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Read À eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Ç Jay KristoffWARNING WARNING UNPOPULAR OPINION INCOMINGThis book made me eally fucking madI ll admit I was a little leery of Stormdancer from the start Japanese steampunk sounds cool but coming from a white western author the chances of problematic weeaboo fuckery are high Exoticization Romanticization Plain old appropriation Yet for some eason I didn t eally peg Stormdancer as a weeaboo outing I don t know why There was no good eason and yet I expected Kristoff to be a scholar of some sort or at least to do some very in depth scholarly A Turn For The Bad County Cork 4 research borne of a deep interest in andespect for Japanese culture And while even that could have also potentially yielded something problematic at least it would have been sincere What I thoroughly did NOT expect to get was a book informed by fucking Wikipedia and anime set in Japan for the sake of novelty That came as a genuine shock And a dramatic ise in blood pressure WHAT THE FUCKITY FUCKThe thing is that Wikipedia part You can kinda tell I mean the first hundred pages or so of Stormdancer basically until the airship crashes are a chore to wade through mostly because of the Wikipedia esue info dumps It takes almost exactly half of those pages to make any progress on the plot The first fifty are just about showing off the world and detailing every little aspect of it which is why it takes like twelve paragraphs for Yukiko and her father to walk down a street we have to hear about the architecture detail the clothing being worn because we e using Japanese terms here and not many eaders will know offhand what a fucking hakama looks like and explain the exact geographical setting ight down to which ivers cross where and the exotic smells in the air even though none of it is actually elevant to anything that s going on at the moment I understand wanting to set the scene and acuaint Contemplating Music readers with the world but Jesus Herbet Christ get on with it already Work this stuff in to the action Make me not want to put the book down out of sheer boredom I mean I haven t even gotten the chance to get angry yetMaking the world building harder to parse are the Japanese words and terms strewn throughout the descriptions most of which assume a familiarity with the culture that manyeaders just won t have I had to break out the Google than once to give myself a better mental image of what was going on and though many of the terms aren t exactly vital to the story it was still annoying as hell I want to be able to see this shit in my head to get what s going on and it doesn t help when half of the words are in Japanese just for the flavor of it It s one thing when a word doesn t have an English analog it s another when you e including easily translatable and even borrowed words like sarariman seriously it s salary man or even just businessman kthnx in their omaji form just to make the story seem authentic At the very least it s unnecessarily confusingThere is a glossary in the back of the book that would have been uite helpful to know about while in the midst of those first fifty pages but if you e an e eader like me you wouldn t have ealized it s there until you actually made it to that pagejust after the story has ended Perhaps print eaders will be able to make better use of itBut blah blah blah detail heavy writing I can skim past that My only issue was boredome until I started noticing all of the shit got wrong Then my head began hitting the desk RepeatedlyAnd okay preface I m not an expert on Japan nor am I Asian I ve never studied the country or the language formally I ve got little knowledge outside of what I learned in my own weeaboo phase from yes mostly manga and anime And YET I still came across glaring errors Songs Of The Dead repeated errors stupid errors errors that made it impossible toead through a conversation without wanting to strangle someone and errors that lead to uestions about some very basic assumptions of the bookLet s start with my primary nails on a chalkboard issue the usage of the words hai and sama shall we Here are a few examples of these words in action in StormdancerSamaThat is than fair Ameterasu bless your kindness samaI want for nothing
Thank You SamaHe Slew Boukyakuyou samaHe slew Boukyaku sama The sea dragon who consumed the island of TakaiyamaHonor to you great samaWhat is Raijin song samaForgiveness samaApologies samaand so on and so forthHaiThese cloudwalkers were men of the kitsune clan haiI have no doubt of your success The man who stood beside my father as he slew the last nagaraja of Shima will not be trouble by a simple thunder tiger haiYou must keep it secret It is a gift hai but *IT IS NOT ONE TO BE *is not one to be solitude is pleasant haiI can get into the trees haiJust deck hands on a sky ship haietcAnd both together for a double slap to the face of any immersion you ve managed to scrounge upSama please Enough for one day hai That s not how you use those either of those come ON now Sama is a suffix an honorific It goes at the end of someone s name ex Masaru sama or title or profession to denote espect or a higher social status You NEVER use it by itself it isn t a stand in for sir or lord and in fact the included glossary explicitly acknowledges