Currently Watching: Moonlight Drawn By Clouds

You probably know by now that I love KDramas/Korean dramas. I usually watch the shorter ones which are generally 16 episodes or at the maximum 20. They tell an entire store in the 16/20 hours and I don’t have to worry about waiting for another season or whatnot. Also, in my not so humble opinion, the writing in Kdramas is most of the time far superior to Hollywood shows which inevitably fold and use cliches and stereotypes–even when they start off good. (The reason may be that Kdramas usually end before they get a chance to go bad thus missing the dreaded staleness that is inevitable after two or three years of regurgitating the same stuff.)

Anyway, I am currently watching…many dramas so I figured it’d be an interesting exercise for me to give tiny little evaluations as a somewhat educated person of the dramas I am watching.

Moonlit Drawn By Clouds

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I’ve watched the first two episodes of this and I cautiously like it. I mean, I adore Park Bo Gum (who doesn’t and what’s wrong with them?) but the female lead is only 16 and I was unsure if her youth would translate well into chemistry but as it turns out, I needn’t have worried. She more than holds her own and has a brand of charm that is uniquely hers. The premise of the drama is nothing we haven’t seen before: genderbender shenanigans when circumstances force the female protagonist to crossdress (in this case as a (an?) eunuch). Park Bo Gum plays a seemingly carefree prince which is quickly evident to be a facade he intentionally depends on so people underestimate the depth of his perception and ambition. The first two episodes are charming and promise a lot of fun. The cinematography is breathtaking and the writing, so far, is solid. As for the acting, well, it’s Park Bo Gum. I also like the side characters though I did eye the male second lead a bit cautiously. I could like him but not if he tries to separate the prince and his eunuch.

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The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

Woohoo.

I don’t know what the woohoo is for. I just felt like saying that. So. Um. Yeah. Reading report for the past week. I read..a lot. Many of the books I read were picturebooks so that accounts for the high number of books read. Others were MG novels and some I managed to finish after an age spent reading them. Here are the titles:

  1. Mighty Jack – Ben Hatke
  2. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Friday Barnes, Girl Detective – R. A. Spratt
  4. Look – Solmaz Sharif
  5. Goodnight, Firefly – Gabriel Alborozo
  6. Friday Barnes Under Suspicion – R. A. Spratt
  7. Journey – Aaron Becker
  8. The King and the Sea – Heinz Janisch
  9. Quest – Aaron Becker
  10. Vasilia the Beautiful – Anna Morgunova
  11. Sonya’s Chickens – Phoebe Wahl
  12. Strictly No Elephants – Lisa Mantchev
  13. Double Trouble – Atinuke
  14. The Land of Forgotten Girls – Erin Entrada Kelly
  15. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
    Yesss! I finished it. It nearly destroyed me with sadness but I finished it.
  16. Dreamers often Lie – Jacqueline West
  17. All Four Stars – Tara Dairman

So those were all the books I read last week. I am currently reading:

  1. Mayday – Gretchen Marquette
    A collection of poems that I may as well admit here are going over my head simply because I feel removed from everything she says. Or perhaps her style is not mine. Maybe I’m not a poetry kinda person. I don’t know.
  2. The Treasure of Maria Mamoun – Michelle Chalfoun
    I don’t know why it is taking me quite so long to get through this book. It’s MG and a fairly quick read but for some reason after the first quarter it has become significantly less gripping.
  3. The Disappearance of Ember Crow – Ambelin Kwaymullina
    This is a refreshing change from the usual North-American dystopian books. Should be a quick read also.
  4. Bone Queen – Alison Croggon
    Still enjoying this very much.
  5. Blackass – A. Igone Barrett
    I just started this so cannot really say much about it. I think I’m going to enjoy it though. At least I hope I will.

 

And that’s all folks. At least for another week. Cheers.

KDrama Check-In: Let’s Fight, Ghost/Bring It On Ghost

Bring it on Ghost

I’m going to assume that you, my dear Reader, watch Kdramas or at least have a working knowledge of them. If not, then I apologise, this may seem a wee bit esoteric.

If you have been watching Bring it On, Ghost or the literal translation of the Korean title which is Let’s Fight, Ghost(ess), you will have watched the last ten episodes with increasing skepticism. Kim So Hyun is doing a decent job and for once Ok Taecyon doesn’t want to make me hit stuff but their performances seem a bit wasted considering the writing of this drama.

The biggest obstacle to my enjoyment of this series is the lack of established rules where ghosts are concerned. I work on the premise that the ghosts in the drama will follow the universal (or okay, general) rule of incorporeal-ness and intangible-ness. And okay, I will suspend my disbelief and accept that Bong Pal (Taecyon’s character) is able to touch ghosts because that’s all I have been told.

What I don’t get and am most annoyed by is the inconsistency in Kin Hyun-Ji’s apparent ghostliness. If she is, indeed, a ghost, that usually means she is dead and for her to be tired or need sleep is a giant vat of hogwash. Her getting hurt or drunk or needing to be saved from another ghost–why couldn’t she just disappear in that episode under water? Or did being underwater curtail her disappearingness? Why was the other dude able to see her? Why does she get hungry?

The problem with this drama is that it hasn’t established any sort of ground rules where ghosts are concerned. And with the advent of the most ridiculous trope in the history of dramas, the noble idiot trope, where one person leaves the beloved person in order to save him/her from himself or herself, I confess my interest in this drama may be lagging. The only thing that keeps me watching is the mystery of that very creepy professor who seemed like a serial murderer in all the dramas I saw him in before and is only fulfilling my initial evaluation of his face. Hur.

The romance is…strangely palatable. This may be due to the fact that KSH is acting close to her age and does not have to act older though I have such faith in her skills that I don’t doubt she could have carried that off. It would have been interesting to see her behaving as an older woman stuck in a younger woman’s body kinda like Shim Eun Kang did in Miss Granny but oh well.

