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The Lonely Polygamist review

Summery: Golden Richards is a Mormon polygamist with 4 wives and twenty-eight children, yet he feels disconnected from them all. So disconnected that’s he driven to an emotional affair with another woman. But this isn’t just his story. The Lonely Polygamist follows the story of two others feeling neglected in the big family. There’s the story of Trish, wife number four, who doesn’t quite fit into the family life of the other three wives, and Rusty, the biggest troublemaker of all the children.

Pages: 624

I’m going to be blunt. There are more bad literary books at good. Too many of them are shallow pieces of drivel that pretend to be about something  deep and make the reader feel smart. Luckily, this is one of the good literary books out there.

The Lonely Polygamist starts off as a dark comedy. Our main character, Golden, is late from a construction job and has driven home as quickly as he can without a single restroom stop. He arrives, needing to pee real bad to find all of his four wives downright pissed at him, plenty of children clamoring for his attention, all the bathrooms in the house full, and while he tries to tackle all his husband duties, he is forced in desperation to pee in a bucket.

Yet the story slowly but surely shifts to an emotional and reflective story that successfully makes it point and leaves an impact. The characters are all sympathetic beyond the point I thought possible. Even when I knew can tell a character is doing the wrong thing, or they’re hurting others with their actions, I could understand why they were doing this, and feel sorry for them. The story itself is a roller coaster of a soap opera filled with unseen and amusing twist.

What struck me most of all was how sympathetic all the characters. Even when I could tell the characters were making choices that would hurt themselves and others in the long run, I could understand the mindset that caused them to make that choice.

Not everything was smooth sailing however. The Lonely Polygamist is a long book, and some scenes are just unnecessary. These parts stick out like a sore thumb. Especially bad was the side thing about the atomic bomb testing; while interesting, it didn’t fit into the story at all.

In the end, The Lonely Polygamist is a riveting book that offers a non-judgmental look into the polygamist lifestyle. It’s at times hilarious, and at times emotionally touching, but entertaining all the way through. The human psych is revealed and portrayed so well, it’s at times unnerving.

Characters A

The characters of The Lonely Polygamist feel very human, and through that, are strangely sympathic.

Overall Storyline A-

An engaging and entertaining storyline full of unexpected plot twists. However, it is bogged down with some unneeded parts, and these parts are a pain to read through.

Setting A

The Lonely Polygamist gives us a down to earth and non-judgmental look into the day to day life of the polygamist lifestyle  and the small sect surrounding it. For me, it’s hard not to find a lifestyle so different from the norm interesting.

Overall Grade: A

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Bokurano (manga) review

While I was watching Madoka, I heard it compared to Bokurano, which I have enjoyed immensely. So when I saw Bokurano volume 1+2 at the library, I instantly grabbed it up. Upon completeling the two volumes, I then looked for the scanlations online, as I really wanted to know what would happen there.  Bokurano, while comparable, is nothing like Madoka, and a manga series that I’d say is almost if not completely original. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like it. It also turns out that while there is an anime, the story of Bokurano takes a different turn halfway through, so the manga of Bokurano is a different experience then the anime.

Summery: 14 boys and girls, meeting at Nature School, sign up to play what the merely think is a game. That game turns out to be all to be real, however, whenever they discovered they’ve signed a contract in which they are given the chance to pilot a giant robot and protect the earth from an invading alien. The catch is the robot gets it’s energy from it’s pilots, and kills them after they finish piloting. However, they don’t have much choice. If they lose the battle or don’t fight, their planet will be destroyed. In this manga, it’s pretty obvious from volume 1 that every main character will die.

Volumes: 8

The main difference between Bokurano and Madoka is this. Madoka is a story-driven work for of metaphors. Bokurano is more physical, straight-forward, and character-driven. It asks the questions “If you could save the world at the cost of your life, when you’re young with your whole life ahead of you, would you?” and “If you knew you were going to die, how would you spend your last days?” and let’s the characters answer it with a wide variety of answers. As the story changes from character driven to slightly more story driven, the questions the characters have to answer become harder ethical questions, while at the same time the world has to cope with the sudden appearance of a giant robot wrecking buildings and killing people.

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