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Finally Watched It: Handmaid’s Tale Season One

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In a dystopian future, any fertile woman is trained to be a handmaid and bear children for the upper classes of America.

Before anyone asks, yes I have read the book. And like the book, this pissed me off more than I thought it would.

The show is good. I like the way the story is told by showing you the present and then how our characters came to be where they are. The acting is top notch; basically all the stuff the critics have been saying is spot on so it’s hard to find new things to talk about.

For me, I had a special connection to the music. I think the songs chosen are a great mix of genres and fit with the show. I can see myself buying the soundtrack.

I do have to say though, this is not something I think I can re-watch. What you’re seeing is so rage inducing or heart breaking; I don’t want to watch it more than once despite binging the season like an addict and immediately running to the internet after to find information about the next season. I love it but I hate it.

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Lenni Reviews: “Tokyo Ghoul” vol 12 by Sui Ishida

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With cafe Anteiku in the Investigator’s cross-hairs, it’s all out war as Ken and his friends fight for their lives. Added in is some backstory on Investigator Juzo; a kid treated like a toy and a lab rat before being picked up by the Investigator organization.

A good chunk of this volume is the calm before the storm set up to show how much the players have to lose and tug at your heartstrings since a lot of them will likely die. With that kind of set up, I expected a lot more casualties in this installment. But the battle is left on a cliffhanger. Of course it’s no shock Ken is down to protect Anteiku and his friends.

Somehow, I bet Rize will get involved in this before the dust settles. A lot of time has been spent establishing her existence so it would be foolish to have that plot thread dangle with nothing to show for it. What we see here is awesome and what’s next is sure to be great. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Ajin: Demi Human” vol 9 by Gamon Sakurai

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Sato’s killing spree continues as the assault on this supposedly high security building and Kei’s plan falter. It seems Sato will follow through with eliminating everyone on his kill list despite all opposition.

I gotta hand it to this series. All the powers these demi-humans possess are explored to every potential use, in a lot of ways I never would have thought of. This makes Sato really terrifying. He just has no fucks to give but his endgame seems a little sloppy. I mean, starting a war where it would just end up giving more demi-humans a chance to use their powers against him and for humans to eventually neutralize them? I think he’s just out to cause chaos at this point and I say this because (spoilers a bit here) when his ally, Tanaka, saves a woman on Sato’s kill list and tells him “It’s wrong to kill her. Don’t do it.” Sato just goes “Okay!” and moves on. Why would he do that? Why all of a sudden just capitulate to some random change of heart from a person who he could – and would –  turn on at any moment?

At any rate, epic battle with a good conclusion. I’m looking forward to the next one. 4.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Angel Fever” by May Ridge

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-poted at Otakus and Geeks.

Malachi is the most talented male angel healer in a generation but despite his inflated ego about his talents, one thing still bothers him. Mal is an orphan and he’s on the search for his mother. He returns to his childhood orphanage and the current priest working there, Tobias, tells him that despite it not being exactly within the rules, he will let Mal look at his records. However, it seems this mother’s name is missing. As they dig deeper, Mal and Tobias discover a dark secret hidden among the priests which will put both their lives in danger.

The whole thing could have been an interesting longer book but as a short story; it feels rushed. If given more time, the world could have had more time to build and thusly would have been better understood. The relationship between Mal and Tobias would have had more time to develop so they have real chemistry instead of just a line drop about how they’ve been working together for two months. A concept with potential but not enough room to grow, I give this a 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Happiness” vol 4 by Shuzo Oshimi

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Makoto and Yuuki meet up with Nora but Nora is only interested in helping Makoto. Newly turned and unstable, Yuuki hides with his girlfriend, Nao. Yukiko is determined to find and help them but Makoto remains with Nora to try and help her regain her humanity.

Nora and Yukiko are my favorites so far. Nora isn’t totally brooding as there is this innocence about her that’s really genuine. At the same time, she’s tough and brutally decisive. Yukiko just wants to do the right thing and cure Makoto so she can get her friend back. I’m concerned about her fate as Yuuki is destroying everything around him so it’s only a matter of time before he gets to her.

