Dungeon Complete – Book Of Molime I

Book of Molime

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?

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Paper Cuts Podcast – Moon Chosen

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

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Review: Moon Chosen

Moon Chosen
Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

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...

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Review: The Stories of Ibis

The Stories of Ibis
The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

EVEN A MACHINE HAS ROUTINELY BEEN SEXUALIZED BY MEN AND USED AS A GO TO FOR HOW WOMEN SHOULD BE.

TL;DR: This isn’t some kind of thought provoking book. It’s a typical otaku wank fantasy light novel where all the women are sexualized, android maids think sexual assault is ok, and did I mention all the fetishes.

Here’s all my updates if you just want to read the highlights: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1718601690

Let us get a good look at the Japanese cover off to the right because that really tells us more about the book that the kind of esoteric cover that ViZ gave us. You can seen the random skin showing out of the outfit. This was chosen by and otaku programmer that is into “clumsy android girls”...

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Review: Star Nomad

Star Nomad
Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

So I’m a bit conflicted with this book as I really enjoyed it. It was well written in a style that focused on the the characters more than the tech and it really did feel like I was reading an episode of some SciFi TV show. So good job there. There was a paragraph at the start however the was throwing me off, but it seems she just ditched that style right then and just went into good writing.

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Review: 入学編(上) – Enrollment Chapter (I)

入学編(上) - Enrollment Chapter (I)
入学編(上) – Enrollment Chapter (I) by Tsutomu Satou
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was first put on the web it seems :|
So for the first 80% of the book you only really get tiny little snippets of the blatant misogyny that gets dropped in the last 20% of the book. That is if you can get past the whole onii-san in love with imouto-chan and it does say they are blood related so this isn’t one of the step sibling situations you see in most ecchi and hentai stories.
What’s interesting is this book remarks upon how short the skirts are. It isn’t the first thing I’ve seen to do this, but is it really lost on the author that it’s the author/creator that made the skirts short in the first place...

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Review: Clarkesworld Issue 104

Clarkesworld Issue 104
Clarkesworld Issue 104 by Neil Clarke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

See the status updates for the individual ratings however this one didn’t really have a lot of stories that appealed to me and some were even confusing to read.

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Review: Into the Dim

Into the Dim
Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So this book isn’t a complete shit show like some of the other I read. However whenever it feels like it’s on it’s way to being good… it has to throw in something that jut kills the moment.

The book starts out with Hope’s mother missing and them both at the funeral since she’s supposed to be dead. Don’t worry, lots of brown people died for this plot moment as the reason she is suspected of being dead is that there was an earthquake in India that caused the place she was to be lecturing at to collapse and of course since she was supposed to be there they thought she was dead...

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Review: 男子高校生で売れっ子ライトノベル作家をしているけれど、年下のクラスメイトで声優の女の子に首を絞められている。 (1) ―Time to Play― (上)

男子高校生で売れっ子ライトノベル作家をしているけれど、年下のクラスメイトで声優の女の子に首を絞められている。 (1) ―Time to Play― (上)
男子高校生で売れっ子ライトノベル作家をしているけれど、年下のクラスメイトで声優の女の子に首を絞められている。 (1) ―Time to Play― (上) by 時雨沢恵一
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll start off by saying this book is amazingly boring. Now why would I give a boring book 4 stars?
Well, it’s also a nice look into the workings of the light novel industry. The title of this book should be:

How To Get Published As A LN Writer In Japan, Especially Submitting for Dengeki Bunko

Because the amount of info is staggering. SO much info…. that there is no plot. Not for the first volume. It’s hinted at the end, but no meat really. It’s just one big info dump.

This book was inspiring to keep writing...

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Review: Sunbolt

Sunbolt
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow this seemingly self-pub book was actually better than bad (it’s good!).

It’s not without problems, some I’ve mentioned in my musings. Namely how Hitomi is described.
It’s got it’s tropes, (looks 25, black hair… violet eyes!). Note however that there isn’t any romance in this book. There are maybe hints of it, but overall Hitomi refeshingly doesn’t pick up a dude.


HOWEVER
, it seems she needs a dudes help to get out of a few of her battles, namely after Kol catches her, namely Val.
Which is something I hated about the book.
“Oh we are running awa– NOPE captured!”
“OK this time FOR REALS runni– NOPE!”
“Alright third times a charm righ– NO!”
Though after the last time she basically (view spoiler)

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Review: Falling Free

Falling Free
Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a pretty good book. It still sad to see in the future that sexism and misogyny is still alive in the casual asides leveled at some of the women, the fact the creche people are all women and wear pink and the fact that Van Atta exists at all.
The sad fact is that the men in the book do most of the heavy lifting. Leo has the plan, Ti is the one to pilot the jumper, Pramod and crew are the ones to redo the configuration etc. Silver and Claire are the only two women that really feature prominently. Claire being a baby clutcher at that.
Also in the end there was no reason for Andy to be male. SO once again we have the “all babies are male” coming into play...

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