10. Alarums & Excursions #414
11. Black Butler volume 1, a manga. Has the head game elements I like.
12. The City and the City, by China Mieville. This one manages the difficult balancing act of being satisfying on both the literal level and the philosophical level. There was one point where Mieville introduced an element of how the setting worked. Now, I'm familiar with this sort of thing from urban fantasy settings where the author can pretty much introduce anything he or she wants to move the plot along. But here, I had exactly the correct reaction, which was, "Oh, yes, there'd have to be something like that.
13. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 10. Wonderful blend of macabre and touching. Lots of stuff I can plunder for RPG plot ideas. And, if somehow, Seanan McGuire hasn't already encountered it, someone, possibly me, needs to make introductions. Not for the squeamish, who'd as soon not see more realistic depictions of maggot-ridden corpses than one generally gets in a manga.
14. And, speaking of Seanan McGuire, A Local Habitation, which is nicely different from Rosemary and Rue. Most urban fantasy series these days start off by having each volume reveal a different facet of the hidden world to reader and protagonist alike, but here, the protagonist is familiar with the hidden world, and we don't get that trope -- except, perhaps, that the protagonist is introduced to a facet of the human world with which she is not familiar. Perhaps -- it's kind of straining for me to make that a pattern. Nice balance of stuff I could feel proud of myself for figuring out and twists I didn't anticipate, but which made sense. Also, good balance of making sure someone could start the series with this volume, while developing things I'd been wondering about from the first and had assumed it would be at least three more volumes before we'd learn more.