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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-06-06 00:24
Kingdom Hearts II Novel Volume 1
Kingdom Hearts II: The Novel, Vol. 1 (light novel) - Nojima Kazushige,Tetsuya Nomura,Tomoco Kanemaki

I'm a fan of the Kingdom Hearts series, and I chose to read this novel because I'm hyped up about Kingdom Hearts III.

 

This novel covers the first part of the game until the start of the Heartless battle in Hollow Bastion. The story follows the Final Mix version of the game well. The notable difference is that the book focuses more on other characters beside Sora. Kairi, Riku, and Namine get a lot more scenes in the book compared to the game. Those scenes provide me a clear view of what happens in Kingdom Hearts II.

 

The book does not contain a lot of visits to the Disney worlds which I did not mind because reading about every world that appears in the game does not sound exciting (if I want to experience every world, I can just play the game). Also, most of the worlds in the game have little to do with the main plot. So, I'm glad the author skipped most of the world visits and instead focused on the ones that are connected to the main story.

 

I recommend this book to fans who want something to do while they wait for Kingdom Hearts III. 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-29 18:15
Sophie's World
Sophie's World - Paulette Møller,Jostein Gaarder

An exciting and engaging read for learning about the basics of philosophy especially if you're a philosophy novice. Before I read this book, I had some familiarity with some philosophers and philosophy schools. After reading this book, I began to have a better understanding of some philosophical concepts. 

 

The majority of the book's text focused on the development of each philosophical concept and covers time periods from ancient Greece to 20th century Europe. Fortunately, these passages are written in an accessible way that even philosophy beginners and average readers can understand. However, advanced philosophy students might find some of the explanations to be repetitive or disappointed that there are not a lot of challenging information in the passages. I don't recommend this book to readers who want to read about Eastern philosophies since this book limited to Western concepts.

 

This book is not just about philosophy, but it's a mystery novel about Sophie figuring out who Hilde is and why she is receiving her mail. So Sophie starts learning about philosophy from a mysterious philosopher to figure out who is Hilde. During the first half, I was engrossed in the story and wanted to know who this Hilde is. This sense of mystery was appealing to me and kept me excited. However, the second half was a bit disappointing. The reason was that the mystery of Hilde was solved. I thought that mystery was answered too early. After that part, the exciting and edge of your seat feeling disappears. The reason I kept on going was that I enjoyed reading about the philosophy lessons that Sophie is receiving.

 

After I finished this book, I'm now extremely interested in learning more about philosophy and philosophers.

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-22 22:38
Reading progress update: I've read 318 out of 518 pages.
Sophie's World - Paulette Møller,Jostein Gaarder

 

I'm over 50% done with this book and I'm surprised with the twist. Sophie and the others are characters in a story read by Hilde. It reminds of the twist with The Lego Movie.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-04-07 02:27
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji,himesuz,Hikoki

 

When I first read the summary of this light novel, I was worried that Suimei would be an extremely unlikable character. However, when I started reading the story, my worries were put to rest. While he does have some jerk moments, he is a surprisingly not a horrible character. The volume does go into some details into why he behaves in specific ways like the reason for not telling his friends that he's a magician. The side characters like Suimei's friends were okay. Reiji has a personality similar to the other light novel protagonists, and it was neat to see the differences between Reiji's and Suimei's personalities. Mizuki was a typical sweet girl and is a little underdeveloped compared to the rest of the cast. I admit I couldn't stand Felmenia at first, but later in the book, her personality began to grow on me. I hope to see more development for the rest of the cast.

 

I enjoyed reading about the differences between the magic systems between the worlds, and the techniques used by the characters. Fortunately, it wasn't too tedious to read, and there wasn't a lot of technobabble. The illustrations in this book were neat and helpful for me to understand some parts of the story. 

 

Since I was reading the pre-pub version of the story on the J-Novel Club website, I encountered some typos in the text. Hopefully, those mistakes are corrected before the volume officially goes on sale.

 

Readers who are in the mood for more isekai stories should check this series out.

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-28 05:35
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Thoughts Part 3
The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Volume 1 - Gamei Hitsuji,himesuz,Hikoki

I read 56% of Chapter 3.

 

This chapter so far has been more action-packed compared to the previous two sections. Reading about the fight between Suimei and Felmenia wasn't too difficult for me. What helped was the accompanying illustrations. I wish there were more, but since this is a light novel, there isn't a lot. It wouldn't be too surprising if there is a manga adaptation of this light novel series. If there isn't one, it should be made because I think a scene like this fight would look very cool. It was nice reading about the differences between the magic system on Earth compared to the one used by Felmenia and the other mages in her world. The magic contract sounds painful and scary.

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