Maverynthia: Library of the Labyrinth of Blue

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Reading progress update: I've read 84%.

Mars Girls - Mary A. Turzillo

I really wanted to like this book more, but it's starting to pull out the calling everyone 'bitch' and suddenly having Nanoannie tap into her sexual side to react to pheromones just so she can be caught.....yet again. This book kind of feel like a Nano project and the author just ran out of ideas for plot, so the character keep getting caught and tied up and have to get out.

No only that we indeed have the black character with 'hoodoo' that she is using to 'just know things'.

 

Not only that i kind of lost what was going on in the plot and it seems very disconnected at this point other than a Facer died and now they want to freeze everyone and go back to Earth.

 

Also I think there might be some pedophilia going on and I think Nanoannie says she's only 14yo and the guys she's getting with are much older.

Reading progress update: I've read 93 out of 192 pages.

Rhysmyth: Volume 2 - Lincy Chan, Anthony Andora

So of course Elena is our and Taylor is in. Another mandatory panty shot for no good reason...

We continue the dance coliseum battles.

The thing that bothers me about the art is the grins all have pointed teeth and they all look the same.

Return of terrible tropes

Broken Angels, Volume 2 - Setsuri Tsuzui, Setsuri Tsuzuki

So with this book we have the return of the predatory lesbian trope as well as the "gay men are crazy" AS WELL as the "bury your gays".

Really this one just felt forced, we have what we assume to be a man that was just really in love with his wife, so when she killed herself he got a bit obsessed. However it turns out he love Sakura his assistant and he murdered his wife. Where then he kills himself. In the middle of all this are some dolls added for a supernatural element.

We also have a story where Sunao plays the part of an angel to force two people to get together. It's not a very good story.

The final story is a one shot original where a girl has to battle some youkai. It's honestly a more compelling story than what is going on with the rest of the plot.

Reading progress update: I've read 76 out of 192 pages.

Rhysmyth: Volume 2 - Lincy Chan, Anthony Andora

this book feels a lot more rushed and... cheaper than the first book. there are a number of panty shots, not the ecchi style where it's like "whoah" with the wind but just a camera and short skirts. would think since this sports has you flipping around and stuff that you'd either wear some kind of leoptard or not wear skirts at all. That being said, this is a typical literal round combat narritive that they'd stick in a shounen anime. Not really one for good character building. Taylor even has a super quick moment of "Is this how i treat people?" and that's it. it feels forced and obvious. 

Overall the art so far has not been of a higher quality that you'd see on a published work form Tokyopop.I am thinking that htey rushed this out hte door as Ithink this came at the end of TP's lifespan. What sucks is that I know that TP owns the rights to this work.

Reading progress update: I've read 147 out of 192 pages.

Broken Angels, Volume 2 - Setsuri Tsuzui, Setsuri Tsuzuki

I want to say the main character is gender fluid, but It's not really stated. She doesn't seem to mind being gendered as a boy, but also doesn't mind a girl either. She also seems to be bi, if not aromantic and playing at stealing people girlfriends and such. The manga is kind of confusing on what Sunao is really feeling as the other characters seem to take main stage.

Reading progress update: I've read 105 out of 192 pages.

Broken Angels, Volume 2 - Setsuri Tsuzui, Setsuri Tsuzuki

So we have predatory lesbian, "psycho" killer gay/bi man who dies a tragic death telling his lover to carry on.

 

Really it's hard to make out the characters because they all look the same and have similar hair colors and styles. This artist was channeling some CLAMP there.

Now it's almost off the rails

Cardfight!! Vanguard, Volume 8 - Akira Itou

So remember that Psy-Qualia stuff... what if you could infect people with it. That's the new story arc they are going with. PsyQualia zombies that only live to battle other non-Psy Cardfighters and turn them into Psy-Qualia zombies.

I shit you not.

 

Stumble Twist & Crawl

Stumble Twist & Crawl - Olivia Hennis Nice short Ghoul/Vampire story

Another nice short story set in the Iron Garden world. I only wish to know more about what the characters are and how they fit into this world. The cover art is also really awesome a nice blend of light and dark going on makes it eyecatching. Defanately a good story for those into V:tM

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1)

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains implied rape, domestic violence and some scenes of gore.

Diversity: This is set in a kind of "fake Sumerian" world which mean it's a mix of some Indian and Arabic traits. Such as it is, I assume everyone is not white.
Kalinda is implied to be bisexual but it's not outright stated and it can easily be "I love her, but as a friend" kind of way. So that's unknown.

