Are arguing a position and occasional outright ranting (usually in writing) and reading (which is why I believe academia is my vocation).
Anyway, I did quite the bookstore run today. I returned the Del Rey manga to Barnes & Noble in Ledgewood this afternoon, and then this evening, I returned home briefly (and spent a few minutes painting my mother's nails for her), picking up Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson off of the bargain table at the Bridgewater Barnes & Noble on the way. Heading back to Long Valley, I stopped at the Bridgewater Borders before getting onto Route 287...and to my absolute shock, they had TOTALLY rearranged the store! Higher shelves mean more floorspace, and the feeling has changed from book forest to book canyon.
Yes, I finished up the manga before returning them. Bad Kethylia! :P
Tsubasa Vol.5-6 by CLAMP
Ironically enough, I've read up to Vol.6 in the Japanese version. But then I gave up. Why? Because the title strikes me as the most insincere CLAMP title ever. Worse even than Chobits. Tsubasa is a market animal, a stock shounen plot a la Inu-Yasha in every way, with the only thing to draw the old-timers in the possibility that their favorite characters from *another* series might make an appearance. Not to mention that I figure the title will continue for a little bit longer only than it remains popular with the Japanese readers. In any case, Vol.5 concludes the Country of Jade arc (*gasp* Sakura sees ghosts, too, Watanuki!) and begins the Outo arc. In Outo, we discover that Syaoran is blind in one eye (What??? Again!?) and that his mentor was Seishiro. Seishiro sure does get around with the little boys, doesn't he? ^^;; At least Del Rey's translation and endnotes make this English release a relatively polished one. Oh, and am I the only one who wants to do serious bodily harm to Fai? He's of the cheerful CLAMP type, but thus far, there just isn't enough going on underneath...