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text 2019-05-05 02:39
Masquerade and the Nameless Women – Review
Masquerade and the Nameless Women - Eiji Mikage

Summary: Serial Killer Higano is the misogynistic author self-insert who wants to punish women for “Justice!” All other characters don’t really matter as he’s enough to ruin whatever good story that was going on. Also Mikage probably read ‘Lolita’ and though that little girls are seducers (not what Lolita’s author intended). Also incest and rape. Basically totally gross. This book fails at everything. If you take it apart, none of the characters even need to be here. Yuri Uguisu doesn’t need to be here as Yamaji could be Higano’s foil. Yamaji and Higano doesn’t need to be here as the main plot works just fine without these dudes mucking it up. Higano is just there to be the smug perfect dude character that people would never call a ‘Mary Sue’ because male. Just let Yuri do the same thing and you’d have all the males screeching “Mary Sue!” Noi-tan can just be removed entirely. She adds nothing to the story at all and her existence is jarring to the messed up narrative. I have no idea why the Broauthor put her in there. Yet all of these characters are together to make a story all about how a dude fucked up his misogynistic fantasy. Yuri could be the sole character for this and we could have written Higano out of it completely and it would have been a great read. She doesn’t even get justice for her dead sister. We only know that Higano killed her. That’s it. The book doesn’t fill anything else out about her. The main plot with Reina Myoko is actually really awesome as the twist in the end is “YEAH AWESOME! SHE DID IT!” and Yuri could have figured it out in the end and still let her get away. But you see. A male cannot leave a “bad woman” to live and must have his self insert character punish women who “get away.” A serial killer that kills for “JUSTICE!” as he punishes women for doing things he doesn’t like. This is the twist on a twist that the book has. This is Higano’s character. A serial killer that murders bad women for ‘justice’. But only beautiful women you see. He doesn’t want any of those ugly women of course dear male reader. He has a literal murder basement and his assistant that may or may not know what he’s doing. A woman that is complicit in the death of other women. Yuri is infantalized throughout the book by Yamaji calling her “Princess” and sexually harassing all the women but her. But you see dear reader, author thinks women want to be sexually harassed by men. I really have no idea why Yuri exists as any other character could have done what she did. The only reason I can see why she exists is that we needed a ‘barely legal’ woman, with a dead sister, that the male readers could wank off to. She also provides a woman for Higano to threaten with death in his creepy “Your hand is beautiful!” serial killer way. In the end she is correct that Higano is the killer, but nothing comes of it. In the end she’s right, but she’s not triumphant. That is only reserved for men. THAT being said, it would have been better if Yamaji and Higano was removed and she was the only one solving the Reina case as the case itself was a nice twist of a mystery. Yamaji exists only to serve as a body for the gross male readers to insert themselves into. The older, sexist character that thinks of grown women that have gone through police training as “princess”. He’s also the one that does the police legwork that Yuri could have done. A useless character. Noi-tan. One of those girl hate characters that haaates people getting close to her maaaaan. She offers nothing that any other couldn’t have done. She’s just jarring to even have her. This book seems like some sort of real-life fanfiction from the author. Children that can “fall in love” with their parent and murder their other parent. (We have a dead mother here). Higano is the serial killer that doesn’t derive pleasure from kill, yet he does it any way. For you see, he punishes beautiful women for the ills they have caused to society. But you see, in the end Reina pulls one over on Higano, however she is still dead. That’s it. The book is over. Nothing was gained here. There is no conclusion to Yuri’s story as it relates to Higano despite that being her reason for being on the case. Yamaji fades off. That’s it. This whole mystery is just to serve as a minor ripple in a man’s plot against women. A woman dies just for that. The way the author describes Reina as just “beautiful” and really gives her no personality. She exists to die in an overcomplicated plot to throw this douchebag off. The plot that could have been better if Higano wasn’t even in the equation.

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review 2018-07-06 23:12
Ink
Ink - Sarah Goodwin,Victoria Moule

Phew. There is a lot going on in this and what begins as quite the seductive read quickly turns dark as these characters deal with their addictions and trapped lives. But what transpires is just beautiful and not your typical romance. I loved all of our main characters, how they are intertwined and what constitutes family and love is quite thought provoking. I ended up loving all the father figures in this. Michael especially. And while his actions may seem over the top in terms of acceptance...I have to believe that as a loving parent you’d do and want anything to see your child happy...and that’s exactly what he does.

 

This book is now available for free on the author’s website ... https://sarahlgoodwin.wordpress.com/tag/ink/

...and while an excellent story there are a lot of typos and overall editing issues. So just look past these elements and see the beauty of the story within.

 

Highly recommended.

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review 2018-06-30 18:46
Father Figure
Father Figure - Kichiku Neko,TogaQ

This is one of those books that timing I am sure is everything.  After my last 3 weeks in the Flesh Cartel series this one fell short for me.  And strangely I found myself mostly aroused.  Should I feel disturbed?  I am honestly not sure what my reaction should be.  If I am supposed to feel arousal then the first 80% of this worked for me.  However the last 20% just fell flat.  There was really nothing earth shattering about the ending and was not near as fucked up as the ending I had created in my own mind. Actions from both parties seemed out of character with what occured the rest of the book and therefore it was even more difficult to believe.  Oh well...the illustrations were quite beautiful and I wish more book had these additions.

