. I''ll be waiting for more from Mr. There is something distinctly un-Japanese about how they address or relate to one another, and in their actions towards each other. I'm not sure about general reviewers think but all of these is maddening distracting. This is never explained or dealt with. Stormdancer itself seems to take place in this weird pseudo-Japan, called 'Shima'. And now that I have gotten all the obligatory serious discussion and annoying stuff that I have to do to be taken seriously as book blogger out of the way, may I just mention one, juvenile thing that I rather enjoyed: Original picture by Cory Doctorow — alteration based on Darkstarz All the jizzworthy toys.
She makes a few mistakes and learns some tough lessons about love and friendship but it's not until she suffers a gut wrenching betrayal that she learns the true meaning of sacrifice. Is it its chemical composition? The author sacrifices the momentum that is finally building to drive the story forward with yet more description and really, I was almost at the end of my endurance by then. Other than that, I didn't necessarily feel like Kristoff has that much more actual knowledge of the country than an avid anime fan might posses. I remember the manyoushuu being brought up and it was called, The Book of a Thousand Deaths, or I dunno some ridiculous title like that. I think his writing skills have improved a lot just in a few years! For the love of god, please, before you write about other cultures.
Making this book exceptionally readable and enjoyable. Some things, you give respect where it belongs. This Yukiko, she was in the wrong setting and era ahead of her time and no one raised an eyebrow. The Shogun was not well developed at all. Martin's Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Then make me a chainsaw Katana.
When I get a book that is inspired by Japan I implicitly trust the author to do it right. Until I hit that solid wall soon after. Enough for one day, hai? Look: you don't have to respond to us or comment on our reviews. We also have two love interests for her, but fortunately the tiny romance part just complements the well-rounded adventure story, without being a distraction from what is important. So why did I give it 5 stars? This series strikes a strong middle-ground between catering towards adults with the inclusion of mature content, while still featuring enough young characters for teens to connect with on a personal level.
If it were me, my first instinct on seeing those eyes would've been, 'Huh, a gaijin Iron Samurai? They must find their own strength and trust themselves to find their way through. We get to know how the Lotus Guild came into power. Some may enjoy the subtle, or not so subtle, nods to other fantasy and science fiction that litter this book. Honour is something discussed quite a lot in this book. Kristoff has covered practically every aspect of his world, from social and cultural norms, to political and governmental conspiracies, and from the city mindset to that in the rural areas as well. The plot was tight and set at a good pace, with suprises jumping out at turns. All throughout Shima, arashitoras are thought to be extinct, and the quest to go and find one is seemingly impossible, but, following the orders of the Sh? This swirling chaotic and yet spellbinding tale of Man vs God vs Demons vs Zombies and lots more! Griffins is from western mythology.
Anyway, I am very grateful for the chance to read the book pre-publication and I recommend it in spite of the above mentioned obstacles, which might scare away a considerable number of potential fans before the story's lotus fumes have begun to lure them in. You know, there was this phrase where you were intentionally downplaying our 'connection' by describing me to the enemy as 'no smarter than a dog'. Her tenacity is one to admire. I think he truly captured the female mentality and portrayed it in an extremely positive and strong-willed light. This is one of my favorite posts to come out of this whole mess. How could I not enjoy this? For some reason when I started reading this I thought it was set in a post apocalyptic Japan and that after the world fell people went back to the old religions and beliefs and started living menial lives again. I've also seen, in passing, a number of reviews that have touched on inaccuracies in Japanese culture and customs.
Yukiko and Buruu with the help of the History teaches us. Aspects I appreciated learning about: sky walkers, sky ships, iron-Tusked demons, cloud walkers, blood lotus, chainsaw katana, various breathing apparatus, leather made from corpse rats. And looking at the amazing spread ahead of me, I cannot resist myself! But it's this inventive juxtaposition that makes Stormdancer such a thrilling addition to the increasingly tired yet continuously expanding dystopian scene. It won't be an issue. The point was, its hard to read without being a grammar police and complain about verbs and spellings every pages! Not the kind of thing your average anime fan would know, let alone somebody with no experience in Japanese whatsoever. I think the only real flaw in this book in my eyes was the insta-love and insta-sex part with that Hiro dude. I actually do believe this should be read before reading Kinslayer, giving you a greater appreciation and making you more sympathetic for the thunder tigers that appear in Kinslayer.
He is willing to sacrifice himself for people he loves. Jay Kristoff, ladies and gentleman, is one of them. I fear this review is going to be a long-winded, but there is simply so much to love about this tale. We loved the idea, as it sounded like it was a book made for The Book Smugglers Dystopia! To sum up some of my feelings: The first 100 or so pages are basically exposition and descriptions. Must acquire at all costs. I could feel all the conflicted emotions Yukiko felt towards her father in my own gut and felt such a strong pull towards the relationship between these two, perhaps because we all have fathers ourselves.
I also appreciate the idea of the world of Shima and the general message decrying the evils of mindless industrialization at the sacrifice of the natural world. If you read history book, you'll notice everything is dystopian. When the Shogun demands someone bring him an arashitora griffin , a group of adventurers gos on an airship voyage to capture the beast, long thought to be extinct. The Review Team program is a separate part of OnlineBookClub. More Links Assorted thoughts on Stormdancer: Linda on the Green-Eyed Asian Love Interest, plus her series of thoughts on Asian fantasy.