My Monthly Wrap-Up | October 2021

Hello ladies & gentlemen,

The month has come to an end and it’s time to do a quick wrap-up of what has been done.

Reading Breakdown.

Novels read: 1 ().
Comic books read: 13 (↑4).
Manga volumes read: 16 (↑13).

BOOK REVIEWS.

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee.

COMIC BOOK REVIEWS.

Superman: Action Comics (Vol. 4): Metropolis Burning by Brian Michael Bendis.
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Marvel Knights: Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale: Yellow, Blue, Gray & White Omnibus.

MANGA REVIEWS.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arajawa.

MOVIE REVIEWS.

Supergirl (1984).

VIDEO GAME REVIEWS.

Deathloop (2021).


TOP BOOK.

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Kaiju No. 8 (Vol. 3) by Naoya Matsumoto.

Ever since this manga started, I have been telling anyone and everyone who would listen that this would end up being the next big shonen out there if Naoya Matsumoto keeps up in terms of quality. With this third volume, he continues to prove that he’s got it all down to a science and he’s clearly not short of unexpected ideas! I can’t wait for this manga to hit the English-reading market and even more so when it is turned into an anime!

LEAST FAVOURITE BOOK.

Superman: Action Comics (Vol. 4): Metropolis Burning by Brian Michael Bendis.

Unfortunately, writer Brian Michael Bendis took massive shortcuts to accelerate things and it is immensely felt in this fourth volume. I, honestly, don’t expect the next one to be much different at this point…

You can read my full thoughts on this here.

TOP MOVIE.

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Dune (2021).

Out of the 17 movies I watched in October, Dune (2021) was my favourite. This was my most highly-anticipated movie of the year, simply because director Denis Villeneuve is my favourite director of all time. And now that I’ve seen what he, as a fanboy of Frank Herbert’s book, achieved with Part One, I am convinced he will deliver a phenomenal sequel to wrap up the first book. I do hope they’ll extend his contract and allow him to adapt Dune: Messiah to give us the perfect sci-fi trilogy we all deserve.

*looks crossly at recent Star Wars movies*

Dune is about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

This was an unequivocally heartfelt epic with an unprecedented ambition in scope and execution, delving deep and graciously into the source material to deliver a young boy’s journey spiced in fear and growth amidst a terrifying chosen one prophecy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

CURRENTLY READING.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

I’ll finally be diving into Rick Riordan’s beloved series and give myself a breather between all the huge fantasy tomes I plan on reading!

PERSONAL LIFE.

October turned out to be quite a fascinating month. If I ever thought I could control events that had yet to occur, I think this month proved that the task was insane. Sure, we can give ourselves a vague idea of what we want to achieve in the following days and weeks but then you have those life events that unforgivingly flip the table upon which you had it all laid out.

I started the month quite confident that nothing could stop me from establishing a new routine, one where I can perfectly balance out all my hobbies, get back into a certain groove, and have enough free time to simply breathe. I liked where I was heading, I was also quite confident that by November, I’ll be in a good mindset to tackle new projects.

Midway into the month, at one of my basketball practices with my friend’s team, I ended up pulling my calf. It was such an odd sensation that I never understood when others would describe it but it felt like my muscle just snapped and rolled up in a ball. At the moment, I was screaming in pain, but the soreness was skewed and I had to sit out the rest of the practice. It was only the next day that I realized how impossible it was to walk normally. It did get better with every other day, allowing me to walk…awkwardly after 2 days. I can tell you that I’m sort of healed as I type this, but I definitely can’t return to play basketball until I take some time to rehab.

Beyond that unlucky injury, my girlfriend’s mom and sister came to Montreal, Quebec on the 23rd and that kept us quite busy, exploring my city and eating out at numerous places. It is such a pleasure to see them again and even more fun to see them get excited about things that I just took for granted out here hahah!

As you can see, it has been a chaotic second-half of October but not as disastrous as that Supergirl (1984) movie that I squeezed into my schedule… Gosh… That being said. Happy Halloween! If you’re out trick or treating, do be careful and vigilant!

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Thank you all for checking out my monthly wrap-up and don’t forget to check out any posts that might interest you or that you might have missed out on!

