All You Need Is KILL

Posted by DiGiKerot in Novels at August 31, 2009 on 8:34 pm

I find myself in something of a quandary here. Typically, I tend to like to write about the translated novels I read. Well, all the translated novels I read which aren’t Vampire Hunter D – I don’t even want to think about where to start writing about those.

I’ve also made it known already that I’ve been reading All You Need Is KILL, by Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou author Hiroshi Sakurazaka – well, “read” more than “reading” – I finished the thing a week ago. Done, dusted and stuck on that big pile of books I have lined up against the wall, having ran out of shelf space.

So, yes, it’s procrastination time once again. I’ve ran into what seems to be the same problem that Omo had writing about the book, that being that Joe Iglesias review at Eastern Standard says pretty much all you’d want to say about it in a nice, compact form. There’s nothing more to add on the subject, really.

Which leaves me wondering what on earth I’m supposed to write about it, given that I don’t want to merely rehash what Joe has written. I’ve already had my say on the whole Haikasoru line as well, so I don’t even have that to fall back onto like Omo. I didn’t even do anything weird, like reading the chapters in the order displayed by the flowchart in the front of the book rather than in the order that they’re presented. Maybe I’ll save that for a re-read at some point next year.

This pretty much just leaves me with nothing to do but, like seemingly everyone else, register my approval of the book. It’s good stuff.


omo
2009-08-31
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I braved one volume of D…book 10 or 11, I forget, and it wasn’t too bad. It doesn’t, however, make me want to read any more of it, yet I remain curious as to just how it was to read and follow the story from the beginning.

So if you do write about Vampire Hunter D, I would be really interested πŸ™‚


DiGiKerot
2009-08-31
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Thinking about it, books 10 and 11 would be really weird ones to read in isolation – Book 10 was Dark Nocturne, which was a short story collection, whilst Book 11 was the first half of Pale Fallen Angels (as in, a book with an immediate follow-up).

But the problem I have with writing about D at this point is that, well, I have been reading since the start – as they’ve been released. That’s been twelve books over the period of the last two years, and honestly, those middle volumes have melded into one at this point. I can’t really differentiate anything mentally from about the four book to the ninth at this point.

I kind of put down the second half of Pale Fallen Angels part way through to read the Haikasoru books – honestly, I think I might have finally reached saturation point on the series. I may try and write something about the series once I’ve finished it off, but don’t count on it.


omo
2009-09-01
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Ah, it was book 11 that I read. I think I understand what you mean by it melting together, too…

Well, I hope you at least write about books 1-4, reading you, it seems those stand out…?


DiGiKerot
2009-09-01
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Well, more books 1-3, in so much as books 1 and 3 are arguably the best in the series, whilst book 2 is pretty much the worst.


digitalboy
2009-09-04
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I loved All You Need is Kill myself as well

DiGiKerot I’m glad to hear you say that about D. I liked the first book, but the second one was so ungodly horrible that I dropped the series and sold both books. I’ve been wondering if the others were okay, but the only opinions I heard were from people who actually liked book 2.


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