Bundori by Laura Joh Rowland

Bundori:: A Novel of JapanBundori: A Novel of Japan by Laura Joh Rowland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh man, this book was so hard to get through. Mostly because of its length and the way it was written, than out of dislike for the story.

I admit I have a love/hate situation going on with this series. On the one hand, I love all the historical details and how they’re woven into the story, the settings are realistic, Sano is (albeit slightly annoying to me in his personality) portrayed in a way believable to what and who he is supposed to be, and the crime/mystery aspect of the series is very well played and more or less interesting.

On the other hand, I (as I already stated) dislike Sano’s personality, don’t really care what becomes of the characters, find the repetitive descriptions dragging, and the sprinkled Japanese words reek of fanfic (and I’m not even talking about the titles of their jobs, which require a one paragraph explanation on what position it exactly is else no one [except those who know Japanese and their history] would know, because using the actual words in English like “retainer” and “captain” or whatever apparently takes it too far out of ‘the setting’).

I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series unless I’m very bored or very in need for a kick for some Feudal Japan. I know they’re not the longest books ever, but something about the writing style just makes them drag on forever. If the books were about half the length they are, I might have read on, but as they are… nope.

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Stuffocation by James Wallman

StuffocationStuffocation by James Wallman
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I think this reviewer said it much better, but here it goes anyway:
For a book dealing with clutter and minimalism (and other similar subjects), it sure was cluttered! The idea was good, some of the information you could extract was interesting, but to get to it you had to wade through a mix of extremely boring anecdotes/quasi-stories, and loads of fact dump (it kept going from one to the other indiscriminately). Eventually I just grew bored and gave up reading it. I just don’t have the patience for it.

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The Ships of Earth by Orson Scott Card

Las Naves De La TierraThe Ships of Earth (Homecoming Saga) by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Boring. It was slow slow slow slow slow, and then things got interesting only at the end; and it ended in what seemed to be a bit of an abrupt way, much like if the book had been meant to go together with the next one and not as a standalone.
To put it briefly, the first 7 chapters could have easily just been summed up into one, and save us the boring read to get to the actual interesting parts.

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Love is in the Heir by Kathryn Caskie

El heredero (Hermanas Featherton, #4)Love is in the Heir by Kathryn Caskie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Puntastic title. You could do so much with the premise of twins, but instead it was… boring. The start was alright but then it made less and less sense on why people just wouldn’t speak the truth. And the ‘heroine’ was just so annoying.

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

El nombre del viento (Crónica del asesino de reyes, #1)The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book had a very, very long and unnecessary prologue. I kept reading in the hopes that something good would happen, but nope. Nothing happened. At all. I mean, sure, there were kids fighting and a some sort of maybe romance and something that wanted to hint to an actual plot… but nothing of real plot-like importance happened. so basically it was a lot of pages of… I’m still not sure. Character introduction, I guess? Maybe a bit of world building? Meh.
Oh, and also, Gary Stu.

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