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Starfish Girl

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  119 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
In a post-apocalyptic underwater dome, there lives a girl with a starfish growing from her head. Her name is Ohime. She is the starfish girl. Alone in this world, Ohime must fight for her life against lecherous crabmen, piranha people, and a yellow algae that is causing humans to mutate into fish. Until she meets Timbre, a woman with deadly sea anemone hair. Ohime thinks s ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Eraserhead Press
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Dan Schwent
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, bizarro
Inside of an underwater dome in a post-apocalyptic world, Ohime, a young girl with a starfish growing out of her head, meets up with an assassin with sea anemone hair named Timbre. Together, they wander their undersea world, pursued by the fiendish Dr. Ichii, in search of a ship Ohime's deceased parents helped develop, a ship that will take them to the fabled world above the waves. Can Ohime and Timbre reach the ship before Dr. Ichii?

I have to admit, I had my doubts when I first saw the cover bu
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Hoo boy! This book is one crazy ride!

I have to say up front, I was initially charmed, then skeeved, by this book -- I really didn't think I could finish it. But I just wasn't going to let this book intimidate me, no sir. And you know what? I ended up LOVING it!

I read all these glowing reviews, and I just couldn't understand -- did these people read the same book I was reading?? Well, yeah, but they had pushed past the part that I got hung up on. And once I got past it, I could see what all the r
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro
Great fight scenes. Action, Action, Action. There's a lot to love here. Quest that takes the reader through uniquely imagined landscapes and cityscapes. Great brothel scene. Kick-ass unapologetic mature female hero. Revengeful Vagina Dentata. Completed by a perplexing, yet naively appealing, very well dressed pubescent heroine.

Athena Villaverde is going to have a film-deal someday when this story is optioned/adapted for the screen. It could become a cult classic or with the right budget, soundt
Steve Lowe
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
What a cool little bizarro book, set in a world as richly rendered and imagined as you might find in the best fantasy out there. So many cool ideas packed into this little book. Others have mentioned it, and I won't deny that I kept envisioning the fish people from SpongeBob, but that doesn't hurt. In fact, it made it more fun considering what Athena has them do to each other. This book contains two of the most unique and outstanding rape scenes I've ever read. You may ask, how can a rape scene ...more
Anthony Chavez
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Great little book. I quite liked the tale, I couldn't help but imagine an anime in my mind the whole time I read it, I could definitely see it being adapted into one, maybe by Miyazaki.

The main character Ohime is such a likable ignorant of the dome world creature, innocent in every way which is a stark contrast to Timbre, the "good person," as labelled by Ohime, who grew up on the streets, is a trained killer and assassin and knows the threats and dangers of the dome world.

The story is Ohime's j
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Starfish Girl" is what would happen if Studio Ghibli called up an "Ecstasia"-era Francesca Lia Block and asked her to write a demented kawaii-esq post-apocalypic screen play with steampunk-ish mutated sea creatures, violently deranged murders and a frequent mention of vaginas.

I enjoyed the sweetly naive Ohime-the star fish girl herself- and her angry, beleaguered, sea anemone assassin companion, Timbre. Timbre seemed so exasperated with Ohime, that I continually wondered when she was going to a
3.5 stars
Starfish Girl is a sub-genre stew, a slathering of ingredients from urban fantasy, surrealism, sci-fi, steampunk, dystopia and bizarro. Beneath the sea and under a dome a band of mutants set out on a journey to the surface. Turning cogs, evil doctors, Victorian-like whore houses and a remote population of clowns are discovered along the way by a naive girl and her urban fantasy tough street-wise protector. This is the cast of the future and only 20 are allowed to make it out alive. The
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-jan-june
Excellent book! Amazingly vivid descriptions and inventive characters who are on a quest to escape with "nice" people to a safer world. The wonderful cast of characters include sweet, naive Starfish Girl (Ohime), the fierce assassin who protects her and of course the evil villain who wants to take over the world and his minions. I love how Ohime is full of love and happiness and sees everything in a positive light - even the slums and the toxic yellow algae that is ruining her world. I found thi ...more
Garrett Cook
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
A quest narrative with the elegant watercolor strokes of Yoshitaka Amano concept art. A story with the message that compassion is its own kind of strength. While it takes awhile to really get going, when it does, Starfish Girl takes you in. Since a lot of the target audience for this book is anime fans, you know what this is like. Most anime takes awhile to get you into it, but drags you along for the ride when it does. If you love Final Fantasy and wish it were darker and more grown up and poss ...more
Donald Armfield
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Meet Ohime "Starfish Girl" has a starfish growin` on her forehead. Lives in the underwater sea world. On her travels she meets Timbre an assassin with sea anemone hair. They are in search of a ship built by Ohime`s deceased parents.

Its like Sponge Bob meets the Wizard of Oz... Great book!