I first want to state this book is way better than Red Queen. Where Red Queen made me want to burn the book a million time, I really never found a time where I was hating this book.
However there were a lot of times I rolled my eyes. Especially about the whole "died of a broken heart/no strength". See a person giving birth to a bhuta child put their own life in danger..because.... Just because. It might be explained later, but not in this book. So of course we have someone dying in child birth with really no reason for it. URRRGHHH.

See bhuta are basically "benders" like from Avatar. They can use the powers of Earth, Air, Water and Fire and Kalindaust so happens to be a fire bhuta. Insert a whole long dissertation about how she she's "omg soo thin" and "sooo plain" that nobody would ever want to claim her aaand of course the rajah shows up and does just that. Of course she doesn’t want that and starts plotting against him.
Insert Hastin the bhuta warlord that wants to fight back against Rajah Tarek’s oppression of bhuta people.... by of course being just as bad as he is. This was the other time that I came close to throwing the book against the wall. Really sick of the “the oppressed are just as bad as..” shit.
Then there’s the woman sacrificed as revenge fuel that creeped in there. This is after she has been forcefully wed, implied raped, and then beaten by her husband.
These are the things that brought the book down from an otherwise good story.
At no time does the protag act in a way that end us seemingly stupid or rash. She’s a good fighter and a good planner. So why couldn’t we just have it that her mom was too and that she’s “somewhere” instead of dead by childbirth from a ‘broken heart’. The girl hate is kept to a minimum and there are a number of times that the women work together to save each other and are actually friends. Even though a major plot point is fighting each other to the death.

Overall not a bad read. Better than Red Queen, but has a few things wrong with it that makes it a very good or excellent read. I might pick up the sequel maybe if I have a clean plate, but currently have too much of a backlog to have a super interest in it. It seems that the author might have done some research, but how much I am not certain.

The Case Study of Vanitas, Vol. 1

The Case Study of Vanitas, Vol. 1 - Jun Mochizuki It was going so good and then right at the end... Vanitas decides to sexually assault a woman (with a kiss) who is supposed to of course be super strong and of course she doesn't fight back because... plot and when she tells him to fuck off he's all "she loves me". No.. fuck that rape culture shit.

The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 3

The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 3 - Hotaru Odagiri This was going so good, and then it gets to the ending where it pulls out all the "women are weak and need men" and that's when it turned to crap.

The Black Rose (The Brothel Diaries, #1)

The Black Rose (The Brothel Diaries, #1) - Rae Rodriguez I'll admit I'm not into erotica. Main due to the fact of the way the scenes are written. They just come off as hilarious to me with all the wanting and disrobing and even sometimes the throbbing and pulsing. (This story contain no throbbing, quivering and pulsing).
This story regulates all of that to the end of the book where the beginning is the set up and I really like that. It takes it time to set a scene rather than someone walking through a door and clothes are flying everywhere.
While this does exist in a world of vampires and such, for this story however, it wasn't a big focus of the encounter which may be good or bad depending on what you want.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 4

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 4 - Yoshiki Tanaka, Tyran Grillo Over there's not much going on action-wise in this book, it's all political maneuvering. Overall however another good read.

Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 3

Alice in the Country of Hearts, Vol. 3 - QuinRose I was liking this series so much and right at the end it's decided that Blood is going to override whatever choice Alice made for herself and force her to do what he wants. Including sexually assaulting her again. This is not OK. She made her choice and they all should abide by it. But no, Fedorabro has to go force her of course because what is an otome game (and a manga based on an otome game) without the main character becoming a doormat at least once.

How She Got Those Scars

How She Got Those Scars - Olivia Hennis Another story set in the Iron Garden world. This one felt like a snippet of a much bigger work and leaves you kind of feeling that your missing something to understand what's going on. Like this is a teaser to a book or such.
Overall still a good story about a Sandling who goes to search for her lost love, the only clue being a mirror.

Gene Mapper

Gene Mapper - Taiyo Fujii, Jim Hubbert I started to read this and was inundated with technobabble about some strain of rice. Then we get people calling a woman doing her job a bitch as well as saying that Google somehow caused the internet to die out completely and it's replaced with TruNet. We get sentences that invoke images of abuse that involve "spanking" Mother, which is some kind of computer system or something?
They also go on at length about 32-bit dates causing the end of the world VS 64-bit dates and 128-bit dates. My head started hurting form all the bullshit when they said that gene mapping was as easy as XML sheets. No really it's called gXML. Then they are wondering why their crops are growing all funny. I got to about 11% before my mind just noped out of the book. The author just didn't do the research on things combined with the misogyny I just ain't having it.

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Rhysmyth: Volume 2
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