Review: 王都炎上 (アルスラーン戦記, #1) [The Heroic Legend of Arslan, book 1]

王都炎上 (アルスラーン戦記, #1) [The Heroic Legend of Arslan, book 1]
王都炎上 (アルスラーン戦記, #1) [The Heroic Legend of Arslan, book 1] by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is probably a better “Game of Thrones”. It’s grimdark, it’s gritty and has “grey morality” however it doesn’t have the rape. The only rape I’ve seen is a short description of what the Lusitainians are doing to emphasize that they are monsters. (They fulfilled their 3 lusts as it was called.) That was it. No long detailed descriptions that the targeted male audience can fap to as ASOFAI has.
As for the story it’s about a King who we think is the good king, but killed his brother to take the throne what that means for Arslan who doesn’t know. All the characters who are trying to figure out what is going on...

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Review: The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

If you are thinking there’s going to be aliens in this book, well, there aren’t. We only see the alien perspective in the last 60 pages.

If you are thinking the “Three Body Problem” pertains to gender or sex. You’d be wrong. This book is about as sexist as you can get. Women constantly being murdered. You constantly see the text saying “She shouldn’t be in this field” all the time.
What is the “Three Body Problem”? A math equation about three ‘bodies’ in orbit around each other.

The only one living is Ye Wenjie and she’s not on the good side. Everything is male and default male. Even the Trisolarians.
The rest of the book? It’s a pure slog fest...

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Review: まおゆう魔王勇者, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (Archenemy & Hero) #1

まおゆう魔王勇者, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha  (Archenemy & Hero) #1
まおゆう魔王勇者, Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (Archenemy & Hero) #1 by Mamare Touno,
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I tried to keep up with this book after dropping the anime for similar reasons. But this just seems to be a really long economics lesson with the word “BOOBS” and other sexualizing bit added in at times to keep the presumed male readers interested.
Also I think the author says that slavery is inevitable which is bullshit.

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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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Review: Storm God: Part One

Storm God: Part One
Storm God: Part One by Sarah Cohan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The main problem I have with this book is that really nothing happens, then it ends. We spend a lot of time and words meeting characters, but we never really know much about them.
We spend a good deal with Carl, then he disappears. The rest of the character are somewhat indistinguishable from the others. Like Tia and Sadhina just feel about the same to me, even though they are two different people. We see Sethnakte a few times but past the fact he’s the asshole Pharaoh that’s all there is to him. Even Adrienne suffers from this to a degree.
The progress of the book is, find tablet, translate tablet, go to Brazil, end. That’s… all that happens...

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