Half World

Half World By Hiromi Goto Jillian Tamaki, Half World Melanie Tamaki is human but her parents aren t They are from Half World a Limbo between our world and the afterlife and her father is still there When her mother disappears Melanie must follow her
  • Title: Half World
  • Author: Hiromi Goto Jillian Tamaki
  • ISBN: 9780670012206
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Half World By Hiromi Goto Jillian Tamaki, Melanie Tamaki is human but her parents aren t They are from Half World, a Limbo between our world and the afterlife, and her father is still there When her mother disappears, Melanie must follow her to Half World and neither of them may return alive Imagine Coraline as filmed by the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki Howl s Moving Castle , or Neil Gaiman collaborating wMelanie Tamaki is human but her parents aren t They are from Half World, a Limbo between our world and the afterlife, and her father is still there When her mother disappears, Melanie must follow her to Half World and neither of them may return alive Imagine Coraline as filmed by the Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki Howl s Moving Castle , or Neil Gaiman collaborating with Charles de Lint Half World is vivid, visceral, unforgettable, a combination of prose and images that will haunt you.
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    1. Hiromi Goto Jillian Tamaki

      Hiromi s first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms 1994 , received the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book in the Caribbean and Canada region and was co winner of the Canada Japan Book Award Her short stories and poetry have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies Her second novel, The Kappa Child 2001 , was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Regional Book, and was awarded the James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award Her first children s novel, The Water of Possibility, was also published that year Hopeful Monsters, a collection of short stories, was released in 2004 Her YA Crossover novel, Half World 2009 , was long listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and received the 2010 Sunburst Award and the Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award Her long poem, co written with David Bateman, came out in Fall 2009 Wait Until Late Afternoon is her first book length poetry publication Darkest Light, companion book to Half World, will be released in 2012 with Penguin Canada.Hiromi is an active member of the literary community, a writing instructor, editor and the mother of two children She has served in numerous writer in residencies and is currently in BC, working on Darkest Light.

    890 thoughts on “Half World”

    1. I almost gave up on this during the very flat despite hideous monsters and grossness prologue which explains the three worlds Life our world , Spirit a heaven like realm where souls are healed before being reborn , and the Half World, which is supposed to be like Purgatory but isn t because by some mischance the three worlds were completely separated so now those in the Half World are trapped in an endless cycle of experiencing their trauma over and over, forever We open with a pair of young lov [...]


    2. 12 23 12 EDIT Somethin went wrong with the coding of this review Fixed it Review written on May 20, 2011 I was at the library when suddenly my cousin pulled outHalf Worldand offered it to me, simply because of the artwork I know, I know, I shouldn t judge a book by its cover but too late, I judged Instantly, my thought Oooh, this looks like a scene from Spirited Away yes, I even made this picture Yup, close enough.Then I proceed to read the blurb here s the concept Interesting Enough.Checked it [...]


    3. A k as kapa ve yazar n ana vatan y z nden uzun s redir merak etti im ama okumaya bir t rl f rsat bulamad m eserlerdendi Ge enlerde Haftan n Kitab da se ilince dedim ben buna ba layay m art k ncelikle o bekledi im zg nl ve ak c l bulamad m belirtmem gerekiyor Bilmiyorum, belki beklentilerimi bunca y ld r fazlaca y kseltmi olabilirim ama klasik ocuk kahraman tiplemesi zerine bir ey koydu unu s yleyemem A k as Yar m D nya da ge en zaman ve ard nda ya ananlar pek de heyecan verici gelmedi Hatta bir [...]


    4. Melanie Tamaki is a lonely girl shunned by her peers she loves books but she s not very good at school, she has no special talents to speak of, she s fat, and her single, alcoholic mother loves her but is neglectful at best Her only friend is an eccentric old woman named Ms Wei who runs a convenience store She s not exactly the kind of person you d expect to be the heroine in a young adult fantasy novel But, lo and behold, it is Melanie who is the star of Vancouver based queer author Hiromi Goto [...]


    5. Let me just say this right off This is a book where the main character is Japanese, written by a Japanese person HOMYGOD Do you not know how rare that is Especially in the YA fantasy market This is sorely lacking In fact any PoC written by PoC is horribly absent Publishers, FIX THIS Anyway, I was all excited and ramped up and then Goodness I was let down really hard and I thought things were gonna end with me in a wretched mess, despising and despairing the whole time after The reason for this i [...]


