So all the women we have seen so far are weeping and clingy with zero characterization.
It reads like an 80s anime, was written in the middle 90s and.. really hasn't gotten 'good' yet.
Ryu Mitsuse was also responsible for the mess that was Andromeda Stories and you can certainly see the same theme with the whole "seeding the earth" going on. Here it seems to be aliens, in Andromeda Stories it was the Myurat twins.
If Plato/Orionae were a woman, the book wouldn't have been translated and people would be calling her cardboard. While not like an otoge protagonist where the guys are take center stage and she gets to be acted upon, Plato is just... there's nothing there. There is no character. The plot is that Earth was an alien experiment and past and future are overlapping. It's not making any sense either
Then Plato dies because he hears something. But don't worry, he's been brought back to life with TECHNOLOGY.
Then we switch to Siddartha? He wasn't to go to the Brahmaa but Udakka is trying to stop him because well, shit ain't good and Siddartha is a prince and.. what does this have to do with anything?
Nights at Seaside is a work of art. Addison Cole has created a beautiful watercolor that spans multiple canvases. Her delivery is like the sweetest melody. Not easily forgotten. Skye and Sawyer blend artistry and poetry to create an ever changing masterpiece. A metamorphosis of heartbreaking moments, life changing revelations and an enduring love. Melissa Moran takes this emotive coming of age journey and runs with it. Her's is a voice of hope that shines a light when times are at their most heart-aching. John Michael Montgomery said it best: "Life's a dance. We learn as we go!" It took a bit of practice, but Skye and Sawyer finally got it right.
I have learned a few things about myself as a reader over the course of last year. Anthologies, for me, are either a complete hit or a definite miss...and usually it's the latter. I got to page 129 of this book before I decided to give it a pass. I read the first 7 short stories and it wasn't the writing that was putting me off (that was quite good) it was more that I just wasn't in the mood to continue. This may have been due in part because I had inundated myself with way too many supernatural books (it was Halloween time if you recall) and the short story collection Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods blew me away SO hard. The common thread running through the stories in Haunted Nights was that they were all set on Halloween night which was a really cool idea.
I want to give a shout out to the story "The Seven Year Itch" because that one was SUPER creepy and was my favorite of the few that I read. I'll most likely check out some of the writers from this anthology in the future. :-)