Even though I have a literature degree and want to be a librarian, I’m not doing much good at reading serious books. Mostly at the moment, I read comedy, travel books, sci-fi, books for teens or graphic novels. Or usually, all of them at once. I read multiple things in tandem. I read, *all* the time.
So, this week’s topic is a pretty hard one for me. I can’t even remember all the things I’m in the process of actively reading. So, for simplicity’s sake, the one that is sitting open by the bed right now is the tenth book in the Deathnote manga series.
I bought issues 1-7 myself, but at $12-$15 each, it’s not super sustainable. Who knew that libraries all over Melbourne stock extensive Manga collections? My best recommendations are Darebin and Moreland libraries; City Library is too widely frequented by international students and they borrow all the good stuff faster than I can. Even still, in the North there’s often a wait. I finally got my hands on issues 8-12, joy!
Deathnote has spawned an Anime series and a live action movie, none of which I have watched yet… didn’t want to ruin the ending.
Deathnote is a Shonen Manga, aimed at men (as opposed to Shojo, for women). Shonen is my preference… shojo is boringly romance and sex oriented. Man, there’s some dirty story lines for little girls in the shojo world.
The Deathnote story involves a god of death (a shinagami, seen in super cute toy form, above) dropping a notebook onto earth. The notebook can be used to kill people by writing their names in it, and is found by a misguided kid who thinks he can cleanse the world of evil. He makes a pretty good very-bad-guy face by the end of the series…
Join in the ginger beer along! It’s totally what Spring needs.