Review: Izanami’s Choice

Izanami's Choice
Izanami’s Choice by Adam Heine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anyone who doesn’t speak Japanese will have a hard time reading this book. It sounds as if was written by a weeaboo. Various places are filled in with Japanese words for no reason and are not explained. The author doesn’t seem to know too much about Japan either. Calling everything a ‘kimono’ when it’s usually referred to by a more specific name, such as a yukata. He also uses X-sama which is fine, however it becomes sensei X which… It should be X-sensei. There’s also Itaru calling Kano “daughter” all the time. Which, as a father he’s call her Kano-chan or something, not ‘musume’ over and over. There’s also one ‘to-san’ that slipped by as those were all translated as ‘father’ which makes it sound clunky.

The story ov...

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Review: The Violet Knight

The Violet Knight
The Violet Knight by Yohna
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So this book is slightly better than My Favorite Song ~The Silver Siren~, the other Cross Infinite Worlds title. By that I mean that Luca isn’t a raging misogynist. That being said it’s still a typical shoujo story where the main character tries to do something, often helping her friends, and gets admonished by the males in the story that she should just be a passive doll for saving where she’ll then feel that it’s all her fault that everyone is in trouble because of her.

Whelp, besides the force “marriage”/bonding of Yuki and Luca where she has no idea what it means to be bonded or even what’s going on, we have many nice scenes where she want to do something to save people and after she save a small boy towards the end ...

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Review: My Favorite Song ~The Silver Siren~

My Favorite Song ~The Silver Siren~
My Favorite Song ~The Silver Siren~ by Kairi Aragusuku
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book more being a shoujo titles, however as usual it’s the shitty shoujo titles with the highly misogynistic men that get localized.

First of all they don’t use the honorifics and in this story it’s highly relied upon. People of the same age aren’t going to call each other “Miss” and ‘-san’ does not equal ‘miss/ms.’ It’s not the same thing no matter how many translators want to scream it is. So of course we get “Lady Leise” instead of Liese-sama and “master Laut” who is only 10.

As for the story itself, this book is really more about Rag and his shitty man quest to be the most asshole character ever...

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Review: The Cage of Zeus

The Cage of Zeus
The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

TL;DR: Dumpster Fire This book is a dumpster fire.

So let’s have an author that doesn’t understand sex, gender and sexuality write a story that involves ALL of those and fuck it up so spectacularly. Add to that a homophobic soldier where being gay is supposedly OK? and wow.

So the Rounds are bigender, which shows the lack of understanding about what gender is. They love as male and are loved as female, thus the bigender. Yes women are passive and males are active. You have that pile of misogyny going on here. Next you have Rounds that want to be Unigender, who sabotage everything...

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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: Crest of the Stars 2: A Modest War

Crest of the Stars 2: A Modest War
Crest of the Stars 2: A Modest War by Hiroyuki Morioka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is hte part of the story that really cranks out the whole tsundere princess needs a man to teach her the ways of the world and she needs to “be a woman” and wear a dress and garbage that really kills any kind of seriousness that the character has. Morioka talks about how Lafiel came to him as a muse and what we get is a stereotype of a person than an actual person.
I will say however that Lafiel is smart and is ready to shoot people when she needs to so it’s not totally ruined by her always being in distress and needing Jinto to save her. Jinto of course treats her as if she is always going to be falling into distress and it’s rather painful to watch.

We also get to know the Abh origin sto...

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Review: Architects of Destiny (Cadicle #1): An Epic Space Opera

Architects of Destiny (Cadicle #1): An Epic Space Opera
Architects of Destiny (Cadicle #1): An Epic Space Opera by Amy DuBoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So I was hoping this book was going to be a little bit like Terra E with espers and all that aaand, it’s not. Really psychic powers don’t even play all that much into this book other than Cris has them and he’s really good at them. SO good he’s the “chosen one” of being good with them.
I mean his powers don’t even play into this so much that I even think the author at times forgot he had them like the scene in the ship store where he doesn’t even use them to see if the people behind the counter are going to try and kidnap him.
The next problem I have with the book is that a lot of the secondary characters feel like props...

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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: Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation

Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation
Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation by Yoshiyuki Tomino
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

48 Status updates….
It starts at page 21 and it goes till page 516.

The misogyny train in this fine literature is fully booked and not stopping till it reaches the other station.
WOOOO WOOOOOO
Women are only around as literal sex objects, towards the end it even describes an alarm voice as “attractive female” IT’S JUST A VOICE and finally the last sentence is of a naked woman.
Let’s not mention that Lala Sune and Kusko Al die for manpain and Amuro is the one that sends them to their grave because he can’t get a handle on his anger. Then the relationship with Char is just them pretty much hating each other because Amuro killed them.
THen their is Sayla Mass/Artesia Deikun that ...

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Review: Binti

Binti
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a nice short read. Can be done in one sitting.
It’s also a story I like. Aliens that can’t communicate somehow can and try to stop killing each other.
It gets a bit cheesy in there, but that adds a charm to it and keeps it from getting too dark and serious.

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