Action Fight Scences, strange sex scences... A MUST READ!
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Emory by: Christy Stewart
Shelves: bizarro-fiction
Have you ever come across an anime series that on the surface looks like you'd never bother with it, but you get hooked within the first ten minutes anyway? Athena Villaverde's “Starfish Girl” is like that, but in written form.
This book reads like an anime series. “Starfish Girl” is a fast-paced story that doesn't bother explaining why things are. You are dropped in the middle of a post-apocalyptic world with the title character, Ohime. All is quiet. Then the mutant crab-men show up. From ther
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This is not your normal average everyday little girl. Welcome to bizarro, welcome to the dome - here comes Starfish girl.

Ohime is a literally a starfish girl, a very hypercolored starfish girl. She is purple, she is cute, and as innocent as the day is long. Timbre, her traveling companion and BFF, is the exact opposite in every possible way. Where Ohime is soft and loving, Timbre is a bad mamma jamma.

Ohime has a secret, and she can't share it with just anyone. Only the good people are allowed
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro
Upon seeing the cover, I was worried that this book might not be something I'd be into, but I am happy to report, I was wrong. This is one of the better bizarro books I've read. Ohime (aka Starfish Girl) is an innocent girl of 15 who is looking for nice people to bring to the surface in a ship her parents and other scientists built before they were killed. Ohime's underwater dome world is dying due to a toxic yellow algae has mutated most of the population and forced many to get implants from th ...more
Thomas Baughman
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Athena Villaverde's Starfish Girl is the the story of Ohime, a young girl with a starfish growing out of her head. Ohime lives in a post-apocalytic underwater dome which is dying due to a plague of yellow algae which has mutated the inhabitants into half-fish half-humans who eventually go insane. In Ohime's travels she encouters Timbre, an assassin with sea anemone hair, who saves her from being raped by roving Crabmen. The two team up and are pursued by Timbre's employer, The evil Dr. Ichii an ...more
S.T. Cartledge
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro, reviewed
"So cute!" Villaverde's first publication follows the story of Ohime, the starfish girl, as she wanders joyfully through the post-apocalyptic wasteland of a corrupt and violent underwater civilisation. In her travels, she meets Timbre, who is a no-holds-barred sea-anemone assassin. She doesn't like to mess around. Together they travel through the dangerous lands of their dome society in an attempt to reach a ship that will take them to the surface to restart civilisation on land.

This book is gre
Eerie Daffodil
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In Athena Villaverde's, Starfish Girl (Eraserhead Press, 2010), industrial fiction meets Hayao Miyazaki's, Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli, 2001). Despite facing constant danger in an underwater town being devoured by a fungus that's turning fish folk psychotic, and where half-men, half-sea creature mob goons donning mechanic appendages wreak havoc without consequence, the little starfish girl's tenacity to find others who are “nice” is as steadfast as Chihiro's devotion in Spirited Away to changin ...more
Jonathan Moon
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Starfish Girl is the cutest bizarro book I’ve read yet. Now, please don’t go misinterpreting that statement, because somehow Ms. Villaverde has crafted a story equal part ‘AWWWWW’’ and ‘AWESOME’. The cute (or ‘AWWWWW’) comes in the form of the young starfish girl main character, Ohime, and her childish innocence and ever endearing positive attitude. The ’AWESOME’ comes in the form of the red sea anemone dreadlocked assassin, Timbre, and her wicked fighting skills, poison darts and fierce tentacl ...more
Dustin Reade
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Athena Villaverde is a very visual writer. Every scene in this book is clearly and lovingly detailed, which helps to create a fully realized, underwater world with fish-people mutations that are also described in incredible detail. THe imagery congered up in the pages is beautiful and surreal. Though the best part about this descriptive style ius that at no point does it become redundant, or overbearing. The author is able to keep the storyline moving, occasionally at a break neck pace, and she ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bizarro
Starfish Girl is Athena Villaverde's debut novella taking place in an underwater world in the post-apocalyptic future. Many generations down the line the above ground world has been all but forgotten and a glass dome is all people ever really know. The story follows Ohime, which is a cute, naive little girl with a starfish stuck in her head, and Timbre, who is a tentacle haired assassin, while they hunt for a location that has not been poisoned by dangerous yellow algae. Meanwhile the demented D ...more
Scott Emerson
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
(Review for Bizarro Brigade.)

