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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Stuff I Read — Half World by Hiromi Goto Review I’ve been meaning to read this since reading the author’s Hopeful Monsters wold seeing her at WisCon and I was rather pumped that the price dropped low enough on Amazon to snag myself a copy I’m thinking it is out of print and the price varies a lot from week to week.

Glueskin’s arm candy and assistant is fascinating and I can’t help wondering how this came about. Learning who she was through each of those decisive moments–sometimes unbelievably brave, sometimes selfish and hard-hearted, sometimes naive–made me feel as if I knew hafl much more than a flashback to gym class might revealed.

Gee struggles to be good when so many obstacles get in his way. The book is still very strong, the setting and the characters halg and weird and the plot crisp and effective. Was there life, still, after that? Return to Book Page.

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Every character has the potential to be three dimensional, but they aren’t developed enough to reach it. They snatched up the infant, innocent, beastly, from Half World they fled, they fled to the Realm of Flesh. It’s a great message and the novel makes its points artfully and with a wprld twist. Thank you to the sweet gems of salmonberries. It is our decisions and actions that make us important and make an impact, not heroic, almighty power.

And in addition to the unexpected protagonist, Half World has a lot of surprises for you. Her mother is unable to keep a job, and has recently started drinking, so school?

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His “Popo” or pseudo grandmother has raised The struggle to keep the balance between the three realms continues in this sequel to Half World. Trivia About Darkest Light Ha Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Melanie is seen as a chubby, slow witted, bookworm who lives in the poor section with her mother. Ms Wei helps Melanie when she is not brave enough to go alone to the door to Half World.

Only the whites showed, gleaming, like peeled hard-boiled eggs. Her mother is ill. Apr 03, k-bookee rated it really liked it. Now, I understand the choice to some degree, because yes, yes, minds change, but I dislike the narrative that all women are secretly mothers in waiting and would have liked perhaps to see the character set up a little different, and this probably is more a personal issue with me than something that’s wrong or anything [END SPOILERS].

Curious what your favorite speculative fiction or fantasy book is written by a person of color? Goto’s got guts to do that. In the end, I think Melanie just got lucky- she was never really courageous, had too much help she never really came up with her own ideas to solve a situation and there was nothing about her that I thought I could label her as a ‘heroine’.

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Marlane Quade Cook Podcast read by: I loved the first book in this series, and of course I jumped at the chance to read the sequel when I found out that there would be one. My complaints are few and mostly have to do with the ending.

Jessica Try going to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. The spiritual questions involved in the subject matter may not appeal to some readers but would appeal to any curious young adult in search of answers about life beyond death. Only, Baby G isn’t a baby anymore, he’s a teenage boy. She has served in numerous writer-in-residencies and is currently in BC, working on Darkest Light.

Together with a new friend he finds along the way, they land in Half World where everything is well dead. Then I proceed to read the blurb; here’s the concept: His “Popo” or pseudo grandmother has raised him and taken care of him and has kept many deep and dark secrets. The illustrations sprinkled within the chapters are beautiful made the story more enjoyable.


The excellent final touch is that the Half World looks mostly like our own world. When I first read the plot description, I thought Half World sounded interesting and showed some promise, but within the first few pages, I already had a feeling I was going to be disappointed by the end I was totally sucked into this fantasy world Hiromi Goto had created, yet I was terrified of Half World because it is both a mysterious and a frightening world.

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My only serious complaint with the book is, well, the premise. I am glad you enjoyed this one, Trish. See the rest of my review here. It’s even worse when you have no friends your own age, no father, and a sickly, bedridden mother who loves you but can’t pay the bills and who has of late turned to drink. Glueskin and taken to Half World. I am deeply grateful to share this cycle with you. One day after school Melanie’s mother is missing and determined to find her, Melanie ventures through a portal to a place called Half World, a world of grotesque hybrid animal-human hiroml lead by a villain called Mr Glueskin, where everything is gray, bleak and ghostly; and starfish creatures with the faces of angels interact with bird-beaked men and skeletal wrecks whose bones clatter with shaking laughter.

To ask other readers questions about Darkest Lightplease sign up. The hiromj is also written in a very anime style, with a lot of onomatopoeia and lots of exclamation points! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Dark and bizarre, but strangely compelling. The cover of this book is gorgeous.