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Escape from Yokai Land, by Charles Stross

orla_h's review

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

jrsnyderauthor's review against another edition

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3.0

I should start the review by saying this is my first read from Charles Stross, so I might have rated it higher if I had understood the backstory more. That being said, this novella was pretty difficult for me to get through. For an 81 page story, the plot really only heats up in about the last 15 pages. Otherwise, there's a lot of story that felt like filler to me. Having not read any of the other stories, the magic system was really confusing for me—not necessarily the author's fault, but I was pretty lost most of the time.

The location and worldbuilding were really fun and I enjoyed the general vibe of the book. Just felt like it's not necessarily a series for me.

jasonabbott's review

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adventurous dark funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

genehack's review

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adventurous funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

agessaman's review against another edition

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adventurous funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

It's good to see Bob again. This was a Bob snack though, I need a main course.

pshotts's review

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adventurous dark lighthearted tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

noamberg's review

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adventurous tense fast-paced

4.5

eric_robert_campbell's review

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funny lighthearted fast-paced

4.0

bentgaidin's review

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adventurous dark funny mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

 'Escape from Yokai Land' is a Laundry Files novella about stopping paranormal incursions in Japan, all the way up to some of its greatest -- and cutest -- monsters. If you've been missing Bob's sorcerous troubleshooting in the latest mainline books, this is a fun look back at one of his side adventures while we wait to hear from him again, or if you just want to try out a bite-sized bit and see what the series is like, this isn't a bad choice either. 

mrmorden's review

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fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0