[Manga Review] Aniki Joutou (complete series)

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(Aniki Joutou series, Volume #1 & 2)

Kano Shiuko

What rating would you give it?
3.75 (maybe 4) of 5 Stars

Is this series known by any other name(s)?

Yeah! A few! Yaizu Brothers is the most common, but others include: Yaizu Brothers Fuckin’ Cool, First-Class Big Brother, and even Gentle Green.

How did you come to read Aniki Joutou and what did you think of the series as a whole?

Well… hopefully you took a look at the themes (or in this case warnings) that I posted in the book details below, so you’ll know what to expect from this review. (If not, head on down to the bottom of this post to see them listed under the “genre” section.)

Speaking frankly, I… really didn’t know what to expect when I first picked this up. I knew there was going to be incest themes and such, so that wasn’t a problem (it was actually the reason why I picked it up/was recommended it in the first place). Prior to picking up this title, I had been compiling a masterlist of any and all yaoi/shounen ai/shota manga, manhua, and manhwa featuring incest (in any form or shape of the word) as a primary or minor theme. It was partially for my own reference, and partially because a list as such needed to be made somewhere in the universe, so why shouldn’t it be me making it? (P.S. – And since the list is STILL NOT DONE, I am just sort of holding onto it for now until I can sort it out further.)

And – because I needed to make sure that the books I added to the list actually belonged there – I then went about hunting down all titles I could find, so I could read them for myself.

Many I own. Many I “own” only as scanlations.

Then, as I was adding another name to the list, a title popped out at me: Aniki Joutou.

I was almost sure I had read it before… or at the very least owned it… Somewhere.

As it turned out, I did have a copy of it, although I hadn’t gotten the chance to read it yet. Thus… Aniki Joutou became the first of several “re-finds” I found in a batch of miscellaneous manga I had saved on my computer (from some time ago) with the explicit intent of reading at a later date.

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*EHEM* AWWWWKWAAAARD.

So, of course, remembering NOT A THING about this series outside of the fact that it must have interested me at some point in time and that it was an incest related manga, I opened the folder and began to read.

And then laugh. [And then repeatedly “WTF???!” throughout most of the pages because – really now – WHAT THE FUCK. XD ]

The story is… captivating in its concept and its choice of focus, to say the least; different, though a bit confusing, too… although that may have been due to bad translation (Note to self: Get raws or print copies of books ASAP.); and wholly, hilariously entertaining.

The Yaizu brothers (our protagonists) consist of Ichirou (30) eldest brother and owner of a night club for women clientele, gays, and cougars; Gou (24) second oldest, middle brother who freelances and part-times here and there and seems highly unreliable as a human being; and then there’s Ryuusei (15), the youngest brother still in high school and madly in love with Ichirou – though he has yet to realize it at the start of the first book. Their lives together are unconventional at best, and certainly traumatizing, in some respects to their – ehem – morality and sense of right and wrong, but strangely enough they all seem to be… pretty normal (considering), at least as families go. (Don’t look at me like that! I’m not weird. And they’re perfectly fine in their fucked up way!)

I generally don’t read these kinds of books for the sex that may or may not occur between the brothers sisters, cousins, or whatever – but more so on how the author deals with the family dynamics when one or more members are romantically or sexually involved with one another and in a relationship that most consider immoral and wrong.

I’ve seen the good. I’ve seen the bad. I’ve seen the comedic almost crack-spoof approach, too. I’ve seen the “let’s use this to our advantage and FANSERVICE (with or without a shred of substance behind it). I’ve also seen the “one is the manipulator, the other their willing or unwilling victim.” And so many others.

This one definitively followed the comedic, almost crack-spoof like approach with a hint of let’s use this to our advantage of FANSERVICE.

I’m really not complaining in the least. XD

Of the two books, I’d say the second one was better and more my favourite as it actually had substance and more of a plot.

All in all, it was a good read. My absolute favourite characters were Gou and Ga-chan (Gaku) because they were both such random characters XD So anything that featured them sort of ruled for me. 😉 The concept was an interesting one that I think was handled well, especially since it was meant to be at least part comedy. The twists of several revealing truths throughout the books also kept me interested and would keep any reader guessing.

