Book #3

Jan. 3rd, 2014 10:24 am
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"No. 6, Vol. 3" by Atsuko Asano, Hinoki Kino

Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Oh, I just love it when Rat's trying to convince everybody - himself included - that he doesn't care about Shion when in reality, he would die to protect him, he loves Shion so much. That's why he keeps berating Shion because he's afraid something could happen to him. It's hard to write reviews for this manga because, having seen the anime, I know how it will continue and I don't want to spoil the upcoming volumes for anybody. But, gosh, Rat and Shion... *happy sigh*

Book #75

Dec. 26th, 2013 08:34 pm
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#74 was "Wild Rock" by Kazusa Takashima

"Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3)" by Ilona Andrews

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

Ilona Andrews never disappoints. Though this time, I had to give it "only" 4 stars because I didn't like that they - Kate, Jim, Derek and the rest - kept secrets from Curran. As he told them, if they hadn't lied to him, it hadn't had to come that, people hadn't had to die. If they had just come to him. That was the one thing that bothered me about the book. Other than that, I was on the edge of my seat most of the time. Ilona Andrews really knows how to write action and suspense!

Book #73

Dec. 22nd, 2013 03:00 pm
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"The Silver Branch (The Dolphin Ring Cycle #2)" by Rosemary Sutcliff

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ •

3.5 stars. A good adventure book for the whole family, both kids and adults, a follow-up to "The Eagle of the Nine" by the same author. I liked the characters a lot, all of them, but especially Flavius and Justinus, the main characters. Though for me, the book was... missing something. Maybe because it wasn't about them being a part of various historical events, it was about the historical events featuring them, the story was more important than the characters. There were few scenes that I would've called "intimate" - we learned a lot about Flavius and Justinus without really getting to know them, if that makes any sense. But it was a good story and I'm sorry that I didn't get around to it when I was a kid. I think I would've adored it...

Book #72

Dec. 4th, 2013 08:59 pm
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"The Path of Anger: The Book and The Sword 1" by Antoine Rouaud

Rating: ♣ ♣

Unsatisfying. That would be my one word description: unsatisfying.

The heroes were quite unlikable - they were either blind fools, people ruled entirely by their emotions or vicious schemers - but most disappointing was how it all turned out. I expected some kind of catharsis, at least someone getting what they wanted. But there wasn't any satisfying revenge, no comeuppance... And I could've accepted that if their plans imploded because of an outside force they had no way of influencing, but no, they disintegrated because of their own stupidity, incompetence, recklessness and blindness. Especially Laerte annoyed the heck out of me, he went from a spoiled, hormonal brat to an angry, hormonal murderer with no regards for other people, their lives, safety and plans. What a selfish dick. The only characters I rooted for were Aladzio and De Page.

Disappointing...

Book #71

Nov. 29th, 2013 11:24 pm
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"Prophets (Apotheosis #1)" by S. Andrew Swann

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

A sprawling space opera with some amazingly vivid imagery. But also heavy on exposure and with downright unlikable characters blinded by their various dogmatic faiths. When it was not the Catholic Church, it was Islam or some cooked up religion. I really, very much dislike people driven by their religion's dogmas instead of common sense. That's why the only person I liked and rooted for, was Flynn. One character couldn't save the whole ensemble, though.

To sum it up, there are some really great ideas in this book, some very exciting stuff. Unfortunately, I need more to be smitten with a book: I need characters that I love to follow. And this book offered them sparsely.

Book #68

Nov. 1st, 2013 05:18 pm
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"Out of the Blue" by Josh Lanyon

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

I think this is my least favorite book written by Josh Lanyon. I just had a hard time empathizing with the characters. Especially Cowboy's attitude towards Bat bothered me. Telling someone, I know you want it, while you're blackmailing him into having sex... I don't know, it really bothered me.

Book #67

Oct. 28th, 2013 06:02 pm
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"The Delta Anomaly (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (2010 series) #1)" by Rick Barba

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

I loved reading an official Star Trek tie-in book set during the characters' academy days. And I also loved the description of the cadets' life at the academy, their rivalry, fun and pranks - "Schiller!" - the tests Kirk had to pass... That part was awesome.

The alien entity that was the antagonist in this book was interesting too, a very unusual being. But after a while, I started losing myself in all the tests they conducted and in all the results they came to, but especially in Uhura's translating methods. Most of the time, I had no idea what she was talking about. So, that was a downer.

