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The beginning of Berserk is probably one of the weaker arcs, and yet I've read this volume three times. In full, Berserk is a phenomenal fantasy series with extreme conflict and daring themes. It may go too far at times, but it is unique and gripping for that reason.I think that the Golden Age arc (Vol 3-14) is an essential read for understanding Berserk, but you may know if you like it or not by reading the first three volumes.
For one, I'm more than happy with my order, I've received several of these volumes from this seller, and am more than impressed with the condition that they arrive in. Secondly, this comic/manga series has to be one of the best, if not the best I've ever read. The story in Berserk, in my opinion rivals some of the greats, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. Its universe seems ever expanding with each Arc, and unlike others, doesn't seem to ever disappoint. Each volume seems as interesting as the last, in my opinion, at least. I highly recommend these books, but heed warning, they are not for the faint of heart, they are very graphic as you will see with the first few pages of Vol. 1.
5/5 Stars beyond a doubt. If your interested at all in manga, this is an ABSOLUTE must read. Blood, Betrayal, Love, Evil, Rape, Majestic, Powerful, Supernatural, Light and Dark, that is Berserk. It's not just a comic, it's more than a simple book. It has a greater deeper meaning that will hit you at your core.. An with the story still being told there are still more great moments to seize. GET THIS MANGA.
Wow, I wasn't expecting this kind of great quality. The art style is obviously older, this was written/drawn in 1989! In this volume you'll get acquainted with Guts, The Black Swordsman. Not much is really revealed about him except that he has been battling his inner demons for a while, Oh and I mean that quite literally. Puck is a nice comedic addition to this very melancholic story. Already buying vol 2 and I cant wait to get the other 30+ volumes!
First time buying a Manga?Looking for something that isn't cute or another Emo School Teen love story?Then this is what you have been looking is story is about revenge in the most brutal way.He doesn't give a F*** about any one but him self and will kill any one to find the person that betrayed him and mark him for is is not for the easily offended.But if you want a dam good read you will find it here.
This was a very interesting read set in a world that the protagonist can actually log out of at will, that alone makes it different from other books, but after a while you start to wonder if anyone would actually want to ever log out. Great book, love the character and world development
Infinite Dendrogram is the newest VRMMO, one far ahead of its time. Reiji Mukudori, the MC, has postponed actually playing the game for 1 year out of fear to be drawn in before finishing his entrance exams. Now he can finally join the hype, and meet up with his older brother. Out of fear of being drawn in, he never read much beyond the basics of the game either and now we get to join it together with him on his first few steps into the world that is Infinite e book is very much a Japanese light novel, but it does step away from some of the cliches. The MC is likable, making a few errors along the way, but he is not overpowered (and dies once) and gets at most lucky due to his polite behavior and litterally bumbing into a good quest. He is not a bumbling fool, nor is he surrounded by woman falling all over him. One of his gaming friends seems to be a jab at those personalities. There is some silliness, but not too much. The game itself takes a bit of a backseat, we get to see a bit about class selection and an unique magic item each player has, one that develops alongside the character and is completely unique to each player. There are no character sheets or many game messages though. Of course, there is also the mystery about the game. It is a bit too advanced and the epilogue suggests a bit more is going on than meets the eye. Makes me curious about what is comming,Of course, it is still a light novel: relatively short, not too much drama and at least some silliness. Within its genre I like it very much, hence the 5 stars, but don't expect too much depth. Looking forward to the next part.
Books about MMOs are fairly common in light novels and generally tend to be hit or miss. I'm happy to say that Infinite Dendrogram is a hit. Taking place in mysterious new MMO that replicates reality perfectly, is in habited by perfect AI NPCs, and offers completely unique gameplay for every player this does seem to be the ultimate MMORPG. But there seems to be some hidden agenda behind this om volume one I'm very excited to see where this story goes. The characters are great, the virtual world is interesting, the powers everyone gets are all unique and interesting so far, and the mystery of the game world I find very interesting as well.Over all I'd say it's a great action adventure series and would recommend it to anyone especially if they like virtual world setting.
*Infinite Dendrogram* is one of those books that seems a bit boring in premise, but once you begin reading it, you find yourself absolutely captivated. The premise is simple, especially for those who are fans of *Sword Art Online*, in that in the future a revolutionary headset technology is released that gives one a full, true Virtual Reality (VR) experience. That is, of course, where the similarities end. At least at first.While there are some commonalities between *Dendro* and *SAO*'s later volumes on the surface - at least as far as some stuff I've read online, it really, so far, is quite different. You see, there is no - so far as of the first volume - evil or psychotic person or group pulling strings and harming others. This is pure character interaction between the players and the NPC's (who admittedly are mysterious and strange in some ways). And the set-up of the game, called *Infinite Dendrogram* is pretty e players are called, in the game lore, "Masters", who are citizens of the nations of the world the game takes place in who have received special abilities. These come in the form of an embryo that will first be born and then mature over time into greater and greater forms and abilities. None of the NPC's respawn and are gone as if dead if they die. The "Masters" are said to go to another "dimension" (real life for a 24-hour penalty) if they die and then come back to life. The gameplay mechanics, in other words, are part of the game's story and lore. NPC's, meanwhile, are called "tians". They are able to interact with, receive the same jobs as, so forth, the Masters. Indeed, without seeing the embryo crest on the hand of the person you are talking to, one can't tell if they are players or NPC'is is where the skill of the author, Sakon Kaidou, comes in. He actually makes the audience care for, and feel emotions about, the fates of the tians and the in-game stories. Whatever the truth of the game, whether it is a highly-functioning AI that has actual sapience or some other plot to come, the reader doesn't yet know. All they know is that the tians they read about are so real that one can't *help* but care for them. Of course, what the real truth of the game world is only hinted at so far, more to the reader than the players, but even that is vague and not much to go on.Anyways, in the actual Light Novel story proper, we have our protagonist, Reiji Mukudori, who inside the world of *Dendro* names his character "Ray Starling", which is a translation of sorts of his name. When he begins, he only wants to finally play this game he has held off on so long as he prepared to get into school. At first, he just thinks it will be really neat, but doesn't sense the stakes to things, and how much