Want something fun? Perverted? Then you're in luck. This is a pretty good little series and one that I'm only somewhat surprised hasn't been brought oWant something fun? Perverted? Then you're in luck. This is a pretty good little series and one that I'm only somewhat surprised hasn't been brought over to English markets by one of the various light novel publishers. Luckily for you and I, Baka-Tsuki is busy at work with their fan translation of the series and they're pretty fast at translating the newest chapters of this.
That said, I do have to give people an up front warning: this series is a bit perverted and is all but guaranteed to become more perverted as our main character ages up to adulthood. To go into too much detail would kind of give the plot away somewhat (and possibly put me in danger of violation of Goodreads rules), but there is mention here of masturbation, voyeurism, and panty sniffing. None of this is given in any true detail, but it is mentioned. I know that we're all mature, but I also know that some people just don't like reading stuff like that (and possibly don't want very young readers to read this) so I do feel like I should mention this.
However at the same time this is an exceedingly well written light novel series and one that is so fun to read that I'm still slightly surprised that it hasn't been brought over by Yen Press or similar yet. It's perverted, but it's all done a bit tongue in cheek, although I know that the age of the protagonist (who is a 30-something stuck in the body of a toddler) would likely potentially alienate some audiences. (He does grow rapidly during the series, though.)
I think what makes this so much fun is that it never takes itself seriously. Even when dealing with the wish fulfillment issues (because let's face it, how many of us have wished we could become someone else?) the book tends to never quite take itself seriously. It's all written in a fairly light hearted manner that helps us take any of the bigger issues with a grain of salt, which also helped me be more sympathetic with our lead character.
Overall it's definitely worth checking out at the main Baka-Tsuki website if you're curious. (Along with their other series as well.)
I'll admit that I picked this up a bit by accident, thinking it was something else. (The Irregular at Magic High School, if you were wondering. I'm noI'll admit that I picked this up a bit by accident, thinking it was something else. (The Irregular at Magic High School, if you were wondering. I'm not sure how I made this mistake either.) It ended up being one of those happy mistakes because this really is a fun series so far.
Yen Press really has made a good decision in bringing this over because not only is this a good series, but it has a pretty wide appeal. Like magic? It has that. Like sci-fi? It has that as well. It all mixes fairly well together and while this does tend to occasionally fall into a few typical anime cliches like "instant friendship/attraction" and such, none of it is done in a manner that would drive off a potential reader.
I admit that the length of the series (24 volumes) is a bit of a commitment as far as my wallet is concerned, so I do have to say that I wish that the price point for this series was a little lower. At a price point of on average $11-13 (depending on where you buy it), I have to say that while this series is fun the price point will likely keep a few people from purchasing this outright. I normally don't bring up price points, but I know that this is a deal breaker for a lot of people when it comes to extremely long running series.
Overall though, so far this is a fun series and one that I can easily recommend to light novel fans. It's a fairly good way to get new and reluctant readers to get started, but it's also the type of series I can see older readers getting into as well. Because it is a light novel it isn't going to be the most challenging read out there (most of you will knock this out in a day), but it's definitely a promising series. ...more
I'm really very happy to see that light novels have finally begun to gain somewhat of a foothold in the English markets. Initially the only works thatI'm really very happy to see that light novels have finally begun to gain somewhat of a foothold in the English markets. Initially the only works that North America received were the ones that were already extremely well known and received in the United States like the Haruhi series (also released by Yen Press), but it's nice to see something new.
This is a pretty cute series overall and one that I have to admit is fairly cleverly done. DanMachi (as it's known overseas) is pretty much a story about an RPG experience (leveling up, slaying monsters, drop items) without it actually being a group of kids playing a game online, which is the normal way that stories like this tend to unfold. The mechanism for everything is fairly well thought out- you can only level up if you are part of a goddess's house and even then it's difficult to get into said houses. Our main character of Bell is kind of a loser when it comes to adventuring, as he isn't particularly strong and has shown himself to be somewhat unwilling to do some of the things to improve his other stats (reading to raise his intelligence, for example). If you've ever read a manga, light novel, or an anime of any type, you can guess that obviously, Bell does begin to grow stronger for seemingly no reason at all, but the author has given us a fairly good reason for this. (Which I'm not going to divulge because spoilers.)
As this type of light novel was aimed at teenagers, this book doesn't really have anything truly objectionable in it. There are some slightly perverted actions here and there (one girl groping another girl's top half) but it's done for laughs and not for titillation. So far this doesn't seem to be that sort of book, and even though I know that there will be some more mention of things like that, it won't really have anything that parents need to be overly cautious about. It's a pretty good read for teenagers, adults, or mature younger readers (as there is some slightly graphic description of monster fighting).
I began reading this yesterday as I'd read and loved the author's other book, which was about diets of famous people. I admit that I had relatively hiI began reading this yesterday as I'd read and loved the author's other book, which was about diets of famous people. I admit that I had relatively high expectations but I was just let down by this book. I got about 3-4 chapters into the work and while I really, really wanted to like it I just couldn't find anything to really grab my interest. I found the main character Penelope to be pretty annoying in how wishy-washy she was, especially concerning guys. Eventually I just flipped to the end and read the final chapters, hoping to find something to make me want to continue through the rest of the book... and didn't find anything particularly inspiring....more
I'm kind of two minds about this book for the most part. There was the start of something excellent here and for the most part I did enjoy this book.I'm kind of two minds about this book for the most part. There was the start of something excellent here and for the most part I did enjoy this book. So if you just want to know if you should read this or not, I'd recommend going for it as long as you're into slow building novels. It kind of reminded me slightly of similarly themed novels like Harvest Home by Tryon- which admittedly I never finished- so as long as you're OK for stretches of "not much happening" then you'll be OK.
What Littlewood does well in this book is set up descriptions of everything. You'll be able to picture her world fairly well, including the characters- something I particularly enjoyed. This works well when it comes to picturing a particularly creepy or eerie scene, which is fortunate considering that so much can happen fairly quickly- which leads into my biggest gripe with the book.
When big reveals come, particularly the ones in the last portion of the novel, they tend to be fairly quick and without a lot of buildup. A large portion of the book focuses on how quickly Cass's son suddenly goes from being normal to being the spawn of Satan, so much so that it kind of comes at the expense of developing other things. Various "things aren't quite right" stuff happens but it's so quickly brought up, dropped, and somewhat weakly handled that I couldn't help but feel a bit of exasperation with how things were unfolding. The resolution and big reveal is so quickly done that it just didn't feel all that real or organic. It kind of came across like Littlewood had hit her page count, realized that she needed to wrap things up, and just sort of jumped ahead. I think that Littlewood put such an emphasis on Cass's son because she wanted the basic story to be about the love a parent has for their child, but it didn't really come across that well. Rather than feel that sense of dread, I just got a little bored and wondered why Cass didn't just drop kick the brat already.
This was good, but I couldn't help but feel that it would have worked better as a novella as opposed to a full length novel. I do like slow buildups but this one just seemed to spin its wheels for a little too long before shifting into the big finale, so perhaps culling it down to maybe 150-200 pages could have helped that along some. This would be decent as a library read, but I'm a little cautious about recommending that someone go out and purchase a full price hardback. I would read further books from the author, though.