The Grand Maze has been around for as long as anyone knows. Daily many go into the maze, however none have ever reached the bottom. An out of work Bladenzer, changes jobs to the more profitable healing trade and returns to the maze to see if she can find the end and make a bit of coin doing it. However one does not delve into the Maze alone, she drum up a rag tag band of followers to help her along the way. What lurks below the town and what secrets do the monsters have there?Read More
I received this book from the Apex Book Minions program for an honest review.
TRIGGER WARNING: Talk of rape, Romani slurs, abuse
Honestly this book was a confusing mess to me. It jumps around in time and between people on occasion to where I just couldn’t put the pieces together.
FIrst of all I don’t really know who the main character is. I think her name is Zhan, but I’m not sure. I think she might be white, still not sure. Maybe Adel was?
As for diversity this book feels like it was using a checklist.
“Brown person – check
Gypsy – check
Red head – check
Autistic person – check”
Even so lots of people in this book are described as having dark or black skin, however it seems to be different than brown skin...Read More
So imagine a fanfiction about fighting games. OK.. now open your eyes! Yes this is a book that is basically about a dude that somehow gets a girlfriend and treats her like trash, but she sticks with him anyways. That’s after you are left wondering how they even hooked up and when they started dating as she’s mentioned so little past a part that you see on the cover where she’s squeeing for a stuffed animal and of course dudebro gets it for her. Also she’s terrible at fighting games of course.
Expect TONS of info dumping about how the fights are going, tons of info about button presses and how generally polygons are rendered. Tetsuo/Etsuro (KANEDA!) also describes real life sounds as “sound FX”.
Then in the end it’...
The worst thing about this book is that it’s boring. Nothing really happens until about 80%. Everything else is just kind of a slow burn.
There is a love triangle going on. Though I’m kind of glad it doesn’t get super annoying and Xander actually helps Cassia out in the end.
Overall though there was too much about Ky and not enough about Cassia. Ultimately it is a story about a woman pining after a boy.
I don’t know what the diversity quotient is, given of course that nobody’s skin is describe so I assume white.
Girl hate was on the low to non-existant end. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of sexism either..only because the characters really do nothing.
So if you like slow books where not much happens, that are sort of sci-fi-y...Read More
It’s got a bunch of fairytale like stories at the beginning. One involving anthropomorphic railroad signals in love.
The main story however is about Giovanni and his trip on the Galactic Railroad with Campanella.
Most of the story is fever dream, dream logic style stories involving flat cranes and other things like that. In the end Giovanni gives no shits about Campanella.
I really don’t get why thisi s a classic other than people don’t really understand that it’s mostly nonsense?Read More
This book is definitely an improvement over the first book, having no threat of sexual assault to get the point across that someone is evil. The after story however mentions slavers which is almost treading back into that territory.
The book however seems to change up some of the characters skin colors for some odd reason. Beck goes from being black to being “bronze” which reads to me that he has a much lighter skin tone.
Another factor that’s still there is the reliance on Leonidas to get them all out of a situation with his cyborg powers. Which once again means our hero has to rely on a man to bail her out of a situation.
It’s getting better slowly.
Going to post this in the beginning but it seems that ViZ cut out some of the character art that was in the book. Found some on the TG wiki.
The author here can’t write women to save his life. All of them are somehow evil or simpering.
These stories would have been better if all of them didn’t involve some kind of violence on some part. They all could have been slice of life, but no we have to throw in random violence to spice the story up. The last story is just written so bad that some parts don’t even make sense. It was also about a guy that spends 5 seconds on screen before he’s killed too.
Overall the whole idea that Ghouls are somehow sympathetic characters is killed when the examples of them we have are viole...Read More
So a police detective and a Yakuza get together in this one. :/ The way they make this happen is that the person in the organized crime gets certain kickbacks if they snitch on others. They are called ‘S’ which means ‘Spy’.
And that about where this ends. While I like some of the info dumping at the beginning it just doesn’t hold up in the end. Not only that the author creates a woman and kills her just to make him related to someone higher in his chain of command. Oh and she was pregnant too so we can have more man pain.
What a little good about this book is that Shiiba gets into the relationship after Munechika’s humiliation which is a terrible trope, but it’s better than him being resistant all the way.
Where this book fail...
This book out of the series is probably the most boring. There’s lots of political maneuvering and one big battle right at the end that really doesn’t amount to much. However this book really speaks volumes to what’s going on today, right now. This book was written back in the 1980s and it’s almost a prediction for what Dump is doing. There are protestors being beaten and shot and then blamed for “starting riots”, there’s the military trying to gain control of the government and then there’s Trunicht.
So if you like Dump Truffle, you’ll hate this book as it specifically calls out crap like that.
I got to participate once again in the Paper Cuts Podcast, where Paige from The YA Kitten, Sparky (Paul) from Fangs for the Fantasy and the rest of the Papercuts Crew (Cyna, Ollie and Robin)
suffered through read this pile of shit fine example of literature to come together and rant discuss how garbage excellent this book is.
Take a look, it’s
in a book on a webpage: Paper Cuts Episode: 53
TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains rape, threats of rape, racism and homophobia and thus I will be highlighting them
So if you love racist as hell books like “The Continent” have we got a book for you! Also probably want to go read one of those 5★ reviews.
First of all we have Earth Walkers who are the black, maybe dark skinned Asian people based on the fact that “but her eyes were wrong. They were bigger and almost almond-shaped.” Presumable “almost” meaning that her Companion father helped her to get more “normal” white people eyes.
Then there are the Companions. The Tree Tribe. These are the blond haired, blue eyed white people that are “WISE AND JUST” even though they enslave and murder the Earth Walkers and call them Scratchers...