the tians and embryos will affect him. Once he begins playing, though, it is another ong with his older brother, who calls himself "Bro Bear" due to the bear suit power armor (a funny story behind that one) he wears, Ray integrates into the world and finds both friends and even an enemy of sorts. He also comes to care so much for his embryo partner, the girl-weapon Nemesis, and the tians he meets. Eventually, he meets other players with whom he forms a party. They are the journalist Marie, and the pimp (though the person playing is too naive and young to know what that means and is therefore a G-rated version, much to Ray's amusement and wonder) Rook and Rook's girl embryo Babylon, or Babi for rie is seemingly much more than she appears, and I think her secrets will come to the forefront later on. Meanwhile Rook and Babi have low attack power, but high stats and abilities that are pointless for one-on-one battles, but frighteningly powerful for group battles. Ray, by contrast to them, is far less valuable against a group but can defeat powerful single foes that would annihilate Rook and erestingly, it seems that *Dendro* (the shortened name of the game) is worldwide and that Marie and Rook are in real life non-Japanese Westerners. So it's a (in terms of the real-life people playing the game) a multi-national and multi-ethnic group of new friends playing the game together. That is kinda heart-warming and cool to thing that is neat as well is how Ray is not the ace. His brother is, and other players are, but Ray, just starting, is not the ace. In real life, his brother is the ace, and Ray isn't there either. But this doesn't do Ray much good though. Bro Bear can't help Ray much in-game as he doesn't want the game's mechanics to cause any partnership between them to harm Ray's stats due to Bro Bear's *far* superior ones, so he has Ray do things on his own and only tells him to call him if Ray gets in trouble. Ray isn't a harem protagonist either, with the closest things to those traits being (mildly and only exemplified due to his status and job) present in Rook, and there perhaps to poke fun at , Ray is a talented young man who is just passionate and *determined*. This unlocks powers that don't make him the ace, but make him impressive, to be sure. Not compared to many others of a higher level than him, but compared to other newbies, yes. These powers also allow him to, with his class of Paladin, pull off some impressive ain, the one thing I can't stress enough is how much the author gets you to *care* about the situation and the tians. Yes, there are hints at a deeper plot, but even without that deeper plot this still is the reaction I had. I was upset when a tian died. I cheered with Ray when he saved the tians. The author has such talent that, even with no confirmation of the deeper plots, he still can get the audience to have that reaction. Same thing for when players die temporarily, with the way it happens being a gut-punch once or twice. Yes, if you are interested in the mechanics of such games, you will find this interesting. Even if you are not, however, it will draw you cause of how the author writes them, you see folks' personalities coming through and the good people like Ray and company are good in-game too, while the bad folks act bad in game as well. For some, this isn't as apparent as they are merely having fun role-playing, but the way some folks act with no care in the world for real-life consequences of their actions towards other players does show them as bad. So we have it where you actually are shown that some players are role-playing and others are truly bad people inside, while others are good the background are several plot threads of personal importance and (in the game world) national importance. They are not resolved as this is an ongoing story with stories to fully carry through on and mysteries to solve. I am really, really looking forward to seeing where the author goes from here.Rating: 5/5 Stars.
My my my, I had some pretty high hopes for this LN and I can proudly say I was not let down. It's been over 7 years since I last felt my creative writing urges, and it's thanks to this LN that they're back. The story was good, it was both a fun to read and very informational about the in-game mechanics. Can't wait for Vol.2 later this month!
I bought it expecting something to eat a couple hours of my attention, in this capacity it worked well and enjoyably, it even tickled my funny bone a few times, and, the book lacked any major grammatical and spelling errors that caught my attention enough to pull me out of the story,
Bluesteel Blasphemer follows Yukinari, a Japanese teenager who died in a house fire and woke up to find himself in another world in a new body and in the company of two sisters, and Dasa, the younger of the two sisters, as they run from the capital. However, while taking shelter from the weather, the two interfere with the ritual sacrifice to the local erdgod and are forced to kill it. With the local area now vulnerable to demigods, xenobeasts, and other humans, Yuki is forced to act as e book is told in third-person, mostly following the characters of Yukinari, Dasa, Berta, and Fiona, the four main characters of the novel. There are times where the narration follows nameless characters or groups, but these are few and short, mostly used for steel Blasphemer... doesn't take kindly of religion and faith. The True Church of Harris is essentially Christianity during the Crusades. Yuki hates religion ever since his mother step out on their family after finding religion and the actions of the Harris Church in his backstory and in the third act doesn't exactly help relieve him of such feelings. Acting Mayor Fiona, being educated in the capital, is the most reasonable person in the town of Friedland while the clergy are willing to do things like take Dasa hostage to get Yuki to cooperate, against Fiona's objections. Berta, being raised in a religious orphanage and is a "shrine maiden", doesn't think for herself. All her actions come from the thought of fulfilling her duty as "shrine maiden".Besides the Christian-like Church of Harris, there is the erdgods. Outside the territory of the Harris Church, beings known erdgods, demigods, and xenobeasts terrorize the human populace. The mythology of such beings is as follows: when an animal/group of animals live long enough, they can develop near-human intelligence and start changing their appearance into a criss-cross of human-likeness and animal. These are known as demigods. When a demigod develops a spiritual link to an area, they become an erdgod, allowing them to use their influence to either bring good fortune or disaster to their domain. Humans living in such areas tend to make contracts with their erdgods for protection and good harvest. In exchange, the humans offer sacrifices to keep the erdgod and its familiars happy. Xenobeasts are beings that failed to fully become demigods, hunting humans, demigods, and erdgods to kill and eat their brains in an attempt to gain the intelligence they need to become demigods. I quite like this and wished the author had done more with it in this volume. Here's hoping more is done with erdgods/demigods/xenobeasts in future mentioned before, the main characters are as follow: Yukinari, Dasa, Berta, and Fiona.While the previous mention of Yuki not liking religion based on his mother's desertion of the family might give the impression he would turn out to be a religion hating atheist, but that's not what happens. Yuki is a very let live person when dealing with religious people. It is only when people try to force religion on others, hurt others in the name of religion, or are only doing something because their religion demands them to that can get him to take action, and even then, he doesn't go bigot or treat people worse