this so how the fuck this managed to emain intact through editing I have no fucking ideaSimilarly hai is not a one to one translation of yes or The Tenor Voice right A accurate translation is I have understood what you just said and it s only used to answer a uestion or aeuest You don t stick it on the end of the sentence to The Devils Music rhetorically prompt confirmation Believe it or not there are actually Japanese words for that well not thehetorical part like ka or desu but Kristoff doesn t make use of those ad nauseum just the jarringly tellingly wrong haiThis is Weeaboo 101 people we should not even have to be tal At first I didn t write my eview of Stormdancer because the publisher specifically asked me to hold off on posting it until September Then I didn t write it because I was in the minority and I had to take a deep breath before I put my negative opinion out there And now I m writing it because I don t care any longer I ve accepted that my opinion is valid and not just a one off that deserves to belong on my its me not you shelf I didn t enjoy Stormdancer I can t give it than one star because it doesn t belong in the ealm of it was ok for meI understand why people would love this and if you don t understand then just navigate towards the million glowing Las Formas De La Pereza reviews on the book s goodreads page Stormdancer has a strong heroine widely developed world building an Asian setting many mythical creatures and it is very wordy and big on the descriptions And it is this last that made so many people gush while simultaneously making me want to tear my hair out The prose is so dense and overly descriptive that it just didn t go in It was one of those situations where Iepeatedly For Valour The Air Vcs read the same few sentences over and over desperately trying to absorb what they were telling me but my brain kept getting caught on the painful wordinessAlso there s the Asian thing I love that this isn t just another young adult novel with white American kids I love that authors are stepping outside their comfort zone and writing about other cultures Because there is so much mythology to explore from all corners of the globe there s just no need to stick to the same old But seriously I know the author is not Japanese and he deserves to be allowe. Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles But the mission proves less impossible and deadly than anyone expects Soon Yukiko finds herself stranded a young woman alone in her country's last wilderness with only a furious crippl. Doom for mistakes but was any Hearts Over Diamonds research actually done when writing Stormdancer Well beyond theeading of manga anyway This book is like what would happen if someone went into a Japanese tourist shop and decided to write about the culture based on itIf this novel had been set in Italy the Italian euivalent would be They went strolling down by insert overly descriptive sentences the Vatican and the Coliseum before eating insert descriptiveness pizza and pasta Then they went to Venice and description The American Disaster rode a gondola whilst being chased by angry Roman gods They escaped to Sicily where they were description description hunted down by a Sicilian mafia boss called Giovanni and his two henchmen Mario and Luigi before finally being shot by Antonio As Antonio pulled the trigger Ciao bella mia he exclaimed The endYou get the idea This book throws around a Japanese word andor stereotype at every possible opportunity It also assumes that the audience largely westerneaders has uite a bit of knowledge about Japan or is at least willing to sit with google at the eady for the entire novel I am not joking when I say I sometimes had to use google multiple times in one paragraph in order to understand what the hell was going on This isn t enjoyable it eally isn t The descriptions plus the language made it feel like I was wading through very thick sludgeDiscounting mangaanime I can count on two fingers how many Asian inspired fantasies I know of Stormdancer gets the middle one If you want to explore this genre I can t tell you to completely disregard Stormdancer because so many people obviously thought it was amazing but I would say that Goodman s world in Eon Dragoneye Reborn and Eona is far better all Dr Ruths Encyclopedia Of Sex round EonEona is just a better heroine than Yukiko in my opinion and isn t thinking about the samurai with the sea green eyes when her life is threatened Read Goodman s novels instead WARNING EXCESSIVE LENGTH AND ONE ANGRY WOMANIeally have no idea how I m going to do this eview when everyone else expressed everything I wanted to say in such an elouent and succinct manner especially Cyna s eviewYou have no idea how badly badly I wanted this book to turn out brilliant and smashing and turn into one of those amazingly successful books that takes the publishing world by storm Even so when the absolutely gorgeous and fantastic covers that came out which weren t white washed Omg SCORE Although I am Elephant Dance really tired of sakura cherry blossoms being used as a motif to designatesymbolize that this book is about Japan I meaneally Can we create something a bit original that s not so tried and predictableUgh I m getting off topic So when I Crush It read the first three chapters I thought this was great stuff Oh man I waseady to start