    6. This book moves at a dead run There are two prologues, one distant past and one recent past The first is a pared down legend backstory, but the second is grab reader by throat.Then the story proper begins, as Melanie s mother goes missing, and she gets a phone call on a disconnected phone from the deeply creepy Mr Glueskin telling her what she has to do if she ever wants to see her mother again Because the reader has already encountered Mr Glueskin in the second prologue, this is even creepier t [...]


    7. Dark Japanese influenced fantasy is one of my favorite things When I read that this book dealt with spiritual realms and had a chubby loner for a hero, it was elevated to a MUST READ RIGHT NOW on my list The dark fantasy part was satisfied beyond my expectations the characters that Melanie meets in the Half World are truly grotesque and horrifying, and Mr Glueskin s party trick freaked me the f out Melanie s initial experiences of the Mirages Hotel are a sensory delight The reason I was unengage [...]


    8. Half World is the darkest Asian Fantasy novel I ve read so far The landscapes are either literally shades of gray without any color or unsafe neighborhoods in rundown ghettos In Half World there are mountains of bones, bridges of crows, and inhabitants lost in endless cycles of suffering.The place descriptions are never long, but very detailed You can tell that the author has a real picture in her head, of Melanie s poor apartment, her hiding places, the tunnel leading to the other world and of [...]


    9. 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 and I was right.Told in third person, Half World is an Asian influenced fantasy novel The realms are at stake long ago the cycle between the Realm of Flesh, Half World, and the Realm of Spirit was severed, and now those in Half World those who are dead but can t pass into spirit are forever doom [...]


    10. Hiromi Goto is one of my favorite authors so it s no surprise that i love this book Melanie s coming of age journey is one of the most touching i have read everything falls into place for her utilizing gifts and the kindness of others but, as that s her fate, it didn t irk me the mix of myth, fantasy, and reality is deftly done the concept of Half World is brilliant the main antagonist, Mr Glueskin, seems purely evil but by the end of the novel, we see things differently i like when everything i [...]


    11. Hiromi Goto might give Holly Black a run for her money in the category of gritty fantasy That s the highest compliment I can pay this book, and it s no small matter.It was bizarre, cool, disturbing, fun, compelling, original, and featured a than pleasantly plump heroine Yes Goto s got guts to do that I send her a virtual high five.


    12. The cover of this book is gorgeous What can I say It drew me in, compelling me to read it I also happen to be a fan of fantasy and a teenager looking to enjoy young adult again As my two star rating hints, it didn t spark the passion for YA I once had nor did it satisfy my craving for the genre.Taking place in a universe composed of three realms the Realm of Flesh, the Realm of Spirit, and Half World this book is set up for a fantastical delight But for me, despite the countless creatures and ph [...]


    13. was a little wordy at times but i really enjoyed this especially the ending if you want nightmares, read this right before bed worked for me, ha ha the novel had parts that reminded me of Pan s Labyrinth, Clive Barker novels, Neil Gaiman, and Miyazaki s Spirited Away and the fact that it had a main character who was of color was nice, too.


    14. Reading this was an extraordinary experience I can t remember the last time I finished a book in 24 hours I would call it a mix between Hayao Miyazaki s Spirited Away and Clive Barker s Weaveworld Like those two tales, Half World is a story about a human entering a fantastical world in order to find redemption, and also getting the bugaboos frightened out of them I loved the unexpected heroine in Half World in many ways she is deficient in the very qualities we are taught to associate with heroi [...]


    15. Stuff I Read Half World by Hiromi Goto ReviewI ve been meaning to read this since reading the author s Hopeful Monsters and seeing her at WisCon and I was rather pumped that the price dropped low enough on to snag myself a copy I m thinking it is out of print and the price varies a lot from week to week But the book is a YA tale of a young girl, Melanie Tamaki, finding herself in the middle of a completely insane and messed up situation involving the three realms the material world, the spirit w [...]


    16. 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 odd, and quite unforgettable Neil GaimanWith an eye catching cover, an intriguing title and not to mention a blurb from Neil Gaiman, how could I possibly ignore this book It even piqued my husband s curiosity, which I took it as a good sign because he rarely took notice of what I m reading well, he s not a reader like the way we all are To b [...]


    17. Melanie doesn t have it easy she s chubby, making poor grades at school, she has no friends and her single mother is always exhausted and between jobs leaving them with little means for food and comfort 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 creatures lead by a villain called Mr Glueskin, where everything is gray, bleak and ghostly and starfish creatures [...]