One thing I was ambivalent about was Kirk's relationship with Hannah. She felt too much like a Mary-Sue, I guess? The way he kept talking about her being the sole inspiration for his future research methods and so on... That just rang false to me. I mean, it was great that she made him think outside the box, but his infatuation with her was way too sudden.

Overall, a good book with some hiccups that needed smoothing out.

Book #66

Oct. 24th, 2013 01:53 pm
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"A Vintage Affair" by Josh Lanyon

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

This was not a typical Josh Lanyon book. Yes, there was a murder but the main character didn't really play a sleuth. He did find the body but that was all. After that, he stayed firmly out of the investigation which is quite unusual for Josh Lanyon. And there was another unusual thing, a sex related thing, that surprised me. Not in a bad way, I just didn't count on encountering my favorite kink in his books. So. I liked it, I liked the story and especially Austin's character. The book was nicely different.

Book #65

Oct. 19th, 2013 10:43 pm
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"Skyscrapers of Oz" by Yoshino Somei & Row Takakura

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

The seme/uke characterization is very stereotypical here - the semes are larger, older and tougher, the ukes smaller, younger and sweeter - but that's not something I necessarily mind if the story is good. And this manga has an actual plot, it's not just sexing all around. What I do mind is the fact that it's about adult men sleeping with teenagers. That's dangerously close to being skeevy and squicky, to be perfectly honest. And that's why only 3 stars.

Book #64

Oct. 19th, 2013 12:54 pm
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"Edge of Destiny (Guild Wars #2)" by J. Robert King

Rating: ♣

That's... it? Are you frickin' kidding me?! So, Logan betrays his friends - without a moment of hesitation, I might add - it leads to two of them dying and to the survival of Kralkatorrik, and his reaction is, at least I stayed true to my queen? ARE YOU FRICKIN' KIDDING ME?! No redemption or punishment or even a lesson learned?

You know, I really hope that Rytlock takes the Blood Legion and wipes Divinity's Reach and the Seraph and especially Logan Thackeray off the face of Ascalon, because neither Logan, nor his precious Queen Jennah deserve anything better.

Books rarely piss me off but this one managed it thoroughly. The ending destroyed any pleasure I took from reading the book. God, what a frickin' mess!

Book #63

Oct. 16th, 2013 05:56 pm
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"Corsair #1" by Fuuko Minami & Erii Misono

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

This manga is beautifully drawn and it has a really interesting story. So, why only 3 stars? Because it got terribly confusing at times. I mean, hints at things to come or at things past are great - but they should never confuse the reader to the point when he or she becomes lost. And that happened to me a few times when I wasn't sure who was talking about whom and in what connection they stood.

Still, a good manga worth following, I think.

Book #61

Oct. 1st, 2013 01:25 pm
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"Sleeping Moon #2" by Kano Miyamoto

Ratings: ♣ ♣ ♣

A good manga but I don't think it lived up to its potential. Especially the relationship between Akihito and Ren disappointed me. Yes, they became a couple but I still felt that Akihito was in love Eitaro, not with Ren, that he just tolerated Ren because Ren wouldn't take no for an answer - and the saddest thing was, Ren knew. Or at least he suspected it. So even though they broke the curse, it still felt like they were just a bunch of sad, pining people, unable to get what they wanted.

Book #60

Sep. 30th, 2013 11:39 am
katikat: (An_Occult)
"Sleeping Moon Vol. 1" by Kano Miyamoto

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

Much funnier than the cover and the synopsis suggested. Akihiko's reactions to anything supernatural were hilarious. And I thought Ren would be the aloof one so the way he suddenly became so clingy surprised me. I wonder why the change of heart. Was it, as Akihiko suspected, just because they were in the same boat? Or was it something more?

Book #59

Sep. 29th, 2013 10:25 am
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"Royal Fiance" by Asuma Risai & Saeko Kamon

Rating: ♣ ♣

I understand that to enjoy a manga like this, you need to suspend your disbelief. And I can do that - boy, can I do that and enjoy the most ridiculous, over-the-top stuff! But this manga, it simply rubbed me wrong. Not only because everybody treated Kairi like a girl - and no, that's not me looking down on women, the characters were literally calling Kairi Sho's wife! - but Sho's attitude towards Kairi... The last straw for me was when he told Kairi that it was the wife's duty to take care of and satisfy her husband. WTF! No, just no.

