Review: On Basilisk Station

On Basilisk Station
On Basilisk Station by David Weber
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book isn’t good. I was told it was “Space Opera” but this is more like “Military Space Adventure”. Think Star Trek but with more guns death and jargon.

Did I mention the jargon. If you aren’t into the military, or care about how big people’s guns are then this book will loose you quick with it’s “Falcon-Three-Three to Falcon-Two-One” and stuff like that which takes of pages and pages and offering nothing to the plot at all.
It’s also very noisy. Everything usually has about five hundred words to describe what’s happened and most of this jargon is all pseudosciency that also adds nothing to the plot and muddies the image of what really going on.

Finally let’s talk about the misogyny bec...

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Review: Betrayed (HON 2)

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

The second book in the series continues the gross misogyny, homophobia, racism, abelism and everything else bad that you can cram in a written format.

As for the story itself. It’s also a continuation of what was started in book one and now gets into the meat and potatoes of what’s going on. The title of course tells you what you find out in this book, which should be blatant from the first book.

Overall the book spends too much time driving all over the road with concerns about Heath, to which I was just hoping he’d just up and die. He doesn’t, unfortunately in this book.

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Review: Eternal Love

Eternal Love
Eternal Love by Mizumi Takaoka
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So we start off with kidnapping and raping Tomoyuki and spend the rest of the book with him telling Aswil he wants to go home and this is somehow “romantic”. Finally at the crux of the book Tomoyuki totally forgets how he’s been abused and the outcome has them mining up Africa for oil.

I give it another star only because Tomoyuki actually DOES like Aswil, only he just wants Aswil to listen to him and treat him like a human being. Also in the outcome they have nice consenual sex for once. That still doesn’t forgive the fact the book is 90% “Stop doing that and let me go home.”

Also “Arabian” and “Exotic” get used a lot in this book.

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Review: The Devil is a Part-Timer Light Novel, Vol. 1

The Devil is a Part-Timer Light Novel, Vol. 1
The Devil is a Part-Timer Light Novel, Vol. 1 by Satoshi Wagahara
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It takes 90% of the book to meander over trivial daily life stuff with very little actual plot going on then just dumps it all right at the end of the book. With literal info dumping in the last few pages.
The characters are typical and stale and of course all the women are put into their places if they aren’t meek to begin with. How many times does Emilia fall down, trip or is otherwise rendered helpless, then further embarrassed and humiliated. A lot.
The final ending is just garbage with Lucifer and really it just seemed pointless and not very funny at all.

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Review: Marked (HON 1)

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

What’s there to day. This book is terrible (and has a lot of asides). Totally delves into the (view spoiler) slurs for pretty much every sentence and every time Aphrodite shows up.
Also the Zoey is s huge asshole by forceably taking over the Dark Daughters because she feels they are wrong. She doesn’t tell Nerferet, nor use the chain of command.
The other characters are all cardboard and nothing but tropes, and while there is a hint of something good there, it’s buried under so much shit you’ll take forever to get to it.

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Review: Seraphina

Seraphina
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I picked up this book because it’s sequel came up as “Books like Red Queen” and I wanted to read the first book so the second one made sense. And yes you need to read the first to understand the second.

This book has a lot going for it, strong main character and strong female secondary characters. There is next to no girl hate in here and what is there is regulated to a few lines on one part of the book. The only drawback to this is the amount of violent woman death. Thankfully two are dead before the story starts, Seraphina’s mother and Lars’ mother. Another dies due to being poisoned. While the death of men remains low, one is stabbed, two are beheaded. One before the story.

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Review: Awoken

Awoken
Awoken by Serra Elinsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best book for the worst in YA!
Only it really failed to be THE WORST after my recent read. I honestly was liking the book as I was reading it and it got touching in parts. The end climax however got silly in parts with the repetition of words. However overall it’s a good “worst” book. It could have been more horrible in parts, so that was very lacking. I mean if you are going to be racist, don’t half-ass it. The misogyny was almost non-existant. We had Epistola that was the promiscuous scorned woman and Andi was the insignificant female to her might man man. Past that however I didn’t see enough girl hate, super blatant racism, nor horrible domestic abuse that is “sooo romantic”.
 
Still it was an enjoyable read and it c...

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Review: Pet Noir

Pet Noir
Pet Noir by Pati Nagle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

EDIT: I received this book in a LibraryThing’s Giveaway.

I really wanted to enjoy this book, but with the Noir part comes all the misogyny with it. All the women in the book are either criminals, sex objects or mothers and that includes the cats. YES, even the female cats are only there for Leon’s pleasure. Women are spoken of as being “impossible to understand” and other such nonsense. So really the stories were cliche and bland.

Another thing that keeps getting mentioned is food, Leon the main cat is always eating and begging for scraps and food that it’s more or less filler for most of the book. It really felt like a lot of repetition. Overall none of the stories were deep crime thrillers or maybe even noir thrillers.

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Review: 銀河英雄伝説 1 黎明篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 1]

銀河英雄伝説 1 黎明篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 1]
銀河英雄伝説 1 黎明篇 [Ginga eiyū densetsu 1] by Yoshiki Tanaka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So for that most part this book plays out like a shounen story. Each leader is super smart and powerful and knows how to out maneuver the regulars only with space ships and armadas. Only a shounen story told more intelligently and without 99% of the misogyny.

Don’t get me wrong. Tanaka’s views are rutted in the past, with the men doing everything and being the heirs of everything. However looking at some of his other works. it looks like maybe his views evolved over time since this was written in the 80s. Even then the women in this book usually have agency, like Greenhill, Windsor and an upcoming character...

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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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