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August 1st, 2018

Books on a Wednesday, I've been reading, I've been reading some:


Of Mice and Magic and (almost) Giant Trouble, Hamster Princess #2 and #4, Ursula Vernon, read aloud -- Not bad at all. TBD especially looked forward to GT as "Jack and the Beanstalk" is one of the handful of standard fairy tales they already knew from a primary source, but despite this it was harder to keep up interest. Querk?*

Mulberry Song (桑歌), Jiu Lu Fei Xiang (九鹭非香) -- A posthumous romance in a pseudo-historical setting. Sweet and short (a 4-chapter short story).

In progress:

Rise of Humanity (人道至尊), Zhai Zhu (宅猪, literally "House Pig" but probably better read using a slang meaning as "Shut-in Pig," or maybe even "Nerd Pig" using an even slangier sense from Japanese (宅 is the taku of otaku)) -- Starts out as a fairly standard xianxia adventure, albeit one with occasional iffy humor around gender roles, but from the trappings it looks like it might end up connecting its fictional world to the legendary history of Chinese mythology. Sticking with it for now to see how that works out. At the very least, I'm getting a competent adventure story with rising stakes. It helps that attempts at humor are tightly localized and the protagonist moves around a lot as the world stage expands. Read through chapter 155 (out of 420 translated/1490 total).

On hold:

It's Not Easy to Be a Man After Travelling to the Future, Madam Ru -- Another 100 chapters of translation had built up, and I needed something diverting and not especially challenging. Have to say, the protagonist's plot to duck out of her life track and become a "normal" young woman seems underbaked for a supposedly brilliant tactician. Ran out of material at chapter 289.


Great Tang Idyll (田园大唐), Tian Yuan Ru Meng (田园如梦, "Pastoral Idyll") -- A successful conman and a crack policewoman are reincarnated-with-memories as 1-year-old toddlers in the Tang Dynasty (specifically 714 CE, early in the reign of Emperor Xuanzong), the children of the two major landowning families of a farming village. The result is not nearly as charming as I'd hoped -- babies talking like adults, as they do after initially faking infancy, is actually kinda creepy. If the cop had more to do than be a foil for the con, this might be more interesting. As there was no sign of this happening after a dozen chapters, I gave up.


* Which is Quail for "Where's the next book?"


Subject quote from The Statue and the Bust, Robert Browning.

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