Well, after finding this in the library book store this afternoon, I decided to dedicate the day to it. It's a short read, without a doubt. Now for coWell, after finding this in the library book store this afternoon, I decided to dedicate the day to it. It's a short read, without a doubt. Now for content.
So this book threw me after the first 3 chapters. It starts off seemingly grounded in reality. A high school boy introduces himself to the reader and gives a bit of background about always knowing he was gay and being very pleased with that. Then the more he talks about the town he lives in, we're introduced to a very Gillmorian Stars Hollow kind of town where things are just a bit wacky and, hey, it sounds like a dandy palace to live with all these zany kinda shop owners with the horror themed ice cream shop and all that.
Then suddenly we find out that the this town is a little more gay-friendly than than...anywhere. At all. And then we're thrown into a pep rally that is populated with cheerleaders that perform on Harleys and do wicked jumps in the gymnasium. Not only that but drag queens are quite common in the school, and the biggest of these is the star quarter back. Oh yeah, he's also this year's homecoming queen. Super.
But through all this insanity is the little love triangle between the narrator, the new boy in town and the ex-boyfriend-gone-straight-but-wants-the-boy-back guy.
So here's my dish: We're met with some really F'in adorable romantic scenes that don't get dirty (a good thing) and you're all "Oh, that's so cute!" then you come up against the drag queen sects dislike of each other and things just drop like a rock from a very gay bridge. I should have a dollar for every time I read the phrase "gay boy" in this book.
The dialogue is wacked the fuck out at times, but doesn't get so sentimental that it makes you want to throw the book across the room (I'm lookin' at you, Stephanie Meyers). It's just cute and these were the only scenes that I really enjoyed completely because they pulled the book out of that absurd universe for a few minutes.
It's not a bad book at all, it just needed to be a little bit more grounded in reality. Honestly, after I got to the "quiz bowling" (literally bowling) team I thought "Oh, so this going to end up being this kid's fantasy world and in the end we find out things are horrible for him and this is simply the place he escapes to in his mind." But it didn't. Seriously, I couldn't tell if the author was serious or if I was meant to think I were watching someones ganja-fueled dream.
It has also just occurred to me that this is the joker that's responsible for co-writing Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, which I consider to be one of the biggest pieces of tripe I've read in...ever.
Even so, give it a try. You may come away enjoying it and you won't need to dedicate more than an evening to reading it....more
The first book was interesting enough, but this one was just...really bland. I'm amazed this series spawned such a phenomenon. This has to be a translThe first book was interesting enough, but this one was just...really bland. I'm amazed this series spawned such a phenomenon. This has to be a translation thing.
I enjoyed the pop culture references, though I think the translation team could have presented them better. I'm assuming they may not have gotten them all either.
Though this book is really short, it felt like it took ages to read. I just wasn't that interested. I think this is where I'll leave the series....more
I can't say what possessed me to go and buy this book on a whim, but I did. I read it in 2 days time, as it is fairly short, and enjoyed it for the moI can't say what possessed me to go and buy this book on a whim, but I did. I read it in 2 days time, as it is fairly short, and enjoyed it for the most part.
My major gripes are with the translation and editing of the story. There's a lot of unnecessary repetition and a real lack of necessary detail throughout. Even so, I managed to keep a steady pace and didn't really find myself bored at any time. It's an interesting and entertaining read, but I doubt I'll be continuing the series after this....more
I waited a really long time for this book to come out but had forgotten about it completely this year until I came across it in the book store. I had oI waited a really long time for this book to come out but had forgotten about it completely this year until I came across it in the book store. I had originally seen bits and pieces of the anime, as most Americans have, and was anxious to read the original novel. While I enjoyed it as a whole, the anime is pretty much an exact play-by-play of the book. Even the dialogue is nearly identical between the two, which is good for hardcore fans, I suppose. To be honest, I didn't find the book as hilarious as the series as I believe they had to leave a lot out in translation. Understandable. But I think they could have at least found good equivalents for the jokes. Even though, I do recommend this to fans of the series or to someone who just wants a weird light read that you can polish off in a single day....more
I bought all 3 books that were released in this series from a bargain bin, thinking "Well these look interesting. Why not?" I have several reasons toI bought all 3 books that were released in this series from a bargain bin, thinking "Well these look interesting. Why not?" I have several reasons to not I would have given myself. The story is bland. The characters are flat and uninteresting. The story jumps from one "story line" to the next with no real connection between them. Yes, I get that it was intentional, but it made me not care about the stories or characters since only 2 really appear throughout each one. The writing is just awful. Maybe it's the translation, but it can't be blamed squarely on the translators. The author has to answer for something here.
