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Title: Soulless
Series: The Parasol Protectorate (First in the series)
Author: Gail Carriger
Genres: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Vampires & Werewolves, Romance
Pages: 384 for paperback

The protagonist, Alexia Tarabotti, is a fuddy-duddy spinster more educated and assertive than she should be. She is also a soulless, a being that 'shorts out' paranormal powers. Combined with a desire to get in on the action, she is a constant problem to Conall Maccon. Essentially he runs the government branch that manages the paranormal along with the local werewolf pack. When Alexia is attacked by an random vampire, she plunges headlong into a mystery that threatens the delicate balance of paranormal and normal.

NGL, aside from the steampunk these aren't really my genres. That said, I really had fun with this book and will check out the sequels. The biggest seller to me is the tongue-in-cheek narrative. You get a solid (if slightly predictable) story, distinctive and fun characters, interesting mixture of mythos and world-buildinging, along with many chuckles. Its not deep, but its quality fun.

Likes, dislikes, meh. Light on spoilers. )
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Haven't been up to much these past weeks. Game Crazy went out of business so I ended up getting around 10 games for twenty dollars. Very good deals considering some of the titles. I'll probably talk about them as time goes on.

I read Dragonfly by Julia Golding. Its at young adult fantasy book about two young people arranged to marry and how they overcome various cultural clashes. The plot expands to encompass more, but it feels spoilery to mention anything other than it gets actiony. I read the book not expecting the action and it was a bit of an odd shift I had to adjust for.

  • Locales besides fantasy Europe, and decent culture build up
  • A dark skinned protagonist (which may be just the fantasy I read, but a rarity). And he's not alone.
  • Quick reading (at least for me).
  • The villain starts off awesome, but decays as time goes on.
  • Feels overly moral simplistic in certain parts.
  • Not much character development aside from the main two characters. And there are some side characters which I really wanted to see more of.
  • One moment where I went wtf. Spoilers (highlight)-> Essentially the heroine is harassed by some guy. The climax of this problem ends with some people in high places essentially saying they know that the guy is a harasser and will protect her. Its supposed to be a moment of awesome/heartwarming, but only begs the question that if they knew this guy was a harasser, why not warn the girl. The guy is important so I can see why they don't kick him out of the group, but at the same time a few sagely words could have prevented a lot.

Verdict: Its odd. Although I could nitpick this book forever, I actually enjoyed it. Its a pretty mindless read, but a decent one. The biggest problem (for me) is that the romance is much better than the rest of the plot. I really enjoyed the two characters overcoming cultural differences, and learning (sometimes struggling) to get along. It feels very different from a lot of fantasy that I come across. So the turn to the epic fantasy plot was a bit sad for me.
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Title: Kaibutsu-kun
Running Time: One Hour
Info: Jdrama Wiki
Genre: Fantasy comedy
Pics: 21

Last riveting installment here.

So where were we? Oh right, Daiou, Kaibutsu-kun's dad, said that instead of crowning Kaibutsu (kept calling him Prince last installment), he's going to banish the Prince to the human world-

-with lightning.

10 more exciting minutes. )
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Title: Kaibutsu-kun
Running Time: One Hour
Info: Jdrama Wiki
Genre: Fantasy comedy

You know with visuals as cool as this, that its gonna be a great show! :D

About 35 pictures under the cut. )

Still haven't quite made the 10 minute mark, but I have to stop here. Future installments will probably be less picture intensive. Got a bit carried away this time. Mostly I just wanted to show off to give you a flavor for the Monster World. Things get less scenic eventually.

So far this show seems cheesy, and funny. Two things I enjoy immensely. And sorry for the little black bars at the bottom of each cap. If I crop too much, some of the text gets lost.
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Basically anime or Australian culture reviews. IDK, I like them as the reviews are both thoughtful and funny. RJ herself is quite adorable to watch, and its nice to see reviews w/o sexism, or homophobia. Clicky~


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