- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing; Paperback edition (December 11, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569707820
- ISBN-13: 978-1569707821
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,559,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ai No Kusabi The Space Between Volume 1: Stranger (Yaoi Novel) Paperback – December 11, 2007
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The bad part first: I received the book and finished reading it in about 45 minutes. Granted I read fast, but this book was SHORT. The Amazon info says about 300 pages but it is actually half that. This appeared to be only the first several chapters. So, it's very expensive for the price.
The good part: The story lives up to it's reputation. The author introduces a lot of philosophical themes regarding class distinctions, humanity's willingness to look at certain people as less than human and the divide between haves and have nots. This theme pops up in scifi often, but this is the first M/M scifi I've found to address it. The book opens with a powerful scene of erotic torture of an unknown captive by an unknown man. Riki was head of a powerful street gang, then he abruptly disappeared for 3 years. Now he is different. Though it is only implied, Riki was once the "pet" of a high class blondy called Iason. But why is he back? And is Iason following him? We don't get much relationship development beyond this. The rest of the book is taken with the introduction of this futuristic society. Jupiter is an AI who has taken control of Tanagura because humanity is not as intelligent as it is. Jupiter has divided people into classes, many of which are genetically engineered or altered. The high class blondys rule, but are sterile. There are also engineered sexual pets. Mongrels, dark haired, live in the slums.
I enjoyed the book very much, I just wish the price had reflected its content - especially since this looks to be at least 5 volumes. Recommended - if you don't mind the price. Ai No Kusabi The Space Between Volume 2: Destiny (Yaoi) (Ai No Kusabi the Space Between),Ai No Kusabi: The Space Between - Nightmare Volume 3 (Yaoi Novel).
I have to say that I love this book and series even though its horribly written. I blame the writing on the fact that its a translation into English.
I love this book and series even though it rambles. I don't care, I loved this book and the series.
I love this book because its interesting. The characters are compelling. The setting is awesome.
Did I mention that I love this series? That I read the books quickly and was very disappointed that I was done so fast. I love this series even though the ending was not the ending I would have written. But the series ending was perfect for the story. Did I mention how much I loved this series?
I really loved this series. Read the books before you watch the movie. The movie is much more concise