because of it. This even ties into his abilities. Yes, Yuki is another isekai OP protagonist. However, he doesn't flaunt it and only use it when the situation calls for him to. In fact, he only uses it twice in the volume. For the majority of the volume, Yuki wants to avoid conflict when possible and uses his sword-rifle when can't.Dasa is a shy girl who was born with cataracts and speaks little. It is super-obvious that she has a crush on Yuki, though he is too dense to notice. She is also not above calling Yuki a womanizer, even when it is the girls who are hitting on him and he is trying to turn down their advances. She serves as sniper to Yuki's mentioned above, Berta was raised in a religious orphanage and was the "shrine maiden" to be offered to the erdgod before Yuki and Dasa's inference, thus, most of her actions come from trying to fulfill her duty as "shrine maiden" by trying to be some use to Yuki, either sexually or in some other capacity. Yuki, for his part, tries to get her to think for ona is the daughter of the mayor of Friedland and is acting as mayor while her father is bedridden. As stated above, Fiona was educated in the capital, thus, is well-aware that the erdgod system isn't the best for the town, but also knows that she just can't stop the practice without finding and installing a better, safer system. Meeting Yuki finally allows her that chance, but she also isn't willing to go to extremes to do so.Overall, I found this volume to be okay. Other than the prologue, the novel felt like the start of a second arc than the beginning of a series by having Yuki and Dasa on the run and not info dumping about Yuki's new body once we're introduced to him post-prologue, only hinting at such answers until halfway through the third act. The fights are okay but could had been better. Also wished more was done with the erdgods/demigods/xenobeasts before moving on to the Church of Harris by in the third act. Hopefully the next books can fix this and give a more balanced look at religion and faith, instead of the more extremist/chaotic stance that's on view here.
The premise is much more interesting than whats actually written in the book. The main character is unlikeable, partially because he's bland but mostly because the author tries too hard to make him seem cool. Other characters fall under very predictable archetypes and action sequences are always the best described. Also some specific character descriptions do not match their illustrations, with a lean towards making them more fan-serviceable which can be immersion breaking. The story in this book oddly paced, and it feels as though more should have been included better lay plot threads and clues towards the conclusive fight to male the end seem less like a deus ex machina finish. Overall the story is uninteresting and mostly forgettable. Maybe check this out once the price drops below $3.00, but otherwise don't waste your time on it
*Bluesteel Blasphemer* is yet another Isekai - or transported/summoned to another world - story. In fact, the basic set-up might seem fairly generic, at first. But then the general world-building and tone come into ose who have seen the anime adaptation of the Light Novel series, *Chaika - The Coffin Princess*, will know kinda what to expect here given the fact the two series share the same author. Namely a thrilling depiction of a fantasy world in which war is taken with a dash of awesomeness and a dash or e story begins with a prologue where a young man is in a house fire with his sister, Hatsune, and they both die. It is implied in the context that the sister set the fire in a murder-suicide to end the suffering of the two of them due to their neglectful - and possibly even abusive - e young man, Yukinari, wakes up after being crushed to death by burning debris to find himself in a new body around strange people he doesn't know. Then we have a sudden fast-forward and Yuki, along with a young girl he knows named Dasa, are traveling to avoid some folks who have it out for them and the story starts.Yuki winds up in a place with a local religion that is a religion in name only that sacrifices a young girl every so often to the local deity, called an "erdgod", which is a translation of the Japanese which means "god of the land". The translation uses a Middle English word "erd" that means "native land", "abode", or "dwelling" combined with "god" to have the same e "erdgod" is a combination of various animals that have achieved a higher form of intelligence combined with incredible toughness that almost nothing can harm, or at least almost nothing of the technological level of the word they are in. Yuki and Dasa use firearms (not before seen in that world but made by Yuki as he was a gun nut in our world) to kill the erdgod once it attacks them when they unknowingly wander too close to the sacrifice site. Not that they regret saving this young girl, but they didn't set out to do so either.Of course, while it is a good thing that the young girl, Berta, was saved, this is a problem. Cause the erdgod of an area actually does do two things. First off, it spiritually combines with the land to increase crop yield, and secondly it protects it's domain from similar beings and thus keeps the townspeople safe in exchange for the is system is repellent to the deputy mayor, but the local citizens have accepted it for so long they don't know what else to do and thus Yuki is caught in a tough situation. On the one hand, he wants to protect Berta from the angry citizens who fear crop failure and attacks from other monsters, and - despite his annoyance with many of these folks - doesn't want to abandon this community, while on the other hand he wants to keep himself and Dasa safe from their pursuers. And things are about to get even more I said, this is a book that manages, like *Chaika* does, to be awesome and yet to also portray just enough realism within that fantasy framework to show the costs of different actions. Also while it treats guns as awesome (perhaps a bit too much so) and able to turn the tide of battle depending on tech differences, it also makes clear the limits of what firearms can do, in general and by model. These aren't magic guns, though magic does enter into things in another way. I liken the worldbuilding and touches of reality to that of Brandon Sanderson in his e characterization is sparse for the two main leads, Yuki and Dasa, but that is because we are not supposed to find out much about them until the end when we see what happened between the time Yuki awoke in this new world and the time we see them on the road where they stumble onto Berta and the plot. Because of this, their thoughts and perspectives are geared towards the other e other characters, however, have some fairly good, though brief, characterization. Fiona Schillings, the deputy-mayor and Berta are given motives, thoughts, desires, so on, that make them more believable.Another great touch for realism I liked was how it showed that religion can be a force for good and bad, like much else. And one religion can be better while still being bad in it's own ways. Like political ideology or any philosophy, this can be the ly, I enjoyed how the story was gritty, very gritty, in fact, but ultimately happy and idealistic. It's not a cynical, grim-dark tale at all. Bad things happen. Horrendously bad things, but good things happen too and if you fight for the good, you can, perhaps, win a happy ending and the protagonists here sure do so in this volume.If you buy this volume directly from J-Novel Club, you'll get a small bonus section that outlines the etymology of the names of people and terms and such and the thoughts that went into translation. It's a really nifty and fun little addition.I hear this is a short series, at only a few volumes long and I can't wait to see what happens next.
