Pick of the Week: Hana-chan and the Picks of the Week
SEAN: There are a lot of debuts, any one of which I should be picking here. That said, the title I’m likely most interested in is the third and final volume of Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World, where the author of Baccano! and Durarara!! attempts to take Bleach’s ludicrously large supporting cast and do something interesting with them, and while he may not quite succeed, the attempt is certainly better than Tite Kubo’s was.
MICHELLE: I’m intrigued by Superwomen in Love! and am quite sure I will like Blue Giant, but I will pick Blue Flag this time. I really, really loved the first two volumes and it’s high time I got caught up!
ASH: There are so many great manga being released this week! In addition to the ones already mentioned, I’m also looking forward to getting my hands on the latest Junji Ito title, Lovesickness, as well as Shotaro Ishinomori’s SUPER SENTAI: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. My official pick this week goes to Hana-chan and the Shape of the World, though.
ANNA: There’s a lot that’s intriguing this week, but I’m with Michelle, I’m most enthusiastic about more Blue Flag.
MELINDA: There are a number of things I’m interested in this week, including all the aforementioned manga plus Our Not-So-Lonely Planet Travel Guide, but I’m with Ash this week. My pick has to be Hana-chan and the Shape of the World. It sounds just lovely.
By: Sean Gaffney
I'm creating a bookshelf mimic to go with my story "Bookshelf"
I just spent way too long on this shelf.
1 shelf down 2 shelves to go, and then i have to make a 4th shelf a mouth.
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Today’s book review is our book club pick for April. I didn’t enjoy it.
Really I had to push myself to finish it. It was just dull and unoriginal. The trend for millennial fiction is still going strong which means a lot of books are starting to look the same. The New Me doesn’t do anything interesting or add to the conversation.
As I see it, all you need to write a millennial novel is a 30-something single woman in a dead-end job with mental health issues. Nothing more. There was just a lack of depth to this story. It wasn’t an exciting narrative but there was no real character study either. I just don’t see the point.
The main character isn’t even awful enough to be interesting. She just moans a lot. And, I admit, there are things about the book that I can really relate to but it just drags on too long. I thought I’d enjoy this but I really didn’t.
I wonder if someone who didn’t know me at all came into my room who they think I’d be and what they’d be able to figure out about me
Like there’s worms on strings hanging in different areas (including a banner of them on my window and one named Benjamin who lives in a bird house I painted and one trapped in resin), there’s sticky notes with illegible ideas absolutely everywhere, there’s a bin in my closet filled to the top with panda stuffed animals, in my desk drawer is multiple unfinished masks including a pig face (which I swear I’ll finish technos mask one day), there’s a rock on my desk with “April 1st 2021 Olive Garden parking lot” written on it in sharpie, I can see 16 different frogs just from where I’m sitting and there’s definitely more, there’s a lockbox filled with paper cranes, the list never ends