Friday, December 25, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
September reading is introduced to you by Fluffy Swedish Owl!
G. Willow Wilson “Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal” [USA]
Mel White “Angry Birds: ärhäkät linnut” [USA]
N.K. Jemisin “The Kingdom of Gods” [USA]
Kanae Hazuki “Say I Love You” vol. 1 [Japan]
Kanae Hazuki “Say I Love You” vol. 2 [Japan]
Kanae Hazuki “Say I Love You” vol. 3 [Japan]
Sonali Deraniyagala “Wave” [Sri Lanka, UK]
Elizabeth Bear “This Chance Planet” [USA]
☆ Urban fantasy story set in Moscow. It kept surprising me! And I approve of how Moscow metro was potrayed, seemed pretty accurate to me. Also, also an online friend from another country was mentioned, yay! It's so rare in stories when it's so common irl.
Amal El-Mohtar “The Truth About Owls” [Canada]
☆ Folklore, magic, war, immigration and owls in this beautiful story.
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
Friday, October 23, 2015
My August reading is introduced to you by my friend Tiny Frog!
Geoff Tibballs “Tsunami: The World's Most Terrifying Natural Disaster”
Sophia French “The Diplomat” [Australia]
Liz Climo “The Little World of Liz Climo” [USA]
Agatha Christie “N or M?” (Tommy and Tuppence #3) [UK]
Moto Hagio “A Drunken Dream and Other Stories” [Japan]
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: A photojournalistic account of the first 10 days of the disaster [Japan]
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
My July reading is introduced to you by my lovely owl friend!
Wolf Kankare “Kettujumala palelee” [Finland]
Cristy C. Road “Spit and Passion” [USA]
Ellen Forney “Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: a graphic memoir” [USA]
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (Begum Rokeya) “Sultana's Dream” [then the British India, now Bangladesh]
Jeffrey Brown “Goodnight Darth Vader” [USA]
Arthur Conan Doyle “The Hound of the Baskervilles” [UK]
Ann Leckie “Ancillary Sword” [USA]
Na Liu, Andrés Vera Martínez “Little White Duck: A Childhood in China” [China, USA]
あずまきよひこ 『よつばと!』3 (Kiyohiko Azuma “Yotsuba to!” vol. 3) [Japan]
George Orwell “1984” [UK]
Milla Paloniemi, Anni Nykänen, Antti Hintsa, Karri Lehtonen, Joonas Lehtimäki, Tuuli Hypén “Höh! ...ja muita sarjakuvakertomuksia lapsille” [Finland]
Wolf Kankare “Kettujumala palelee”
Some stories barely need words, this is one of them.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
So, today I was supposed to get just one book from the library and somehow three more jumped into my hands?! >w<
Here they are!
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio
“Forty years ago, the legendary manga artist Moto Hagio reinvented the shōjo (girl's comics) genre with an ongoing series of whip-smart, psychologically complex, and tenderly poetic stories. Here now, in English for the very first time, as the debut release in Fantagraphics Books' ambitious manga line of graphic novels, are ten of the very best of these tales.
The work in A Drunken Dream and Other Stories spans Hagio's entire career, from 1970's "Bianca" to 2007's "The Willow Tree," and includes the mind-bending, full-color title story; the famously heartbreaking "Iguana Girl"; and the haunting "The Child Who Comes Home"–as well as "Autumn Journey," "Girl on Porch With Puppy," the eerie conjoined-twins shocker "Hanshin: Half-God," "Angel Mimic," and one of the saddest of all romance stories, "Marié, Ten Years Later."
A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is supplemental with a feature-length interview with Hagio, where discusses her art, her career, and her life with the same combination of wit, candor, and warmth that radiates from every panel of her comics.”
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Stuff I read in June:
Banana Yoshimoto “Kitchen” [Japan]
N.K. Jemisin “The Effluent Engine” [USA]
武内 直子 『美少女戦士セーラームーン』 vol. 7 (Naoko Takeuchi “Sailor Moon” vol. 7) [Japan]
Malinda Lo “Huntress” [USA]
John Chu “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” [USA]
All the stories I choose had LGBTQIA characters in honour of Pride Month. Unfortunately not all of them were pleasant to read...
Monday, July 6, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
My May reading is introduced to you by Green Cone! I read fewer books than usual for some reason...
- Kat Howard “The Universe, Sung in Stars” (a beautiful science fiction short story)
- Yoon Ha Lee “The Contemporary Foxwife” [USA, South Korea] (Author's note: “A music student on a space station befriends a lost foxwife. I may have spilled a lot of hazy memories of Korea all over this one.” It was so *adorable* :3)
- Соловей в клетке: антология женщин-писателей Центральной Азии - Nightingale in Cage: The anthology of Central-Asian women writers, In Russian and English [Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan]
- Kameron Hurley “The Corpse Archives” [USA] (a body horror / science fiction short story)
- JY Yang “Tiger Baby” [Singapore] (another wonderful short story about a woman who... might be a tiger)
- Santōka Taneda “Стихи и проза” [Japan]
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Sometimes you don't know you need something till you get it.
Writing is a solitary process. You scribble in the middle of the night, you daydream figuring out all the plot points and character development, you draw your characters, you edit... all of that alone.
And then you get stuck. And you try to find solutions to your plot problems but nothing seems to work. Or you lose inspiration and get distracted with non-writing things. Sure, reading interviews with writers or articles on writing is inspiring, it feels good and I often get ideas! But... I rarely do any actual writing afterwards... ^^'
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Whenever I have guests from Moscow I ask them, if possible, to bring some of my old books. Last time I counted my books – which was a year or two before I moved to Finland – I had ~260 books. I bought a few more after that, just a couple... Right now I managed to move about 100 of my old books, so we're far from done yet. ^^;
Here is what my father brought this time: