth semi-book, the recently released one written by Eoin Colfer. Whose name is apparantly not pronounced ee-o-win, as I though, but Owen. Still, I was really not impressed with Artemist Fowl, and I think I prefer the dratted ending to Mostly Harmless by someone unfunilly mucking about in the Hitchiker's main verse. Side-stuff like the Starship Titanic (which btw shares an amazing likeness with the Dr Who Titanic Christmas special. According to Wiki, they meant it to) is another matter though, and frankly, I'd rather see them writing more "free" spinoffs in that vein.
This was a lot of blather to say, bascially, that I
1) Had forgotten how amazingly weird these books are. And very sad at times, beneath all the funny!
2) Will always prefer Den Drägglande Dårfinken från Draal to the The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (the firs means, basically, the Drooling Lunatic from Draal), but a lot of the other jokes make a lot more sense in english.
3) Still love these books a lot.

Also, our internet is 99% dead =D Let's see if this posts, or if I have to save it to USB and try and post it from work...


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