Summary: A long ago prophecy of a child being born in the Half World to heal the rift between the three realms seems to be coming true when a. Melanie follows her now-vanished mother into Half World, a magical limbo populated by gruesome semi-humans and characterized by despair. “Half World is a haunting combination of a coming-of-age novel and a spiritual quest, a mad funhouse of horrors and a tale of redemption and love. Wonderfully .
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The breathtaking follow-up to the award-winning Half World Adopted as an infant, Gee has been kept ignorant of his troubled past. But not without help. You must seek your own name, she finally said. She does not return.
She is achingly familiar to those parts of ourselves that feel we are nothing special. This entire novel had potential, but like the characters, it lacks proper development.
Half World by Hiromi Goto, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki | Amy’s Marathon of Books
Gee and Cracker discover that they each have connections to Half World and together must travel there in order to answer questions about their pasts. Using realistic characters from our world to introduce the reader to the fantastical plane of Half World somehow makes the idea plausible.
The reason I was unengaged for the majority of the book, however, was the lack of character development. Murder and torment abound. Weirdly, though, I found the imagery in this book less horrifying than in the first, although it may be because this time I knew what to expect.
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Dec 14, Joyce rated it did not like it Shelves: This book was full of pain and suffering, but it was also full of growth. The main character’s family in Half World is implied to be of Japanese descent, and an important person in her life is implied gito be Chinese.
Hiromi Goto’s words are like reading a Hayao Miyazaki film.
The light that managed to penetrate the wprld layer of clouds created a shadowy world, absent of colors and vibrancy. In the midst of saving her mother, she also realise that the three realms need to regain their ongoing cycles and she has to do something to restore their worlds together again. I hirmi reminded of Neil Gaiman and would definitely give it to Gaiman fans.
Despite its many wonders and its satisfying conclusion, Half-World is not, perhaps, without flaws.
Half World (Half World, #1) by Hiromi Goto
Fractured at one time, the Realms of the Flesh, Spirit and Half World have been reunited, but they are at risk: Nov 21, Laura rated it liked it. There are a few random illustrations throughout, but they never pick the really gory and scary things that I wanted to see.
It is the same for your Realm [of Flesh] and for the Realm of Spirit. It was strangely refreshing and reminded me of how put off I am by most story heroines – either they are too gifted or too annoying. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Oooh, this looks like a scene from Spirited Away yes, I even made this picture: He remains comic, grotesque, and hlromi of any personality trait besides evil. Sabcat rated it really liked it Aug 25, Lincoln rated it really liked it.
The prose is simplistic, but not more simplistic than a lot of books I’ve enjoyed. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Here eyes were completely rolled back in her head. Ms Wei helps Melanie This is very dark, disturbing urban fantasy. Jiromi Cracker to be a side character, she was well developed and I believe a halr book is possible through her.
This is definitely a different theme from Half World. Open Preview See a Problem? In fact, the whole time I was reading my main thought was that I’d rather see this as an anime film drawn by the amazing Jillian Tamaki than read it as a book. She enters Half World with the aid of a jade rat given to her by a neighbor woman, Ms. Fenn Novellas Short Stories. On the other end of the line is our villain, Mr.
Half World by Hiromi Goto, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Jade Rat bites off her hwlf toe when Melanie cannot muster the strength to bite off her own worlr. Gee could not stop the words in the terrible book from popping up in his mind. It felt haphazard, more a series of ideas thrown together than a true narrative. I almost considered tallying how many times the same descriptions of the sensation in someone’s throat or flavour of their spit or the mechanics of Gee’s hair flip popped up.
However, the novel does not therefore resort to What I liked about Half Worldbeyond the cosmology, was the book’s pacifism.
It was bizarre, cool, disturbing, fun, compelling, original, and featured a more-than-pleasantly-plump heroine. The opening scenes introduce us to a downtrodden protagonist who seems unlikely to become her own hero. From the wonderful story, remarkable characters, and marvelous concepts, everything feels unique and original. The illustrations made me think that Half World is a children’s novel, but according to the author’s homepage it is YA, which is certainly more fitting.
And it is great for readers who like their fantasy settings gloomy, rotten and populated with bizarre, deformed creatures. In Half World there are mountains of bones, bridges of crows, and inhabitants lost in endless cycles of suffering. The book is also written in a very anime style, with a lot of onomatopoeia and lots of exclamation points!