Deeplight and Other June 2020 Reads
It was crunch time at work last month, so most of the reading I did were lighter -- I stuck mostly to manga.
Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo
I saw a post on Tumblr about Spy x Family and became really interested in the premise. A spy is assigned a mission to infiltrate the reclusive life of a political figure in a rival country, and in order to do so, he must set up a disguise as a family man. He sets out to find a fake daughter and a fake wife. The daughter he adopts from a shady orphanage turns out to be a telepath, and the woman with whom he arranges to be in a marriage of convenience turns out to be an assassin. Isn't that such a wonderful premise, ripe with dramatic irony?
The first volume was available on Kobo, and I was hooked after reading it! I signed up for a subscription on Viz, where they upload all of the translated chapters, and I have not read a single one that didn't live up to this manga's comedic reputation. Highly recommended!
Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
I mentioned before how much I love Frances Hardinge's works, so I've been looking forward to reading this book since I first heard about it last year. In Deeplight, readers are brought to a fantastical world where monstrous sea-creatures are treated as gods and goddesses. Thirty years prior to the start of the book, the gods and goddesses turned against each other until they were wiped out. Hark, our protagonist, is an orphan trying to survive in one of the islands. He is recruited to be an assistant to a researcher of these dead monsters.
I really liked this book, although it's not one of my favourites from Hardinge. I still think it's a solid book, and it features many of the things I've come to love and expect from her stories -- self-discovery, loneliness, dealing with difficult family, and quiet hope.
Soul Eater Vol. 3 by Atsushi Ohkubo
In this volume of Soul Eater, we are treated to more of Black Star and Tsubaki. We learn a bit more about their backstory and how they became partners. Since I'm interested more in Maka and Soul, I was a little disappointed to find that they were not featured as prominently in this volume.
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1-2 by Hiromu Arakawa
After re-watching Brotherhood, I couldn't get enough FMA so I began to reread the manga as well. I consider Arakawa to be a masterful storyteller, but looking at the manga again, I realize she's also as wonderful an artist. Her panels are incredibly easy to understand, and her characters' expressions and gestures are all very expressive.