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8% complete! emfiliane has read 1 of 12 books.

Review of 'Forest Demands Its Due' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I went into this book cold; I got it entirely based on the absolutely incredible cover and a short blurb, and by the time it got to me, I had completely forgotten even the outline. The first chapter really should be read that way, it's an absolute masterstroke in terms of setting up the story and dripping out background instead of dumping it. The rest of the book held up the good writing.

And the plot turned just out of this world. The more you just go along for the ride and don't think about the absurdity, the better it gets. I love a good YA horror/fantasy crossover, and this is it in spades. If you do too, pick it up straightaway.

The Great Passage (EBook, 2017, Amazon Crossing) 4 stars

"Inspired as a boy by the multiple meanings to be found for a single word …

Review of 'The Great Passage' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I liked the beginning of this book, and I slowly liked it less as it progressed, until I simply wanted to be done with it and make it go away. It was almost as if the 'hell month' of the climax took over the entire book too, as the writing and plot narrowed into a singular focus around the work, and the rarer outside stories and characters became increasingly banal. If the intent was to make finishing the book as much of a chore as finishing the dictionary at the center of the story, it sure succeeded. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same jubilation when it was over.

Another big part of what turned me off is that there's just so much feel-good, everything goes right for everyone every time, Hallmark original plotting. The charmed lives of everyone in this book never seem to face rejection or failure. There are …

Review of 'I Am a Cat Barista Vol. 2' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Like the last volume, this collection of little stories is as sweet as cotton candy, with just as much substance. A new character is introduced, who only serves as comic relief. (Pupper really is cute, though.) Again, all problems people have are solved with a snack and a pep talk by the end of each chapter.

Hachi's backstory was longer and had a little more depth, compared to any of the customers' stories, and is the only remotely interesting part of the series so far for me. It was nice to have some kind of arc more than 20 pages long.

I Am a Cat Barista Vol. 1 (2021, Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC, Seven Seas) 3 stars

Review of 'I Am a Cat Barista Vol. 1' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Quite possibly the fluffiest little collection of vignettes I've ever read, it could be cute and a little heartwarming if you're in the right mood. Lacks any kind of depth whatsoever; each story is far too short for the concept of "comforting and advising customers in emotional pain" to come across with any gravitas. It's just a series of samey one-page pep talks that invigorate people, with some striking art to make up for it.

Rabbit Man Tiger Man Volume 1 Yaoi (2011, Digital Manga Publishing) 4 stars

Review of 'Rabbit Man Tiger Man Volume 1 Yaoi' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A silly but surprisingly good yaoi that went in unexpected directions over and over, with a handful of extremely striking art panels, most notably when it gets steamy and goes anthropomorphic. The silly factor keeps any real depth out of the characters, and the yakuza plot isn't fully baked either, but both do get better in the next two volumes. It just felt fresh and interesting compared to a lot of what's out there, particularly given that no one is entirely one-note; Nonami is prone to creating meditative stillness and controls his more rapey tendencies with games, and Uzuki is increasingly torn between the one-sided attraction and day-to-day work.

The only thing I'm really not a fan of at all is the included side story, "If You Write A Lie, I Will Read It As The Truth," which is a complete 180 from the story and very, very rapey and …