- Series: So I'm a Spider, So What? (light novel) (Book 1)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Yen On (November 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316412899
- ISBN-13: 978-0316412896
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When first picking this book up you might be expecting light hearted humor and a quick and easy read. This expectation is remarkable since the book was originally written in Japanese and humor and style would need to cross the language and culture barrier, but it does so fantastically. There are some cultural sticking points, but for the most part there is nothing about this book that should give you any difficulty, or jokes that seem to fall flat. For the most part it felt like watching an anime (and in fact is being adapted as one). Okina’s easy style and a masterful translation results in a book that could have been written in the US and you might not know the difference.
But, you say, spiders are ick, how could this possibly be fun to read. That is an excellent question and Okina does take a direct approach, going for the cute style rather than spending much time on the gross aspects of being a spider. Half of the book occurs in the human world, with a lot of time spent digesting the difference between this world and the one the characters came from, which is a rough approximation of our own. World building takes a shockingly large amount of time, even though politically and culturally you aren’t left with much. The actual world feels empty, but it is supposed to feel empty. The author was emulating something on purpose as part of the plot and she succeeds in doing so. I will not explain further as that might spoil something, but if you want to find out you’ll have to read it for yourself.
Another similarity this book had which is enjoyable is to the Is it Wrong to pick up girls in a dungeon series. Both this book and that one take the role playing game aspects and incorporate it directly into the world. Which series does it better could probably span several pages of reddit arguments, so probably best to leave that alone, but it was still fun to see in this book. Geek culture takes center stage the entire time and lovingly pokes fun at itself. Since you’re reading a review for a light novel, you probably have seen a bit about geek culture yourself, so this should feel right at home.
Culturally the book stands up pretty well, though it clearly occurs from a Japanese point of view, there are a few things that might seem a little off. For one, the notion that a boy who becomes a girl in a fantasy world is still a boy, despite having grown up as a girl. Were this told from an American author it might seem like a political statement, but here it seemed to be more an attempt at humor. Additionally, though this is a fantasy world, the notion of gender differences, despite the role playing game aspect, still play a role. Of course this could be on purpose too given the book is deliberately trying to make a play at fantasy worlds we have come up with which are typically kind of sexist. If the author was English speaking, I might of written to ask.
In the end this book is one of my favorites and the second book is already on pre-order. The genre is getting crowded, but apparently that doesn’t prevent true gems from coming to the surface. If you’re on the fence then you should pick this book up and if you’ve read my review (You have to be to see this right?) then you need to pick this book up. You won’t regret your time spend in Okina’s fantastic world.
This is a book which means words, this is not to be mistaken for the manga (although this book does has a few illustrated pages.)
Definitely a must read for reincarnation type stories. The action in here is fast pace and the mc is pretty level headed.
A book of killing monsters, gaining experience, gaining skill levels, and being told in loving detail what those skills and levels are, should not work very well, but this one does. The protagonist has not reincarnated as a monster-slayer, but as a monster - a poisonous spider about three feet high, trying to survive in a dungeon full of much-more-dangerous monsters. The character is engaging - a nerd with a great deal of attitude. And there's a bigger story pending in the background, because the rest of the class - killed at the same time as the protagonist - were also reincarnated, but they are growing up as people.
Four stars for being an enjoyable read - less one for being mindless fluff.
I honestly like how she isn't reincarnated into something insanely strong that gets even stronger fast.
She's born a spider. A reasonably weak spider honestly but she grows at her own pace.
Truthfully don't care about the Prince but I'm glad we got to learn more about the world from him.
Recommend this book for sure if your starting to get tired of reincarnation stories because it's kinda differrnt.
The spider plot line is far more engaging. Regardless, well worth reading!
I was not disappointed! The reincarnation trend is steadily growing and its often that they are some person who's super powerful and just kicks everyone's butt. This time the protagonist is a teeny spider! I don't even like spiders but this one in cool with.