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Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus review

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 15 December 2006 02:45 (A review of Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus)

Because of this book I have seen Christopher Columbus in an entirely new light. Not to mention I know have a sudden urge to read mythology from South America.

For a science fiction the story has been done before many times, if you can change the past blah blah better world blah blah. But I liked it anyways, I have yet to read a book by this guy which I didn't enjoy, although I admit, the direct sequels to the Ender books were a bit over my head, but then I again I was kinda young at the time.

Pastwatch is group of people that essentially... watch the past. Some get the idea that if they can change the past then perhaps less people would have suffered in the course of history. Of course there's more to it than that, as there always is, but you get the idea.

It's really hard to explain without giving too much away but hey, it was a fun read and it made me think alot, there's not much more I can ask from a book.

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Good Horror Manga Fun

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 15 December 2006 02:22 (A review of Scary Book Volume 1: Reflections (Scary Book))

From what I can gather Scary Book is apparently a collection of Kazuo Umezu's short works. This particular volume had two different stories one about a girl with a mirror, "The Mirror," consisting of most of the volume and another about a samurai bent on REVENGE, "Demon of Vengeance," which seems like it was added in as an afterthought and is much shorter than the "The Mirror."

Evidently in Japan, Umezu is their horror guy and very famous for it. He has a very distinct art style and for horror, it's awfully pretty. If the first story about the mirror were a shoujo instead of horror, the art style wouldn't be too jarring. The only thing that makes it horror is the content and certain darkness the pages seem to ooze. The other story about the samurai has an art style more reminiscent of samurai. I'm guessing he wrote these two stories at different points in his career because of the difference with the styles of the two stories I noticed. And the art in the mirror reminded me alot of the art from Octopus Girl, but that may be because the guy who did that drew heavy influence from Umezu.

The pacing in "The Mirror" seems a little slow, but but that's to be expected of a good horror/suspense novel. The little details make it really worth it. There'd be a several pages where you never see the girl's face and hardly notice it until it's pointed out to you. It might be a bit on the predictable side but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

The samurai one isn't as developed since it only takes up about less than a fourth of the book, but it's still a worthwhile read. There was this one picture that made me burst out laughing for a strange reason... it was just a very comical scene, and the ending is quite amusing in it's ironic way. Yes, he really is the "Demon of Vengeance."

The horror aspect isn't the AHHH OMG THERE'S A DEAD BOD, rather it's the pacing, suspense, and characters that really make it a "horror" story. If you haven't read this I highly recommend it. Maybe if more people buy this, then perhaps we can see more of Umezu's wonderful works. To my knowledge the only Umezu's work out here in the states is this and Drifting Classroom, which is also an excellent read.

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Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 15 December 2006 01:56 (A review of Death Note, Volume 7)

After that boring story arc about that stupid company, it more than makes up for it in this volume. There are TWO big things that happen, and I mean BIG! I think this was the volume that caused many people to stop reading Death Note, but for me, it just made me want to read it more and more. All that stuff in the beginning is child's play compared to what happens in this installment. Fans of Light be merry for in this book Light really shines through :P

Oh and this is one of those covers that sometimes cause me to hold the book upside down by mistake, but maybe that's just me.

If you haven't read Death Note yet then go to the bookstore right now and read all the volumes up to seven and be amazed. There hasn't been good manga like this for a while and at $7.99 it's practically a bargain.

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Of Mice And Men review

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 15 December 2006 01:48 (A review of Of Mice And Men)

I can't say I'm too fond of it since it was forced upon me, yet I was still drawn to it. Despite having the ending ruined for me long ago, I still read it at a somewhat feverish pace because I was truly curious about these characters despite knowing what happens in the end.

Since it was written to be made as a play from my understanding, we aren't really privy to the thoughts of any of the characters and there's plenty of descriptions of the background in the beginning of each chapter, but that's really not noticeable unless someone goes and points it out. And it's also quite odd that the one female character in the whole novel is never given a name. But perhaps that's a byproduct of the setting.

Although I didn't like it much, but I found the dialogue between George and Lennie quite humorous. If anything, it's worth it for that. And oh yeah, the theme of the novel is people are lonely and world is cold. Yeah, that's the book in a nutshell.

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My eyes have melted, along with my brain

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 10 December 2006 04:51 (A review of Samurai Executioner Volume 1: v. 1)

Like all the other times I've read Kazuo Koike's work, I find myself asking "WHY? WHY? WHY?!"

It's about some samurai executioner with mad skillz... and that's basically it.

