Category: Two stars

Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Pulp binge: Perfect Little Angels is… imperfect

Hello! I’ll be doing a PULP BINGE for the next few updates, and feature more pulp in general. I have a bad habit of buying quite a bit of pulp, but I rarely read it- finally, I’m going through my backlog and slamming these guys down!

I’m a major pulp sci-fi/horror fan, so that’s mostly what you’ll be seeing here.

Pulp, if you’re not familiar, is a common name for those short, fat paperbacks that were mostly printed before the late 90s. Pulp as a genre is also notable for often being more ‘trashy’ and not as ‘refined’ as commercial fiction. Quotes because this is not necessarily true in the slightest!

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

THRIFT STORE WHY: The cover! It looks amazing in person, with this weird, shiny overlay (especially on the red eyes). The art is fantastic, the name is attention grabbing, and the back copy/tagline are both really fun. I’m always keen on brainwashing plots and fake-utopias.

BACK COPY LIES (what the plot really is): A dull rebellious girl moves into a Utopian neighborhood where daily pills and radio signals make every citizen morally pure and essentially the same. Elsewhere, a semi-robot teen hallucinates for half the book.

WOULD I RECC TO READ: No. It’s fun and pulpy, but there’s a lot better of the type.

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Guðsríki’s strengths cannot overcome its weaknesses

Guðsríki’s strengths cannot overcome its weaknesses

★★☆☆☆

(2.5 stars)

(This is about book 3 in a series. Book 1, Valhalla, can be found here. And Book 2, Ragnarök can be found here.)

Three stars is my go to for hard to place books. So, welcome Gu… Guðsríki… Welcome to book Hell.

I had a lot, lot of problems with this book. All of Ari’s ticks in the last books that I could overlook came back in full force, leading to a very long (and very negative review). Buckle in.

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Otherbound is trying very, very hard, but just isn’t that good

Otherbound is trying very, very hard, but just isn’t that good

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

This is a very meh book. I didn’t particularly want it to be, but it failed me in every way. There was nothing really going on, the writing was dull, the worldbuidling was clearly making an effort but explained poorly, and nothing felt interesting, legitimate, or real.

The characters are diverse, but even in the reviews that’s all anyone can talk about. Yay for diversity! Not much to cheer about otherwise.

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A Hero at the End of the World is tragically mediocre

A Hero at the End of the World is tragically mediocre

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

It’s not impossible to be seduced by artwork. This was my experience with A Hero at the End of the World by Erin Claiborne. The cover appealed to me immensely, as did the small little illustrations throughout. Unfortunately, these remain the only lasting good thing I received from the novel. Was it bad? Not really. There was a lot I would’ve liked done differently.

The idea is good. Ewan Mao is the chosen one in a contemporary magical London, except that when the time came to defeat the great evil as prophesied, his best friend did it instead. Years down the line he’s a barista and half forgotten, until a charming yet plainly evil customer promises a way to bring him back into the spotlight.

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