Review: S, Vol. 1

S, Vol. 1
S, Vol. 1 by Saki Aida
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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...

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Review: Endurance

Endurance
Endurance by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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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: 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: Apex Magazine Issue 88

Apex Magazine Issue 88
Apex Magazine Issue 88 by Alexandria Baisden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So I subscribed to Apex because this had a story from Benjanun Sriduangkaew and that was pretty cool, the other stories were OK, male protags but nothing too horrible, but it’s this “War Dog” story that drags the whole issue down that far. It’s got gendered slurs, women as baby factories that need handlers (who are all male) and are literal “bitches”. They are humans spliced with dogs. Oh and male protag gets raped because we needed to add that to the story too. Porn is called a necessity when.. no it isn’t BUT men think it is because how else are they going to reinforce the idea that women are all “bitches” that need a man to handle them and impregnate them, rite?

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