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Month: December 2013

Review for The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums

Review for The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict’s Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums

The Mysterious Benedict Society: Mr. Benedict's Book of Perplexing Puzzles, Elusive Enigmas, and Curious Conundrums I have wanted to have this book for quite a bit of time and I found it yesterday on a trip to Amsterdam. 🙂

What a fun and brilliant book this is. It features puzzles, riddles, conundrums but also a lot of information. About the characters, be them good or be them bad, and also articles, archives and various fun facts about the series.

I really enjoyed this book, and am happy that I got it. Now I am just hoping for a new book to come out someday with new mysteries and conundrums!

5 Stars

Review for GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Vol. 4

Review for GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Vol. 4

GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class, Vol. 4 I found this one for cheap in a store while shopping in Amsterdam.

I watched the anime several years back, and have wanted to read the manga for some time. Some scenes from the manga are also clearly found in the anime, I recognized a few scenes. Other than that, it was at times confusing, it took me a while to get used to the characters again.

I loved the jokes and how they all had fun drawing and creating art. I will be sure to check if I can find book 1, 2 and 3 and maybe even 5 and further (if they are out already).

I would really recommend GA to all who like 4koma stories, jokes and stories about art. 🙂

4 Stars

Review for Nodame Cantabile, Vol. 1 (Nodame Cantabile, #1)

Review for Nodame Cantabile, Vol. 1 (Nodame Cantabile, #1)

Nodame Cantabile, Vol. 1 (Nodame Cantabile, #1) Review for the whole manga. 🙂

I finished this series a week or so ago. And wow what a ride it was. Finally I had a chance to read the whole manga, and not just parts of it. I must say, now that I read the manga, that the anime and jdorama did quite a good job. Most we find in the manga is also found in the anime or jdorama.

The first few manga volumes focus on Nodame and Chiaki, how they met, how they grew together and how they both are struggling with various things that life throws at them. This part was ok, it was hard to get through things at times, especially how Chiaki was acting (all mean and harsh) and how Nodame was acting (overly dramatic, stalkerish and in overall I found her just weird at times). But it also had wonderful things happening. Also the side characters were just awesome, I really loved them and their antics.

The second part of the manga focusses on them being Paris, how both are starting with new things. Nodame with school, Chiaki with conducting. How they both are adapting to life in there. Especially in the case of Nodame, who didn’t have a chance to learn French (I loved the parts that she learned French by watching anime, or that she was using some strange dictionary and almost got Chiaki in trouble). We also meet various other characters, all living in that house. They are all trying to work hard and try their best.
I loved this part especially since it focusses so much on Chiaki and Nodame, and their relationship. Especially Chiaki, he is more and more getting to love Nodame. You noticed it already, but in these parts it is just all the more obvious, that although Nodame is totally nuts and at times annoying, he truly loves her.

Then we get the part where Chiaki decides to move out, and he gets busier and busier. This was the part where I at times cried. Poor Nodame, he never cared to tell her in advance that he was leaving the apartment. I seriously wanted to smack Chiaki for that, how he treated Nodame. I am sure he could have told her, sure she might have snapped and acted weird, but that is a normal response. Someone you love so dearly leaves you.

The ending… well let’s say I was seriously disappointed with it. I expected a lovely ending, where things would finally be finished. Either be a wedding, or a proposal, or something else exciting, instead it ends like how the normal volumes do. With nothing. It is a really disappointment. I went through 23 volumes, cheered and cried, laughed and shouted, and what do I get? A totally crappy ending that doesn’t finish or end anything.
So I am just hoping the mangaka will pick it up again, or at least tries to make a decent ending.

In overall, I would really recommend this series to everyone.

5 Stars

Review for Ketchup Clouds

Review for Ketchup Clouds

Ketchup Clouds After finishing it, the rating is corrected to 2 stars, nothing more.

It started all great and awesome, but I was sad about a few things:
1. The whole OMG Very Important secret was revealed quite soon and it takes a long long time before we actually get to the scene of when it happened.
2. Stuart never replies, so for all we know our girl is just writing letters to herself.
3. The fact she liked 2 boys, and saw them both. Instead of just telling Max that she likes Aaron, and that while he is a nice bloke and all, that it just won’t work. But no, no, no she goes on and kisses him and all. *rolls eyes*

So yeah, disappointing. And while the book is divided in parts, so you know where we go back in time, it is still confusing at times. Also I felt like the beginning was very strong, weakened in the middle and just felt lame at the end.

While I kind of liked the side characters, like Dot or Soph, it just didn’t make the book good for me.

2 Stars

Review for More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

Review for More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops I read the first book some months ago and loved, loved it! And while shopping in Amsterdam I found book 2 and decided to buy it.

It was once again a wonderful and silly book. Some things just seemed so unbelievable though, and some things made me roll my eyes. Some people are quite stupid.

Thanks Jen Campbell, and I hope this won’t be the last book in this series, I do hope for more (maybe from other bookstores) stories and funny stuff.

I would recommend this to everyone.

5 Stars

Review for The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

Review for The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories People here might not know it, but I love Tim Burton. His movies are absolutely fantastic and thus I really wanted this book, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Until I went to Amsterdam and found it in great condition in a second-hand bookshop.

I started reading immediately, only to be stopped by my boyfriend since he knows if I start reading I lose track of time and everything around me. 🙂

So I waited until we had to travel back home. And Oh My Gosh this book is so wonderful, perfectly in style with Tim Burton. It is creepy, gross at times, but also absolutely wow! It is not only text, it also has drawings to complement the prose/stories.

I would surely recommend it to all who love Tim Burton. I am not sure if it will appeal to everyone else, he has a really distinct style and I know from experience that it is not something that everyone will like. It is at least not for the faint-hearted. So be warned, it is a good book, but be sure you can handle it. 🙂

5 Stars

Review for Foundation (Razorland, #0.5)

Review for Foundation (Razorland, #0.5)

Foundation (Razorland, #0.5) I heard quite a lot about this series, but wasn’t sure to start it. Now I read this prequel story, I will be soon reading the books. I loved it. It was scary, sad, hopeless but there was also love and happiness. It was beautiful and it made me want to know more about the world and the people.

I would really recommend this book to everyone who is thinking about reading this series.

Also Cover = <3 <3 <3 5 Stars

Review for The Moth in the Mirror (Splintered, #1.5)

Review for The Moth in the Mirror (Splintered, #1.5)

The Moth in the Mirror (Splintered, #1.5) I loved Splintered (just not all of the characters in this book), and though this book was about 1 character I totally hated, I just wanted to give it a chance, for the other guy was ok.

Sadly, halfway I just got tired of it and wanted to throw it away. Morpheus is just annoying and Jeb, well while he was ok in the other book, I didn’t really like him here.

1 Stars

Review for The Choice (The Returned, #0.7)

Review for The Choice (The Returned, #0.7)

The Choice (The Returned, #0.7) This wasn’t my favourite book from this prequel series. It was just at times too not real.

For example, 17 year old Tracy comes back from the dead. No one, absolutely no one cares to tell her that her sweetheart is now married. Also apparently she doesn’t even notice it when he gets there with his WIFE. I mean, it is 18 years later, he is older, he has a woman next to him, what did she think? Her mind was pretty one track, Peter Peter Peter. *rolls eyes*

Also the sudden affair thing with Peter’s wife was just bleh. Suddenly the wife is having an affair?? Wait where did that come from?

I did like the ending though, though I feel maybe instead of swooping up his wife and kissing her, maybe explaining to Tracy a bit more would be handy.

3 Stars