This book is entirely devoted to the love of reading and storytelling, and it's beautiful. It tells what on the surface appears to be a classic gothic...moreThis book is entirely devoted to the love of reading and storytelling, and it's beautiful. It tells what on the surface appears to be a classic gothic tale -- twins growing wild in a haunted mansion on the moors -- but it unfolds to be a much more complex story about family, love, loss, and identity. The mystery has many twists and turns, and I grew to love the main character Margaret. So yeah, enjoyed this from start to finish, highly recommended.(less)
Reading this book, I get the feeling that she's buried herself too deeply in the plot that she's created. Usually, the setting serves the ro...morePoor Nora.
Reading this book, I get the feeling that she's buried herself too deeply in the plot that she's created. Usually, the setting serves the romance plot, not the other way around.
In this one, the romance feels secondary, and if I'm honest, terribly undeveloped.
For example, in one scene I thought the male lead was possessed because he kept insisting that he loved the female lead, and that she should accept his feelings as valid.
It was in the insistent, repetitive, demanding tone that I found out of character, and which was massively unfair to the female lead.
If someone has feelings for you, you're under no obligation to return them. Especially in the case of the female lead, who's been raised to believe that love is temporary at best.
If he really loved her, he would have given her time and space to consider her feelings - he would have taken her resistance seriously, instead of being like "OH U."
The characters all side with the man in this case, and that makes me incredibly uncomfortable.
So... yeah. Nora is obviously more interested in the past plot with the evil dude and the character's ancestors, and the current plot of trying to defeat the evil dude, than the couple in this book. Hell, she's more interested in the couple that the next book is going to be centered around.
And I'm sorry, but if the author doesn't even care about their characters, then I'm fairly unmotivated to give a fuck about them either.
(oh, also, there's romantical waxing about how the female lead is like a "g*psy" which. can u not.)(less)
I finally got around to reading this today, and I was blown away. There's such a refreshing amount of variety in this book, no one story is like t...moreWow.
I finally got around to reading this today, and I was blown away. There's such a refreshing amount of variety in this book, no one story is like the other.
I have to admit that the gore and body horror left me feeling nauseous and just... off. Halfway through, I had to get up and turn on the overhead light in my room (because it was getting dark) and I felt sufficiently spooked. Which is the goal of horror, really, and so is a testament to the quality of the material collected here.
So, yeah, incredibly evocative stuff.
Unfortunately, I could only afford an ebook version, which is a shame. I really love the cover, and I think it's a great anthology over all.(less)
For a one-shot volume (six chapters I think?), Tanemura manages to fit a good amount of plot and character development into this book. I was pleasantl...moreFor a one-shot volume (six chapters I think?), Tanemura manages to fit a good amount of plot and character development into this book. I was pleasantly surprised that the love triangle was resolved, with the two girls becoming friends -- I wish more series did that.
The student president, who kept grabbing Ion, followed her around, and wouldn't take no for an answer, was an incredibly uncomfortable character.
Still, the charming side characters and Ion herself is enough to make up for that.
I'd highly recommend this is if you're a fan of Tanemura's work, or wanted to start reading her work.(less)