This story has a lot of potential, and follows tried-and-true formula: boy dragged into new world, given e downside is that he apparently hates all organized religion (or disorganized), and while the world makes a compelling point, there is not counter argument. A convincing story allows for good guys to exist on the enemy position, and turns the tale from a monologue to a dialogue. The sequence between events is short, granting the feeling that the author took scenes from a comic book, wrote a required number of words per panel, and then turned the e entire 'save the girl from the monster' concept is well done, but it isn't used to strengthen the plot very much. Anything connected to religion is turned evil, from orphanages (easy sacrifice collection) to science (better ways to get 'miracles' with which to dupe the public), and such. Frankly, it was depressing. Not what I was looking for.On the plus side, the protagonist does exhibit a believable outlook. He takes care of the initial individual in his 'harem' with a well-described affection; which I appreciate. Taking time to make the actions smooth without overly drawing out the moment takes a lot of mmary: there are worse tales out there, but there are better.
Ok I have read worse but damn I have read a lot better. Where to start, first the story is forced and doesn't have a flow. Too many missing pieces in the plot. Story is fragmented and to be honest just not that good. Like I said I have read worse but to be honest it just isn't that good. Def in my opinion just not worth the time or money.
To start off with...If you aren't a fan of of the whole "reborn in another world/summoned to another world", harem and/or fantasy light novel genres of stories...skip this, move on and spare me, you and everyone your pointless and unneeded then...the good I am a fan of such novels, especially if well written and decently translated, then I'm happy. Biases shall henceforth kept to a minimum, but still there most rst off, J-novel Club, barring a few grammar/spelling errors here and there(...very few but still) and the occasional inconsistency in translator cohesion of terms in text...They do GREAT work in content. It feels, on the whole, genuine to original in intent and delivery and the packaging isn't bad for the price. Formatting of spacing could use some work, but I'm seeing a general trend of improvement as more work gets released so that's for the book itself...Fast paced, tight chapters with very clean passages and clear e characters are very distinct and easy to understand, but aren't "see through, though Beets is a bit simole...plot reasons for e contrast of guns to fantasy with the fantasy set on the lower end of the spectrum, what with magic being replaced by alchemy is a nice this is the 1st vol. Don't ask for too much from the plot, it's introductory to the world "in the middle and focused on the here and now, so much of the narrative will make you curious but won't be answered, at all...just hinted r some, this equals plot holes and shoddy e pacing and quality, as well as for the less impatient, will be pleasantly curious to read more because there are things tok answer and becau se it's a story about this other world.I highly recommend for it's pace, quality and because Yukinari isn't too annoying as an Isekai MC...just too self conscious of his age as a hormonal teenager...ugh.
Bluesteel Blasphemer Volume 1 introduces us to the main characters and supporting cast and to the basics of the world and story. Although short, it was fairly interesting and the fights were entertaining. I would describe it as Grimoire of Zero (anime) meets How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (another light novel series being translated into English/released by J-Novel Club) with some differences. There are better series out there, but give this series a try if you are bored and looking for something new to read.
Conversation and character building issues, lots of incomplete sentences that were attempted to be a loss of voice due to awe or fear or similar. The author(s) managed to wrap up a decent amount of character building at the ugh character conversation but an enjoyable e less than 300 pages for more than $6.00 is a major negative.
Second novel that I've read that had a MC that has knowledge on firearms when reincarnated, and so far the book developed pretty well with it. He follows a trend of being a OP MC in another world but in a unique way. Worth the read for six bucks imo
Another fun and enjoyable series by J-novel. Even though it is another isekai novel, I am a huge fan of that genre regardless of how many get published. The only fault I have with this novel is that the MC might be too good, so I'm hoping in future novels perhaps that is challenged. Fun characters make this a good read even if they do fall into the normal tropes for a harem series. Don't expect anything groundbreaking about this novel but if you just want something fun, this novel could be for you.
The fact that the main character is OP bothers me, but the characters and thee lighthearted nature of the first volume somehow makes up for it and creates an enjoyable story. An anime was announced for this series, so I recommend reading it and future volumes if you want an idea of what will happen before the anime airs.
The book has potential but most of the characters lack personality and the main character is too OP. The story lacks any danger. It's just living in a new world but there's no problems so it gets a little boring. Otherwise it's a great book with lots of potential.
Had a few laughs reading the story. I was a bit disappointed that the lead protagonist wasn’t coming up with creative methods of utilizing his smartphone in the world he found himself in. I was expecting something a bit more interesting or unique plot-wise. If you’re planning to read or have read In Another World With My Smartphone, I’d suggest you consider reading Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer, as it’s a much more satisfying story, IMHO.
Guy gets taken to another world and gets crazy awesome powers. I'm into that, so I enjoyed this book. If you're not, don't pick it up. If you are, do so. I would have preferred an enemy that could match his strength (and there was one, and might be more) but I enjoyed it nonetheless! Thanks for writing!
I really like this funny harem to be novel. This first volume shows hints on how good his cheat is going to be. The story is great. If you are looking to read a chill story with some comedy this is your book. I can't wait for volume 2 to be published/released.
i was looking for something new to read but i did not want to dive into something too serious so i decided to take a bite out of a light novel i really hope in the future amazon will bring more light novels from japan and china there are lot of amazing ones out there for every story its fun to see a every day object put into a fantasy world and how it works with magic in different situations i laughed at some of the spells too the monsters did not feel repetitive and the mc felt like he could grow more as an adult rather than having a fixed personality there was a constant change in mood or settings a good read
We're fans of the anime series, and so we really are enjoying the books! They give us insight into more of what the characters are thinking, and they give some background that the anime does not. Besides that, the anime series ends and just leaves you hanging. We hope the books give us some closure!
