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review 2016-04-17 03:39
Poseidon of the East, Vast Blue Seas of the West by Fuyumi Ono, translated by Eugene Woodbury
Poseidon of the East, Vast Blue Seas in the West - Fuyumi Ono,Eugene Woodbury

Poseidon of the East, Vast Blue Seas of the West is Eugene Woodbury's fan translation of the book Tokyopop translated as The Vast Spread of the Seas. It takes place 500 or so years before Youko's books, although I'd still highly recommend at least reading Youko's first book before this one. Otherwise, you'd end up missing out on a lot of context.

Anyway, this book focuses primarily on an event 30 or so years into Shouryuu's rule as emperor of En. The kingdom is becoming more stable, although it still has a long way to go before it's as beautiful and prosperous as it is in Youko's time. Unfortunately, not everybody is happy with Shouryuu and his laid-back style of governance. Atsuyu, the son of a province lord, tries to seize power by having Rokuta kidnapped. Interspersed with all of that is the story of how Rokuta came to choose Shouryuu as the emperor of En.

This is the third one of Woodbury's Twelve Kingdoms translations I've read, and the last one that has a corresponding Tokyopop translation. Or, for that matter, corresponding anime episodes. On the one hand, I'm excited, because that means the next one of his translations I'll be reading will be completely new to me. On the other hand, I would still prefer good licensed translations.

Shadow of the Moon, a Sea of Shadows was Woodbury's cleanest translation – there were a few errors, but overall it wasn't bad, and I loved his inclusion of translator's notes. A Thousand Leagues of Wind, the Sky at Dawn was disappointing, by comparison. It had a greater number of errors, no translator's notes, and some of his translation choices bugged me. Sadly, this book was worse. Although I don't recall any translation choices that particularly bothered me (aside from the title), the text was much sloppier, with frequent typos and misused words and even one or two unfinished sentences. Starting about two thirds of the way through, there were also what I assume were page numbers left over from the text's original browser-readable form.

Yes, this was a free download, yes, it's a fan translation, and yes, I'm happy that fan translations exist and that Woodbury kindly made his available in MOBI and EPUB formats. What gets me is that I've occasionally seen Woodbury's translations recommended over Tokyopop's. I'm sorry, but for all the Tokyopop translations' faults (and they are many), they're at least better edited than this (for the most part – again, avoid hardcover editions of Skies of Dawn like the plague).

As far as the story itself went, if you'd like a full review, take a look at mine from 2014. My feelings about the story haven't changed much. The first half of the book was still overly dry, with lots of place names, troop counts, and governance details that made my eyes glaze over. I still felt that Shouryuu held his cards way too close to his chest, and I didn't really blame Rokuta for doubting him. The ending, when Rokuta and Shouryuu were reunited and Shouryuu was revealed to be a far more caring emperor than Rokuta realized, was still awesome. The only bit I considered doing a text comparison on (but in the end was too lazy to do) was the beginning, which seemed slightly more confusing in Woodbury's translation than I remembered it being in Tokyopop's.

All in all, this is still my least favorite Twelve Kingdoms book, but it was worth a reread. The next time I reread it, I'll be going back to my Tokyopop copy.

 

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

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text 2016-04-02 19:04
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 198 pages.
Poseidon of the East, Vast Blue Seas in the West - Fuyumi Ono,Eugene Woodbury

It's Twelve Kingdoms time again! I was iffy about this one, when I read the Tokyopop release. Shoryuu held his cards a little too close to his chest. It was no wonder so many of the people close to him didn't quite trust him, considering that all he ever showed them was his care-free mask.

 

Anyway, while looking up Twelve Kingdoms stuff a while back, I came across this description for the book:

 

"Ono Fuyumi's brief foray into romance novels. Takes place at the beginning of Shouryuu and Enki's rule (i.e., 500 years before present book events). The swarthy warrior-king Shouryuu must save his fiesty bride Enki from the clutches of kidnappers (one a dear friend from ages past, seduced into an abusive relationship with a power-grabbing noble), all while navigating a tangled web of political intrigue. If you object to this summary I challenge you to compose a more complete one. The fourth arc of the anime series." (Source)

 

Even though this particular interpretation never occurred to me and I don't agree with it, it still amuses me.

 

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text 2015-06-08 08:54
#TBRTakedown wrap-up

The readathon started great for me, but then my eyes got irritated and red, so I couldn't read that much/at all. I still read 500 pages in total, which is okay I guess.

 

These were the challenges and my tbr:

1. A book that's been on your TBR shelf over a year! Hamlet by Shakespeare (I only have 4 unread books on my shelf for this challenge and all of them are classics..)
2. An unread sequel sitting on your TBR shelf. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Keira Cass
3. A first book in a series on your TBR shelf. Of Poseidon (Serena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks
4. An "out of your comfort zone" book on le TBR shelf! Hamlet by Shakespeare
5. A book from your most recent book haul! The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass

 

I did complete challenge 2 and 5. The Heir was the only book I could finish. I started Hamlet and read 13 pages, but it was harder then I thought it would be and not so great for a readalong.

 

Then I decided to start Of Poseidon, but I didn't like the plot at all so I stopped reading it and I don't think I'm going to continue that series. I never gave up on a series so soon! I just didn't want to waste more time on it, so I decided to read The Wizard of Oz. It's also the first book in a series (it has 13 books in total!) and I got halfway through. I think I'm going to finish it today! I'm not going to read the rest of the series though, because I heard the rest of the books aren't that great and I don't own them so yea. 

Did you complete all the challenges and which books did you read? 

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text 2015-05-29 08:21
#TBRTakedown tbr

So there's a readathon next week! It is from June 1st till 7th. More information about the creator of this readalong and her video: click here. There are five challenges and I've chosen three books.

 

These are the challenges:
1. A book that's been on your TBR shelf over a year! Hamlet by Shakespeare (I only have 4 unread books on my shelf for this challenge and all of them are classics..)
2. An unread sequel sitting on your TBR shelf. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Keira Cass
3. A first book in a series on your TBR shelf. Of Poseidon (Serena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks
4. An "out of your comfort zone" book on le TBR shelf! Hamlet by Shakespeare
5. A book from your most recent book haul! The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass (I got this book yesterday in the mail!)

I don't think I can read five books in a week, so that's why I decided to choose these three books (and when I can read these three I've completed all the challenges anyways).

 

Are you going to participate in the #TBRTakedown readathon and what books are on your tbr?

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review 2015-01-11 23:27
Of Poseidon - Anna Banks

Of Poseidon tells the story of the Syrena (Merfolk). It tells of the race being divided into two families, those born of Poseidon's bloodline and those born of his brother Triton's bloodline. The story follows Emma McIntosh and Galen Forza. Galen, a Syrena, is told by a human friend that Emma be just what the Syrena need to survive.

The story kind of has a slow start. I took a good five chapters for me to really get into it. It's not that it was uninteresting, it just seems too human at the start. Once I did get into it though, I couldn't put it down. This book is amazingly detailed with tidbits of Atlantis lore that link the humans and Syrena together. I absolutely got lost in the world Anna Banks created for these characters, while in a modern day setting, it still flows beautifully with the lore both created and recorded.

I look forward to reading Of Triton and Of Neptune the second and third books in The Syrena Legacy, as well as anything else Ms. Banks opts to publish in the future.

The bonus short story, Legacy Lost, fills in a lot of blanks concerning Grom and Nalia. I think it could have been stretched out just a bit more to fill in the rest but I'm sure Of Triton will cover what's missing. I enjoyed the short even though it's sad beyond words.

I give this book 5 of 5 well earned stars.

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