Maverynthia: Library of the Labyrinth of Blue

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Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights - Ryu Mitsuse, Alexander O. Smith

So all the women we have seen so far are weeping and clingy with zero characterization.

It reads like an 80s anime, was written in the middle 90s and.. really hasn't gotten 'good' yet.

 

Ryu Mitsuse was also responsible for the mess that was Andromeda Stories and you can certainly see the same theme with the whole "seeding the earth" going on. Here it seems to be aliens, in Andromeda Stories it was the Myurat twins.

Reading progress update: I've read 30%.

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights - Ryu Mitsuse, Alexander O. Smith

If Plato/Orionae were a woman, the book wouldn't have been translated and people would be calling her cardboard. While not like an otoge protagonist where the guys are take center stage and she gets to be acted upon, Plato is just... there's nothing there. There is no character. The plot is that Earth was an alien experiment and past and future are overlapping. It's not making any sense either

 

Then Plato dies because he hears something. But don't worry, he's been brought back to life with TECHNOLOGY.

 

Then we switch to Siddartha? He wasn't to go to the Brahmaa but Udakka is trying to stop him because well, shit ain't good and Siddartha is a prince and.. what does this have to do with anything?

Wings

Wings - Aprilynne Pike

I really enjoyed this book. The beginning is pretty fast, but I feel it's needed just to get David in the picture.

David, while being the main love interest, is actually a decent guy. He doesn't want to control Laurel, he's there for her when she needs him. He's not over protective. He's both an "alpha male" and not. He's a "true alpha male' in that he cares for Laurel and genuinely wants to be there for her. He's understanding and patient and really feels like a brother. He's not the "fake Alpha Male" often found in many paranormal romance books. You know the ones.

Laurel overall wasn't a protagonist that wanted to make me throw the ereader across the room. She's smart, quick thinking, and has to save David at one point or two. She's never simpering and takes action for herself without the men in her life telling her.

Tamani on the other hand, rubbed me all sorts of wrong way. He's possessive. He wants to make Laurel 'his'. because they had some form of past together, or that she's a faerie. While Tamani was there when it counts, he does pull the "I got hurt for you, so why won't you be mine, uwu." Doesn't fully respect Laurel's choice to stay with David. He however, was never wholly terrible. Just annoying in that possessive way.

Really it'd be best for her to end up with both of them, but I'm siding with David.

 

Overall the book pacing is on an even keel and focuses a lot on Laurel and her being a fairy. The whole plot is about her trying to save the land that has been in her family for generations.

 

The romance was not heavy at all and I really appreciated that. They did go over faerie biology, which doesn't make sense from a evolutionary point. However they at least went over it. Which does explain why Laurel doesn't have her period. Lucky.

 

I'm hoping the future novels will continue to build on this one and not jump the rails.

 

While light on the faerie stuff this book, it's a good read for people that don't want to be confused about the Seelie and Unseelie court and tons of fae folk being name dropped. It's nice and light and might delve into that bit later.

Reading progress update: I've read 177 out of 272 pages.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 5: Mobilization - Yoshiki Tanaka, Tyran Grillo

I find it interesting that one or the other between Yang and Reinhard only gets an advantage when someone screws up.

Reading progress update: I've read 79%.

Wings - Aprilynne Pike

Wow a moment in a book the author can "show just how evil the bad guy is" and... doesn't take it. Really refreshing to see. We get to see how evil the big bad is in other, better ways.

 

Also David is still turning out to be OK. Our hero is also being smart. Though she has got that whole "I just can't kill anything" going on. It wasn't produced as inanely as I've seen it before and she does hit the guy.

Reading progress update: I've read 42%.

Wings - Aprilynne Pike

I'm really getting into this book. Probably because David, the main male, isn't an ALPHA MALE like all the other books have the guy be. I'm not certain if he's sincere in his like of Laurel, as he might do a face-heel turn, but so far he's a pretty great character.

 

 

Reading progress update: I've read 27%.

Wings - Aprilynne Pike

OF COURSE men don't blossom... because..men or some shit.

 

Even though it's unscientific.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Wings - Aprilynne Pike

"I won't go to my parents, but this dude I met I can totally trust!"

 

While parents can be shit, I would not trust a man to keep a secret.

THey are the one's that blabber the most.

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

Wings - Aprilynne Pike

The beginning seems rushed in regard to David, however that probably to get ot the action. I've felt that way when I've been writing.