I had a strange notion that this one wouldn't be bad. But no. I was wrong, LIKE ALWAYS! Let me give a little taste of the great, oh so great fun in this book. It's a bit of a spoiler but that doesn't really matter. There's some really mad blind guy who divorces his wife in order to catch her "cheating." He does this (even though it isn't cheating really if they are divorced) and kills his ex-wife and her lover. Then he goes on rampage and takes some girl hostage. Since is no food or water available in the storeroom, they resort to other measures... which I don't want to get into because my brain and eyes might suffer another attack. And I didn't even get started on the crazy child raper guy who thinks he's above the law...

Gekiga at it's finest, no really, I'm serious. I'm probably not going to read the rest of the series because I like my sanity and I think I'll be sticking to something like Rurouni Kenshin for samurai fighting action.

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Fahrenheit 451 review

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 10 December 2006 04:36 (A review of Fahrenheit 451)

Having a bookreport due the next day and this lying around in the open, I figured it was a great way to get an easy A. However, I was mistaken in thinking it'd take only an hour or so in reading. I didn't account for how bored I'd get. I'm sure it was something great back then and I'm not saying it's not great now, it just seemed rather too long. And if this book came out now, it wouldn't be as groundbreaking it was back then. These days there have been better books about censorship and whatnot. Maybe I'm just more used to reading Bradbury's shorter stories and that this particular one was longer than few pages gave me quite a shock. Or maybe it wasn't a good idea to start reading it seven hours before a project is due. Whatever the case, I still find it funny that firefighters START fires.

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100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories review

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 10 December 2006 04:27 (A review of 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories)

Usually when I think of sci-fi books, they are long drawn out stories that require many hours of investment to get to that final last paragraph. However, this book, as the title impies, is a collection of short stories based in sci-fi. They can be anything from a few pages to a single sentence. Quality of the stories can vary from complete and utter crap to something witty and marvelous, all dependent on personal preferences. Some stories may strike a chord while others are just confusing and fall flat on their faces.
The thing I really liked about it was if I had only a few minutes to spare I can just read a story or two and not get annoyed at having to stop at a climatic point in the story.
It takes alot of work to write long drawn out stories, but it takes even more work to come up with a short story. There's only so much you can put in a single page or so. These are small bite sized pieces of sci-fi. Plus, at the begining of each story Asimov himself has added a comment. Whether they are helpful or not, I honestly can't tell.
After a while some stories do get repetitive but perhaps reading one day is the way to go.

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Average, Average, Average

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 4 December 2006 09:16 (A review of Call Me Princess)

I'm really glad I didn't pay more than a dollar for it. I couldn't think of more average shoujo story. The main character is a girl seemingly infatuated with her sister's husband and wants to find a boyfriend who'll call her "Princess." Luckily for her, she falls for SPOILER her sister's husband's brother who happens to be around her age. And OMG he likes her to the point that he starts calling her princess. Sure they don't get along at all in the beginning but it's all for love. Nice how it all ties up in the end.

Okay, it does have redeeming qualities. Thankfully it's only one volume long and doesn't go one for twenty volumes or something, but maybe that's why it seemed really corny; it was too short to develop any attachment for the characters. But no not really, it's just not very good compared to far more superior stories out there.

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Fist of the North Star: v. 1 review

Posted : 12 years, 10 months ago on 3 December 2006 06:40 (A review of Fist of the North Star: v. 1)

If you are looking for action with a pretend attempt of a an actual plot this is the perfect story for you. It's really nothing much but fighting, fighting, and an excuse for more fighting. Sure it can pretend it has a message about peace or whatever, it's just a mess of fighting that continues for many more volumes. The fact that it's in color doesn't really enhance the fighting but the big page sizes just makes the fighting more enjoybale. Plus, stuff explodes, it can't get any better.

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Welcome to the NHK: Volume 01 review

Posted : 12 years, 11 months ago on 7 November 2006 09:12 (A review of Welcome to the NHK: Volume 01)

This isn't something people new to manga should ever consider reading. In a way, it pokes fun of otaku, but more importantly, it totally disses them in every way possible. There's an explicit warning for a reason, but don't let that stop you from reading this strange, yet interesting story of total and complete loser. The humor is dark but you can't help but laugh. Reading it will make you feel better about your life (for the most part). Unless of course you are even worse off than the main protaganist. Then my friend you are not my friend and are probably some sick mofo pedo who lives in a basement reeking of dead fish and garlic.

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