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Final Fantasy VII by Kazushige Nojima
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 5ever-favs, books-i-own, here-there-be-problematic-favs, it-s-fantasy-time, poc-protags

Hi, I love Evan Townshend and Kyrie Canaan so much. They are magnificent and share only one brain cell. I would die for these two dumbasses.

Also sharing just one brain cell are the Turks, and omg, I love them. I love them so much. "We kind of want to be your friend, but we're also the Mafia." *shoots a guy in the background* "No hard feelings, right?"

But seriously, I loved seeing further into the Turks' way of doing things. It's already so hot that they're the muscle and undercover mission specialists for the Shinra Electric Power Company, but any time I can see them individually as people. Pachameme.png

Tseng is still as cool-headed and attractive as ever. I did not know how hardcore and ready to kill a man at any time Elena was, but I'm so glad I know that now. Then, there's Reno and Rude, these beautiful idiots, these absolute buffoons. Them: [does everything wrong] Me: You have never done anything wrong in your life ever. I know this, and I love you.

Having these guys be partners is absolute poetic cinema; I could watch their interactions for hours. Would I climb Rude like a tree? Best believe it. And omg, I love Reno so much. I truly didn't think I could love him or be more attracted to him than I already was, but this book proved me absolutely wrong, wow.

"And whose fault is it that we're here?" said Kyrie, and we each pointed at Reno just as he pointed with both hands at us.

See? Who wouldn't fall for this absolute ridiculous disaster of a moron?

Okay, might as well go ahead and put all my cards on the table. Thanks to the Advent Children movie, I've always felt a tingling of something for Rufus Shinra. It never went much of anywhere because here he is, ~mysteriously robed~ for most of the movie, face covered, armed mostly with a hot voice, and there are Reno and Vincent standing right there, then Kadaj happened to me, and then Sephiroth appeared. It's just a lot to measure up to, y'know? Rufus didn't stand a chance.

Well, thanks to this book, now he fucking does, and I hate it. I hate that if Shinra ever got back on its feet, I would be That Bitch applying for Doofus Shinra's secretary position because I, too, am an absolute moron. I could've been free from this basicness, but no. Rufus had to go and be in top form here, with wry dialogue, obvious chemistry between him and the Turks, and an absolutely endearing relationship with Evan. And then, he had to go and be unflappable and manipulative and In Control at all times, like Whomst the Fuck?

And then there's Kadaj.


How dare... the film hold back so much of what he could do, ability-wise?

Like okay, I get it. The film came out first and maybe we didn't even know. The book came later, and Kadaj in the film was already cranked up to fucking 100, absolutely batshit crazy, but, look, hear me out. Hear me out.

Why not crank him up to 101 and let him be even more batshit crazy? There's still room! We have plenty of time and space to do this, so let's see it. Let's see him be able to remove and give back people's pain, to absorb their feeling and memories with a touch, to appear as the people you love most, even if they're dead. I just got gut-punched if Kadaj had done this to, say, Cloud and had actually appeared as either Aerith or Zack to mess with him while he was at his lowest point. The nerve. Also, wow, Hot.

I'm also feeling Some Typa Way--and maybe I'm reading this wrong--but I feel Some Typa Way about Kadaj assuming at least the partial identity of an old flame of Kyrie's. It's just Wow. Okay. Cool cool cool cool. It's just good writing. Also, I'm laughing so much at how briefly Kadaj had contact with Sephiroth in the Lifestream and is all, "I didn't care for him." Absolutely perfect.

I also, of course, enjoyed all the cameos of other Final Fantasy VII characters I received. Cloud. Tifa. Nanaki. Even if they weren't there for very long, this translation was so true to who they are as characters. You feel them living on the page. What also tended to help was Evan's unusual narration; there's a lot of character work that went into this, and I absolutely loved the entire thing.

And yeah, if I wasn't already vibrating out of my skin for the Final Fantasy VII remake, I would be after reading this. As it is, I think I've transcended into some other plane where time is meaningless and yet it means everything. Good Lord, is it March 2020 yet?
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Reading Progress

June 22, 2019 – Shelved
June 22, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
August 19, 2019 – Started Reading
August 26, 2019 –
page 62
September 3, 2019 –
page 129
September 7, 2019 –
page 147
September 8, 2019 – Shelved as: 5ever-favs
September 8, 2019 – Shelved as: books-i-own
September 8, 2019 – Shelved as: here-there-be-problematic-favs
September 8, 2019 – Shelved as: it-s-fantasy-time
September 8, 2019 – Shelved as: poc-protags
September 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Cassie I feel every single bit of the Kadaj section of this review deep in my soul and my [REDACTED].

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Jennifer Cassie wrote: "I feel every single bit of the Kadaj section of this review deep in my soul and my [REDACTED]."


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