Wild Adapter 6
-- man, that one was dark. Kubota shoots to kill, anyone, including quite innocent people whose only crime consists of being in the wrong place. Tokitoh shoots to wound. This cannot end well, especially as the narratorial voice is on the side of the innocents. Will Kubo-chan turn into a full-fledged creepy controller? (Well no, not when he tells Koh 'If it turns out he left because he wanted to, you don't have to check out where he is.') Tune in next time.
I'm a bit puzzled by the time frame. It's all flashback, presumably: cf black borders; it's a month or so after the end of vol 1 (see the invite to Komiya's 49th day service), but someone says it's been a couple of years since Kubota left and it's kind of news that the fur on Tokitoh's hand is growing.
白龍十六夜伝/ Hakuryuu Izayoiden (Kamitani Yuu)
闇を継ぐもの/ Yami wo Tsugu mono (Kamitani Yuu)
吉祥ゲ淵 /Kisshou-ga-buchi (Kamitani Yuu)
-- Five years ago I read White Dragon and evidently got nowhere with it because I retained nothing, including the Oushin War setting. Tried another and found it so WTFy that I gave up. This time I grabbed a couple and read them and they made perfect sense, and none were the WTF school story one. Then I looked at the others and looked at the flyleaf and realized that WTF was the first in a loosely connected series, and I'd started this time with the last (a possible AU) and read backwards, so I already knew who the mysterious What-is-he was.
-- This a 'cleaning up the shelves of stuff that's been there unread since 1998. Ah nostalgia. Uchida Kazuna in her early days, back when I was actually there.
Kono Mazushiki Chijou ni/ この貧しき地上に (Sato Shio)
-- gotta say, it does resonate. Internal states made external and no resolution provided.
Hana_akari/ 花明かり (Nagaoka Yoshiko)
-- love and social entanglements among the Taishou wealthy. Also resonates in its early shoujo style. I see points where Nagaoka's pure-hearted art starts seguing into early Motohashi Keiko who is not pure at all.
Bakumatsu Mahoujin (Kobe Keiko)
-- Bookoff potluck. Fun WTFery.
--lovely manga still, slightly headbangy translation still. English doesn't fit well into so very Japanese a work.
Ai no Kusabi 3&4
Ink and Steel
--not my Marlowe, not really my Shakespeare, and not sure what most of the book was doing there in the first place. The plot is WE PLOT, and we screw a lot, and no one seems entirely flesh and blood.
The Magic World, E. Nesbit
--collection of short stories, and well enough
Jane and the Wandering Eye