Would you recommend this book?

Yeah, I think so! Read it, you know you wanna try!

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Biblos
Publication Date: 2002-2004
Format: electronic, scans
Pages: est. 366+
Genre: Drama, Yaoi, Romance, Smut,
QUILTBAG / LGBTQUIA, Playboys / Hosts,
Manga, Actual/Implied Incest / False Incest
(“Father”/”Sons”, “Brother”/”Brother”,
“Uncle”/”Nephew”), Family Dynamics,
Brother Complex, What It Means To Be
A Family, Adoption, Host Club, Gigolo/Male Escort,
Night Club, Unconventional or Alternative Families,
Cougars, Age Gap/Age Difference,
Misunderstanding/s, DILFS, BILFS, Mature/Erotic
Age: Adult (MATURE)
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Downloaded scanlations by Obsession
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)

The Re-Read Challenge Review ~ Update 1

THE LIST of Books I Re-Read This Month

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  1. Of Last Resort by Megan Derr [Review]

WHAT I Remember

That it ended off kind of shitty for Telme and Korin. And OMFG WHAT A TWIST AT THE END NLDNSKDNKSLANDlksndKDNladnlk

Also, DRAGONS!!!!

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WHY I Wanted to Re-Read

I finally got my hands on the second book, With Pride, and I need a refresher so I could jump right into things. 🙂

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HOW I Felt After Re-Reading

ABSOLUTELY EXCITED FOR THE NEXT BOOK! I still really loved the first one, so my love remains. Those first few chapters will forever be my favourites though. *siiiiigh* I could easily re-read those alone over and over and over again~~

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WOULD I Re-Read Again

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That goes without saying. ❤

[Book Review] Creation (The Chronicles of Ara)

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(The Chronicles of Ara, Book 1)

Joel Eisenberg & Steven Hillard

What rating would you give it?
1.5 of 5 Stars

What did you think of the book?

DON’T LET THE GORGEOUS COVER FOOL YOU!

The copy I read was an uncorrected proof provided by Netgalley. Now, I know the ARC was just the prelim and not the finished product. I get that, but… that still doesn’t matter nor mean a thing to me if by the time I am finished reading I’m left this unhappy about the book. If anything, I would tell the publisher/editor/author to send out galleys that are more put-together than what I got, because all this one did was put a very bad impression in my head of what was to come for this book AND the entire series.

Now… here’s me trying to be nice about this.

I didn’t particularly like Creation (which, at the time when I read it was only called The Chronicles of Ara). It was… just too odd. I wish I could follow it better, but I just couldn’t. I think there was more hype to it than was actually translated properly to the page. It seemed scatterbrained at best, and then really interesting but unfocused at others.

It took me a really, REALLY long time to finish this book, not because it was a difficult or long read, but because I just had NO interest in it – and that’s saying something from me. This book should have been a fantastic read, and instead turned out to be full of hot air.

Would you recommend this book?

Ughh, no. Not unless it has a MAJOR overhaul. And I mean, MAJOR. There was just too much going on without any real direction and that left an already complicated story appearing to all the world as disorganized and chaotic. I WANTED to like this story. I HOPED and PRAYED the words on the page would match the gorgeousness of the cover, but… it was not to be.

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Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: The Zharmae Publishing
Press / Luthando Coeur
Publication Date: November 2014
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 454
Genre: Art, Artistic Creation, Fiction,
Speculative Fiction, Conceptualization,
Literary Fiction, Fantasy / Sci Fi (I guess)
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)

 

[Book Review] The Abyss Beyond Dreams

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(Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1)
Part of the Commonwealth universe

Peter F. Hamilton

What rating would you give it?
5 of 5 Stars

What did you think of the book?

I don’t know why it took me so long to write up the review for this book. I finished reading it ages ago! @__@ First off, PURE SCI-FI genius! I love Hamilton’s writing style, and the ease of storytelling as we traveled with the characters through the stars.

To those familiar or unfamiliar with his work and his series, I would highly recommend starting with the Commonwealth and the Void series BEFORE reading this book. However, if you plan to only read this book and no other, than this works great as a standalone. (The real problem lies with those who want to read those books, but read this one first. A *LOT* of things are revealed here so… yeah. Might be best to either decide “to read or not to read until you’ve finished those books first”.)

