reading

Making progress

 
Made some progress today. Finished, I think, writing up my thoughts on those three volumes of Batgirl, and maybe someday they'll even get posted! So now I can finally give those back to the library and perhaps tomorrow I shall start reading the volumes of Valerian and Laureline I borrowed from work. Don't look forward to hearing about that soon either. But someday, if wishes and dreams come true. Just imagine what I could get done if I stayed focused and avoided the siren lure of social media and...

Hobbying

 
[Wrote this on Wednesday; some additions before posting Friday due to the passage of time] I think I must have mentioned the acquisition of fragmentary older archives of SETI Radio (now Are We Alone?) previously because memory says I have written of starting the podcast listening over again and going through an initial set of Planetary Radio alone. It continues to irk me that I do not have access to the full, original run of Are We Alone? from 2002 because I do remember seeing those listed in...

A diary's a diary even if protracted

 
I wanted to keep more of a diary again. Guess my first attempt at making a post of this getting accidentally deleted is as good an excuse as any. That's what happens when you have a part-written post in a browser window and then reboot the computer. Earlier in the week I finally got an ultrasound for my wrist. Unfortunately no sign showed of what is causing the pain I have been in experiencing there. People seem to be treating that as good news which puzzles me - if there'd been an affirmative...

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 11 – Reunion, Endymion In the previous chapter and this, there has been a lot of using a drawing of a bunny as shorthand for character’s referring to Usagi. First noticed around when they were on the Moon and, I think it was Sailor Venus, joked about her being a real moon bunny. I’d known for a long while her name was a reference to the moon rabbit, but had not expected her to be depicted so directly with one. I pretty much always find mind control plots distressing. Coincidentally...

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 10 – Moon I’m having increasing difficulty recognising where are the boundaries between these chapters. Tuxedo Mask / Endymion captured, a portion of the power of the Legendary Silver Crystal absorbed into his body. Surely the stage is set for a bold and dramatic rescue of not only our heroine’s love, but also the aspect of that which she guards that is contained within him. Fortunately the Dark Kingdom is utterly foiled by whatever ineffable magic is going on here. I would think it...

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 9 Serenity, Princess Although from the feel of the narrative it was relatively easy to tell where this chapter began and the last left off, more or less, I still when it came to actually writing these got a bit confused as the title page does not match where the table of contents says the story begins (nor where it feels like the transition is, which is closer to agreeing with the TOC). At first I thought the TOC might be incorrect but it seemed to match with the previous chapters, so my current...

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 8 Minako, Sailor V Ongoing storyyyy!! It feels a bit unfair to the existing cast to have Minako / Sailor V show up to announce she’s the princess they’ve been assigned to find and protect, and that she’s been keeping a hidden training eye on them the whole time. Especially that she’s already taken care of hiding away the ‘Legendary Silver Crystal’ that’s so important, too. She is gracious and princessly though, taking time to greet our heroes and commend them on their fine...

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 7: Mamoru Chiba, Tuxedo Mask Usagi, holding up Tuxedo Mask’s glasses in his room: "Why didn’t I notice before?" In fact I could have sworn she had noticed before, except flipping back through the first volume this does not appear to be the case. And she has fallen for him so haaard. I suppose, narratively speaking, this is the point where the characters reveal and discover the strength of their feelings for each other before circumstances of drama conspire to keep them apart. The...

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 6: Tuxedo Mask So that’s the whole group now? And Usagi is pleased and surprised to be announced the leader despite that she has been leading them through several chapters now. "The Moon Stick is a new item. It is sure to aid you in your battles with the enemy. I’ll teach you how to use it later." No, Luna. Surely you should teach her how to use it approximately now? That just seems like begging for trouble when something comes up before Usagi has learned to use it. Intro has...

Book Dragon is Reading - Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

 
Act 5: Makoto, Sailor Jupiter So I was right that ominous storm at the end of the previous meant the coming of Sailor Jupiter. Still with Usagi introducing herself at the beginning of each chapter. I found the art and story confusing to follow in this one. Had to look hard a few times to be almost sure that was Makoto who pushed Usagi out of traffic, and who Usagi was mooning over right after. And I had no clue until rereading to write this that she also later saved Usagi from a stray...