This first chronicle details the history of the world up to about 40years prior to the opening of the Dark Portal. Having collected a number of the Warcraft art books released for the game expansions, I was pleased to find that the interior art of this particular book is largely handled by a singular, excellent artist named Peter C. Lee. Instead of the vignettes or concepts, it's usually a well composed scene which he is illustrating - honestly, this is the sort of high caliber art folks who collect the Middle Earth or A Song of Ice and Fire calendars would embrace. Lovely work on his part and not something we are usually treated to seeing. @165 pages, 25 paintings, 8 maps of pre- and post-Sundering of the known world, handful of drawings, quality hardbound with no slipcover.
This book is amazing. The quality is top notch and I am very happy with my decision to pre-order it. The cover is well designed and feels like a great quality binding. The pages are glossy and have some weight to them, it really looks like they took great care to make something of value here. There is A TON of backstory for the Warcraft lore and several highly detailed pictures are sprinkled throughout the pages to offer some visuals. If you are interested in Warcraft's back story and lore then I highly recommend purchasing this!
While I wasn't big into the lore of the game, I had played the game since it was an MMO. Recently at work(still productive) I started watching to YouTube lore heavy videos put out by Nobbel87 and more humorous, but sometimes lore inclusive videos by Taliesin & Evitel(they are my favorite and funny as hell). They both refer to the Chronicles, so I said...what the hell, why not?These books are awesome. They add substance to the game world and really give insight into the factions. Also, the cosmology is presented in an understandable way. Finally, if you are a table top roleplayer, these books would be an excellent resource for building your own e pages are thick and the books are put together very well. Well worth the money and a welcome addition to any fantasy library.
Absolutely fantastic for anyone fan of Warcraft and its lore. This chronicle covers all the major events that happened in the Warcraft universe from the creation of the universe until right before the start of the games. You learn about the Titans, the founding of Azeroth, Sargeras' fall and the rise of the Burning Legion, the War of the Ancients, the Sundering, and many more pivotal events. Interspersed with all the info you get some great Blizzard art to go along with it. This book is great for anyone who plays WoW, because after reading about these momentous events you can login and go check out the places where they happened, or see the aftermath. I look forward to Volume 2.
As a World of Warcraft fan since its release in 2003, I have collected quite a number of WoW books but this one is the best of them all. Sleek hardcover design and perfect binding made this book worthy of any collections, even if you're not a WoW fan, this one would definitely look good just sitting in your bookcase. The contents were amazing and well-written, it simply tells you everything you need to know about the WoW lore in general. If this book was an item in WoW, I'm sure it would count as legendary quality. I'm definitely buying the next volume as soon as it comes out.
This book is PERFECTION! It gives an amazing history of the entire world, Old Gods, Cosmic forces, Realms of Existence, The Titans, Primordial Azeroth etc and the events up until 45 years prior to the Black Portal. Very good history, story telling and wonderful e binding seems very solid, the hardcover and front cover are nice. Not too heavy and the pictures, maps and illustrations inside are exactly what any fan or any person would want! BUY THIS - anyone who gave it 4 stars doesn't know what they are talking about!
It is interesting. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the guides that Chaosium put out for e book reads like a guide to Greek and Roman mythology.While there are some nice illustrations (high quality, four color lithos), the book is not full of them like previous WoW guides were.
From the moment I received the package I knew they knocked it out of the park with this e book is weighty, but not overly so. The cover is thick with a very nice glossy sheen. The graphic of Medivh is a hi-res image, and I expect it to last the life of the book. Opening the book reveals the quality binding, and the care taken during the manufacturing process. Dark Horse really outdid themselves with this one.ONTO THE LORE!I am a huge Warcraft lore buff, so needless to say, I was excited to dive right into this book. I have just read the first 70 pages, and thumbed through the rest. This book covers the period of time from before the founding of Azeroth up until Medivh reaches adulthood. After having read the first few chapters, I can say the quality of writing is very good. It is written as a chronicle, (surprise, surprise) and gives a good overview of what exactly happened during the formative years of Azeroth. The illustrations are very good, and provide just the right mood to really enhance the reading experience.I won't spoil anything, but I was really surprised to see that they gave reason to the Titans and their machinations, and more importantly, what drove Sargeras to madness. The book also gives a great explanation as to exactly how each school of magic is derived, and how they interact with each other, which was a great surprise.I will update this review when I finish the book, and give my final thoughts, but at this point I can say I am beyond impressed with this first entry, and I can't wait to dive right back in. Good Job Blizzard and Dark Horse!Update:After finishing the book, I can safely say I very much enjoyed it. However, I do have some caveats.Unfortunately, I have been spoiled by the fluff books from Warhammer 40k, which I hold as the gold standard for fleshing a universe out. I can't help but to compare the two. I wish the format had been more like the Warhammer books, it would have made it more enjoyable to read, and would have added more depth to the world. It feels like the writer(s) of Chronicle were either held on a very short leash as to what kind of stories they could tell, or they didn't have the imagination to flesh out more of the world. For example, (minor spoiler) the book says that Azshara spread her dominion over most of Kalimdor, but it mostly ends there. In Warhammer fluff, it would have given dates, locations, and parties involved, followed by a detailed description of the battles that took place, and the results. It might seem like a small thing, but it's those kinds of details I wanted from a book like eping to that point, I want to add that on more than one occasion, the book glossed over new lore where it crucially should have been expounded upon, but instead favored already established lore. In my opinion, this really detracts from what I feel the book was designed to do- establish a clear picture as to what Azeroth was like prior to the invasion, where we are first exposed to the world.On occasion, I felt as though the writing fell flat, as if the writer was given a topic to write about, along with stringent rules to adhere to, and so their creativity was hindered. For example. The Troll wars were a big part of pre- Dark Portal history, but I felt as though we only got a few pages, where it should have gone on for quite some time. Again, I'm comparing it to the Warhammer fluff, but I really do wish that the writer(s) were given creative license to flesh out the battles and heroes in the way that a Warhammer book is written.I don't mean to sound so negative, but I just want this trilogy to be the new gold standard for books like this. That said, I originally rated the book 5 stars. I took one star off for my aforementioned caveats.
