What are you reading? May 2021

I need to write up my opinions on The Last Wish from April’s book club, though I didn’t get to attend the Discord chat. I also managed to read a couple of extra bits last month over what I’d planned. There was a theme to them, the first is a graphic novel I’ve read several times in the 15 years or so that I’ve owned it: Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic Novel by Barnaby Legg, Jim McCarthy, and Flameboy, which tells Cobain’s life story from a first-person perspective and is probably kinder on certain individuals than a lot of other media has been over the years since Cobain’s suicide. The other book was Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge – Mark Yarm, which I literally could not put down. I’m not a particularly fast reader and often struggle to read 300-page novels in the space of a month, anything over 500 usually see’s me cramming, this was over 500 pages long and it took me roughly a week. As you can guess from the title, it’s the story of the Seattle music scene of the 80s and 90s, as told by the people who were there. It’s not written in a biographical way, its all done via interviews, and anyone you could care to mention and a lot of key events, including the rise of Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, plus the deaths of the murder of Mia Zapata and the rise of drug use within the scene, I’d recommend it to anyone who has any interest in musicians and bands. I also finally finished that Final Fantasy Memories book that’s been on my TBR pile for months, what a drag that was.

On to May then, the book club book has been picked, we’ll be reading The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. I know it’s a horror book, but that’s all I know and I’ve been told to not look further into it whilst I await my copy coming through the post so as not to risk spoiling any of it. I have started another book whilst I wait for it to arrive: The Fiend with Twenty Faces – Edogawa Rampo, which is actually a “young boys” detective novel. That’s not as dodgy as it sounds, it literally means it’s an old detective story, similar in tone to Sherlock Holme and Arsene Lupin stories, but written for young Japanese males. It’s a light, easy read, just to pass the time, though I mostly picked it up after reading that it held some inspiration on the writers of Persona 5.

I won’t be continuing with Promethea for now, I did finish Volume 3 in April and that’s the last one that I own, I have birthdays and stuff coming up so will buy the next one once we’ve gotten through this spell. But I have finished one manga already, and that was All You Need Is Kill – Ryōsuke Takeuchi, Takeshi Obata (Illustrations), Yoshitoshi Abe (Creator), Tetsuichiro Miyaki (Translator), Hiroshi Sakurazaka (Original Story), which was adapted from a Japanese light novel of the same name which in turn also inspired the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt movie “Edge of Tomorrow”. It was quite fun, and surprisingly not as repetitive as I was expecting, though it kind of has a different tone as you don’t get the humour of Tom Cruise dying over and over again. I’ll probably peruse my comic’s shelves for another entry to this, I’m leaning maybe towards Redlands volume 2 as I really enjoyed the first one when I read that last year.

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