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I'm a well read technosexual who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.   

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Mojo: Conjure Stories
Tobias S. Buckell, Neil Gaiman, Jarla Tangh, Jenise Aminoff, Gregory Frost, Barth Anderson, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Sheree Renee Thomas, Marcia Douglas, devorah major, Nisi Shawl, Gerard Houarner, Nnedi Okorafor, Luisah Teish, Andy Duncan, Eliot Fintushel, A.M. Dellamonica, S
Progress: 64/352pages
Releasing Rage (Cyborg Sizzle Book 1)
Cynthia Sax
Progress: 20%
Fairy Tail, Vol. 10
Hiro Mashima, William Flanagan
Progress: 74/210pages
A Mad Zombie Party
Gena Showalter
Progress: 29/448pages
Mothering Sunday: A Romance
Graham Swift
Progress: 8/177pages
Trish out of Water Vol. 1
Studio Parlapa, Ruben Curto, Giuseppe Cafaro, Mirka Andolfo, Vince Hernandez
Progress: 39/120pages
Evil Empire Vol. 1
Max Bemis, Mike Getty, Andrea Mutti
Progress: 15/116pages
Steven Universe Vol. 2
Rebecca Sugar, Coleman Engle, Jeremy Sorese
Ninjasaur
Jason Horn
Curb Stomp
Ryan Ferrier, Devaki Neogi Kiran
Progress: 17/115pages

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Fairy Tail, Vol. 01 - Hiro Mashima, William Flanagan

So, I bought this Humble Bundle.   Which means I have about fifty volumes, including spinoffs.  And man, do I hope they get better!   This was by no means terrible, but the art was subpar, and just plain weird sometimes.   I'm not talking about the way that things are exaggerated to be emotive, as happens in many manga.   (Full Metal Alchemist did this, and it was done skillfully; the weirdness I'm talking about is odd postures and over exaggeration, even for the manga style.)  So let's get this out of the way: I find the art in Fairy Tail to be the weakest point in this manga.   In fact, I find it incredibly off-putting.   The forms - the way the women look - are just off enough for me to find it incredibly distracting. 

 

I am into the characters and the world, enough so that I devoured this volume.   However, I find the dragon, Igneel, who never shows to be fascinating given that his background seems unusual.   (Not much time is spent on him, but the reactions to this revelation show that it's not common.)   Unfortunately, I found the mystery of Igneel to be one of the most interesting aspects - and something that isn't dealt with in this volume.    What is dealt with is Lucy's magic, and her Gate Keys, and the celestial spirits she can call upon. I'm very interested in seeing where this goes. 

 

I do find this interesting enough to continue, but I can't say for sure whether or not I'll end up loving the series.   A lot of this was setup, and I don't have a great feel for the world or characters.   If something isn't horrible, I tend to be overly nice during the first volume or so: maybe the author had a shaky start, and I know how rough that can be for ongoing series, so I'd take what I'm saying with a grain of salt.   

 

For now, I'll continue.   If I get bored, or find this to be poorly done after more volumes, there's a chance I'll take a hiatus or stop reading this all together.