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Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Brown
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Cat Dreams by Urusla K. Le Guin and S. D. Schindler (illustrator)
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Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Duma Key by Stephen King
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
Gravitation Volume 2 by Maki Murakami
Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Tom Siddell
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16) by Mary Pope Osborne
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit? by Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur
Henry's 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson
Hip Cat by Jonathan London
Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs by Joyce Slayton-Mitchell
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak
Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint
The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
No Mad by Sam Moffie
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Pharaoh's Flowers by H. Nigel Hepper
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Private Eye by Albert E. Cowdrey
Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Salmon Doubts by Adam Sacks
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
Snowfall by Jessie Thompson
Songwood by Marc Laidlaw
Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder
Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House #17) by Mary Pope Osborne
What Pete Ate from A to Z by Maira Kalman
When Cats Dream by Dav Pilkey

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Comments for Gravitation Volume 2

Gravigation Volume 2 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Gravitation Volume 2: 03/24/10

I read Gravitation Volumes 1 and 2 by Maki Murakami over last summer. I got the first one reviewed quickly, although I stalled on posting my review until December. The second volume's review slipped my mind.

Volume 2 intensifies the goofy relationship between Shuichi and Yuki to somewhere between bizarre and unsettling. Stockholm syndrome crossed my mind in a few places. See Shuichi is perpetually emotional and he ping pongs between two extremes, hating and craving Yuki.

Meanwhile things are wrapping up at the school but Hiro is at odds between his commitment to the band and his studies. He's looking at med school but he really needs to study.  At the same time, the band has a chance of being something too.

I have volumes three and four to read still. Of the manga series I've read, Gravitation isn't sticking with me as well as the others: specifically Bleach and Nana. I think there's just so much going on at once at a such a frenetic pace that I'm having trouble keeping up.

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Comment #1: Thursday, March, 25, 2010 at 16:51:54

Amanda Gignac

Stockholm? I guess I don't know anything about this series - is he kidnapped or something?



Comment #2: Friday, March 26, 2010 at 11:28:56

Pussreboots

No, not kidnapped... just in an unhealthy relationship. The "humor" of this series is tied up in one or the other of the men insisting he's not interested in the other. Whomever is demanding affection in that scene will literally throw himself on the other. One of the men is a young twenty-something who acts much older than his age and the other is a high school student who often times acts much younger than his age. The older of the two is also the more physical of the two and does on occasion take advantage of that. It makes for some squicky scenes. I have two more volumes to read but I'm not sure I'll keep going after that.