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REVIEW: Seikai: Crest of the Stars 2 - A Modest War

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Steve Berry

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:57 am Reply with quote
I'm kinda curious about these novels-- I like sci fi, and I thought the show was OK, although frankly, there was just too much exposition and not enough action, and I don't mean simply "shoot em up" action, but dramatic action. Still, there was a lot to like about it, beyond just the Abh being interesting. I often thought, while watching the show, that they might be stories better suited to a novel.

So, you review what they cover-- the content--, but honestly, how well are they written? For what demographic are they being made? Is it really more of the substance that's interesting (the Abh, the central story) rather than any style? What's the page count?

I'm interested in the novel, in a general sense, but somehow I felt like the review was, understandably, being driven by the DVD review format. You gave lots of intriguing info, but answers to some of the other details I mentioned would be really great as well. Just trying to get a sense of how it worked as a novel, not just a story.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2007 4:24 pm Reply with quote
To clarify, then:

*Including the essential glossaries and postscript, the page count is 222 pages.

*This is much, much more a "substance" than "style" novel; in fact, the style part of it is arguably the weakest aspect.

*Given that this is a translation (and a rather unique case of it, since the original novels, as I understand it, were written in paralleling columns of Japanese and Baronh), it's had to pin down exactly how good the original writing quality is. As noted in the review, there are some flaws, and while the blame for them seems to rest on the translation, I cannot be 100% sure on that. That it tells an involving story should be a good indicator, however.
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