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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
February 20, 2017
Status: v6
Who wins in a fight between Tatsuya and Kvothe?

The problem with Mahouka is, as nearly everyone who hates these light novels points out, the MC Tatsuya. Tatsuya's OPness -- irrespective of how well it is explained in the context of the story -- robs the novels of nearly all possibility of tension.

The only reason the other characters seem to exist is to bear witness to Tatsuya's magnificence. I'm not sure they qualify as even 2D characters. They might even be 1D. Fortunately they have names so you'll be able to... more>> tell them apart.

This series is the quintessential self-insert power fantasy series on the light novel market today. If you're into that kind of thing (no judgment!), then this is the series for you. <<less
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Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
March 15, 2018
Status: v3
It reads like a play and plays are meant to be seen, not read. The author's decision to write the novel entirely in dialogue is its doom.

3 stars for a decent translation and for not being a tropefest. It's a pretty dry read, though.
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The Place You Called From
February 19, 2017
Status: --
The translation is professional level quality and seems to have been well edited.

This isn't a light novel filled with pages of dialogue. It's a generally well paced novel with dialogue, exposition, and action scenes (such as they are) never usually taking over for large sections (though other reviewers felt differently). This isn't great literature and won't be for everyone, but it isn't your average light novel trash (no judgments -- I read lots of light novel trash!). There was obviously some amount of writing craft involved here. It's not the... more>> kind of novel you'd expect an author to be able to write every three months for years at a time.

The one issue in this author's novels tends to be the mystery elements. Generally the breadcrumbs and foreshadowing are poorly done, and you get lots of explanation at the end which is quite typical of mediocre mystery novels (the early Zaregoto novels comes to mind here).

If you like melodrama/romance and don't mind when mystery elements are somewhat poorly executed, you'll likely enjoy this novel.

Also, just to repeat, the translation is top notch. You couldn't pay someone to translate this better. <<less
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Hokuou Kizoku to Moukinzuma no Yukiguni Karigurashi
February 20, 2017
Status: c32
Pleasant slice of life, as others have stated. It's light on plot/tension. It's largely just a narration of everyday life with detailed (but not overly detailed) descriptions of the work needed to ensure survival in a relatively harsh climate.

The main characters are decent human beings who are kind and respectful of each other. The story depicts a very positive relationship.

The translation is decent but not great. That said, taking into account the translator is translating from a language that isn't her native language into another language that isn't her native... more>> language, the translation is kind of remarkable. It's certainly above average in terms of its readability. <<less
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You Shine in the Moonlit Night
March 3, 2018
Status: Completed
Fairly typical sick girl novel. The setup: Sick girl cross off bucket list items vicariously with help from MC boy. The general theme: Two characters are experiencing an existential crisis and help each other move on and come to accept the lot they've been dealt.

There's nothing particularly new or unexpected going on here, but the translation stands out for how relatively natural the English sounds.
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My Pet Is a Holy Maiden
March 3, 2018
Status: c23
This is a standard male power fantasy that reads a bit like a Chinese web novel in terms of the degree to which other characters exist primarily to express admiration of the MC.

There haven't been any real twists of interest thus far, though I can think of numerous ways that could have been accomplished.

The story lacks extended tension. Emotional conflicts -- to the extent there are any -- rarely last more than a chapter or two. But that's not really what the author is going for anyway, as this story... more>> is more of an iyashikei than anything else.

I think Risou no Homo Seikatsu is a bit similar, but that protagonist's relative lack of power makes for a more interesting -- if a bit dry/boring -- read.

The relative readability of the Ebisu English is consistent up to chapter 23, so reading the first chapter will give you a good idea about its quality. <<less
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