Review Recap: Moon and Blood, Book Girl

I found sudden motivation at the end of last week, too, and wrote up two more reviews.

The first was for a short manga volume from Digital Manga Publishing, Moon and Blood by Nao Yazawa. It’s general shojo manga fare, but it’s still fun and charming enough that that hardly matters.

The second review was of Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime, the first in a series of Japanese light novels from Yen Press. While it had a bunch of technical issues that I couldn’t overlook (all of these writing classes are ruining books for me) it’s still pretty absorbing. Both reviews are on Suite 101.

I’m continuing to struggle with my review of Velveteen & Mandala, but hopefully–HOPEFULLY–I’ll have one up within a week. I also have a couple graphic novels on Net Galley I want to look at, plus the rest of the Book Girl series.


Grad School Today :: New Review

Today’s the day I go to my residency at Lesley University. It’s weird, I was insanely panicky at the beginning of this week, but it seems to have all burned off. Now I’m just surprised it’s happening, after I spent so long preparing and waiting.

I don’t entirely feel like I’m fully prepared for this; I did all (okay, most) of the reading, but I don’t think I really absorbed it properly. I also don’t feel like I did a good enough job critiquing other students’ work – was I too mean? Too nice? Did I even know what I was talking about? We’ll see when the critiques start up.

I’m going to try to write a daily post here while I’m at the residency, but we all know how consistent I am with posting. I’ll promise to do the best I can, if there’s actually anyone that cares about what I’m up to.



Mizuki by Nao Yazawa

I also managed to get one review done this week in the midst of getting ready: chapters 1 and 2 of Mizuki by Nao Yazawa. It’s a cute shojo manga done in a classic style. It’s only available digitally on eManga, but I think it’s worth checking out.