Is there such a thing as "girly" bizarro? Probably not. But in her debut novel STARFISH GIRL, author Athena Villaverde presents a strong case for it in this tale of unlikely feminine friendship. (I think it's safe to say this is the first bizarro novel heavily influenced by Francesca Lia Block.) Villaverde creates a unique visual backdrop--a domed sub-aquatic world infected by a strange yellow algae, a substance that mutates its inhabitants into human/sea creature hy
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
Starfish Girl is the Bizarro Literary equivalent of Kip Addatto’s “Wet Dream.” (If you’ve never heard it, you’re missing out: A yellow algae causes humans to transform into sea-mutants. Ohime, a girl with a starfish on her head (and at least some of the attributes of starfishes, like regenerating limbs), tries to find the good people left in the dome under the sea. One person that she’s convinced is one of the “good ones” is ex-assassin Timbre. Ohime fo ...more
Christy Stewart
Starfish Girl fills the gaping hole in the bizarro genre that is cuteness! It’s a kawaii-glitter-sea-shell valentine that reads "suck a dick." It also does a service to the squidpunk genre; the most fun you'll have with tentacles outside of Japanese squid fetish porn.

The writing style is generic but the imagery is anything but and it's impossible not to like the characters. Villaverde fit so much action, art and fandoms into one small book that you won't think it's possible to get out without dr
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bizarro
This book was easy to picture as a dark, animated film. I'm all for a whacky female duo going on an important under-the-sea quest to find a way to prevent human extinction. Villaverde has a gift for describing mutated fish people and creating delightfully awkward situations bordering on cringeworthy (underwater brothels, anyone?).
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Take one sweet but naive Starfish Girl (Ohime), add a sea anemone assassin/mercenary (Timbre), mix in a large bowl full of mutated fish people (the dome), and chase with a barnacle-covered megalomaniac scientist (Dr. Ichii) bent on discovering Ohime's secret, and you have Starfish Girl by Athena Villaverde. Starfish Girl makes me feel like I'm reading a novelization of an anime movie and feels like it was ripped straight from an animator's drawing table. That's not to say that it's bad; not in t ...more
David Barbee
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Athena Villaverde's bizarro debut is weird, playful, and impressive. It has the style of whimsical anime, similar to the films of Miyazaki, but there is also a grisly and horrific element. It's packed with lots of bloody action, grisly horror, and apocalyptic scenery. The weirdness and the cuteness of it creates a weird blend that proves to be a really fun read.

The landscape is a vast underwater dome that has suffered a collapse. The cities are run down and the scenery is wild and dangerous. In
Grant Wamack
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Starfish Girl is the debut novella from Bizarro newcomer Athena Villaverde.

The world is a bad place, very bad. The top surface has gone to hell and can’t support human life so everyone has moved into an underwater dome in the ocean. However, a mysterious yellow algae is killing off people left and right and turning the rest of the inhabitants into mutants.

Ohime, a starfish girl, meets a deadly woman named Timbre. Timbre is trying to find a bunker to take refuge in and Ohime hangs onto her every
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Okay, the thing about this book is that when it works it's freaking amazing and when it doesn't I want to scream because the amazing stuff is so much fun. I mean, there's this beautiful underwater mutant-infested post-apoc pseudo-Japan thing going on, and the author has a great imagination and can really bring it to life in my head, but the characters walk through the plot like a straight line and don't really talk or think much and when they do I kind of wish they wouldn't.

That sounds harsher t
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
A world richly imagined and full of little details that really make the story. Ohime, a girl so naive one would be surprised she could survive for more than two minutes in a post-apocalyptic undersea dome full of people slowly mutating into fish, is the starfish girl and she is on a mission to find nice people. Only nice people. Luckily she runs in to Timbre, a woman with anemone hair who, despite possibly be a psychotic killer, is, deep down, a nice person.

Running afoul of lecherous crab men,
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, bizarro-fiction
Ohime is a cute little starfish kamikaze girl who lives in a dome under the sea. But she’s not a happy echinoderm. A toxic plague of yellow algae is slowly turning everyone into deformed fish monsters. And a mad scientist named Dr. Ichii wants to control all the mutants for his own selfish agenda.

This isn’t the most bizarre book you’ll ever read. Yes, there’s some cruelty and weird fish sex scattered about. But mostly Starfish Girl is what you’d get if Hayao Miyazaki, Walt Disney, and Theodor G
Zoe Welch
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A bioluminescent sea mushroom forest, poisonous yellow algae, shell magic, mutated fish people and life in an under water dome.

Starfish Girl is a colorful tell from life in a dome under the sea that has been taken over by plague of yellow algae. You follow the unfolding adventure of Ohime, the Starfish Girl and her companion and protector, an anemone woman, Timbre, as they battle for survival including evil villains, crazed mutated fish people and yellow algae.

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Athena Villaverde writes sexy and weird bizarro fantasy tales, often set in wastelands populated by colorful and magical characters. Part cyber-punk, part urban fantasy. Cute and disturbing.

Her interests include Tarot, knitting, fetish fashion, kawaii noir, chaos magick, hair dye, drawing and painting, dancing, Japanese anime, cult films, genetic mutations, parasites, survivalism, cosplay, steampu
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