Shaman King #12
The team defeats 2 of Hao’s minions, but come across a gang of Shamans known as the X-laws, who utilize some sort of “angel” overspirit and are on a mission to crush Hao, as they see him as the embodiment of evil. And crush whoever gets in their way. This does not sit well with Yoh. We shall have to wait to see if and when they battle it out.
Shaman King #10 & 11
Yoh and the gang begin the journey to the Patch Village. But they come across another Indian who shows them that all is not what it seems. Hao, another contestant, is actually a 1000 year old shaman, intent on world domination. Journey across America continues.
The Pickwick Papers
the adventures of 4 englishmen as they go about the countryside “observing” different aspects. Originally a serial, so it is broken down into shorter chapters, with no over arching plot. Very funny! A good introduction to Dickens.
Shaman King #7-9
Yoh finishes the prelims, saves Ren and they become friends. The Tournament takes place in America and book nine ends with the Patch Jumbo Jet dissolving and dropping all the contestants at 40,000 feet, and if they survive the drop, they have 3 months to make it to the Patch reservation.
Hunters of Dune
Dune 7 #1
Brian Herbert & Kevin Anderson
The immediate sequel to Chapterhouse. I liked it, a lot! Follows the escaped no-ship, which breeds some gholas of Dune’s past, and Murbella, who rises to unite the Bene Gesserit and the Honored Maitres against the Enemy who drove the HM’s into the Old Empire. Meet Norma Cenva, who is the Oracle of Time now, and Omnius and Erasmus, who survived and for the past 15,000 years have been building up forces to once and for all wipe out humanity. Very complex threads. The 2 prequel trilogies are a must read to fully understand the ending and certain references. I look forward to the concluding novel.
Harpist in the Wind
the finish up of the Riddlemaster Trilogy. I hardly understood a thing that was happening; it was much more poetically oriented like her later books. Morgon becomes the land-heir of the One and defeats the shapechangers, locking them into a mountain. It was just extremely confusing. I would not recommend this series as a first tryout for McKillip.
Heir of Sea and Fire
sequel to Riddle Master of Hed. Mainly about the woman he was betrothed to. Turns out she has shapeshifter blood. I don’t remember much about it, and I just finished it today. That says something, not good.