So I read this out of order. I still have some of the previous issues remaining to read.
Just as good as ever. I adore pub food and love the izakaya ex...moreSo I read this out of order. I still have some of the previous issues remaining to read.
Just as good as ever. I adore pub food and love the izakaya experience so this was going to be perfect for me. I came out of this wanting to eat pub food all day until I had tried everything on these menus. Sadly, being this far away from Japan puts me at a major disadvantage for variety.
The characters are fantastic. The designs are either adorable or scrumptious, there really is no in-between. No one tones down their emotions at all. And the food? They take their food super seriously, which, why shouldn't you? The illustrations look good enough to eat. Actually, they look better than a lot of food you'd encounter in real life. I may or may not be slightly jealous of these fictional characters for having it be their job to eat everything that I see on the page.
There's a small downside to these compilations: the character development might be a bit confusing since we jump around a lot and organize via 'food groups' rather than in a chronological sense, but it isn't hard to figure out. It's just a bit disorienting when you're trying to figure out where the relationship is headed between the two main characters.
If you love food and drawings of food, this series is for you. I wish there was a way for me to read every single strip of this so I didn't miss anything. IF ONLY.(less)
I'm so happy with this volume and I'm beyond excited to read the other ones. Basically reading them out of order in a whim but it doesn...moreWHAT A FIND! :)
I'm so happy with this volume and I'm beyond excited to read the other ones. Basically reading them out of order in a whim but it doesn't matter much because they're selections from the original issues into volumes that focus on an aspect of Japanese cuisine. Even without the characters and the story, I'd be delighted to read these. Food! And recipes included at the front and notes for further explanation (definitions, geography, etc.) at the back. You can eat what you're reading about. How awesome is that?
The premise of this is a project called the "Ultimate Menu," which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Tozai News. This leads our main character, Yamaoka, to go on taste tests at restaurants and competitions and other food expeditions to try and create a menu that includes the best of Japanese cuisine. As you can already tell, this project can go on forever as a manga and leave nothing untouched. I love it. This particular volume deals with fish and the various chapters (or 'courses') explores topics like: sweetfish, salmon, live fish, etc. The drawings are pretty mouth-watering on top of everything else.
Because the chapters are cut and not in chronological order, the character development does suffer a bit - I was quite confused about the wedding banquet at first - but in time you do get a sense of the characters. Sure, they're pretty dramatic but it's all part of the fun. There's a lot of passion surrounding food in this series, it's refreshing. I don't think it's going to change but Kurita is my favourite thus far, though Yamaoka does have his charms. I enjoy their banter!
I'm so going to devour the rest of the series.(less)
Boy, am I ever excited for this series. As of now, there are three volumes to this so I could be worse off in terms of wait time but I want more.
You'r...moreBoy, am I ever excited for this series. As of now, there are three volumes to this so I could be worse off in terms of wait time but I want more.
You're plunged right in the middle of this war between Landfall and Wreath that's been going on forever through the story of these two former soldiers on opposing sides who are trying to outrun assassins and raise a newborn. Everything collides and revolves around this one family and it's messy and fascinating.
It's a gorgeous piece of work. Fiona Staples creates all these characters that are so lush and vivid yet possibly a bit terrifying, and scenes that are endearing in one page and then explodes into action on the next. Brian K. Vaughan wastes no time with his words. They're snappy, sometimes heartfelt, at times humourous. The partnership is brilliant.
It doesn't really matter if this is your first or #234098 comic, because chances are, you'll appreciate it. What's not to love, seriously?(less)
A horrifying account of one Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and forced into slavery. For historical purposes, this should be mandatory reading....moreA horrifying account of one Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and forced into slavery. For historical purposes, this should be mandatory reading.
In 1841, Solomon is tricked with the premise to earn money playing his violin and travels to Washington, D.C.. From there, he is drugged and robbed of his papers [proclaiming his status as a free man], then beaten into submission to be sold into slavery, taking the name of Platt. As the years pass, he loses hope in ever seeing his family and freedom again, not daring to risk placing trust in any man with his true story and desire to escape.
The level of detail in this book is incredible. From the point of capture to his reunion with his family, Solomon describes everything he can: physical locations, naming names of all that he met, work conditions, emotional turmoil, and so on. There is surely no more that one can express in words, as one that has been in Solomon's shoes. He writes with such a genuine voice to try to give justice to the slaves he's met, no matter how brief an encounter, whether in passing en route to another location or people he toiled with for years on end. The urgency is evident in his writing. In the time of it, he's telling not just his story but speaking for all those that will likely never have the chance to. He longs for the reader to understand how horrific the situation is and that even a so-called "free man" in these "free states" does not deem him safe from the clutches of slavery.
