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review 2017-09-13 18:22
Parasite Eve by Hideaki Sena, translated by Tyran Grillo
Parasite Eve - Hideaki Sena

Parasite Eve begins with the death of Kiyomi Nagashima. While driving, she suddenly blacks out and has the same dream she had previously only had on her birthday, a dream in which she is a worm-like being swimming through fluid. She recovers from her dream just in time to hit a telephone pole.

Toshiaki Nagashima, Kiyomi’s husband, is a researcher specializing in mitochondria. When he hears about Kiyomi’s accident, he drops everything and rushes to the hospital. Unfortunately, Kiyomi is brain dead. Toshiaki and Kiyomi’s parents agree to honor Kiyomi’s desire to be a kidney donor, but Toshiaki has one secret request of his own: he would like a sample of Kiyomi’s liver.

Kiyomi’s kidneys go to an unnamed man and a 14-year-old girl named Mariko Anzai, and Toshiaki gets the liver cells he so badly wanted. While Mariko struggles with guilt and fear over her latest transplant, Toshiaki is happily convinced that since Kiyomi’s liver cells are still alive and thriving, she isn’t actually dead. What no one realizes is that there is a monster hiding inside Kiyomi’s cells, and it’s slowly becoming strong enough to take the next step in its evolution.

I’m going to start by saying that I’ve never played the game of the same title and I have no idea how its events compare to those in this book. According to Wikipedia it’s a sequel, so my only hope is that it left Mariko and Asakura alone.

I don’t know what I was expecting from Parasite Eve, but it left me feeling so underwhelmed and disgusted that I’m glad it was a library checkout rather than a purchase. I’m a horror wimp, and even I wasn’t scared by this book. It was more gross and ridiculous than anything.

It started off okay. I was intrigued by the mystery of Kiyomi’s cells. I wanted to see how things would play out with Toshiaki’s creepy liver cell project and Mariko’s transplant. It was clear that Mariko had a lot of issues where transplants, her transplant surgeon, and her father were concerned, so I also wanted to know what had happened with her first transplant - the kidney she received from Kiyomi was actually her second kidney transplant. The author’s medical- and science-related descriptions were sometimes more detailed than I would have preferred, but I did learn a few interesting things about transplants, particularly how they were viewed in Japan at the time the book was written. I hope attitudes have improved since then.

I became more and more impatient as the story progressed and nothing much happened. Kiyomi’s cells continued to grow, the being in Kiyomi’s cells wriggled happily whenever she thought about Toshiaki (the being was female), and Mariko became increasingly closed off. I was wishing for Kiyomi’s cells to do something long before they actually did.

For a book in which femaleness played such an important role, the female characters were incredibly disappointing. Asakura, Toshiaki’s assistant, was simply a way for readers to see how odd Toshiaki was acting. Mariko became little more than a host and incubator for Kiyomi’s monster. I enjoyed the scenes of Kiyomi’s childhood, but it wasn’t long before the flashbacks revealed that her life had been taken from her long before she slammed into that telephone pole. It was depressing.

Even the being in Kiyomi’s cells was disappointing. Even though she was millions of years old, Toshiaki, a man whose life should have been barely a blip in her existence, was suddenly her sole focus. When she

finally began to create a body of her own, she designed it primarily to please Toshiaki, starting with lips, and then a breast with a perfectly formed nipple, then a vagina and womb, and finally a finger, which she promptly used to masturbate and make sure all her parts were ready for Toshiaki.

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The being’s hyper-focus on Toshiaki did turn out to have a point beyond “Toshiaki understands me best,” but it was off-putting all the same.

I was glad when the action finally began to pick up in the last third of the book, but I came to regret my decision to continue reading when the monster rape scenes happened. There were two,

one involving Toshiaki that was presented more as sperm theft than as the horrifying rape it actually was, and one involving 14-year-old Mariko. While I was thankful that Mariko was unconscious throughout both her rape and her monstrous pregnancy, I sincerely wish that the author had written her rape with less detail. I did not need to know how much pleasure the being derived from that act. Also, it upset me that the things that happened to Mariko were presented as more horrifying for her father, who witnessed some of it, than for Mariko herself. Even though she was unconscious, it was her body that was invaded and her body that was horrifically used.

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The final showdown was just ridiculous. In my mind I pictured it with cheap special effects and bad acting, like something out of a B-movie. All in all, I don't recommend this book.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2017-09-06 01:32
Southbourne Tax Group Review - Säg adjö till skulder idag med dessa steg

Markera kubanska en gång sade: ”betala din skuld först. Frihet från skuld är värt mer än eventuella belopp som du kan tjäna ”. Varje person bör sträva efter att nå sina finansiella mål och vara fri från enorma skulder. Med detta är en framtid med en stabil finansiell ställning vissa.