I am glad I picked up this series. Oshimi is the main reason I bought this because I loved the Flowers of Evil series and this series keeps to that trippy, otherworldliness from its predecessor. I am really enjoying this. 4 out of 5.

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Finally Watched It: “Class”

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I’m a fan of Dr. Who so obviously, this spinoff piqued my interest. Centering around a group of high school students dealing with some very Whovian misadventures, this series is fun to watch, well written, and decently acted. I like the characters and the stories are fun but there’s something about it that makes it cool but not as cool as Dr. Who.

Speaking as a fan, I say give this show a shot since I am glad I watched it. For me, I felt it was a better use of my time to wait till a few episodes had passed and watch a few all at once while I was working out or something. I didn’t feel that driving NEED to plunk down for the premiere of each one as it airs. Would I be down for a second season? Absolutely. I can see real potential in this show.

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Running Update: Wierd Body… Things…

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If you’re following me on Instagram, you know that I did my first run since my surgery. Interestingly enough, this hasn’t been happening (as far as I know) until after the lovely drama I was stupid enough to put myself through so I felt the need to throw up a post about it.

Also, I cannot stress this enough… I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IN ANY WAY AND THIS IS MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THE GODS; GO TO THE DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE REAL CONCERNS!!!!!

This used to happen a lot back when I was a teenager and LOVED gym and I was taking karate. I would get these little… Bubble… THINGS. They would pop up in my cleavage and under my breasts; basically between whatever skin was smashed together with the most powerful sports bra I could find. Come to find out through some searching that they are called water blisters.

I bet you’re wondering why I’m bothering to post about this if I found the answer, right? Well, the articles and forum discussions I kept finding mentioned tanning as part of what could be causing the damage and from the areas where this is happening, this is NOT the case. I don’t tan. I don’t have time to tan and certainly don’t have the time or the flexibility to tan where I’m getting these things.

…Ok MAYBE the flexibility but that’s none of your business… 😉

Obviously, if I’m on the treadmill INSIDE with a t-shirt, sun is not a factor. I get these from pure heat and friction and no, they don’t hurt me in the slightest. The articles say they hurt or burn and I haven’t noticed either. All I have is that creepy feeling of “WHAT THE FUCKING HELL IS ON MY SKIN?!!” I feel the need to fill in these sort of knowledge gaps with my own experience so in case someone out there is having the same problem and happens upon this blog; perhaps it will help them, too.

As for how I deal with them? Well… I kinda just leave them alone. I don’t go out of my way to pop them or baby them with blister pads or anything like that. I go about my normal day and they go away on their own. Mine tend to be very tiny; if I didn’t happen upon them post workout; I wouldn’t even know they were there. Unlike the mondo blood blisters I got on my feet when I did my first virtual race, if I don’t see them, I have no clue they exist. I haven’t the slightest clue how to prevent these; since the advice on the links I found kept referencing the sun; which is not a factor. So far, leaving them be is the way to go for now.

If I learn anything else, I will ABSOLUTELY post it. I am NOT a doctor; I am just speaking to my own experience in the blind hope it may help someone one day. And although the all caps warning is up there, seriously go to the doctor if this is something that’s really bothering you. If you read this blog regularly or click on the link about my surgery, I can tell you from personal experience that it does not pay to tough it out and deal on your own. You wanna have a dermatologist check you out? Just DO it and don’t you dare feel silly or weak for doing so.

Now that the rant is over with, I’m gonna count all my blessings that I am still alive and I’m here to blab about silly things like boobie blisters. People talk about being grateful to be alive and… Every minute I am so glad to be here and posting about running, and books, and librarian nonsense… And gay and lesbian porn. That’s obviously the most important.

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Lenni Reviews: “Wounded Pride” by Remmy Duchene and B.L. Morticia

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

Brian Daystar is celebrating the opening of his youth center for at-risk kids but notices a considerable lack of support from his country music star boyfriend, Corey. When Corey finally bothers to call Brian, he’s drunk and not alone. Deciding to end it, Brian takes a vacation to New York to face Corey while staying with Renford Kline; a retired attorney considering becoming a law professor. Brian is attracted to Renford but Ren’s experience with men has never gone beyond college experimenting. Both are attracted but Brian’s past traumas and Ren’s reluctance to get feelings involved may keep them from the happily ever after they have been wishing for.

