Sunday, June 01, 2008

Read in May

After April's epic total, it was probably inevitable that May would fall off. But I didn't expect that I'd spend a week in Florida at Wiley's Sales Meeting -- we don't have "Conferences" at Wiley, we have "Meetings" -- and not get anything read at all. So this month started off pretty sparse...
Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto, Vol. 10 (5/11)
The preliminaries for the third part of the ninja advancement exams finally end, with some serious injuries. Then there's the revelation of the brackets for that third part, and then, in typical ninja-comic fashion, everyone is told to spend a month training, because they'll need it. (And it still doesn't feel like padding to me; this is the speed Kishimoto is telling his story, and there's always something happening on each page.) Also, Naruto meets the "Pervy Sage" towards the end of this book -- a character I'm very glad my sons haven't yet asked me to explain.
Mashashi Kishimoto, Naruto, Vol. 11 (5/16)
This volume is entirely taken up with training, in which Naruto actually learns something. (He is stubborn, and never gives up, but he also has atrocious study skills and often the attention span of a gnat -- so much of the time he's more bluster than action.) And, at the very end, he's squaring off against his opponent in the big match to level up.
And that was May. Please enjoy these lovely Amazon boxes as parting gifts...

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