I'm not unfamiliar with Mayu Shinjo's work. In fact I've read quite a few of them. And I do like to think myself pretty well-versed when it comes to mI'm not unfamiliar with Mayu Shinjo's work. In fact I've read quite a few of them. And I do like to think myself pretty well-versed when it comes to manga and anime. However, to be honet with you guys, I never expected to read something of hers that didn't include sex. Or rape. Or both. You can imagine how pleased I was with Midnight Children.
Shinjo's work isn't bad, it's just that every series she has out looks similar to one she's already published years before. Her artwork and storylines are, quite frankly, a bit repetitive. BUT, that doesn't mean they aren't good. I do enjoy what Shinjo puts out. And for the most part, the serve as a guilty pleasure. Not that they're really guilty 'cause everyone knows what I'm reading...
But Midnight Children was really, really good. I loved the story, and I have a thing for mangas who incorporate either really hot boy bands and idols or mafia. Especially mafia. But cute boy bands work too.
Midnight Children is only one volume long, easy enough to just sit down and read. The story is a lot deeper than the synopsis gives off, too. I throughly enjoyed reading Midnight Children, and if you are sort of Shinjo fan, I'm certain you will too. ...more
Clarity was a lot more than I expected from a tiny little book. While I've seen countless people praise Kim Harrington, I doubt I would've ever pickedClarity was a lot more than I expected from a tiny little book. While I've seen countless people praise Kim Harrington, I doubt I would've ever picked up one of her books unless it was forced on me. And forced one was. But in the end, instead of turning this review into a rant about my original anger at having more added to my TBR pile, I'd have to wholeheartedly thank my friend for pushing this one on me. Clarity was so much fluffy fun, and just what I needed.
What? You want me to write more? You mean that one paragraph wasn't enough to convince you to buy this book? *huff* People these days are so demanding. *glares* Yes, I'm talking about you. (I'm kidding. I just don't want to write anymore because I'm a lazy person.)
I mean, One Piece is hilarious and epic. It doesn't get much better than that. I see the hype and Oda's brilliant series deserves every bit of it andI mean, One Piece is hilarious and epic. It doesn't get much better than that. I see the hype and Oda's brilliant series deserves every bit of it and more.
But I refuse to rate every single volume of One Piece. I like to think I have a life. So, uhm, just read One Piece. One Piece is awesome....more
Set in 12th Century Korea, A Single Shard spins the tale of Tree-ear. His life, his emotions, his dream. Park's Newbery Award winning book tells the sSet in 12th Century Korea, A Single Shard spins the tale of Tree-ear. His life, his emotions, his dream. Park's Newbery Award winning book tells the story of Tree-ear's desire to sit before a potter's wheel and one day hope to create a vase so beautiful and detailed that it is worthy of suceeding his master's unreachable level of skill. And so the story begins with Tree-ear bringing home a small sack of rice - a feast he hasn't had the honor in having in months.
Tree-ear is probably one of the most realistic characters I've ever come across in any book, not just in one particular genre or subgenre. His emotions are so raw that sometimes it manages to slap me in the face like a wake-up call. Here I am, lazy as can be, and there is Tree-ear. Working as hard as he could without pay. I couldn't help but marvel at his determination because I most certainly would not hike up into the mountains and cut wood without insurance, good pay, and a man to do all the work for me. Those are reasonable requests, no? Ha.
The hardships, and consequently the bonds established through them, was if anything...beautiful. And although the way the characters spoke was a bit too out of place for me, as I'm too accustomed to YA literature these days, I couldn't help but keep turning the pages. It's been far too long since I've read a story that flows this well.
The secondary characters were every bit as realistic and contributed every bit as much as Tree-ear did to the story. Crane-man who was wise and kind and whom certainly did not deserve his unhappy ending, Min who was stubborn and proud, and his wife who was kind and supportive. They served only to add to the brilliance that is A Single Shard.
If anything, this is what a real 'journey book' should be like. A Single Shard comes highly recommended, a work that deserves every award it's received. If you, dear reader, come across this title in your list of required reading for school - fear not. This book is so damn awesome it has Snape's approval.