    18. Melanie Tamaki is 14 years old, on the slow learner track in school, bullied by classmates, strangely loved by crows, and coping with a mother who is constantly sick and can t keep a job.But do to the prologue wherein a pregnant woman escapes from Half Life World, we know why her mother is sick all the time, and that Melanie is a prophesied child who might be able to heal the sundered links between our world, the half life world where we should work out our earthly terrors, and the world of the [...]


    19. This is very dark, disturbing urban fantasy And, to make me even happier, it s Canadian It seems to be sort of set in a Toronto or Vancouver kind of a location, while it blends Japanese and Chinese mythologies into the Canadian metropolis setting Not for the faint of heart you have to be able to handle a fair bit of gorey darkness to enjoy this book Melanie is inadequate, and that s what makes this book great Half World is a novel of helping people who are not enough Ms Wei helps Melanie when sh [...]


    20. I grabbed this book off the New YA shelf at my library for the gorgeous cover art and the unusual plot Overall, I enjoyed the story and could hardly put it down In some ways it s a typical quest book, but in other ways it s a bit of a horror story, with some extremely creepy imagery and activity in the middle so, NOT for the very squeamish or those prone to nightmares Melanie grew on me as the story progressed and she rose to the difficulties she faced, finding a strength in herself that she had [...]


    21. Half World was interesting The prose had a fairytale quality that reminded me of Malinda Lo s Ash and Cindy Pon s Silver Phoenix , but for some reason I had a lot of trouble getting into it.That said, this book as so many elements that I really appreciate, including The protagonist, Melanie When we meet her, she is running away from school bullies Melanie is an easy target She is poor She doesn t have access to good food, so she is both overweight and hungry Her mother is unable to keep a job, a [...]


    22. I love this book It s beautifully written it s a powerful and unique story and it reminds me strongly of Neil Gaiman s work.It s a dark and grotesque children s fantasy, with a relatable hero, and a rat I love rats, and it s always exciting to see a rat hero There s a strong Asian influence in the story that is reflected in both the motifs and writing style.Oh the style The prose of this story is simply beautiful Lyrical and percise, and easy to breeze through The descriptions are so powerful, I [...]


    23. What I liked about Half World, beyond the cosmology, was the book s pacifism Half World does not cheap out on how broken and seemingly irredeemable people can get, nor on how awful these people can make the world Half World itself is something between Hell and Purgatory, except that the inhabitants all torture themselves and each other without the need for devils The excellent final touch is that the Half World looks mostly like our own world However, the novel does not therefore resort to destr [...]


    24. 14 year old Melanie is thrust into Half World, a purgatory for souls that cannot move on to the next world, on a journey to save her mother She must battle the revolting Mr Glueskin, who is the overlord of Half World and is determined to keep the denizens of Half World enslaved.This is a graphic novel that combines fairy tale and fantasy and gives it a dark twist The book is written in a cinematic style, with bizarre and wonderful illustrations by Tamaki that fit this unusual fairy tale I liked [...]


    25. Hiromi Goto s words are like reading a Hayao Miyazaki film With a few illustrations littered throughout, Goto paints robust and terrifying worlds, including our own The despair and neglect Melanie experiences in her impoverished life with her mother, an alcoholic in love with a wanted criminal, is a devastating world of abuse, lacking colour and warmth It is not until Melanie must travel to another realm, the Half World, that she realizes what a world sincerely lacking in colour looks, smells, t [...]


    26. Maybe this fantasy was just too over the top for me I felt like the author s voice shifted too frequently from dark to dramatic to comedic to melodramatic When I got to the part that Mr Glueskin split open and a mewing baby appeared, I lost it I don t require happy endings, but this ending seemed unnecessarily sad and the author tried to twist it to happy at the very end The girl is orphaned, but she is now happy with the old woman next door.I found some of the parts to be quite comedic although [...]


    27. Agh, it is so hard to decide a star rating for this Liked or really liked just don t encompass my feelings for this book I cannot agree with reviewer Barbara Gordon s statement that this book moves at a dead run It is like sprinting your way through a nightmare and then bolting up, sweaty and pulse racing, in bed, feeling simultaneously overwhelmed with relief that it was a dream and painfully awash with affection for the everyday items around you then looking out your window to see the sun s f [...]


    28. This is a very creepy fantasy novel its depiction of the purgatorial half world reminds me of The Shining , whose use of Asian influences was refreshingly different than has become the norm I also liked the way Melanie s weight was handled, and how her heavy body was very subtly and non sexually depicted as beautiful in the half world for having life and color.


    29. ok sevdim bu k k kitab , nk belki yazar Japon oldu undan, bir Miyazaki animesi i inde oldu umu hissettim kitapmuhabbeti



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