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I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

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The Haunting of Hill House
Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller
Due or Die
Jenn McKinlay
Progress: 128/273 pages
Making Arrangements
Rosefox
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Princess Prince
Tomoko Taniguchi
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Peter Godfrey-Smith
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FREE: Locke & Key
Tatiana Maslany, Audible Studios, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodríguez, Kate Mulgrew, Haley Joel Osment, Full Cast
Progress: 91/806 minutes

Alice in the Country of Joker: The Nightmare Trilogy: Afternoon Dream (vol. 2) story by QuinRose, art by Job, translated by Angela Liu

Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 2: Afternoon Dream - Yobu, QuinRose, Angela Liu

Alice feels awkward after Nightmare confesses that he loves her. He's behaving normally and hasn't even asked her out, while she's desperately trying to keep him from telepathically peeking into her head and seeing how he affects her. She learns about a mysterious locked book in his library that's supposed to show you whatever you want to see. She finally manages to open it, and

it shows her a painful real world memory. Meanwhile, others have heard about the book and Alice's connection to the Hatter family and are after her.

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Extras: An Alice in the Country of Hearts short with Nightmare, and then an Alice in the Country of Clover short with Blood.

This trilogy is frustrating. The first volume was filled with what felt like filler stories. The second volume is suddenly all about some book that was never even hinted at in the first volume. Alice remembers her tutor but doesn't seem twisted up by his physical similarity to Blood. Instead, she's all upset about

having once crossed the word “nightmare” out in her sister's dictionary. It might hurt Nightmare's feelings! ::eyeroll::

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The romance is meh, and I still hate the artwork. Job does okay with larger panels but apparently can't be bothered to draw/ink more neatly in smaller ones.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)