First off? Ren, 39 isn’t ‘old man’ territory. I could see if he was pushing 55 (seeing as he’s retiring) but, no.

This is one of those romances where you think there would be more time spent on building the relationship between the main pair before they hop into bed but nope. Not really a criticism on my part; just saying the writing and tone made me expect that. As is, the flaw in this standard romance cycle is I feel some of the character elements could have been explored more; like Brian’s pretty dark past and Redford’s previous attraction to women. It doesn’t make the book bad at all. In fact, I find it sweet and the smutty bits are written well. But those deep personal issues could have used more attention. A fun romp even if I was left a bit wanting; 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga” by Gengoroh Tagame and Chip Kidd

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After reading My Brother’s Husband, I decided to give a look into Tagame’s other works. I thought I would find more things as sweet and ‘dawww‘ worthy as that book. What I found was decidedly different. And by ‘different’ I mean hardcore porn. There’s just wang and butts everywhere.

This book is a collection Tagame’s short comics from various publications. It includes:

  • Hairy Oracle
  • Arena
  • Exorcism
  • Country Doctor
  • Standing Ovations
  • Missing
  • Class Act

These stories range from sweet but xxx rated to flat out S&M bondage and rape. Each story does come with some commentary from the creator about the story; which was very interesting to read. It puts each one in some context. I did notice that the one story closest to what I would call a romance (Hairy Oracle) was the one written specifically for a women’s publication as opposed to the more graphic stories containing non-con.

As shocked as I was, I liked seeing different body typed and a unique art style. Most yaoi features whispy pretty bois but the men here are bulky and hairy (similar to a bear). I refuse to judge this by my own tastes concerning smut like this because everyone has their kink and these comics are targeted to a very specific audience. While I personally have some issues with rape fetishes (gay, straight, or otherwise), and I don’t care if its’ a spoiler but there’s some deification in this and I feel the need to warn potential readers; I can’t bash the book for that. It wouldn’t be fair to the work as a whole. I have to give this a solid 3.7 as a collection but I was MUCH more entranced by My Brother’s Husband.

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Back to the Day Job!

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Today is my first day back to the library and I it’s pretty cool to see how many people were glad to see me back. As much of a fantasy it is to stay at home and get paid to do nothing, I’d rather at least make good use of my existence and get back to work.

You would think that it would be surreal for me to be back after so long but after sorting through the piles of work left for me, I fell back into my grove without so much as a misstep.

As a librarian, I don’t have to lift or pull very much so I haven’t noticed any sort of strain around where my incisions were. Even after all these weeks there is still some soreness when I twist a certain way but I am mostly back to normal. I can eat regular food (even some spicy) and while I’m not running yet, I am power walking when I workout. I did ask around in some forums and they gave me some advice about wearing compression garments but I’m not sure I want to make the investment in them if I won’t be needing them in a couple weeks. Are they really worth it in the long run? Maybe? Since I’m uncertain, I haven’t bought them.

I am anxious to get back to running. I don’t to lose all that work I put in.

Another thing  I noticed post op is my appetite has gone down. I don’t think the doctor took out a large portion of my stomach (something I probably should have asked but didn’t think of it) but when I started to ease back into normal food, I made what I normally make and found myself with plenty of leftovers. I am NOT complaining; it is just something I noticed and maybe others noticed it too.

I lost 10 pounds when I was in the hospital and I plan to ride that momentum and lose more if I can. One of the things I had going for me in the first place is before the ulcer, I was healthy. I have perfect blood pressure, good cholesterol levels, I obviously workout (since I’ve been blithering on about it), and I like eating healthy foods (aside for the occasional indulgence). There’s never a good time to wind up with emergency surgery but keeping myself in good health was an absolute factor in my recovery. I was up and walking around much faster and I very rarely needed the pain killers they gave me (which is funny since it was painkillers that caused this in the first place…).

Since I am back at work, I will be resuming my workout schedule; albeit much less strenuous than before. Hopefully it won’t take too long to get back up to the pace I was before all this went down.

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