This is definitely a Light Novel in the truest sense in the fact that it's not well written, has absolutely no depth and the stories are hardly connected at all. Pure blood and guts fan service. If you want to read a GOOD light novel series, try The Good Witch of the West, Missing, or Full Metal Panic. All three are excellent works in the medium. Good luck tracking them down though, since they're all out of print....more
Another highly enjoyable read from Shouji Gatou. Into the Blue is likely the final translation of the Full Metal Panic series TokyoPop is going to relAnother highly enjoyable read from Shouji Gatou. Into the Blue is likely the final translation of the Full Metal Panic series TokyoPop is going to release and it is a fine one. This time the action takes place solely aboard the advanced submarine Tuatha de Danaan. The first two books contained an excellent balance of comedy and action. In the third installment we're presented with nonstop action/drama, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are many moments where Gatou tries to insert humor, but it all comes off flat and unrealistic in terms of dialogue. That is probably the downfall of this novel; dialogue. Everything was just a bit forced, but let's remember that this IS translated from Japanese. So it should be expected that something would be lost along the way. Still, I loved this book, though not as much as the first two. And I do recommend it if you want to finish out the novels. But to complete the overall story, we'll have to start investing in manga and anime....more
Ah, another satisfying chapter in the FMP world. I really enjoyed this one, though not nearly as much as the first. This one started to take a more scAh, another satisfying chapter in the FMP world. I really enjoyed this one, though not nearly as much as the first. This one started to take a more sci-fi tone than the first book, but it wasn't a bad thing. We get to learn a lot about some characters in this one, though much is a set-up for following novels. Still, this is worth the time....more
I have been reading this book off and on for several months now and I'm fed up with it. I got to the second-to-last chapter and threw it out the windoI have been reading this book off and on for several months now and I'm fed up with it. I got to the second-to-last chapter and threw it out the window.
My problem is that the story is just absolute crap. You could chalk it up to poor translation from Japanese, but that doesn't make up for the terrible characterization or the laughably absurd plot, even for a fantasy/horror.
Characters seem to change drastically from one chapter to the next. Case in point: Doris, the main female, is a vicious fighter and hates the vampire that bit her and his daughter who is constantly out to kill her. Once she has the daughter cornered and could easily shove a stake in her chest she's "overcome by her helpless beauty." Suddenly Doris says "Oh, we can't harm her. She's defenseless. It isn't right!" WITH THE FUCK?!?!?! This is ABSURD. What's worse is that she still feels this way after the vampire girl tries to kill her, yet again.
Not to mention the vampire-run weather machines, their ability to remotely wipe the minds of anyone who realizes garlic is their weakness thanks to some distant and long-lost computer, etc, etc.
This is just sloppy writing at its finest. It's as though this world can't decide if it's based on ancient magic or post-apocalyptic vampire technology.
The ONLY people who will like this are those who are blinded by the anime films and WANT to believe that it is good, or those who have no concept of plot and characterization.
Just watch the movies. They took a concept and made it incredibly entertaining and enjoyable. This is just garbage....more
Well, I have to say I'm very honestly surprised by this one. I picked up Full Metal Panic simply because I knew TokyoPop's light novel line had been dWell, I have to say I'm very honestly surprised by this one. I picked up Full Metal Panic simply because I knew TokyoPop's light novel line had been discontinued, so I just bought it thinking if I didn't I'd regret it later. And after reading it (which took only a day) I have to say I came away loving it. This novel is the basis for both the manga and anime series and I have honestly read/watched neither of them. I'm very likely to now, though. The story is a action/sci-fi with great moments of comedy throughout. I would be laughing one second, only to be on the edge of my seat the next during one of the battle scenes. What I really liked about this book is its references to cultural and political events of the 80s and 90s, but that never bogs down the story in any way. It gives you some insight to how the technology in this world came about. Don't think that because the cover shows an anime-style boy and girl that this book is going to be really over the top. It's an excellent story that just about anyone can enjoy....more
Well, as much as I wanted to throw this book out after the first chapter, I kept on and eventually enjoyed it. Goth is exactly what the subtitle saysWell, as much as I wanted to throw this book out after the first chapter, I kept on and eventually enjoyed it. Goth is exactly what the subtitle says "A Novel of Horror." Not only horror, but disturbing depictions of murders and mutilations. As uncomfortable as it makes you, it is intriguing and I finished it in less than 24 hours. Though there is a twist at the end, I can't help but find it a bit contrived, though it did catch me off-guard. This is NOT for the faint of heart or those with weak stomachs!...more
I just happened to find this book by chance while looking around online and decided to give it a try. After all, if over 30 years and 100+ novels is aI just happened to find this book by chance while looking around online and decided to give it a try. After all, if over 30 years and 100+ novels is any indication, I figured it must be good. I was right.
Right from page 1 I was taken in to this mysterious world and couldn't let it go for the 2 days I spent reading it. The plot is fairly simple, but engaging. The story is well written and I couldn't think of any time where the book suffered in translation from the original Japanese.
I am completely hooked and plan to get the next novels in the series very soon....more