Geuze Amp Kriek running around and screaming its wonders Until I hit that solid wall soon afterHoly crap That prose It drove me crazy and made my eyes wander There were long passages that described everything in minute detail and these many passages stretched over many many pages Iteminded me of Cayla Kluver s novel Legacy One I also hated for the excessive mind numbing amount of unnecessary overly specific descriptions that were just fluff and not needed Not to mention I already Barn Dance read enough dense and long articles every day for grad school my brain does not want to be burdened with Iteally doesn tIn fact it got so bad that I started skimming a majority of the novel and I Secrets Of The Heart Aincourts Hearts 3 really can t give an exclamatorygraderatingreviewwhatever you want to call it for something I skimmed the majority of It s probably why I forgot a lot of IMPORTANT STUFF I should have noticed You know iteally sits my teeth on edge when all along this book was heavily marketed as kind of like a book set in some sort of alternate history version of Japan with an added splash of fantasy and steampunk only it s eally a Japanese inspired story set in an alternate world The Japanese elements of this story are so heavily borrowed to create a world just like Japan that I m super critical I didn t know until later but it eally upset me that the extent of the author s esearch was only via Wikipedia and by watching anime Really REALLY Even when I had essays for my Japanese literature classes I did extensive esearch by eading the original source material looking up the author s ideology and how it showed up in his work the social and political climate at the time and even went through books that had critical commentary on the literary movement s novels And that s just an ESSAY Seriously SERIOUSLY My culture and heritage is not something you can surface skip through a five minute perusal of links on Wikipedia and splash something together and say it s a great homage to it No NO NO NOThere is a lot of use and abuse of the Japanese language in this novel I mean if this is supposed to be set in an alternate world to Japan but is NOT Japan why are they still using Japanese and THEN having characters NOT understanding whatever is said IN Japanese That does not make sense at allIt eally aggravated me when the suffix sama was used by itself as an address to *someone of higher ank Excuse me
Sama Does Not Function Thatdoes not function that It s a *of higher ank Excuse me Sama does not function that way It s a It s even stated in that glossary that it s a suffix so why is it used so incorrectly Ugh Further if Slavery And Serfdom In The Middle Ages research was done into the veryigid class construct and hierarchy system in Japan you can t just USE someone s name and just add a san or a sama and address them as such They are ABOVE you You do not have that social status or standing or The Unknown Karl Marx right thatefer to them as if you were on euivalent levels This does not automatically make your speech polite There is a lot to it than thatI don t Rising Frenzy Men Of Myth 2 remember this word being used that much in the novel but my eyes caught on itight away sarariman or salary menman This is for white collar workers who spend all their time in offices and cubicles This word has NO place in a fantasy novel set in a historical context because this word is a MODERN convention I m sorry you can t just take a word like this and apply it for anything especially in a historical #context because the word is very MODERN It s a borrowed #because the word is very MODERN It s a borrowed word adapted for the Japanese language or katakana ized if you prefer Gah I just want to Successful People Are Full Of C R A P rip something into shreds Oh and then there s that aiya thing Aiya means something like oh no or an expression of surprise dismay or shock when something happens you didn t expect or didn t want to happen Like you placed your stack of books on the table and then as soon as you walk away they all fall down Aiya is a CHINESE expression NOT Japanese I am telling you this bothered me a whole heck of a lot seeing this OVER AND OVER again It may have the same phonological similarity but it is NOT JapaneseIteally irritated me when he just threw out random words haphazardly in his sentences It just totally destroys the prose and it s extremely unnecessary It smells of weeabos going Omg this is SO kawaii ne Just SHOOT ME NOW And he doesn t do this sparsely he does this ALL THE TIME It s an eyesore and something I commented on in other books And that hai thing COME ON REALLY Hai is not the general universal yes or I understood You know there are other variations Like un sou desu wakarimashitayoukai kashikomarimashita all with varying levels of politeness and casualness And different conjugations MehAnother thing that I hated was how the author used simple words to designate. Ed arashitora for company Although she can hear his thoughts and saved his life all she knows for certain is he'd ather see her dead than help her Yet trapped together in the forest Yukiko and the beast soon discover a bond that neither of them expectedMeanwhile the country around them verges on collapse A toxic fuel is choking the land the machine powered Lotus Guild is publicly burning those they deem Impure and the.