The 2 Hellboy story arcs this volume contains are classics. The introductions are impressive and enjoyable, especially if you're already a fan of the series. If you ARE a fan, these are a great addition (or replacement, if your trade paperback bindings have gone rotten) to your comic is "Library Edition" series features a soft cover and glorious blown up art from the originals. It's like comics in Hi-Def and I love it. You have literally never seen Hellboy look this good. These volumes give the impression of an epic tome, holding wonders unceasing within, which is tastic content, terricic packaging.
This first volume of HELLBOY LIBRARY EDITIONS is a welcome addition to any serious comic reader's collection. It matches the superb ART OF HELLBOY hardcover from a few years back in both size and binding and contains the complete story lines SEED OF DESTRUCTION and WAKE THE DEVIL as well as an extensive sketchbook section featuring many of creator Mike Mignola's early sketches (with very few, if any, repeated images from the ART OF HELLBOY tome).The only thing missing from the original trade paperback collections are the pin-ups by other artists but, really, once you see how beautiful Mignola's work looks printed in this oversize format you hardly miss them. The colors (by Mark Chiarello on SEED and James Sinclair on WAKE) are vividly reproduced on bright, glossy paper (be careful to avoid fingerprinting, though).Any fan of HELLBOY, Mike Mignola, or comics in general should look into adding this book to their library. I look foward to volume 2.
An all around great book. The storyline is awesome, very creative and highly original. A demon is summoned from hell by the nazis with the purpose of bringing the apocalypse, but is instead found by the americans and raised to help mankind. Though I don't much like the art of the series, not thats its bad, just alot mores implistic thatn I'm used to. And the library edition is well worth the extra money. The only drawback to it is that the cloth cover seems to attract dust, buut other than that, I'd recommend it to any and every one.
If you've only seen the movies, don't expect this book to be the action filled joy ride you are used to. This hellboy is very dark, brooding and contemplative and the monsters he faces are much more intelligent and cunning. If you are even bothering looking at this page, you'll enjoy this book though, don't be disappointed by the differences between the movies and this, embrace them and indulge in hellboys adventures. You will not be disappointed.
This collection has to be seen to be appreciated. I actually saw this at a comix store while away on business and immediately knew I had to have it and Amazon had a stellar price I couldn't pass up. This is a beautiful compliment to the Art of Hellboy hardcover released a few years ago. I haven't placed both books next to each other (yet) but I believe they're the same size as they seem to follow the same format. This is the way the Hellboy books should be read, the larger (then the original comic book size) print and vibrant colors will make your eyes bleed with joy. That is if you get weepy looking at beautiful artwork from a master at the top of his game. 5 stars just isn't a high enough rating.
Probably the best collection of comics I've ever bought, which Is saying something cause I buy a lot of collections. But this one is extra nice with the material on the cover and back and how great the pictures look. Definitely worth the money, and if you do get it make sure to read mignolas introduction page.
A faint whiff of Matt Wagner's Demon, add some of the highly angular stylings of Kirby, throw in Rude's liberal use of shadow - you blend this altogether, and voila! What you are left with is Mike Mignola's Hellboy! This is only what I see in Hellboy, and I do not claim to be an expert in comic book art. But regardless of what Mignola's true inspirations might have been, with Hellboy he created something both equisitely beautiful and highly original. I do not think it would be going too far to say that Mignola has helped raise this medium to a legitimate and accepted form of art. He also deserves alot of credit for refurbishing some tired old comic bad guys (nazis), and doing something quite entertaining and new with them.
The concept of a reverse Summoning is not new, but this one takes a pretty fresh look. The main character is OP, but the attitude taken with that OPness (pardon for inventing a word here) makes the repetition is is not really a major plot story, but it's a fun romp through Murasaki's imagination. The only suggestions I'd make for improvement would be to check on the 'Demon Lord's' terminology. Adapting a formal method of speech is a highly effective writing tactic. But, it stays relevant only if the individual maintains that method of speech. Breaking the pattern with less-formal speech is then a mark of significance, rather than a common-place sort of deal.I also appreciated that there are only three major characters. Having a half-dozen might be entertaining, but strains credulity, and makes it harder for the suspension of belief.Overall 4 stars.
Very fun book, it was interesting seeing a summons from the demon lord's view! Gotta say tho, after the first few pages, I kept imagining Diablo using Ainz's voice from the Overlord anime! Every bit as epic as Ainz Ooal Gown, too! =^_^= The only sadness here is, alas, we must wait for the next book to come out... *sobs* T_T Please release the next book soonest! =^_^=
I've read a ton of books but have never written a review. I fell in love with the way they wove these wonderful characters together. They actually made me believe that this society could work. Crazy Right!!!! They brought that much life to it. I can't wait to start the next set. Nothing like great characters, involved stories, with sexy love as an extra topping.
I have all these books separately and have read them several times. Now that I have this box set it will be so much easier. As each book comes out I am more excited to have the next hurry to come out. If you like ménage with secrets, high powered people and mystery this is for you.
The overall concept of a secret society is intriguing. A bit of a different take on people finding the relationship that brings out the best in all. I especially enjoyed the character growth and interaction as each story was e writing brought the stories to life. I like these type books that include alpha males, sex, a little kinky and the mystery was a nice variation.I would recommend the books. They were enjoyable and an easy read. I finished them quite quickly.
Fantastic series, I loved this box set, because it allowed me to binge read 4 great stories, I highly recommend this series, and will be picking up the rest in the has intrigue, lots of yummy sex and characters that are well rounded and believable, has me believing and wishing for conspiracy theory secret societies!
I enjoyed these books. These books are each about a trio who are forced together in a secret marriage and must learn to form a life together. Each book takes a different route to making the threesome work. I enjoy Mari Carr's writing and this one doesn't disappoint.
The Trinity Masters books are great stories with the perfect combination of mistery, dark desires and hot triads! The characters are strong willed and so damn sexy, they will make your blood boil. An unexpected secret world that will leave you wanting more!
