A Bride’s Story is my favorite manga. I’m no expert on manga, but even if I read three volumes of Naruto a day, I’d probably still think A Bride’s Story was the best manga ever made. It’s beautiful. It’s sumptuous. It’s intimate. It’s–everything.
In this review series, I’ve been reading all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. In this post I’ll be going over Emperor Mage, the third book in the Immortals quartet.
This book is definitely my favorite out of this quartet–the lush setting, the complex intrigue that doesn’t bog down plot progression, and the wide range of animals make this an exemplary book, showing off the best of Daine and her companions. Emperor Mage takes Daine out of her comfort zone to the barren, troubled shores of Carthak. I promised in a previous post to talk about Carthak’s relationship to Egypt and whiteness in nobility, so let’s start with that.
Leading up to a new Tortall book coming out, I’m reading all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books and Tortall ephemera. In this post I’ll be reviewing the short stories “Elder Brother” and “The Hidden Girl.”
At the end of Wolf Speaker, Numair turns a man into a tree with a word of power. He mentions in that book that, as a result, somewhere else in the world a tree has become a man. “Elder Brother” is the story of that tree.
I’m reading the 19 Tortall books, as well as Tortall ephemera, before the 20th Tortall novel comes out this February. In this post I’ll be reviewing the second Immortals quartet book, Wolf Speaker.
In reading Alanna’s books, a lot of what I focused on was how Tamora Pierce’s writing and Alanna’s arc grew and matured over the course of the books. This book doesn’t fit that structure.
I felt…weirdly stuck, last week. I’d watched the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, but I didn’t feel I had anything to say about them. Overall, I felt like what I’d watched wasn’t really the show, which turned out to be accurate. Now that “Context is for Kings” has aired, I have a few more thoughts, the first of which is: why did we get that two-episode prologue?
SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP!
I Kickstarted Fresh Romance Volume 1 way back when it was under the auspices of Rosy Press. Now that the Fresh Romance IP has moved to Emet Comics, one might worry that its fun, romantic, diverse commitment might…change, or waver. Have no fear! Fresh Romance Volume 2 just shipped to Kickstarter backers in the bound volume, and came available to preorder to everyone else. It’s just as lovely as the first.
Leading up to the publication of Tamora Pierce’s 20th Tortall book, I’m rereading all of her works set in Tortall. In this edition of Revisiting Corus, I’m going over the fourth book in the Song of the Lioness quartet, Lioness Rampant.
Oof. Oof, oof, oof. Tamora Pierce knows how to pack a punch.
I am a Jem and the Holograms fan. I’ve dressed up as Jem (see my Twitter icon). I unironically enjoy the almost-too-cringeworthy-to-be-real 1980s cartoon, and so I’ve held off on watching the 2015 reboot film for…a long time. It never marketed itself well, and after it got pulled from theaters after only a few weeks, it wasn’t hard to just avoid seeing it. But the library had it, and I finally thought, why not? It may be so bad, it’s funny.