Space Misogyny

Review:

On Basilisk Station  - David Weber

This book isn’t good. I was told it was “Space Opera” but this is more like “Military Space Adventure”. Think Star Trek but with more guns death and jargon.

Did I mention the jargon. If you aren’t into the military, or care about how big people’s guns are then this book will loose you quick with it’s “Falcon-Three-Three to Falcon-Two-One” and stuff like that which takes of pages and pages and offering nothing to the plot at all.
It’s also very noisy. Everything usually has about five hundred words to describe what’s happened and most of this jargon is all pseudosciency that also adds nothing to the plot and muddies the image of what really going on.

Finally let’s talk about the misogyny because this book has it.
Starting off by describing Honor as “not pretty, but no really she’s pretty” all the way to her almost rape back story, she’s a rote “strong” female character. Of course there’s the male love interest that she always seems to need help from that he doesn’t trust her and all that jazz.
The characters themselves are uninteresting and that’s mostly because Weber dumps a whole bucket of them on you before you have even warmed up to the one’s from the last bucket.

Then there’s the part where Weber calls the ship a “bitch” and describes that it was “raped” when it’s armaments were reconfigured. That the part when I wanted to toss the book into a fire. unfortunately it was a library book and thus needed to be returned. Weber being a man, knows nothing about rape to begin with and to call an inanimate object a bitch and described how it was ‘raped’ by having some weapons removed is just sheer and utter cherry-on-top misogyny.
I should probably also mention the psychic cat, but because it doesn’t add to the plot I’ll just ignore it. Really the furball could get sucked out an airlock and nothing of value would be lost on the plot…
All because the plot is that shallow, that I took a few years break from reading it and  still I was able to remember what was going on. That’s pretty sad.

NOT TO MENTION part of the plot involves invading a alien planet and drugging and slaughtering the native. WHAT. FUN. As if this book didn’t have that many problem. I almost want to say the Medusans are basically portrayed as First Nations and that their slaughter is more or less written off as necessary.
The last battle is needlessly dragged out, with lots more gore and explosions than a Michael Bay movie aaand more misogyny abound here too. It seems that Weber loves to write women, just so he can horribly kill and torture them. Very unstisfying end to an unsatisfying book.

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Degrades and Humiliates It’s "Awesome Hero"

Review:

The Devil Is a Part-Timer, Vol. 1 - Satoshi Wagahara

It takes 90% of the book to meander over trivial daily life stuff with very little actual plot going on then just dumps it all right at the end of the book. With literal info dumping in the last few pages.
The characters are typical and stale and of course all the women are put into their places if they aren’t meek to begin with. How many times does Emilia fall down, trip or is otherwise rendered helpless, then further embarrassed and humiliated. A lot.
The final ending is just garbage with Lucifer and really it just seemed pointless and not very funny at all.

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Viz ruins everything they touch

Review:

Sleeping Moon, Vol. 1 - Kano Miyamoto

Overall the story is good. One I’d like to continue. It’s got time travel and ESP and curses and pretty awesome for a BL manga.

However ViZ’s touch on this ruins most of it, with their goofy “dubbing” of the SFX, basically making this a “dub only affair”, the replacing of if the vertical lines with “~~~~” is just bizarre and the final one that fucks things up is that… this was rated M for “Explicit Content” however there is none in this book. It might be different for the rest in the series BUT, none in this book which reeks of “same sex relationship are alway ‘explicit’ and must be hidden away from the eyes of non-adults” which is fucked up.

This is what takes the score down so much is ViZ’s fuckery. They ruin everything they touch.

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Review:

Tropic of The Sea - Satoshi Kon

This is a basic story that proceeds how you think it’d proceed about a small fishing town than takes care of a mermaid egg. There is no twist of the plot or anything just the typical, town with mystical item gets besieged by corporate men and there’s a race to return the item to wherever it needs to go.

 

All with a healthy dose of Casual Misogyny. Seriously it seems like Satoshi Kon hates women as they don’t feature really prominently in this manga and only live to further the male plotline. Even the mermaid is rather nondescript.

