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Out by Natsuo Kirino
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Feb 05, 08

Read in February, 2008

What a disappointing ending! At first, I was absolutely entralled by the characters and their various relationships. The first 3/4ths of the book are filled with so much texture - it felt like I was running my hands through a fabric store. Most intriguing are the female-female relationships ranging from trust to need to fear. How I hated Kuniko! How I rooted for Masako!

And then, this whole S&M dark and violent erotic stuff comes out, which threw the entire book in downward-spiral away from nuance and substance to blatant sex and desire. I thought Masako was stronger than the Stockholm syndrome! I forced myself to finish and can say that while I did enjoy reading about underground Tokyo - why would anyone waste their time reading about it when they can watch a movie that is effortless and as simple?
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Ugh, this novel veers into flat-out torture porn! That isn't even S&M. I wish I had known about that before I started.

Ismael Galvan The ending murdered it for me too. Of all the possible ways to end a great story, why choose dungeon porn?

Martha Colburn As I said in my brief review, good book but a stupid ending.

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Nchrvrt I just finished reading it and I must say I dont exactly know how I should feel about the ending. It's weird, it's sick and I'm not sure if it's a good thing:(

Kristen Yes! You said it. My thoughts exactly.

Becky Yes I amconflicted since I enjoyed the novel until the end. I kept reading thinking I must be reading the last pages wrong. She kissed him and wasn't relieved to be alive. I despise that she wasn't allowed to be a heroine that outsmarted her torturer. Just a brainwashed victim of Stockholm syndrome.

Larry Completely agree. A compelling literary novel, full of insight and nuance, yet still an entertaining mystery. Then it falls apart in the final third and becomes lurid and meaningless.

Michelle If you think this ending was porn/smut/erotica/whatever, then clearly, you've missed the point completely. It wasn't meant to be taken literally. This book was FULL of metaphors throughout, so I thought the ending was very suitable. It wasn't about sex... you have to look past that.

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