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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

259. Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O'Malley


Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness by Bryan Lee O'Malley. (Canada) - (US)
Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 3

Pages: 192
Ages: 16+
Finished: Sep. 23, 2012
First Published: May 24, 2006
Publisher: oni press
Genre: manga, Canadian author, fantasy, magical realism
Rating: 3/5




First sentence: "Oh man yeah!  You have to see them live."

Publisher's Summary:  "Ramona's 3rd evil ex-boyfriend, Todd Ingram, is currently dating the former love of Scott Pilgrim's life! Envy Adams broke Scott's heart a year and a half ago. Now she and her evil art-rock band are back, and they're getting Scott's band to open a show two days from now! That's just enough time for Scott to fight Todd, keep Ramona happy, fend off demented ex-girlfriends, and practice that new setlist. Right??"

Acquired: Borrowed a copy from my local library.

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.

Not a lot happens in this volume and I can't say I was all that entertained this time around.  A lot of the book is spent with Scott's friends hanging out with Envy's band and all the uncomfortable angst that brings about since Scott used to date Envy, Scott is now dating Ramona, Envy is talking trash to Ramona, Knives would like to kill Envy, Envy is dating Todd.  Todd used to date Ramona.  And Neil would like his date with Knives to work out tonight.  During this time as they all talk and sort of prepare for the gig that evening we are given flashbacks to Scott and Envy's highschool romance; it wasn't much.  She dumped him.

Then suddenly out of nowhere Scott goes nuts and decides it's time to fight evil boyfriend #3, Todd.  Right there and then only problem is he loses since Todd is vegan and has special vegan powers.  Well this leads to other stuff and the book finally ends with Scott (not so) looking forward to evil boyfriend #4.

I couldn't get into the book this time.  Ramona, who I like best, just didn't do much.  Scott is certainly not on any sort of track to improve himself at this stage and I think that would be wishful thinking on my part, by this point.  The fight scenes were really very dumb so I didn't even enjoy the video game aspect of it this time around.  I'm not trashing the book though.  It did keep the plot going, kept all the characters involved, had a few good one-liners and at the back of the book Bryan Lee O'Malley includes a small list of his favourite manga at the time.  I'd read one series already (Death Note, and loved it) so I looked up the others and found one to add to my "want to read" list Berserk by Kentaro Miura.

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