One last thing: for those who just want to jump into this series – be aware that it is LONG. Over 600 pages long! (Closer to 700 if you’re reading it on Kindle.)

Would you recommend this book?

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If you’re interested in hardcore sci-fi, books set IN SPACE, pretty awesome world-building, and aliens, this is a series that’s definitely meant for you!

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Random House Publishing
Group – Del Rey Spectra
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 672
Genre: Sci Fi, Space Opera, Hard
Science Fiction, Space Travel, Aliens,
War
Age: Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)

 

[Book Review] The Gates of Atlantis (complete collection)

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(The Gate of Atlantis, Books 1-6)

Wendy Knight, Laura D. Bastian, Juli Caldwell, Jaclyn Weist, J.R. Simmons, & Mikey Brooks

What rating would you give it?
4.5 of 5 Stars

Give us a summary.

(Taken from GoodReads)
Centuries ago the great city of Atlantis had to be hidden from humans. Now magically buried in the depths of the ocean, it is the source of all magic. All is well in the magical world…until the leaders of Atlantis listen to the whims of a mad man.

A group of teens set out on their own unique quests to fight for the world they love. They face dangers they didn’t know existed. As they battle their way through mysterious tunnels and secrets of the ancient world, they find themselves in a race against time. One by one, the mad man will shut down the Gates of Atlantis and destroy the magic. Can these unlikely heroes stop him before it’s too late?

What did you think of the book?

A wild and exciting tale that I can’t stop gushing about! This book series is the perfect read for anyone interested in myths and legends, and looking for an exciting, action-packed adventure! I would recommend this series to younger readers, teens, and anyone interested in an adventure story minus the romance that’s seen in far too many YA novels today. A good, solid fantasy/mythos/folktale series!

I don’t know if I had a favourite out of all of them, but I definitely liked Secrets of the Mine more than I probably should, so… I’ll say that one was my fav. 🙂

Would you recommend this book?

Yeah, I’d definitely recommend. Especially to anyone who liked the Percy Jackson series (and its spinoffs & sequel series). It has that sort of vibe.

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: All Night Reads
Publication Date: July 2014
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 834
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Gods
and Goddesses, Demi-Gods, Sci Fi,
Atlantis, Demi-Humans, Banshees,
Mermaids, Legends
Age: Teen & Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)

 

[Book Review] The Fifth Vertex

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(The Sigilord Chronicles, Book 1)

Kevin Hoffman

What rating would you give it?
4 of 5 Stars

What did you think of the book?

A fantastic read! I was sucked in from the very beginning. In fact, it was the first couple pages that really amused and endeared me to the main character Urus. After all, how can you not feel for a guy trying to commit suicide when he, no sooner said than done, fails so spectacularly at doing so? His companions are equally oddball characters who each compliment him and each other as they try to unravel the mystery behind his strange new powers.

A note to EVERYONE: Do not look down on this book simply because it is self-published! It is brilliantly written, professionally edited (at least, it definitely seems that way!), and engaging, funny, entertaining, and worthy of your reviews and reads!

Really looking forward to the sequel Blood Sigil!

Would you recommend this book?

Definitely!

Reviewed by AMS (amomentsilence)

Publisher: Kevin Hoffman (self-published)
Publication Date: August 2014
Format: eBook, ARC
Pages: 290
Genre: Sci FI & Fantasy, Steampunk
Deafness, Physical Handicap, Suicide,
Magic, Action/Adventure
Age: Young Adult
Reviewer: AMS (amomentsilence)
Source: Provided by NetGalley
Challenge: 2014 Good Reads Reading Challenge (100)

 

15 Signs to prove you’re a book addict (Reblogged from Megan Quibell @ TheGuardian)

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Ever worried you might be generally addicted to books? If you have any of these 15 warning signs, you’re definitely a bookaholic too! But don’t worry about kicking the habit. Books are awesome

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Teenager reading at Hay on Wye under an umbrella Photograph: Andrew Fox/Andrew Fox/Corbis

So yes: I’m a bit of an addict. Hi, my name is Megan and I’m a bookaholic. If you have any of these fifteen warning signs, you’re a bookaholic too. But don’t worry about kicking the habit. Books are awesome.

