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review 2017-08-03 13:00
Kokoro
Kokoro - Keith Yatsuhashi

For the biggest part of Kokoro I felt like I was missing a lot of it. It is of course my own fault for not realizing it was a sequel before getting the book, but still this is one of these books I would certainly not recommend reading as a stand-alone as you will probably feel as lost as I did.

It's presented as a combination of Japanese folklore and science-fiction, and at times it felt like I was reading a manga (without the pictures), but the story moved incredibly fast and was at times a bit overwhelming. Due to this, I never really got invested with the characters, either on Higo or on Earth. If I had liked Kokoro better, I would have certainly checked out Kojiki too, as I would have like to see how it all started, but as it stands, I'm rather hesitant and think I'm going to pass.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2017-04-30 22:02
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 447 pages.
Kojiki - Keith Yatsuhashi

powerful beings engaged in big battles--but it's turning out to be rather an average read.

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text 2017-04-30 17:27
Reading progress update: I've read 162 out of 447 pages.
Kojiki - Keith Yatsuhashi

it's okay--kind of like being dropped into one of the messier Zelaznys, where the perfunctory approach keeps things moving, but keeps you from fully connecting with the characters. more Roadmarks than Jack Of Shadows.

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text 2017-04-30 00:21
Reading progress update: I've read 46 out of 447 pages.
Kojiki - Keith Yatsuhashi

the "it's confusing" knock against this book that I read amongst the reviews is a tad truthful. things are happening fast, complex mythology shoveled at the reader as the action starts right away. but I feel like it's clearing up the complexity little by little as it goes along. if it starts to get more scattered and confusing all of a sudden, there could be problems.

 

Special Note: I also noticed, in a different "review", someone alleging that the author set up a sock-puppet account to help promote the book in some group, nominating it to be read, or some such tactic. if I had seen this before buying the book ages ago, I might very well have passed on this book. but I own it, so I'm choosing to read it. I actually kind of like it so far, so maybe authors should cut the shenanigans and let their books do the work for them. sneaky crap is here to stay, and it's not the end of the world, so my rule for now is to not buy books if I feel like I want to take that kind of a stand, but if I bought the thing in ignorance, then I guess it'll get read by me, and I'll make any further boycott decisions on future books by authors with this kind of thing alleged against them. forewarned is forearmed.

 

again--I'm enjoying this book thus far, so I'm just gonna focus on that and let the other stuff lie...until my next discriminating trip to the book store.

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text 2017-04-29 05:10
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 447 pages.
Kojiki - Keith Yatsuhashi

I got a second wind and reversed my earlier decision not to read into the night; the Chuck book is now finished--so tomorrow will bring on comics, and this intriguing Fantasy novel!

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