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Wings - Aprilynne Pike

Blue eyes and olive skin that make him...exotic!
And of course she has to have naturally straight teeth. I can see where this book is headed already.
And the MC is vegan. This is going to be F U N
Can vegans drink sprite?
A perfect white girl, just like me and not like all those other girls.
I find it interesting in anime at least that most of the male characters are "average school kid" where girls have to have something special about them. Like they can see ghosts and such. I think it's the same kind of trend I see here where the girls have to be "not like other girls" where the boys get to be average and win everything.
So it seems she's not vegan by choice and that she might have some kind of agoraphobia.

 

She also doesn't have a period either. I mean it's because she's a "special baby" from another world, but c'mon. Let her suffer like the rest of us. Then agian if this is escapist fantasy I suppose not having a period is part of that. That being said, she should probably lay eggs or have a pouch.

 

She also seems to be into "David" our exotic guy so that's a plus. However writing numbers down on your palm is a bad idea. You sweat and those numbers will smear.

Reading progress update: I've read 82 out of 272 pages.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 5: Mobilization - Yoshiki Tanaka, Tyran Grillo

Not much rally happens other than Julian meeting a Terra's cult bishop... however that will play out fatally much later in the book series.

The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1) - C.J. Archer

This is a pretty awesome mystery book as Emily the MC isn't a fainting violet and actually has agency in this romance/mystery. HOWever, the one she falls for isn't George the flesh and blood human, but Jacob. I hate Jacob and I really wish Emily wasn't in love with him.

You see, Jacob is tall dark and growly type of man. He's DANGEROUS more than once he's threatened Emily by hitting things and doing that arm against the wall corralling thing men do to control women. He even wanted to see her dead on many occasions just so they could be together forever in death. So, of course  he's the main love interest. I just wanted to toss my ereader across the room.

I preferred George. He's the weak type that wears glasses. Someone to protect. He's the opposite of Jacob and because he's weak... Emily doesn't want him. I really wish I could find a romance where it's the woman protecting the man and stuff. That was not in this book however.

No dragons despite cover.

Tess of the Road - Rachel Hartman

I got this book off of Netgalley as an eARC.

I have mixed feelings about this book.
It has a strong female protagonist as does Seraphina, however it has the whole rape backstory, which sucks.
So the whole premise is that Tess needs to get away from her mother as she's pretty much abusive and hates Tess for being raped and getting pregnant as the religion of her mom is St. Vitt which is an analog of Christianity.
Tess then gets the opportunity to run away from home and meets up with Pathka, her childhood quigtl friend.
We then find out that quigtl can change their sex so Pathka is now male instead of the female quigtl that Tess knew. This is important as quigtl have the gender neutral pronoun 'ko' which never gets used when talking about Pathka. This really bothered me because there is a correct pronoun and it's not being used.
There's also a homeless man that Tess is horribly cruel to, just so she can have a moment of redemption getting help for him.
After she meets Pathka then the whole book is about her going after ko goal of Anathuthia. After thus it's pretty much set in arcs of what happens. She gets to a place then thing happens, gets to another place and another thing happens. That may or may not be your thing, but to me it felt like it was padding.
Overall it felt as if there was a hatred of women as it was women that seemed to be the ones hurting Tess, even inadvertently, to where she'd run to the arms of a man to seek consoling. This is kind of painful to see for a book that wants strong women. They just don't seem to support each other as much as I'd like to see.

Overall it's not a bad book, but I really wish it wouldn't have done a lot of things it did.

A Dark and Stormy Murder - Julia Buckley

SO I picked this book up randomly for my mom, and she can't read it since the print is too small so I decided to give it a read myself.

I'd say the biggest thing I didn't like about this book is that there's no real sleuthing. The mystery just unfolds by itself and I really wanted an amateur sleuth story. Other problems were the constant talking about calories and food and getting fat. Why is this such a big thing? Otherwise it was a good book. Nothing that really chafes me other than that and it has two female leads, one that's old which is nice to see. Not sure about the love triangle that will have to resolve itself.

Alice in the Country of Hearts: Junk Box - Mamenosuke Fujimaru, QuinRose

It really started to feel like a bishoujo manga at the end the way she was crying and stuff.

The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 5

The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 5 - Hotaru Odagiri We have a nice interlude before the manga tells us that angst is going to start.

Currently reading

Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights
Ryu Mitsuse, Alexander O. Smith
Progress: 30 %
Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 5: Mobilization
Yoshiki Tanaka, Tyran Grillo
Progress: 177/272 pages
Star Darlings Collection Volume 1: Sage and the Journey to Wishworld; Libby and the Class Election; Leona's Unlucky Mission
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Oz, the Complete Collection, Volume 1: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz/The Marvelous Land of Oz/Ozma of Oz
L. Frank Baum
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The Chanur Saga
C.J. Cherryh
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Charles de Lint
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