 

 

 

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review 2018-06-20 13:05
Flesh Cartel, Season 3: Transformation, Episode #10: False Gods
The Flesh Cartel #10: False Gods (The Flesh Cartel Season 3: Transformation) - Heidi Belleau,Rachel Haimowitz

 

My heart breaks for these boys.

 

 

Just when you think things can’t get any more fucking twisted, sick and disturbing. Jesus. 

 

 Bring on Season 4. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-25 02:18
R@pe, Pedophili@ and Incest
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Oprah's Book Club) - Gabriel García Márquez
WARNINGS WARNINGS 
I don't recommend this book if you feel uncomfortable with books that depict graphically

* Pedophilia/rape [ A 9 year old girl forced to marry and later bear a child to a grown man (hide spoiler)]

* Incest/child abuse [ The Buendia family members are constantly falling in love with close cousins, half brothers, nephews. An older woman Amarantha makes out with her underage nephew (hide spoiler)]
* Non sensical Violence [ including the cruel death of a newborn, and that's the ending scene. This book leaves you feeling disturbed (hide spoiler)]
*Prostitution
* Cheating
* Bestiality
* Women treated as objects sometimes by their own parents


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If you like me grew up reading marvelous books like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Twilight, The Hunger games, which are all extremely strong in terms of characterization and character development and which are at times trashed by the same critics that praised this piece of cr%p, I doubt you'll enjoy this book because:

* No plot, everything is a messy mix of twisted, and I mean TWISTED, disturbing, cringe-inducing family anecdotes
*No character development. 
* Poor character presentation. Other than I know that Amarantha is somehow fierce it's difficult to describe the rest of the characters personalities. What are their goals? What do they want? What do they fear? Who are they? What are their motivations?
* Poor worldbuilding. Am I supposed to know how Macondo, the setting of this book looks like? All I know is that Macondo founders were trying to reach the sea and they couldn't and were tired of travelling so I know there's no sea close to this town. The rules of this world don't seem to follow a logic, either. It's like Garcia Marques just smoke weed and added whatever he saw when he was under the effects of the weed to add magical elements here and there. I rarely notice worldbuilding issues in my reads because I have a strong imagination. Even books that don't describe the rules of their worlds or the setting properly don't turn me off, but since this book is universally praised as a "master piece" I was expecting more. 
* No coherent timeline, Little to No dialogue
* Author breaking the rule of show don't tell 98% of the book

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I should have tried to convince my professor to change this assigment. I should've told him that this kind of topics are potential PTSD triggers for me (which is 100% true, although usually books don't activate triggers for me, certain kind of music and smells are triggering for me) or that they are against my religious beliefs (that'd been a lie, but I wish I had lied) Maybe it wouldn't have worked and still I'd been stuck to read this horrible book, but these professors should be more responsible when assigining this kind of disturbing readings and forcing people to read them taking away our sacred right of DNF a book we don't enjoy .

I'm aware that the author won a Nobel Prize, but it seems to me that it was more like the academy thought it'd be rebellious and edgy to give an award to this author leaving other more talented authors out, therefore steering controversy. Sort of like they did when they gaveBob Dylan the Nobel Prize even if he's a songwriter and poet more than a book writer.

I don't even know who is supposed to enjoy this book. I think that some Hispanic readers might find something good in this book because it seems to me that the author at times was talking about Colombian/Hispanic political issues in a metaphoric way, but honestly there wasn't enough of that.

Also, the opening line of this book is supposedly matter of study in English literature courses around the world 


'Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.'


I can see why some readers might find that intriguing and get hooked from there, but I read a lot of books with great opening lines/paragraphs in commercial literature. Angefall by Susan EE, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Maze Runner by James Dashner have strong opening lines that get you hooked. I think every reader gets hooked by different opening lines, so why critics and scholars think this opening line is better than any is beyond me. However, I'll say that the ending scene was strong and extremely disturbing. It's a scene that will make you feel haunted and in search of a happy reading because [ A newborn is eaten by ants. You're supposed to imagine the ants carrying only the carcass of what was moments before a lovely baby ... who was born with a pigtail O_O (hide spoiler)]

I'm only writing this because I need to organize my ideas for my essay. I doubt that writing my honest opinion about this trash will earn me a good mark, so I'm trying to find an angle to write about. Maybe I can write about the role of women in Garcia's books. The other Garcia's book I read was Chronicle of a foretold death which was thankfully short and somehow realistic, but still 100% misogynist. An oudated view of women is common in this author's writings.
My recommendations if you are forced to read this author:

* Write notes for each time a new Buendia appears. There are at least a dozen characters sharing almost the exact name and that is confusing
* Don't expect character development, don't expect world building
* Don't expect brilliant dialogue, although you can expect beautiful monologues
* Expect a lot of info-dumping and exposition
* Expect a lot of magical elements, but not the kind of magic that makes you want to live in this world.
* Expect a lot of misogynism It's like the author comes from ancient times or the Taliban and his views on women are very outdated. As a demi-feminist some scenes were hard to stomach.
* Keep an enjoyable read at hand because sometimes you're tired of this world and you want to get out of it by reading something good.

Long story short, this book is way Overrated. Overrated doesn't cover it. I think the author, may he rest in peace, might have written it under the effects of the weed.


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Best reviews I found on GR:
Martine's

Adam's

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1814633475
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