Tara Peterson

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Smashwords book reviews by Tara Peterson

  • The Weeping Empress on Aug. 12, 2012
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    I feel like I've been dropped into a Japaname cartoon. Never before have I visualized the characters as I've read this way and I owe it to the dialog. It is clipped and way to brief, and when a character speaks to the heroine, Chiyo, she responds way out of proportion to the question or statement. Very much like the drama-queen females of Japanese animation. I really had problems identifying with the characters in this story; their responses to situations were completely foreign to me. For example: Chiyo is given a very expensive sword as a gift. Later she discovers that the name of her husband and daughter (whom she has lost) were engraved with the words "never forget" or something like that. Personally I think that's wonderful and was very thoughtful that her two male companions thought to do that. But not Chiyo; she flies into a rage and beats on the guy sitting next her. He takes it but the bruises take a week to heal, and this is OK? People lose loved ones all the time, we move on, or should. We should not feed a blinding rage and violent beast within us that craves senseless blood lust. The epilogue was good.
  • The Weeping Empress on Aug. 12, 2012

    I feel like I've been dropped into a Japaname cartoon. Never before have I visualized the characters as I've read this way and I owe it to the dialog. It is clipped and way to brief, and when a character speaks to the heroine, Chiyo, she responds way out of proportion to the question or statement. Very much like the drama-queen females of Japanese animation. I really had problems identifying with the characters in this story; their responses to situations were completely foreign to me. For example: Chiyo is given a very expensive sword as a gift. Later she discovers that the name of her husband and daughter (whom she has lost) were engraved with the words "never forget" or something like that. Personally I think that's wonderful and was very thoughtful that her two male companions thought to do that. But not Chiyo; she flies into a rage and beats on the guy sitting next her. He takes it but the bruises take a week to heal, and this is OK? People lose loved ones all the time, we move on, or should. We should not feed a blinding rage and violent beast within us that craves senseless blood lust. The epilogue was good.