His world Like shima for the Japan like island place this story was set in Shima means island so Island Isles WTF I emember he said that it s hard not to be literal and things but using simple words like kyoudai shiroi gaijin for your naming conventions sounds very Flammeglens Tre Alex P Eventyr 6 ridiculous to a person who can understand Japanese at a high enough level It does not bring any mystiue or what not to whatever thing he s trying to do because it only made me laugh I think it s a waste of time for theeader if you KEEP translating what the words are in very close proximity to when you originally used especially when there s already a glossary provided in the back UGH Some people might think this is cool but I m sorry I think this is terribly lazy because if you The Game Of Baseball really wanted to use Japanese words you could at least try to combine words or kanji compounds together and make something up Even putting togetherandom sounds would have been fine as a last Justin Bieber Michael Jackson Jonas Brothers Amp Taylor Swift resortThe male gaze is pretty prevalent in here One scene thateally grossed me out is that Yukiko s identity is discovered by boys who peep on her when she goes to take a bath REALLY REALLY That s the only feasible way you could have had your plot move forward By having guys PEEP on her You couldn t have say had her tattoos uncovered when she s FIGHTING monsters or something I don t know something less creepy It Bitte Zweimal Wolke 7 Rebella 2 really creeped me out when the brother s sister is described as being extremely beautiful that all men wanted a taste of and that s compounded by the fact that there s some incestelationship going on there SERIOUSLY Did we eally need that Ugh grossBtw who are the gaijin anyway This is never explained or dealt with Also the lotus thing that everyone gets drunk on Lotus Why lotus I mean Japanese love to use nature and especially flowers as symbolism in their works but a lotus doesn t have as much weight or impact as say sakura or kiku or a litany of other things And if you wanted to show drugs what s the problem with opium that came from POPPIES They did have that back then you know I didn t like how the poetry aspects were scoffed at Haiku is not the be all and end all of Japanese poetry you know There s also tanka chouka enga and freestyle plus many Being able to write beautiful poems was a point of pride back then They would spend hours having poetry competitions adding to another person s poem or The Forest Portal reading out loud their own The one s with the most elouent beautiful witty or impressive were seen as highly intellectual individuals that were praised andespected I didn t like how this was just thrown in as just to add flavor to the story I Canadian Psycho Crimes Canada True Crimes That Shocked The Nation 5 remember the manyoushuu being brought up and it was called The Book of a Thousand Deaths or I dunno someidiculous title like that FYI it s called The Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves If you e going to borrow so heavily from Japanese at least create new aspects to your world Something Shadows on the Moon or the Eon Dragoneye Reborn series although this one is based off of Chinese culturemythology did uite excellently I kind of marginally liked Buruu s snark and attitude and the connection he had with Yukiko as it was fun to see them grow into their bond together The last uarter of the book moved at a lot uicker pace and I didn t have to slog through it as much as I did in the first three fourths At least there were plot twists I wasn t expecting I even sort of liked Yukiko s omance with the green eyed ugh soldier because she got to have a consensual sexual Sky Shamans Of Mongolia relationship with him and wasn t shamed for it at first until youealize he used her feelings and sex against her as a form of manipulation and called her filthy and dirty There was something that always bothered me about the green eyed soldier until Linda s post pointed it out perfectly These are ASIAN characters where the majority of common people have BROWN eyes I know there are exceptions like some ethnic Chinese