I enjoyed the entire of the Never series. There where a few errors but well done. The story finished with most questions being answered and a few new questions to be had. The characters grew and developed with each novella and I enjoyed all of the plots, twists, and challenges. I would like to read Snows side of the story one day. Thanks
I enjoyed the five books here as well as the prequel. The story of Never evolves throughout as you get glimpses of his past and the history of himself he's looking for. He pick up new friends and reacquaint with old ones as you progress into the tale. His brother is his opposite most of the time. But you are left wondering about his brother's journey which never completely reveals itself. Well written and totally captivating.
I received this book series for free and am voluntarily reviewing it. Have to review it really, because it was totally awesome. I started Book 1 at a difficult time (a family illness in a foreign country) and needed some distraction but didn't think anything could really take my mind off my worries. I was totally wrong. The pace moves along quickly, with practically non-stop action and danger with some wry humor tossed in to relieve the pressure. Besides the suspense, fighting, magical elements; there are true friendships and kindness displayed. A truly pleasurable series developed as a quest for identity and meaning to the odd traits the hero displays. Although this is a long book, 5 novelettes, I didn't find any 'dead' spots' and continued reading eagerly to the end. I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't a more complete ending, although the basic events/quest/questions were resolved there is definitely an opening for more adventures. However, it was complete enough that I didn't feel cheated of an ending so am not deducting a point for that. Excellent series - I do recommend it.
I received this book series as an ARC. Each of the books in the series is a free standing book. The language is appropriate for all readers. If you are looking for a fresh, different action - adventure epic tale; then, give The Book of Never a read. I believe you need to keep an open-mind to the different approach to this epic saga. The Book of Never is not a character study or a sappy "love story". It is about Never's quest and the adventure's along the way. Never is not "warm and fuzzy" and you may not even like him; but, you will enjoy the ride. Each character met is introduced and described only to the extent that you need to know who or what they are in relation to the action. So, if you are looking for in-depth character studies you may be left wanting if you go into the book thinking it is all about the characters. You get glimpses of the characters and their often "human-like" characteristics of judging others by their appearance, personality traits, their own experiences, what others say or assume, and what each wants to believe about themselves. Interesting in and of itself. I also enjoyed that there were new types of events and adventures described. . The author has a real talent for detailed imagery so that you find yourself on site during the action. The tale is the emphasis of the series. I read 5 - 6 books a week and am very tired of the hundreds of formula books where only the names and locations change. I enjoyed the Book Of Never and hope that the author writes more books that will develop the characters more and answer more of the questions that arise.
Serialized novels are becoming more and more frequent these days, in a sort of call-back to the 19th century, when books were issued in weekly installments. Australian author Ashley Capes choose to do so with his Book of Never, and I now understand how those enthralled readers must have felt back then, as they waited to know what happened next. No need to "suffer" between installments in this case, though, since now all of Never's adventures are collected in a box set!Never’s story is both an adventure and a quest, and follows the journey of this intriguing character as he moves across a colorful and dangerous imaginary world in search of answers about his identity and his past, while the current civilization stands on the brink of war, a conflict that seems to be instigated by mysterious forces beyond anyone’s control. Never himself is a walking mystery: gifted with powers based on blood - either his or that of his foes - he seeks explanations about the origin of those powers and the reasons he's been a virtual outcast for most of his ere are many indications, along the way, that Never’s world used to host a more advanced civilization, one whose remnants are either puzzling mysteries or dangerous places, and our hero braves those dangers as he’s collecting the pieces of that puzzle to discover who and what he is and what his destiny might be. Even though I’m not a gamer, it was easy for me to see how Never’s quest resembles a game’s structure, with increasing levels of difficulty to be overcome while solving the riddles left by those fabled predecessors.If you want an intriguing journey laced with magic and awe-inspiring wonders, you need look no further than the Book of Never.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest spite not being my usual type of book, I was very pleased with this series. The first three were incredibly fast and action-packed reads filled with snappy dialogue and just enough of Never's story to keep you interested. The last two books delved more fully into the story of Never's heritage and his extraordinarily complex family thing that I really, really liked about these stories was the way the author went about building the world. Never's story takes places in some other reality where things as we know them don't always exist. The world is in the middle of a hostile takeover and there are a lot of pieces that kind of go along with this. What I've found happens a lot of times with this is that there's a portion of the story that's heavy with exposition and forces you to try and remember all the major players and events that aren't yet relevant; that didn't happen at all here.We were thrown directly into the story and important things kind of came up naturally. I found this fantastic for two reasons, really; 1. the front end of the book wasn't weighted down with history that you need to try and remember as you progress through the book, and 2. I found that I really wanted to know more about what was happening after getting little bits and pieces as I went. Each place Never and his various companions traveled had a story that was either delivered to the reader through small amounts of exposition that usually gave you a bit more of Never's history or through dialogue.Overall, I found this to be a very well written and enjoyable read. If you're looking for a fun read with a clever hero, a unique story, and a loyal group of sidekicks, I would highly recommend this book.
When I received this set of 5 books, I didn't quite know what to make of it as it isn't my usual "thing." But by the time I had read one chapter I was hooked into reading one of the best action books I've ever read. If you are ready for action, fantasy, wars and fighting this is something to read. If you are into quests, heroes, and a little romance, pick this up. The story line takes you an a great adventure and ends way to soon. I'm hoping that there will be many more of these books. All I can say is WOW!I received this title as an ARC.
I have read this series from start to finish and loved every minute of it. I have to admit the genre isn't one I usually read, but from the very first I was drawn in to Never's story and couldn't wait to see what would happen next; it was hard to wait for the next installment. Mr. Capes is a very descriptive author, so much so I felt like I was there smelling the smells and seeing the landscape. Rounding out the wonderful descriptions were humor, action, intrigue, and great writing. If you like epic fantasy/action fantasy, you will love this series. Give it a try; you won't regret it! Highly recommend!
This is a good series for the price even though I received a free copy for review. No deep analysis required, it is a good yarn. It reminded me of the serial installment I used to see at the Saturday matinee as kid, although in a swashbuckling style instead of a western.Overall, an enjoyable series.