 

Also I though this would be a novel which is the only reason I bought it, low and behold it’s not and it’s from Vertical. The people that don’t know a thing about their properties.

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Reading progress update: I’ve read 30%.

The Cage of Zeus - Sayuri Ueda

See this is why the book fails even when it talks about transgenderism. Women are always the ones “impregnated” (yes that’s the way they describe women) and men as the impregnators. The author can’t get the idea of there being more than two sexes and genders out of their head. Even that they can’t get their head around that, not every woman has a vagina and not every man has a penis and not every person with sex bits is a woman or a man.

Like it always describes the rounds as either being more feminine or more masculine. It can’t get over the fucking binary it seeks to comment about.

 

“When that act isn’t entirely consensual”

Uhh it’s either 100% or 0%, there is no “dub con” shit in rape. Saying however that rape occurs between Rounds also indicates the authors does understand that rape is about power. If the Rounds are living the utopia they are in… I doubt it’d occur. UNLESS they were referring to the shitty ass humans. That being said… I don’t think the author understands rape at all considering that they are talking about voluntary and involuntary ovulation.

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Review:

The Alchemist’s Memory - Katie Gatto

This book really feels disjointed. The protagonist, Callia, seems to flip-flop on if she hates her brother or if she doesn’t and in one scene goes to kill him only “Nope”, and of course he gets the upper hand.

 

The whole book is about her brother controlling her and she more or less dances to his tune even though it’s said she doesn’t want to or won’t. Trigger warning for incest and the brother wants her romantically and is of course the jealous type.

The story also seems to start out in the most random place, with her in the woods having fallen or something? It never really gets explained and a large portion of this book is never explaining things. Also the world building is non-existant. There are just names of people and about two places mentioned. It’s not even explained how the king had usurped anyone in the first place or what he had done to deserved to be re-ursurped.

 

Overall it lacks a lot of world building and characterization. Not only that it just seems to end. More or less on a cliffhanger and considering how short it is. It really could have used more.

 

Not to mention the casual misogyny of “I’m not like those other fluff headed girls” when she’s talking about the count. The constant controlling of Callia by her brother and her more or less liking it? Not liking it? Being a confused woman the whole time.

 

Another thing was that this was hard to read as the MOBI I got was double spaced and it had huge margins making it look more like poetry (it’s not). I had to convert it to a better spaced EPUB. Other technical things in the book are a lot of typos. Mixed names, such as Erdan supposed to be speaking but it’s attributed to Drew. Mixed genders, Drew is referred to by ‘she’ when he has up until this point be ‘he’ and afterwards is ‘he’. Some words that are mixed, ‘and’ instead of ‘an’. Some words that are missing, such as ‘..he had gone’ and there’s only ‘had gone’ and it really needed the ‘he’ there.

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Dragons and Intrigue!

Review:

Seraphina - Rachel Hartman

So I picked up this book because it’s sequel came up as “Books like Red Queen” and I wanted to read the first book so the second one made sense. And yes you need to read the first to understand the second.

 

This book has a lot going for it, strong main character and strong female secondary characters. There is next to no girl hate in here and what is there is regulated to a few lines on one part of the book. The only drawback to this is the amount of violent woman death. Thankfully two are dead before the story starts, Seraphina’s mother and Lars’ mother. Another dies due to being poisoned. While the death of men remains low, one is stabbed, two are beheaded. One before the story.

 

So what about diversity. We have the county of Porphyry in the north which is known philosophy and technology, these are where the black people are. We get Millie and Abdo from this region. Millie who is a minor character and Abdo a minor to major character.

Don’t think we have much in terms of any other representation.

As for the MOGAI front, we have the word “daanite” which comes from Daan and Masha, the martyred gay lovers that were then sainted.

 

That one thing with the story is that religion runs deep through it. It’s made up by reeks a bit of Catholicism. Thankfully there’s a glossary in the end of the book.

 

Overall I enjoyed it, it has it’s moments but overall a much better read than Red Queen.

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