Quick Recap – What’s Going On?

I fell off the wagon again and forgot I had a blog. Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to since the last time I remembered to post.

First off, I’m very happy to say that I’m now a new contributing writer at Manga Bookshelf. In my new monthly column, Comic Conversion, I’ll be comparing prose novels with the graphic novel adaption. To kick things off I compared Witch & Wizard with the manga from Yen Press. For the next one I want to look at my favorite book, The Alchemist, and that graphic novel, and then the Pride and Prejudice and the comic from Marvel. After that I’m not entirely positive – I’ll make it up as I go.

I’ve also gotten a few more reviews written for both The Fandom Post and Suite 101. Most recent is my review of Tesoro, but I’ve also reviewed Dawn of the Arcana, The Innocent, Nura volume 5 and Kimi ni Todoke volume 8.

Work’s going forward with our second Digital Manga Guild project, Blanc. Our Typesetter is almost finished, so once that’s been quality checked we can send it off. At this rate I don’t know if it will get on the site before January, but we’ll see.

And finally and probably most importantly, I’ve gotten underway with my preparations for my third semester at Lesley. All of the readings and workshop manuscripts have been posted, so now it’s just three straight weeks of reading to get ready. I can’t believe I’m already halfway done with the program…

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What I’m Reading: Dragons, Rabbits, Dragons

I’m making more headway through A Clash of Kings. It’s slower going than I thought it would be, but only because I keep getting distracted by shorter things I want to read. Again, rereading this before the new one comes out is proving to be an excellent idea. Things that I thought happened later are actually happening in this book, which means there are definitely some plot points that I’ve forgotten entirely. I’m excited to start in on A Storm of Swords soon – that’s when we start to see the story from Jaime’s point of view as well, and pretty much the biggest plot reveal I’ve seen so far happens towards the end of this book.

I’ve also read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, as you can see from the post I wrote yesterday. I thought that this was the last Kate DiCamillo book I had left to read, but a look on Amazon shows me there are a few more that I didn’t even know existed. Time to add some more novels to my wish list…

I also started in on Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. This is the first in a teen fantasy series that is really just so funny. Princess Cimorene is bored with the usual things princesses must do, but isn’t allowed to do anything fun like fencing or magic or cooking. When she’s told she has to marry a prince, she runs away and volunteers to be a dragon’s princess – after all, being held captive by a dragon is perfectly acceptable for a princess, so her parents can’t possibly object. Wrede pokes some good-natured fun at fantasy/fairy tale tropes. For example, the prince she’s supposed to marry takes his time coming to “rescue” her because “it will look better” if he defeats the dragon after a good number of knights have already tried. And at the same time, it’s a really interesting plot. I may write a longer post on the book when I finish working through it again.

I’ve also read a few manga, one of which I absolutely abhorred: Ai Ore! I should have the review up within a week so you can see exactly why it made my skin crawl.

And now my usual question, what have you been reading?