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Sword Oratoria

So awhile back I picked up the first volume of the Danmachi spinoff LN in a buy two get one free sale thinking that it was a manga. I was initially disappointed because I didn’t really want a LN at the time, but since I bought it I figured I might as well go ahead and read it. 

I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s certainly not the pinnacle of fantasy writing, but I was engaged in the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I appreciate that in the spinoff it focuses on Aiz and her familia doing badass things in the dungeon rather than Bell being a newb and getting stronger. Aiz is already basically a god among men, and it lets the story go somewhere different than the original. 

While the writing is for the most part fairly simple (though I suspect this is partly because of it being translated and also that LNs are typically aimed at a younger audience and tend to not use a lot of advanced Kanji, which probably translates to the somewhat punctual and simple sentences that LN translations seem to have) the author has a real knack for describing large scale tactical battles. Sure Aiz is pretty OP and well wreck things, but in the really lower levels of the dungeon if they don’t work together and have a strong battle plan they’re just gonna die. 

I also appreciate that in the LN the world is fleshed out a lot more. World building is one of my favorite things in a show or book, and the Danmachi anime didn’t go into too much depth about the various things. The LN goes into much much more depth about how all the systems work, the various familia, cool little things about the world and so on. Also the dungeon is just fucking cool. Each floor can be completely unique, with almost no restrictions placed on what it has to look like or be which leaves the author with incredible freedom to dream up the wildest floors they possibly want. 

I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy this book very much, but it’s a solid fun read. Something like a 6-7/10 if I’m going to give it numbers. If you liked Danmachi at all, or sort of liked it but wanted a different view of the world this is a nice book to pick up. Only the first volume has been officially translated, but they seem to be coming out with new official translations every couple months. I’m sure there are fan translations floating around too, but I haven’t looked for them. 

So ya, fun book. There is an anime adaption scheduled sometime this year too. I think next season, but maybe the one after. That should be fun. 

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“I’m going to be completely honest here. When I first heard that [tyler] was going to be writing a book, because I was very biased about youtuber books at the time, I thought, great. It’s going to be some self-indulgent crap, because that was sort of the perception I had of youtubers in their 20’s writing books about their life, I’m like, you haven’t even lived your life. This book changed my opinion on youtubers writing books, honestly, and to be able to do that, you know it must be a good book.”

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So my plan to review for a week straight kind of fell through because of last minute things happening, but it’s all good haha~ Anyway, as I’m starting to go through this book I mentioned in my last post, I’m also realizing more things about my progress. 

I bought this book when I was in around 10th or 11th grade. It used to be so hard; i was a slow reader, and I mixed up similar looking kanji all the time - even the “easier” ones. I had always felt insecure about my progress in Japanese, even up until now. I still keep thinking things like “Oh, it’s been this long but why can’t I do this yet?” even though I know I shouldn’t be so hard on myself because of high school and now college classes taking priority. But looking through this book makes me feel happier about my progress, even though it’s been really slow. Since there’s a little box you can check if you get a question correct, I can see how many questions my high school self got right and wrong. And now that I can answer all the questions I used to get wrong and in half the time, I actually feel pretty accomplished, haha~ Sometimes you don’t see how much you’ve improved at something until you look back.

The point I’m trying to make is that progress doesn’t have to happen quickly, and it’s okay. This is something I couldn’t understand that well until now. Just because you don’t progress as quickly as you would like to doesn’t mean you’re failing. It doesn’t matter how big or small the steps you make are; any progress is still progress. Be proud that you’ve gotten this far by yourself, and keep on going. :D

The Cursed Child

I just finished reading The Cursed Child and I feel so betrayed. I’ve been avoiding spoilers and haven’t read any reviews so I have no idea how the majority of you feel but if you ask me my thoughts, they basically boil down to this: I’m gutted. I wasn’t really looking forward to The Cursed Child to begin with so I sort of did expect it to let me down but the script is an abomination. There are so many inconsistencies and SO MANY people have been excluded from the narrative (Remember Hagrid, Weasleys other than Ginny and Ron, Neville Longbottom, Luna Lovegood, Teddy Lupin???) It reads like badly written fan fiction. A play script (which isn’t written by J.K.R) isn’t what a new HP story deserved. It isn’t what we, Harry Potter lovers, deserved. 

(MAJOR SPOILERS ahead): Maybe the title of the story should’ve been Harry Potter and Playing Around With Time Turners. Because that sums up the whole thing perfectly. And can we talk about what in the name of bullshit was this whole Voldemort’s child thing about and how absolutely RIDICULOUS it is??!! A baby born in Malfoy Manor and DRACO FREAKING MALFOY DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT IT? lolwut. Can we all just collectively bang our heads against a wall? The Bellatrix/Voldemort coupling thing is what fans have been writing about since forever– it feels like the canon narrative is ripped off of readers’ imagination. And can we talk about the queer-baiting please? It was absolutely maddening. CAN WE ALSO TALK ABOUT HOW RON WAS REDUCED TO THE MOVIE VERSION OF HIMSELF? That drove me to the edge! Ron Weasley, so important to the trio, serves only one purpose in The Cursed Child and that is to bring comic relief. Everyone else also felt like a caricature of their past selves (save for Draco Malfoy). While reading The Cursed Child there were moments where I forgot that Harry had other kids besides Albus. How convenient! And there are so many other things that I’m angry about, I can’t even begin to put them into words..

The Cursed Child was a mistake and maybe I’ll take a time turner, change the history and create a reality where it doesn’t exist. But for now, I refuse to accept it as part of the HP canon. 

Book Review

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Rating: ★★

I love mermaids, and I am forever in search of a book about them that I absolutely adore. Unfortunately, I have yet to find such a book. Of Poseidon must now join the list of mermaid books that just don’t do it for me. At all.

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