Book #58

Sep. 28th, 2013 01:08 pm
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"Black Sun Vol. 1" by Uki Ogasawara

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

The story is a bit thin. Okay, really thin: in a semi-historical setting, an Ottoman general takes a young crusader prisoner and makes him his bed slave only for the two of them to be separated by the plotting, jealous lover of the old sultan. At least the drawings are really beautiful. And also very, very graphic, the sex scenes, I mean.

Still, despite the paper thinness of the story and the three stars I gave it, I want to know where it's headed, how/if Jemal and Leonard will find a way to be together. So, I will continue the series, for at least a book or two more.

Book #57

Sep. 26th, 2013 02:39 pm
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"Border Vol. 4" by Kazuma Kodaka

Ratings: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

Kazuma Kodaka never disappoints. I just love how three-dimensional all her characters are and how deep and broad her stories seem because of that. Everything she writes feels so... alive. And it's not just because of the character arcs, it's all in the details, in the way her characters tease each other, how close they are...

This one tells us more about Yamato and Sohgo's friendship - and about the secret Yamato has kept from Sohgo all these years...

Book #56

Sep. 23rd, 2013 06:36 pm
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"The Spy Who Haunted Me (Secret Histories #3)" by Simon R. Green

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

This book had a really interesting format, almost like a treasure hunt or a video game. My favorite bit was their adventure in Siberia, in X37. The rest of the jumps was... not bad but mostly used for shock value, I think, for their glitter, infamous reputation and style. X37 was genuinely scary and I loved how it was tied to what happened in Tunguska. Abandoned research facilities scare me more than haunted houses, to be honest.

Regarding the characters, I actually felt sorry for Blue Fairy. I hated him because of what he had done to Eddie in the last book but... I felt sorry for him here. He really didn't deserve this. But I really liked Walker here. I kind of hated him in the Nightside series and he deserved what he got, but this Walker? This Walker I might have grown to like. I missed the Drood family here, though. My favorite parts are always those where Eddie interacts with his clan of nutjobs. Sadly, that was lacking here.

Book #55

Sep. 14th, 2013 09:40 pm
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"The Grimoire of the Lamb (The Iron Druid Chronicles 0.4)" by Kevin Hearne

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣

A good short story, just not as good as the rest of the series. Maybe because most of it takes place in Egypt, far away from every other character that we know but Oberon? I loved the beginning, when Atticus talked about the Egyptian gods, that was awesome. The rest was good but not great, in my opinion, that's why just three stars. Kevin Hearne can do much better.

Book #53

Sep. 11th, 2013 03:06 pm
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"Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7)" by Patricia Briggs

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

I bawled like a little kid. I couldn't believe that Briggs did that, that she killed off that character. Why? Just... WHY?! I cried so hard my head started hurting. She really knows how to tug at your emotions. I remember that the ending of the first book made me cry just as hard...

I really liked this book, I liked that Kyle and Tad played much bigger parts than ever before. Kyle and Warren have always been my favorite couple in the series. I root for them like crazy. My second favorite couple was... well, the one that was destroyed in this book, hence my tears. Seriously, authors shouldn't do that to their readers!

Still, as much as I loved the book, I couldn't give it five stars because it felt too wordy in some places, like the characters' thoughts ran in circles. But it was definitely better than the previous one because the pack was much more involved in what was happening.

Book #53

Sep. 9th, 2013 10:40 am
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"Deserter (Kris Longknife #2)" by Mike Shepherd

Rating: ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

This time, Kris gets stuck on a planet under a quarantine while dodging assassination attempts and trying to stop a war.

Kris Longknife rocks. Really. One of the best heroines I've ever encountered in sci-fi/fantasy. She doesn't whine or wail, she doesn't just sit around and ruminate about problems. She gets shit done. Without being a bitch, that is. A thing some authors just don't seem to grasp. The whole thing with "bitches get shit done" is nothing more than an excuse for some women to forget about rudimentary courtesy. Luckily, Kris Longknife is nothing like that. She's strong and capable and smart and kick-ass and still someone you would want to hang out with. Amazing.

So, why "only" 4 stars? Because there was a bit too much politicking for my liking. Also, Abby was too much of a deus ex machina with her mysterious skills and trunks full of goodies. Other than that? Both thumbs up.

Definitely getting my hands on the rest of the series!

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