groups or Mongolian people although this is contested as there may have been crossing way back when but for Horse Of Seven Moons regular pure blooded Japanese people this is practically impossible Why can t Yukiko be initially attracted to someone with BROWN EYES What s wrong with them Meh I can go on and on and on but thiseview is heinously long There s also the problem I had with the depiction of the Shinto gods the grossly incorrect usage of kimono including juunihitoe for Son Of Avonar The Bridge Of Darnath 1 royals pandas inconsistent andor incorrectomanization of Japanese non Japanese names Aisha and a myriad of other thingsTo sum it
"up uickly Bitterly disappointing I am not happy Not at all What s "uickly Bitterly disappointing I am not happy Not at all What s A Japanese Steampunk novel with mythical creatures and a strong female protagonist Yeah I m all over that Though honestly you had me at Japanese Steampunk I m not giving this a star Seppuku rating because the version of the book Iead was an advance uncorrected proof of the book That means it could undergo some changes between now and when it s printed in September It s hard for me to give it a number since I don t know what stuff might be different in the version I ead vs the don t know what stuff might be different in the version I ead vs the you ll be able to Ninjago Vol 5 read in September Simply said I liked it Plus y know Japanese steampunk When the Shogun demands someone bring him an arashitora griffin a group of adventurers gos on an airship voyage to capture the beast long thought to be extinct The airship goes down and a girl named Yukiko befriends the captured arashitora Can the two of them beeunited with Yukiko s friends and overthrow the ShogunI eceived this ARC from the fine folks at St Martin s It s freeness does not diminish its awesomenessNot too long ago I got an email asking if I wanted to give Stormdancer a try Once I ead the phrases steampunk feudal Japan and free I was sold Stormdancer takes place in a fantasy version of feudal Japan one with an environment fouled by the blood lotus a plant that blights the land but has many beneficial properties like being smoked or turned into a super fuel Thus the island nation of Shima has an impressive empire For Her Eyes Only ruled by mad and cruel Shogun Yukiko the heroine is the daughter of an aging hero Masaru The Black Fox and a yokai one of the people touched by the spirits The Yokai areelentlessly hunted by The Lotus Guild ard machine men who keep the Shima technology moving forwardIf I had one gripe about the book it s that it takes a little while for the main plot to kick off To be fair though there is a ton of worldbuilding that needs to be done before then Anyway once Yukiko meets the arashitora the book grabs on tight and doesn t let go I found myself getting eally attached to *The Characters And Probably Would *characters and probably would went into seclusion if Buruu had died The elationship between Buruu and Yukiko was my favorite part of the bookYou know how most steampunk seems to be Paranormal Romance with some gears and brass added on Stormdancer is not one of those This book is jam packed with interesting concepts like the Iron Samurai the Lotus Guild ninja cells with agents hidden everywhere yokai the list goes on and on Still skeptical Two words chainsaw katanaThe ending was poignant yet satisfying If one were so inclined one could The Friends Of Pancho Villa read this book and notead the subseuent volumes and be satisfied I ll be continuing though Stormdancer is the most original science fictionfantasy novel I ve Escape Of The Bird Women read in a long time Five easy starsNote I did a blog interview with Jay Kristoff here He s a hilarious guy so buy his book. Shõgun cares for nothing but his own dominion Authority has always made Yukiko but her world changes when she meets Kin a young man with secrets and theebel Kagé cabal She learns the horrifying extent of the Shõgun's crimes both against her country and her familyReturning to the city Yukiko is determined to make the Shõgun pay – but what can one girl and a flightless arashitora do against the might of an empir.