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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Sunday, November 25, 2012

301. Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan V.11 by Hiroshi Shiibashi

Torii Labyrinth by Hiroshi Shiibashi (US) - (Canada)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, V.11

Pages: 192
Ages: 13+
Finished: Nov. 3, 2012
First Published: Oct. 2, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: manga, fantasy, shounen, YA
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "Second heir... I thought... I was faithfully... following your words..."

Publisher's Summary:  "The Nura clan and their allies encounter a forest of torii gates on their way to find Hidemoto's lost seals. There, Rikuo and the others find themselves at the mercy of a yokai capable of using the thousand torii gates to form a massive, deadly labyrinth. Awashima falls prey to the labyrinth and is transported to another dimension, diminishing their numbers. Awashima will have to battle a mysterious and powerful yokai before attempting to escape."

Acquired:  Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

The Nura clan finally reaches Kyoto and encounters many adversaries.  This volume is full of battle scenes and doesn't advance the plot all that much except to get them oriented in the right direction for their next plan of action.  Finding the lost seals seems to be the important goal to defeating Hagoromo-Gitsune.  The addition of Hidemoto, an heir from 400 years ago in the past is an exciting development.  I read the volume quickly as it was a lot of battles, which are not my favourite part of shounen.  I like the action, but they go on for way too many pages and I find them hard to follow.  So not the best volume, but the ending is intense and sets the scene for the next volume.

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