1.Over 90% of any wishlist (birthday, Christmas, shopping list) are books. Who needs food and clothes anyway? And if you ever go into a bookshop or library, you leave with at least five books more than you planned on buying. Oops…

2. Your friends or family chat about TV or film adaptions of books and all you can say is: “Please. The book was a million times better. I mean, the film didn’t even mention this, they changed that, they didn’t have this quote, they…” Double points if aforementioned friends and family roll their eyes and say “Typical insert-your-name-here”.

3. Everyone else you know has pictures of the latest band, movie or animal on their wall, but your walls are covered in bookshelves, book posters and book postcards.

4. Speaking of your room, you have so many books in your bedroom that they’ve spread of off the bookshelves onto floors, desks, chest of drawers and beds. But really, who needs to see their silly old floors anyway?

5. Most kids went as pop stars, footballers, doctors, nurses and superheroes to dress-up-as-what-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow-up day, but you went in wearing normal clothes with a notebook tucked under your arm. You also gave scathing looks to anyone who asked “What are you meant to be?” Because, obviously, you were an author.

6. Some of your best friends aren’t ‘real’ – as non-book-addicts put it. They’re characters from your favourite books. Your heroes also aren’t pop stars, movie stars or humanitarians. They’re authors. You look up to authors as godlike creatures who hold your favourite characters’ fates in their hands.

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Have you ever sobbed your heart out because you’ve finished a brilliant book? And then sobbed more to see the film? (here are Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in Our Stars, but you know that…) Photograph: James Bridges/PR

 

7. You have been mentally scarred by books (Harry Potter, The Fault In Our Stars, War Horse…). But despite this they make you happier than anything else. Until you finish them. Then it feels like your heart has broken and the hole in your soul will never be healed. Until you find your new favourite book…

8. You are the go-to-person for book recommendations. Everyone knows you read more than a normal mortal and that, generally, you always have a suggestion. Book addicts are awesome like that!

9. You can bring any topic back around to your fave book. For example: “Ah, the dangers of cyber-crimes. We’d really be so much safer if we all bank at Gringotts, where of money would be looked after by goblins and dragons. It’s really only logical. In Harry Potter…” “Oh, your boyfriend’s name is Eddie? He’s brilliant in Vampire Academy: I really love him. Have you read that yet? It’s so…” And so on and so on.

You also have a bookish quote for all situations. Wishing someone good luck: “May the odds be ever in your favour.” When someone says something about reality: “Of course it’s happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should hat mean that it is not real?” A dramatic, heart-breaking, beautiful love story: Snape’s “Always” and TFIOS’s “Okay? Okay.” I could go on – trust me… All your advice comes from books too – you just direct people to your favourite book on the topic!

10. You don’t have normal dreams: you dream about worlds you’ve visited in books, characters you met in books and adventures you’ve had in books. Basically, you’re all books, all the time. You even daydream about books.

11. You’d do anything (eat a poisoned apple, spin gold from hay) if you could live in your favourite bookish world – even just for a day.

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12. When you grow up and have children (or pets), you plan to name all of them after your favourite characters from books. Poor Hermione, Augustus, Luna, Magnus and Sherlock…

13. You’d happily give up the real world (and food) if you could just live in books all the time. Actually, if you’re reading an awesome book, you do ignore the real world – you forget about water, sleep, homework and other people. People have to say your name five times to even get your attention and you end up sleep deprived because you stayed up super late to finish the book. But you don’t care because that book… it was so worth it!

14. When you’re trying to do revision for exams, you settle on this little reward system: for every two chapters of the revision book you read, you can read a chapter of the fiction book you’re currently reading. I mean, what better reward is there than a chapter of an awesome book? (Your friends say the answer is biscuits, YouTube or sleep. You agree to disagree.)

15. If you were freezing to death and had to put something on the fire to keep it burning, you’d burn your own clothes, pencils, shoes, food and even your own hair before you’d throw your books on. Who cares if you survive, so long as your pretties are ok?

CONTINUE READING…