I waver between liking it and thinking its just is book employs the currently popular "Protagonist summoned to a fantasy world to be a hero" story line. Where it differs is that the protagonist is summoned with his entire high school class. Already an outcast among his fellow students because of his hobbies and being the object of infatuation of the class idol, the gulf is widened further when his classmates receive incredibly rare and powerful abilities and all he can do is a common blacksmith skill. Then after a horrible accident in the dungeon he is believed dead but is in fact going through a harrowing adventure that will make him the strongest.Well the characters were nice in that it gives you valid reason to dislike most of the classmates and feel sympathetic to the protagonist. As was the description of the suffering the protagonist has to go through when he is on his thing I am not so keen on was the dungeon or the power scaling. In some ways the dungeon gives the reader a means by which to understand just how "strong" people in this fantasy world can be, explaining that no one had yet to clear a specific floor. Yet when the dungeon's origins are explained you come to realize that there is a power gap so far beyond humans, that I am a little concerned the author is going to write himself into a corner trying to think of new legitimate threats. Or maybe the the readers are supposed to derive enjoyment from seeing the interactions between this once mocked now OP character and the people that once tormented him but now are little more than ants compared to him?
I have read a few light novels and watched a lot of anime and I absolutely loved this novel. I saw it in my suggestions section after reading a few others similar to it and when I read the premise of the book thought it sounded a little generic, after reading a review by Ryan Monahan, Idecided to buy it because it sounded exactly like something I would enjoy.I must say I was not disappointed at all! I enjoy pretty much all of the "transported to another world" genre of stories or at least I haven't found one I have disliked yet. This one is a bit different. Instead of just the protagonist getting transported his whole class starts out with him just getting bullied and it goes from bad to worse and eventually takes a dark turn, he goes through hell before it gets any better for him but there is a ray of hope in the proverbial hell he is out through. As he gets stronger the story just gets better and better. I can not wait for the next volume in this series as I believe it will continue to build on an already great first volume and make you want to continue this journey with Hajime in this other world!
Don't bother trying to read the poorly translated web series or light novels; they will just give you a headache. The official english translation of this series is far superior to what you'll find on the net that's been fan-translated. The series isn't amazing, but I enjoyed my time with it and will pick up the next book when it comes out.
Great start to a good series. Most series usually start slow because they have to explain things and introduce characters. This series, starts with a bang. The series reminds me a little of The Rising of the Shield Hero with obvious differences. The only thing that I don't like about these books is the length. The volume from Arifureta seem a lot shorter compared to a volume from other series.
This is a very good, well written, and entertaining book. There are a lot of stories out there of the same genre, but this one incorporates a new twist to the mix. The fact that the main character loses a bit of his humanity. The character development is amazing. And I feel that the plot is solid enough. This has a great mix of seriousness and fun. It is one of those books that you will go and read in one sitting because the story and the way it's written just grips you.
When I picked up the book I was expecting a typical, 'summoned to another world' tale. I was wrong, it's so well written and has just absolutely enjoyable character development. The MC is a little disappointed but quickly grabs my attention. If you are looking for a new light novel series, I highly recommend this product
Really enjoyable novel that offers a unique take on the isekai (other world) genre that you see a lot nowadays. While there were initial problems with the volume when it launched (was only downloading the preview and not the full version) a quick chat with Amazon got it fixed right away. Not sure if this applies to people who order it now but it was a problem for pre-orders and people who bought it early on. Don't be scared of the low star reviews as they are mostly for the above reason. Hopefully those change as people get their books to work because this is a really fun novel. Can;t wait to read more.
An excellent, interesting story and well-written. I really like the premise and the writing so far. The full story is now available. For those of you, like me, who downloaded the novel before the author fixed the download problem, the following steps worked:1. Send a help request to Amazon. (they responded within an hour)2. Deregister your device.3. Delete the kindle app.4. Reinstall the kindle ease note that 2-4 did not work without doing 1 first.
This was a well written piece exploring an angle on the "hero summoned to defeat the demon lord" plot that I had not seen before. Good pacing, decent characters that could use a bit more fleshing out but are still entertaining.When I initially purchased the book it was just the prologue chapter and I was off put by paying $6 and only getting a single chapter, but that has been fixed and you get the full book now.
A kingdom in economic crisis summons a hero to placate an empire at war who demanded either money or a hero. Of course, the summoner gets exactly what the ritual promises: somebody to save their kingdom, not the empire. In this case, that is an administrator with a thorough understanding of modern economics and business management (a student studying such at a university in Japan who always wanted such a position). What follows is the hero's struggle to reform the kingdom through various scenes and situations ending with him having overcome one issue and preparing for the next: other reviewers have stated, it is not an action filled book. The hero is a manager, and that is what he does best in the book. It is not a dry description of problems and sollutions though. Entertaining interactions between the characters, such as for example holding a cooking broadcast to showcase rarely used ingredients, are used to highlight problems and sollutions. The hero not being a jerk, nor naive or constantly abused is also a nice change of pace. I also like the twist on the hero's typical role from a warrior into an administrator and ruler. There is also no self-pity or trouble getting adjusted, which for me is a good thing. Mind you, he does not want to be king, but that is shown more by him calling himself temporary king and not through complaining and anslation feels good, although there are a couple of spots where the book could have used foot notes. Sure, one can expact the reader of a translated light novel to know a bit about Japanese honorifics or at least to understand said discussion when talking about how his translation magic works, but there are limits to such basic knowledge. For example. at one point a city mascot is discussed with references to regions in RL Japan that make little sense to me and it covers several paragraphs.Having said that, at times the story does become a bit boring in spending too much time describing the world or the situation. Do we really need a couple of pages explaining feudalism or that old families look down upon recently appointed nobles? I am also a bit doubtful on some of the hero's so-called modern sollutions (especially the forest management part is grating to me), but considering RL economists don't agree with each other and it is not overly important to the story I can let that aspect gardless, I greatle enjoyed the book and I will definitely read the 2nd one.