Stay tuned for my Monthly Anticipation post coming out soon. 😉

So what’s going on with y’all? What have you discovered this month? What are your thoughts on the books/TV series/movies I’ve checked out?

Yours truly,

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  • So glad to hear you loved Dune, too! I’m heading to the theater to see it for the second time in about an hour. I can’t wait! Villeneuve was the perfect director for this. His sense of space and scale was just right. I will definitely be fangirling about it later this week.

    I hope your leg starts getting better sooner rather than later! It’s not easy for a leg muscle to heal, given that you have to keep walking around on it…

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    • Happy re-viewing, Kim! Knowing how big of a fan you are as well makes me happy that can both exclaim in glee at how wonderful it was. He nailed every little detail and honoured us hardcore fans with this movie. I’m glad he wanted to do it in two-part too. It is absolutely justified! In his hands, everything is wonderful ahahah

      Thanks for your kind words. Stay safe and awesome, Kim!

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  • Oooph, sorry to hear about your calf. I hope you’re taking some magnesium to help the muscles recover faster.

    Life is controlled chaos, that’s a good lesson to learn. The problem is remembering that lesson, hahahaha 😀

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  • I pulled a muscle in my ankle once and it hurt like mad! I hope you get back to normal soon Lashaan!

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  • I plan to watch Dune soon. Most peeps I know who’ve seen it have enjoyed it.
    And the Percy Jackson books are great for when you need a breather or something light and quick.
    Yikes! Pulled your calf! Oh man! I’m sorry that happened. Hope the rehab helps and you get back to playing basketball again.

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    • I’m convinced you’ll appreciate the world-building in the movie and that you’ll find yourself amazed by the beauty of the universe and the complexity of the whole prophecy at work! Hope you have a blast when you get around to it.

      That’s exactly what I’m looking for in that Percy Jackson read. I look forward to finding out. 😛

      Thanks for your kind words, Zezee! Stay safe and awesome! 😀

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  • Sorry to hear about your calf, I hope you’ll feel better soon, Lashaan!
    As for Kaijuu no 8, I’m with you on that one! It’s a great shonen, and I’m looking forward to next chapters!

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  • Ooof, I had a leg injury earlier this summer, they’re no joke! Rest up! Just saw Dune last night, and loved how much you got to sink into this sci-fi world. They just completely went for it in terms of design and production, looking forward to the sequel!

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    • Thank you for your kind words! And hell yes! I share your love for that cinematic experience. What a movie. I couldn’t have asked for a better adaptation. The amount of detail in each scene is just. Wow. Now we just need to be patient for that sequel hahaha

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    • Thanks, Maddalena. It’s already much better! And yes, I could rewatch it every day until the sequel comes out at this point. But for now, I am going to do like you and immerse myself in the Zimmer score and all of its bagpipe glory! 😀

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  • Ooooh, I’ve only read the first book in the Percy Jackson series, but I remember it being a lot of fun! I hope you’ll enjoy it 😀
    That injury sounds painful. Sometimes we just get really unlucky with a movement. I’m glad it’s better by now and that you could spend some nice days with your girlfriend’s family!

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    • I’ve always seen it as one of those huge (but not lengthy) series that everyone loves like Harry Potter (despite the recent Rowling fiasco) but I never took the time to dive into the universe hahah I look forward to discovering it now! Thank you for your kind words, Kat! Hope you’ve been doing well lately and have fun plans for November! 😀

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      • Well, I haven’t read the Harry Potter books either, but I get the comparison! I also think that your timing is great with the upcoming Disney+ Percy Jackson series 🙂
        Thank you! No special plans, but I am trying to participate in NaNoWriMo again. We shall see if I abandon it after a couple days haha

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  • Sorry to hear about your injury… and totally in agreement about the wonderfulness of the Dune movie, pity we’ll have to wait for two years for the next part… but I hope it will be a start of a new franchise!

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  • I hope your leg is healed now. Thankfully I never had muscle injury but I have seen how much pain it can cause through others who were unfortunate to experience it. Have a great November and I hope you come across amazing movies probability of which is much better after that Supergirl.

