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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Review: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn
Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The rating here is for the TRANSLATION as I read a fan translation of the novel before.
For that review go here.

However ViZ/Haikasoru decided to treat us all like we are kids and give it the “Let’s modernize old sci-fi and make it modern cuz people r dum!” or something.
I’m sure the people reading this book all know that it was written in the 80s and that the anime is from the 80s, so changing the fact that Julian was reading republished books to “e-copies” is kind of a slap in the face to our intelligence. They don’t even stay consistent with the changes as 3D television was changed to… something else, however later in the book we are back to 3D displays.
Also suddenly we have to VERY SPECIFICALLY poin...

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Review: Kenshin no Keishousha Volume 1

Kenshin no Keishousha Volume 1
Kenshin no Keishousha Volume 1 by Kagami Yuu
My rating: -∞ of 5 stars (Negative Infinity of 5 ★s)

This book deserves a negative score. I only got to about 25% before I had to quit. THe piles of misogyny, sexual assault, humiliated in defeat and sexualization in defeat of the female characters is just extremely gross.
The simple fact that that the author doesn’t respect women at all is very pervasive here. The idea that a man is entitled to a woman’s body and that he has a right to do anything to it and she should be somehow grateful for it.
Really there was some interesting plot going on here but the gross sexual assaults and overt misogyny just completely ruins it.

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Review: Ojamajo Doremi 16

Ojamajo Doremi 16
Ojamajo Doremi 16 by Midori Kuriyama
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first 60% of this book is kids fare.
The Witch Apprentices getting back together and updating themselves on what’s going on. The last 30% of the book is where all the action is where they start solving things.
This book is beast read after I think Doremi # where you have all the gangs introduced. However it wasn’t that hard to follow if you didn’t
The translator did a nice job too, adding in snippets for who’s talking as apparently you infer who’s talking by how they speak, which doesn’t translate well into English...

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Review: Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner, Vol. 1

Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner, Vol. 1
Quantum Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner, Vol. 1 by Yu Godai
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I gave this book an extra star as it seems to deviate from the game and doesn’t kill off it’s women like the game.

So to set this up, Godai Yu actually was working on the game script as well as the novel in Tokyo, but had to quit due to being sick and unable to adjust to Tokyo life. So ATLUS then took what she gave them and ran with it.

However she did write this and it’s pretty bad with it’s female characters. All of them are shown to be weak in some way, Sera literally so. All are sexualized in some way. Sera is the fragile deer that needs and Onii-san to support her, Argilla has a slit up the side of her skirt (in battle?), Jinana is just stated outright. So it fails on that front...

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Review: Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams

Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams
Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams by Matsuri Hino
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book should be read AFTER the entire manga.
This book despite being 268 pages long is actually a fast read because…
It’s double spaced.
I shit you not. And ViZ wanted $15 for this originally.

I will admit I’m only familiar with the anime, however even so I was able to follow along with the story. Which means the main story is that banal that everything makes sense without 90% of it, or that you really don’t need these stories for anything.

The stories themselves are varied. One thing you get a note of is that there is a LOT of incest going on in the manga. Literal brother and sister pairings.

That being said, White Lily’s story was probably the second worst as the whole beginning is making a joke of her feelings...

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