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...