There are six more episodes left in this admittedly less than stellar drama. Let’s hope some questions get answered and we find out that Kim Hyun Ji is, as we have all suspected, lying in a coma somewhere waiting for her soul to return to her body.

Cheers.

The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

Time for a reading report, folks. I don’t have much else to say to be honest. It’s too hot to be loquacious.

Last week I read:

  1. The Safest Lies – Megan Miranda
    I enjoyed this mostly. Didn’t much care for the love interest though. I felt he was forgiven way too easily.
  2. Bera the One-Headed Troll – Eric Orchard
    I just wrote a review for this one. You will see it up on the book wars closer to release date or soon. Soon, let’s say soon.
  3. Kestrel’s Voyages – Misty Massey
    I wish someone would pick up this series. It’s so well written and a delight to read.
  4. Hey Coach – Linda Ashman
  5. If a T.Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party – Jill Esbaum
  6. Small Magics – Ilona Andrews
  7. Thrill Me – Benjamin Percy
  8. Bad Girls Throughout History – Ann Shen
  9. The Creepy Case of Margo Maloo – Drew Weing
  10. Death at Wentwater Court – Carola Dunn
  11. Cloudwish – Fiona Wood

I am currently reading:

  1. The Bone Queen – Alison Croggon
    Things are gaining momentum but I’m still only a 100 pages or so in. A long way to go.
  2. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
    Yeah, I haven’t been brave enough to continue this collection. Maybe soon.
  3. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    I read this out loud to myself which is why it’s taking me a while. It’s a very sombre read and makes me think often angry thoughts about the hegemonic group.
  4. The Treasure of Maria Mamoun – Michelle Chalfoun
    Hm. I’m only 46 pages in so cannot really say much about it.
  5. Look: Poems – Solmaz Sharif
    This is very dense, very complex, and very angry.
  6. My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand
    This is so FUNNEH. I am about 20 pages in and enjoying it very much.

To read in the coming week:

Whatever I feel like. *cheese*

The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

I realized, belatedly, that Saturday is almost gone and I have yet to write my reading report for the week so here I am. These are the books I read last week:

  1. Point of Honour – Madeline E. Robins
    Yep, now I have another series I am reading. This was really good and I enjoyed it immensely.
  2. So Much for that Winter – Dorthe Nors
    Two novellas in this volume. More in my review on book wars.
  3. Missy Piggle Wiggle and the Whatever Cure – Ann M. Martin
    More on this in a review.
  4. Other-Wordly – Yee-Lum Mak
    Gorgeous book is gorgeous.
  5. Magic Stars – Ilona Andrews
  6. They All Saw a Cat – Brendan Wenzel
  7. The Wish Tree – Kyo Maclear
  8. Dreaming Death – J. Kathleen Cheney

I am currently reading:

  1. Bad Girls Throughout History – Ann Shen
    This is excellent so far and I’m looking forward to more awesome things.
  2. Thrill Me – Benjamin Percy
    I’m learning lots but I feel like it’s a bit too long so I’m hoping it will end soon. Ha. Should finish by the end of this week.
  3. Nettle King – Katherine Harbour
    The third one in the Night and Nothing series and I’m not sure what to expect but I’m certainly hoping for the best.
  4. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    I’m really liking this so far.
  5. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
    So I finally mustered up courage to read another story and he broke my heart. AGAIN. Damnit Ken Liu. I can’t handle the pain.
  6. The Bone Queen – Alison Croggon
    It’s Alison Croggon. What can I say?

To read in the coming week:

These books and some excellent graphic novels. I’m super excited.

July Book Haul

An unexpected windfall. Here are the books I got in July, some were for review, others were purchased.

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Not pictured: ebooks

  1. The Bird and the Sword – Amy Harmon
  2. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
  3. Crossed – Eliza Crewe

July Wrap-Up

July just whirled past us with all the grace of a grey elephant (not that elephants are any other colour). Here are the deets:

In July, I read 29 books. Of these:

  • 13 were from the TBR
  • 16 were from the library.
  • 6 of the 29 were e-books.

I acquired 18 books this month. Of these:

  • 4 are ebooks.
  • 4 I have already read.
  • 8 were for review.
  • I purchased 10.

The TBR pile stands (sadly) at 500 (not including ebooks, let’s not include those).

Books I read in July:

  1. From the Charred Remains – Susanna Calkins
  2. The Rose Garden – Susanna Kearsley
  3. Saga vol. 3. – Fiona Staples
  4. Saga vol. 4 – Fiona Staples
  5. Saga vol. 5 – Fiona Staples
  6. Bonfire Night – Deanna Raybourn
  7. Grief is the Thing With Feathers – Max Porter
  8. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire – Rosamund Hodge
  9. Gotham Academy vol. 2: Calamity – Becky Cloonan
  10. 100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le
  11. Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
  12. Waistcoats and Weaponry – Gail Carriger
  13. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
  14. The Bird and the Sword – Amy Harmon
  15. Manners and Mutiny – Gail Carriger
  16. Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley
  17. salt. – Nayyirah Waheed
  18. Clean Sweep – Ilona Andrews
  19. Sweep in Peace – Ilona Andrews
  20. The Summer of Ubume – Natsuhiko Kyogoku
  21. The Art of Perspective – Christopher Castellani
  22. Home – Sarah Prineas
  23. Nobody’s Baby But Mine – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  24. The Masque of a Murderer – Susanna Calkins
  25. The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
  26. The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan
  27. Ink and  Bone – Lisa Unger
  28. Point of Honour – Madeleine E. Robins
  29. Devil and the Bluebird- Jennifer Mason-Black