Meetings are the bane of my existence.

I’ve been reading a lot recently, relatively speaking. Unfortunately, aside from Leslie’s theological notes, it’s all fluff.

Angels Flight (Detective Harry Bosch Mysteries)
By Michael Connelly
I have this awful problem of being unable to not read something. Like every issue of Newsweek, I have to at least skim through every article. Sometimes I have to sit down and commit a few hours to catching up on missed articles. I have no idea why I’m like this, but it’s absolutely exhausting.

Anyway, PJung gave me this book to read a long time ago and I’ve had it since and I never got rid of it just because I can’t stand the idea of giving away a book I haven’t read. It’s absurd. I had no interest in the book at all, but I had to keep it to read.

So I finally said I’m tired of having this book around, I’m just gonna read it. It was all right, not great, the ending was kinda weak, but whatever, I’m done with this book.

Rurouni Kenshin
By Nobuhiro Watsuki
As you may or may not know, they’ve been releasing the Rurouni Kenshin manga in English. Interestingly, they read from right to left as in Asia, probably because flipping it would mess up a lot of the graphics, like the kanji on Sano’s back. Anyway, I bought the first 5 and have been reading them and I was reminded what a great story it is. Differences between the cartoon are interesting also.

Hmm, probably most people dunno what Kenshin is, but yeah, it’s this anime about this swordsman. I’ve only loved 2 anime series in my life, one of them not even real anime, those being Robotech and Rurouni Kenshin; both of them have deeply affected my life. I’m not even joking, Rurouni Kenshin is beneficial for your Christian walk. Everyone should see it, it’s really good. Like one vacation I brought the DVDs home to Houston to watch and my dad got so hooked he watched all the season 1 episodes twice, once with dubbing, once with subtitles. Don’t watch with the English dubbing, by the way. It sucks. Anyway, lemme know if you wanna watch, I’d like to watch them all again. Stop watching those bad Korean dramas with incestuous themes and watch the good stuffs.

By Stan Lee / Steve Ditko
I got my hands on ecopies of all the Spider-Man comics and they’re fascinating reads. I always thought of Spider-Man as a modern superhero, what with his compartmentalized identities, guilt and angst, and everyday concerns. But the comic came out in the 60s, so reading it’s weird, it’s a time warp, what I consider a modern character in a faraway time. There are regular references to the draft, Kruschev and Mao Tse-Tung. And weirdo 60s talk, like they call everyone “Dad”.

Anyway, it’s a good comic, although I forgot how absurd comics are, like, aliens figure in regularly in the plot and no one ever thinks anything of it. “Oh, these are aliens who came to takeover Earth. I should have known.” Not like the grown-up mentality of comics today, which are absurd in a different way.

But yeah, with this and like X-Men, it was interesting to me how all the main themes were established really early on in the series, decades ago. I guess certain ideas are relatively timeless.


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