 

Säg adjö till skulder idag med följande grundläggande steg av Southbourne grupp. Varje steg kom från finansiella experter som ville dela sina egna finansiella tips och hjälpa människor att uppnå finansiell stabilitet. De vill också uppmuntra personer att komma ur skuld som deras första steg att nå sina finansiella mål.

 

Alltid ha kontroll på din privatekonomi

 

”Pengar är en mekanism för kontroll”. Du ska lära dig att korrekt kontrollera dina pengar för att stoppa dig från att ha enorma skulder. Det är sagt många gånger innan men du verkligen behöver disciplin att nå dina finansiella mål. Överskridanden bör inte ingå i ditt ordförråd. Följ en strikt budget för att börja din resa till en skuldfri finansiella liv.

 

Livet är fullt av oväntade händelser. Låt oss säga en dag din partner förlorar sitt jobb eller din chef beslutade att bara ge dig ett deltidsjobb, ta bort dig från listan över heltidsarbetande. Med sådana händelser förväntas du göra justeringar i din finansiella livsstil. Inte spendera pengar som du Använd tidigare, göra nödvändiga ändringar för att överleva dina finansiella villkor.

 

Är din gamla skulder spökar dig redan? Inte panik och Lägg inte till fler skulder bara för att betala din gamla eftersom det blir bara en oändlig cykel. Lösa ditt problem genom att hitta ett jobb som är tillgängliga under din fritid såsom en bisyssla eller en ytterligare deltidsjobb som inte, naturligtvis, skulle påverka din nuvarande en för att tjäna mer pengar. Maximera din tid och träna på att betala dessa skulder.

 

Gör ditt bästa för att uppnå ekonomisk frihet

 

Ekonomisk frihet handlar om – tjäna tillräckligt med pengar och bygga den mental disciplinen för att förhindra att pengar styr du, Scott Young sade. Mental disciplin är verkligen avgörande för kontrollen av dina pengar. Med ingen kontroll över dina utgifter, du kunde fastna i din ekonomi och kommer att ställas inför en ekonomisk nedgång senare. Men med varje problem, kommer en lösning, så att inte bli deprimerad och se till att ändra i morgon till bättre för ditt finansiella liv och hitta rätt sätt att lösa dina ekonomiska problem.

 

Låt inte dig själv styras av pengar

 

Pengar är viktigt eftersom vi använder det för att köpa de saker som vi behövde för att överleva. Det kan ge oss mat, vatten, kläder och husrum. Ja, du behöver arbeta hårt för att tjäna tillräckligt med pengar, men glöm inte ditt emotionella väsen, Southbourne momsgrupp sade. Du behöver att känna sig levande genom att bilda en vänskap med olika människor och göra vackra minnen med din familj. Att skapa obligationer kommer att ge dig olika känslor såsom glädje, tillfredsställelse, innehåll, etc. men också sorg och sorg. Tja, är de nödvändiga att känna sig mänsklig.

 

Har en bra finansiell lösa

 

Använda denna beslutsamhet för att avsluta dina finansiella misstag. Inte få några fler skulder och undvika det till bäst av din förmåga. Se till att du tjänar tillräckligt med pengar för att tillfredsställa dina grundläggande behov och förbereda en nödfond samt.

 

Southbourne-gruppen kommer att avsluta denna artikel med fyra stegen ovan. Om du behöver mer råd och tips om att komma ur skuld, tveka aldrig att kontakta dem idag.

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review 2017-09-02 12:09
Three Samurai Cats by Eric A. Kimmel
Three Samurai Cats: A Story from Japan - Eric A Kimmel,Mordicai Gerstein

Genre:  Japan / Animals / Trickery / Folktale / Peace


Year Published: 2003


Year Read:  2008

Publisher: Holiday House

 

Source:  Library

 

 

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“Three Samurai Cats” is an ancient Japanese folktale about how three samurai cats come to the Daimyo’s castle to defeat a savage rat with the last samurai cat giving the rat a taste of his own medicine. Eric A. Kimmel’s hilarious retelling and Mordicai Gerstein’s colorful drawings combine greatly to make a great and funny story from ancient Japan. 

Eric A. Kimmel’s humorous storytelling of an ancient Japanese folktale is extremely inventive and witty as the last samurai cat uses a nonviolent stragety to defeat the rat at the end of the book. I found the part where the rat kicks the fierce samurai cat across the room to be extremely funny since the samurai cat looked funny when he crashed to the ground. Mordicai Gerstein’s illustrations are colorful yet scratchy, giving the story a humourous edge. One of the illustrations that really stood out the most for me was the image of Neko Roshi giving an intense look after he had just woken up when the rat yelled out “help!” when he was stuck in the rice ball. Neko Roshi’s eyes look huge like when a cat sees something that terrifies it and his hair also stood on its end. 

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“Three Samurai Cats” is an excellent story about how violence does not always solve the problem and how clear thinking can always win the battle if you allow the right moment to come. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the younger children might not understand the Japanese vocabulary, such as daimyo and docho.

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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