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Review: Robopocalypse

Robopocalypse
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I got a feeling this was going to be “that kind of book” from the first few sentences. “That kind of book” being a dudebro book where all the women are barely there and everything is death, shooting and violence with next to no character development. Any development there is involves hurting people, insults, or other displays of machoism.

This is indeed that kind of book. There are only three women at the end of the book. The other disappear or die. The three left over are “fragile pretty” prize that Cormac gets at the end of the book. Mathilda which is the female sidekick that you get in video games that tells you your mission...

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Review: Honor’s Flight

Honor's Flight
Honor’s Flight by Lindsay Buroker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is definitely an improvement over the first book, having no threat of sexual assault to get the point across that someone is evil. The after story however mentions slavers which is almost treading back into that territory.
The book however seems to change up some of the characters skin colors for some odd reason. Beck goes from being black to being “bronze” which reads to me that he has a much lighter skin tone.
Another factor that’s still there is the reliance on Leonidas to get them all out of a situation with his cyborg powers. Which once again means our hero has to rely on a man to bail her out of a situation.
It’s getting better slowly.

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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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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.

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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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Review: Crest of the Stars 2: A Modest War

Crest of the Stars 2: A Modest War
Crest of the Stars 2: A Modest War by Hiroyuki Morioka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is hte part of the story that really cranks out the whole tsundere princess needs a man to teach her the ways of the world and she needs to “be a woman” and wear a dress and garbage that really kills any kind of seriousness that the character has. Morioka talks about how Lafiel came to him as a muse and what we get is a stereotype of a person than an actual person.
I will say however that Lafiel is smart and is ready to shoot people when she needs to so it’s not totally ruined by her always being in distress and needing Jinto to save her. Jinto of course treats her as if she is always going to be falling into distress and it’s rather painful to watch.

We also get to know the Abh origin sto...

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Review: Architects of Destiny (Cadicle #1): An Epic Space Opera

Architects of Destiny (Cadicle #1): An Epic Space Opera
Architects of Destiny (Cadicle #1): An Epic Space Opera by Amy DuBoff
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So I was hoping this book was going to be a little bit like Terra E with espers and all that aaand, it’s not. Really psychic powers don’t even play all that much into this book other than Cris has them and he’s really good at them. SO good he’s the “chosen one” of being good with them.
I mean his powers don’t even play into this so much that I even think the author at times forgot he had them like the scene in the ship store where he doesn’t even use them to see if the people behind the counter are going to try and kidnap him.
The next problem I have with the book is that a lot of the secondary characters feel like props...

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Review: Star Nomad

Star Nomad
Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

So I’m a bit conflicted with this book as I really enjoyed it. It was well written in a style that focused on the the characters more than the tech and it really did feel like I was reading an episode of some SciFi TV show. So good job there. There was a paragraph at the start however the was throwing me off, but it seems she just ditched that style right then and just went into good writing.

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