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Neko by P.L. Nunn
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May 15, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: all-mm-fiction, c-pow-captive-slave, c-royalty-nobles, g-fantasy, gay-free-online, t-abuse-rape
Read in April, 2011

Hmm. This story was only recently completed, so it's been awhile since I've read the bulk of it.

The first 10 chapters are pretty rough. All the warnings you see, you should take to heart. Torture, cruelty, bestiality, gratuitous violence and extreme humiliation...it goes pretty much non-stop for the first 50% of this story. It was hard for me to read, I'm not gonna lie, but I got through it with the expectation that the story was going somewhere better...that the fantasy world and storyline would be further developed and expanded beyond the narrow confines of the cabin in which the Neko is tortured. Unfortunately, that never really happens to my satisfaction.

I don't want to give too much away, but things start to get exciting (and better for the Neko) at Chapter 11. At the time, I thought to myself, "Now the story will really get started." Eh. Not so much. Don't get me wrong, I liked the last 10 chapters MUCH more than the first 10. The story picked up, and I thought we were really getting somewhere. But unfortunately, it kinda fizzles out at the end. To be honest, I got the feeling that the author was having trouble figuring out where to go with the story or perhaps just trouble wanting to go anywhere further with the story. So instead of the story taking off, as I had expected, it just sorta...stops.

Ultimately, I appreciate that the author managed to "complete" the story instead of leaving it unfinished like so many other slash authors might do...but at the same time, I can't help but feel disappointed that it didn't go any further. And unfortunately, I think a lot of people who have issues with all the sexual torture won't be able to see past that when it takes up such a huge percentage of the book.
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message 1: by Td (new)

Td I keep telling myself to stay away, but I'm even more curious now....gulp. No, never mind...well, maybe...

message 2: by Ravyn (last edited May 15, 2011 02:48PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Ravyn LOL. Yeah, I am a big fan of P.L. Nunn, so I was psyched when I first started reading this. I guess I was imagining something more along the lines of Bloodraven though...

I mean, Bloodraven is pretty gruesome at times, but I think it does a better job at balancing out all the violence and rape with eventual tenderness (and even love?), not to mention the beautifully developed fantasy world and plotline. And sadly, I just didn't feel like Neko delivered in that regard. I didn't really feel the romance/love/tenderness between the Neko and his eventual rescuer the way I would have liked, and what I did feel was just too little too late, you know? Also, 50% of Neko basically takes place in a cabin, and the other 50% takes place in some no-name woods. And I guess I was expecting something more...more fantasy world development, more interaction with the outside world, more something...and I just didn't get it. Basically, I felt like the story had more potential, more to tell...but instead, it stayed pretty narrowly focused and somewhat abruptly ended.

So yeah, that pretty much sums up my feelings...

Haha, well good luck if you do decide to tackle this one!

message 3: by Td (new)

Td See? That's it exactly. I can deal with the torture and stuff if it's balanced out. I didn't read the reviews for Bloodraven beforehand so it really was a shock to my system at the beginning. It almost became too much, but then we got to the rest of the story and I was completely drawn in. I'll probably end up taking it a chapter at a time and see how it goes. Thanks Raven the review and the comment were wonderful.

Ravyn No prob. Thanks for the compliments!! And good luck!

message 5: by Lola (new) - rated it 1 star

Lola Yeah, I didn't like it either. It's too much torture and abuse. And that bestiality rape is just disgusting.

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