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Remarkably Bright Creatures

I finished Remarkably Bright Creatures and was relieved that I can return to reading better books. Remarkably Bright Creatures tells the story of Tova, an old woman whose son mysteriously died years and years ago. To a works the night shift in an aquarium as a cleaning woman. She’s fascinated by the octopus there who’s remarkably bright like all of his species. The mischievous octopus keeps sneaking out of his tank.

The third major character is Cameron, a man in his twenties who can’t handle responsibility. As a child, his carefree mom abandoned him.

All three cross paths and with the help of the sea creature the humans lives are permanently changed.

Despite all the facts about octopi, the contrived plot and ho hum writing left me cold.

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Posted by on April 22, 2023 in fiction


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thWhile the story started out intriguing, Ichigo Takano’s Orange soon presents a lot of shilly shally-ing. This manga, or Japanese comic book, is about Naho, a high school student, who receives letters from her future self. The future Naho lives 10 years ahead of the present and somehow wants to advise the present Naho on how to prevent the cute new boy at school from committing suicide. Naho’s got a crush on the new boy, Kakeru, but she’s quite timid about that. Another boy, of course, has a crush on her and can see the chemistry between Naho and Kakeru.

Kakeru moved because his mother committed suicide so now he must live with his grandmother in the countryside. There’s never any mention of his father, which seemed odd. Kakeru feels responsible for his mother’s death. If he had only gone straight home after school that one day . . . The other characters have no special characteristics.

The story starts out intriguing, but Naho’s ever-present hesitation and questioning of the letters from the future make her extremely indecisive. Since the story goes for 384 pages, I expected some resolution. There wasn’t any. It ends with “to be continued.” So who knows whether Naho and her pals’ efforts changed Kakeru’s future. It doesn’t seem worth reading another 300+ pages, many of which will probably be repetitive to find out.

The art is pretty standard Japanese manga style. More creativity in the art would have helped, but I don’t think the publishing companies care.

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Posted by on December 19, 2017 in book review, fiction, postaweek


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