Wow, what a waste of time this book was. It is basically a retelling of the early volumes of Shaman King with a tiny bit of new content tacked on at tWow, what a waste of time this book was. It is basically a retelling of the early volumes of Shaman King with a tiny bit of new content tacked on at the end. Seriously, while the jacket flap promised a new character exclusive to the novelisation (which is why I bought it, because I only wanted to read it if it was an original story, not a retelling of the manga), it was only about the last twenty pages that contained any new content.
I'm not sure who would be a good audience for this book, because it ends with a "to be continued" sort of vibe that means you're going to have to go read the manga to find out what happens to Yoh and Amidamaru and Manta and Anna and Ren and all the whole Shaman Fight thing, but when you do, you'll be retreading old ground if you start from the beginning of the manga. And yet as a fan of the manga, it's really redundant.
This is the third of these red-spine Jump books that I've read and all of them have been really not that great (though at least the Naruto and One Piece ones were novelisations of movies which I hadn't seen), so even if I see them on the dollar shelf, I think I'll be avoiding them from now on and sticking to the smaller manga-sized novels which seem to be actual original stories and not novelisations of anything (if the D.Gray-man Reverse books are anything to go by)....more
I never did read Pygmy and I don't know that I ever will, and while I enjoyed Snuff okay, I found it really disappointing after the awesomeness of RanI never did read Pygmy and I don't know that I ever will, and while I enjoyed Snuff okay, I found it really disappointing after the awesomeness of Rant, so while I grabbed this because it's a new Palahniuk book and I still consider myself a fan, I wasn't really excited about it. I...guess that's good? Because if I'd been excited, I would have been really disappointed. As it is, I'm just meh, whatever.[return][return]As for the supposed plot (you know the real plot is always not what it seems), my first thought was wasn't that a Simpson's episode? The book was not that interesting, and the twist was predictable, but what really annoyed me was the last few chapters where it's all about Hazie the ugly girl who befriends Kathie the pretty girl and blah blah blah, women! Crazy, amirite? This is definitely one to skip. Hopefully he'll get back on track and do something cool again at some point....more
Andy is a recent college graduate, ready to find her first real job after a year of travelling around the world. Her dream is to write for the New YorAndy is a recent college graduate, ready to find her first real job after a year of travelling around the world. Her dream is to write for the New Yorker, but she ends up getting a job at Runway, a fashion magazine, as junior assistant to the editor, a notoriously hard woman to work for. The job is hell, but if she makes it through a year, she's practically guaranteed a job anywhere she chooses, and she's hoping that will be the New Yorker.
I have to say, I don't understand at all why anyone likes this book. Seriously.
The writing was...not horrible, but not great. Way more focused on describing clothing and dropping names than getting on with the story. The ending was pat and left threads hanging. I found the entire cast unlikable, and I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to. Obviously Miranda is horrible, but even Andy and her friends got on my nerves.
I guess part of the appeal was getting a glimpse of the glamorous life of the rich and famous, but it was not cool or exciting to me. It just made me disgusted. I already hated rich people to begin with and pretty much the only way for this to have been a satisfying read is if Miranda had lost her job and all her money and not had a penny to her name....more
Naruto and the gang are on a mission to escort the head of Takigakure Village back home, but not long after they arrive, the village falls under attacNaruto and the gang are on a mission to escort the head of Takigakure Village back home, but not long after they arrive, the village falls under attack. Kakashi has been called back to Konoha, so it's up to Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura to save the day.
I'm a big fan of Naruto, but this was really boring. Part of my problem was that this was set really early on and so it felt weird going back to when they were younger. I forgot how clueless Naruto was about everything and how annoying Sakura was with her Sasuke obsession (though unsurprisingly, she hardly had any role in the story, especially once the fighting got going). But mostly it was just a boring story that didn't need to be 200 pages long. :p
(No comment on the translation as I read it in Japanese, but they don't seem to have that edition on the site and I was too lazy to add it by hand.)...more