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The Beast Player

The Beast Player Book Cover The Beast Player
Nahoko Uehashi
Pushkin Children's Books
February 21, 2018
500

An enthralling and sophisticated fantasy story from one of Japan's most popular writers of teen fiction, which has been turned into a popular anime series Erin's family have an important responsibility: caring for the Toda, fearsome water serpents who form the core of their Lord's army...

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Review: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 5

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 5 Book Cover Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 5
Yoshiki Tanaka
Fiction
Haikasoru
November 21, 2017
272

It’s the Galactic Empire versus the Free Planets Alliance in Japan’s greatest space opera epic! In the thirty-sixth century, humanity has conquered the galaxy and colonized countless star systems...

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Wings

Wings Book Cover Wings
Aprilynne Pike
Juvenile Fiction
Harper Collins
May 5, 2009
304

Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful—too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings...

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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: 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: 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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