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 in Short: He had a lot more character depth. Luckily, every time I got fed up with her passiveness, she starts kicking butt, showing a sudden boost of strength and innovation. The evil and shadows that Gee has to conquer are astounding, and the strength required to get through is almost unattainable.

Nov 09, Maryam rated it liked it. Glueskin, for example, gives you the heebie jeebies: I enjoyed following Gee much more so than I did Melanie.

She is out of the picture pretty wolrd and instead, this time around we are following Baby G. In order to save Melanie, her mother has made a pact with a ghastly man called Glueskin who is gruesome and horrible and sick and strangely pitiable in a way I haven’t encountered since I fell in love with Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and the delicious villains Mr. He has problems that many of us can relate to. Let me just say this right off!

The Three Realms somehow become disconnected from each other, so the balance cycle is broken. The ceiling was so high above her, for a moment it swirled like a whirlpool. Her short stories and poetry have been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. 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. 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.


When Melanie’s mother is pregnant with Melanie, she escapes to the Realm of Flesh aka, human world; Earth. Glueskin, who is able to leave Half World for ours as a baby. Jessica Try going to Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. Main character Melanie is an unlikely hero.

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!

Oct 22, Miriam rated it really liked it Shelves: A nosy goth girl.

Half World (Half World, #1) by Hiromi Goto

And it is great for readers who like their fantasy settings gloomy, rotten and populated with bizarre, deformed creatures. Oct 07, Gpto rated it really liked it Shelves: She is often such a weak and whiny girl. One Response to Book Review: Jul 09, Angelica rated it did not like it Shelves: But more importantly, Melanie truly exhibits growth throughout the novel and her journey is one that can teach readers of all ages about digging deep hirmi finding inner strength.

There’s a great movement for her character, at first concerned only with escape, with herself, and then learning to see the hurt in others and also how to meet cruelty with a power of her own. It wasn’t just that, however. Oct 13, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Checked it out of the library. This is fantasy fiction with a good balance of horror — the toll required to cross to and from Ihromi 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.


Toto and try again. A beautiful story of loss and redemption. Glueskin and taken to Half World. But try to live it fully. Her strength and tenacity to get back home was admirable and I quite liked her character. To view it, click here. In the beginning, it seems that she is a calm girl who truly loves her mother that is why she wants to finish school and quickly gets a job to help her mother with the burden.

I think it was somewhere around the halfway mark that things started to click with me and I began to really enjoy what I was reading.

Half World

Melanie felt like a real teenager to me: Somethin’ went wrong with the coding of this review. The city portions of the vista looked odd. Glueskin, seems purely evil. However, he provides excellent and timely comic relief when not playing his role. Half World is the darkest Asian Fantasy novel I’ve read so far.

In fact any PoC written by PoC is horribly absent. Redemption is a key theme, along with forgiveness. For some this might feel at bit too abrupt, but it was just what I needed to keep me from disliking her. Half World focused on finding something in Half World and getting it out to set the world right, but Darker Light takes the odd, alienated, and shunned Gee back into Half World, the realm of endless despair and suffering.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The evils of the flesh are building up in our realm.

Want to Read saving…. Wei, a shopowner who reminds me very much of Mrs.