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Not pictured: sooooooooooo many X-Men comics. My interest waned a bit during the Onslaught crossover event, but I got my mojo back in a big way last week. I tore through a ton of UNCANNY and X-MEN, and plus the first Wolverine miniseries. (I decided to backtrack and read everything, because apparently I need the X-Men to take over my life for another year.)
I also finished TELL YOU WHAT: GREAT NEW ZEALAND NONFICTION 2016 all in a rush because Scribd emailed me to say the publisher planned to remove it from their catalogue in two days' time. Eep! Luckily, the remaining essays were every bit as wonderful as the ones I'd already read and I had no trouble staying focused on it. I can't recommend this anthology highly enjoy, though I fear it'll be tough for non-kiwis to find going forward; it's also gone from Freading, and I'm not sure what sort of non-antipodean distribution Auckland University Press has. At least the Kindle edition is under $10.
The person who borrowed volume three of A SILENT VOICE before I could nab it off the shelf returned it early, just as I hoped they would, and last Sunday I settled in to binge on what I thought were the final four volumes.
I had myself a glorious, heartwrenching time of it, only to discover a "continued in volume seven" caption at the bottom of what appeared to be the Robin-McKinley-esque final panel. Horrors! I've asked the library to buy the actual finale, and I dearly hope they do so quickly.
This is yet another series I'll be recommending to every sighted person going forward--with a hefty trigger warning, since it deals with bullying, ableism, and suicide. Oima is concerned with how people of all ages behave when they don't have the tools to view their peers as people, and while I wouldn't say she provides a roadmap to greater understanding she definitely encourages reader and character alike to consider the wider implications of their actions. There are no easy answers or step-by-step programs here; just an opportunity to reflect and perhaps gain some impetus to dismantle social systems that encourage prejudice. And it's all wrapped up in an amazing, emotionally-charged story.
Be prepared for a major cliffhanger at the end of volume five, too. If you've become invested in the series, don't even think of proceeding without volume six on hand. I'm serious. I'd planned to finish the series over breakfast on Monday, but Oima made it absolutely impossible for me to quit.