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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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