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    • It’s a lot better but definitely not intense-sport ready. I had friends go through even worse injuries, requiring surgery and all. I’m just grateful it didn’t go there! Hope you also have a calm and enjoyable month, Yesha! And yes, I’m convinced I’ll watch better things than Supergirl (1984) in the coming month hahah

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  • Dune is by far the best movie I’ve seen all year. I almost cried when they first announced pushing the release date back a year but have to say, the wait was definitely worth it. I’ve already watched it 3 times!

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  • Whoa, sorry to hear about the pulled muscle, that’s never fun. I hope it heals quickly and you get back out there doing things again. Staying active when younger pays huge dividends later. And I’m glad to hear about the visit from your girlfriend’s family. It’s really fun sometimes re-experiencing something you’re already familiar with through someone else’s eyes. Sounds like this month taught, or reminded you, that though planning is great you always have to make room for the unexpected because at some point it’s going to sneak in whether invited or not. I do hope November is a bit smoother for you. 🙂

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    • I’m still healing, probably closer to returning to my old shape (where I don’t feel any pain anymore) but will continue to focus on rehab exercises before jumping right back into “extreme” activity.

      Tell me about it. I find it so funny that there are things that Europeans don’t know or have at all and that those very things seem soooo mundane to us. Like Pop-Tarts… You bet I laughed at how small and simple of a difference it is hahahah

      So far, the month has been pretty hectic but since last weekend, my girlfriend’s family went back home, so I should finally be able to get back to my usual routine. I hope you’ve been having a smooth November so far as well, my friend!

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  • I’m glad is healing up Lashaan as that sounds really nasty! Hope you’ll be back playing basketball again really soon! Good news that you really enjoyed Dune as I’ve seen mixed reviews for it. My son is off to see The Eternals at the weekend so I’ll be very interested to see want he thinks of that.

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  • I totally get them getting excited about things you take for granted feeling. It was, and still is, so nice to be a tourist in my own country when exploring it together with Dave.

    I hope your calf heals well. It sounds very painful for sure.

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    • It’s really amazing. It makes me realize how awesome life is, how relative everything little thing is. But because of how life also keeps us busy on a daily basis, we sometimes also don’t make an effort to do just that, explore our own country and see what it has to offer hahah

      Thank you so much! I hope you’re having a wonderful month so far. 😀

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  • Looks like I might have to give Dune a go at some point then…
    I’m sorry to hear that you pulled a muscle. Old age is no joke. However, I felt kind of relieved to know that you, too, are only human. I doubted that in the past with all the things you accomplish on a regular basis.

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    • For sure. As long as you watch it knowing that it is Part One and it focuses on world-building and establishing a core prophecy that will guide the protagonist in his journey. 😉 For me, it is basically the Lord of the Rings of science-fiction (waaaaaaaaaaay better than Star Wars nowadays too).

      Hey! I ain’t old. 😀 It just so happens that I went faster than what humans should be able to do and got a calf injury as a consequence. 😀

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  • Oh what a (painful) reminder that I still haven’t seen Dune and that I haven’t been to the cinema in ages… 😅 I’m sorry to hear about your injury! I didn’t know about it and I hope you’ll get to play basketball again quite soon! I compltely relate to the motivation of sorting your life out between different hobbies and obligations and then life always getting in the way 😭 It was great to see you again in Montreal and making you realise how amazing your supermarkets are 😂 Have a great November!

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    • I can only hiiiiiighly recommend that masterpiece. It is worth every euro to check it out in theaters too. And to emphasize how great it is, I would dare say that it is basically the Lord of the Rings of science-fiction too. You just have to check it out. 😀

      Hah! I actually healed up by the time you came here but was still in a recovery/rehab phase. Thanks though! I look forward to putting that injury experience behind me now.

      Right? You’d think that you can organize everything in detail until you realize that sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

      It was awesome to see you again too! It’s always so much fun to experience all the great things we got here through the eyes of people who have actually no access to those very things hahaha I look forward to being the one to discover your corner of the world soon too. I already expect to eat fries pretty much every day. 😛

      Have a fantastic month of November too, Juliette!

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