This is an immense effort on Solomon's part to be as accurate as possible to render this a proven account. As mentioned in the notes, the details in this record could have been and were verified to be true to bring more credence to his story. The way he writes shows a skill in storytelling, as threads are woven together, backwards and forwards at times, but it's all very organized. This is not to say that it's merely any historical account. Nothing feels clinical. There's so much despair in this that is hard to ignore, not just for Solomon even though he can be considered to be the most fortunate in his tale, as the reader can imagine the countless number of slaves who will never have the chance to escape.
I never would've known about this book if it wasn't for Steve McQueen's film adaptation of it. A devastating must-read.(less)
For a book that has been around for so long and written by a man that has had such an impact in South Africa a...moreA classic autobiography, and rightly so.
For a book that has been around for so long and written by a man that has had such an impact in South Africa and around the world, it is quite difficult to have anything new to say about this book! Nelson Mandela writes with loving detail about the very beginnings of his life, from his birth in the village of Mvezo to his childhood in Qunu, his education and subsequent start of a career in Johannesburg, to him gradually getting involved politically and joining the ANC, then his rising influence and imprisonment along with other prominent ANC members as political prisoners, and finally, his release and election win to be the leader of his country.
I think I was slightly intimidated by the prospect and size of this book because of the stature of the man who had written it, when in fact I was being silly. This book is so wonderfully accessible. Of course, with the life he's led, there are a lot of names and dates to keep track of - I don't read enough biographies and these details can be a bit much at times - but Mandela writes with such a great deal of warmth and spirit and even humour that I can't imagine not enjoying and getting the most out of this book. That's the surprising part, for me anyway, where I found him being so approachable in the way he talked about his life and his immense struggle in all those years of fighting for the rights of his people. It's like an ongoing conversation as you continue to read and I was struck by his ability to keep his hand out for that handshake and not strike in anger instead. The humour can appear out of nowhere and it genuinely made me laugh despite the harrowing conditions. To be able to find little pieces of joy everywhere he went, no matter how difficult, spoke so much of his character.
I'm touched by so much of what he's done, but also saddened with how much of his [family] time he gave up to serve his people - yes, he was a driven leader but I'd feel the wistfulness the most whenever he described his family during his time in prison. It is so much to ask of any one person to do, no matter how dire the need, and the underlying conflict between family and country wasn't always touched upon but never forgotten. Those long hard years he spent locked away are ones he never got back. Physically and emotionally, he dedicated himself to the cause and proved his conviction with his brilliant words and actions.
Above all, his words are inspiring. As someone who was barely old enough to remember much of anything about Mandela's release, his speeches are still powerful and relevant today. Unless remarkable changes and progress are made, these same words as the years pass are still needed to strive for equality. As mandatory an autobiography as you will ever read. 5/5.(less)
I have no idea what to expect for these characters and that's absolutely wonderful. The fact that I'm still feeling the sam...moreNo more to read for now. :(
I have no idea what to expect for these characters and that's absolutely wonderful. The fact that I'm still feeling the same level of excitement as I did when I first started the series really speaks to the creativity of this series. I wasn't sure how things would going to hold up once the parties converged, but the paths of these characters are still very much moving forward.
Hazel's narration leaves my heart aching. I'm almost dreading what's coming up in her future because everything feels like foreshadowing for immense heartbreak. For a character that I actually worry about the least - because of the narration, not because I hate babies but okay maybe fear them - she really does pack the hardest emotional punch for me. Everything feels like it's in jeopardy. Happy moments are worrisome.
This story gets lovelier each time I revisit it. :')
Anne Shirley wasn't a favourite of mine growing up only because I didn't read these books as a chi...moreThis story gets lovelier each time I revisit it. :')
Anne Shirley wasn't a favourite of mine growing up only because I didn't read these books as a child. We went on a east coast swing that included PEI and the Green Gable house. My parents bought me a copy of this book at the gift shop and I was 12 at the time. I totally forgot about it for a good number of years until we moved and I found the book again. I had the same feeling reading this as I did for many of my favourites growing up - something warm and fuzzy, like reuniting with an old friend.
Usually I gravitate towards characters that I can relate to, especially as a kid, and that meant more wallflowers and quiet types, but Anne is certainly not one of them. That said, I loved her personality from the start. Nothing about her was like me at all. Her stories and wild imagination can certainly take some getting used to but the joy and warmth she radiated could melt anybody's heart. There are such wonderful relationships depicted in this series. The people in Anne's life are such sweethearts and I had forgotten about so many little moments that made me smile so much. Marilla's softening shell around Anne as she allowed herself to love this girl, Matthew's indulgence in puffy sleeves and his pride in Anne, Diana as a kindred spirit and how much these girls love each other, Gil's adorable crush and academic competitiveness with Anne, and so on. And I'm not even mentioning the island's beauty as depicted in this. Absolutely gorgeous. It's hard not to see all of it through Anne's eyes because it all sounds heavenly. And it really is a beautiful place to visit.
I never did finish the series so I'm doing a re-read of the first two books then going on with the rest. So excited to find out about what happens with Anne and Gil because for the most part, I have no idea beyond the second book/adaptation.(less)