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Out by Natsuo Kirino
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Jan 21, 2008

it was ok
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.

message 4: by Nchrvrt (new) - added it

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.

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.

message 8: by Kaj (new) - rated it 3 stars

Kaj Peters Agreed. Though clearly meant to be read as ironic; the graphic rape at the end misses its point by the extremely painful descriptions. Kirino could have done without such an easy tie-in with genre conventions.

message 9: by Kaj (new) - rated it 3 stars

Kaj Peters And 'rape' as a metaphore is all fine and dandy, but the point is that we're overfed with one-sided objectifications of women. You'd expect a writer who deliberately plays with representations of women, to stay clear of any semblance to a rape fantasy. She undermines the strength of the descriptions in which the leading ladies cut male bodies to pieces.

message 10: by Sev (new) - rated it 2 stars

Sev I just finished this and boy do I agree. I hated the ending and actually just scanned through it. Not my thing.

message 11: by Lala (new) - rated it 3 stars

Lala Lopez You all took the words right out of my mouth.

Alaska Shaitan im still perplexed for the end

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