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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Half World was interesting.

Feb 19, Kat rated it really liked it Shelves: Thank you razOrbill Canada for the signed copy!! I want to believe yes. A notable book with a character you should take the time to get to know. How will you choose…? His situation is revealed but his character is not.

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Strange Horizons – Half World by Hiromi Goto By Michael Levy

Marlane Quade Cook Jalf Wei, Melanie began her quest after learning something about the prophecy and a jade rat pendant was given to her for safety. A nosy goth girl.

It’s not a nice world out there. 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.


This is fantasy fiction with a good balance of horror — the toll required to cross to and from Half World, for example, is particularly gruesome, and many of the residents of Half World are down right macabre; half-man, half beast, and often horribly disfigured, they amble, slither and giggle.

The story is quite violent in certain scenes but not in a gratuitous way. Readers are treated to an unforgettable plot story with plenty of twists and turns. She has served in numerous writer-in-residencies and is currently in BC, working on Darkest Light.

Half World by Hiromi Goto – A Review | M. Fenn

And it is a terrible thing. In the end, thought, it is the small, human hwlf she makes that will win out over the evil of Glueskin. He remains comic, grotesque, and devoid of any personality trait besides evil.

However, the novel does not therefore resort to destroying the villains but to trying reasonably hard at empathy and redemption, knowing full well the risk that poses to the protagonists. Proudly powered by WordPress. I don’t know why I had so much trouble paying attention. Redemption is a key theme, along with forgiveness. To begin with, Half World introduced the readers to the three worlds of Flesh, Spirit and the Half World whereby it allow living beings to undergo a specific cycle before they could go on to the next one think of karma and incarnation.


I cannot agree more with reviewer Barbara Gordon’s statement that “this book moves at a dead run. Melanie Tamaki, our heroine, is a fourteen-year-old girl whose bullied, chubby, and poor. But if you have never given that kind of thing a try, I think goti series is an excellent place to start!

Half World by Hiromi Goto, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Part 2 of half world just as good as the first! Return to Book Page. I know, I know, I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover Here eyes were completely rolled back in her head. Quickly things start getting out of hand as her mother goes missing and a phantom phone call sets Melanie on the trail of getting to worle magical realm she can’t even imagine. Elizabeth Kestrel Rogers By: Wordl rated it it was amazing Mar 07,