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Sword Art Online 11 (light novel): Alicization Turning Paperback – August 22, 2017
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Reki Kawahara is an award winning author best known for his light novel series, Sword Art Online and Accel World.
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The whole alicization arc has so far made me frustrated. Kawahara is still capable of awesome writing, I won’t miss the progressive series even the games are well written, but with this arc I’m left behind. I don’t find Eugeo the least bit compelling. The few characters I did find interesting thus far were gone entirely too quickly. This volumes main event was telegraphed for many pages prior and was a let down on execution (flash backs to fairy dance and its clumsy drama). I can’t comment on the specifics without spoilers.
I have a limited reading budget and like to support my favorite writers with preorders, but I’m afraid this arcs stories will probably show itself in volumes thirteen or fourteen. Which I feel is too long to keep the loyal reader hostage to slow build up.
Coincidental note; Goblin Slayer translated volumes have released simultaneously with Alicization volumes GS Book one the same time as book nine of SAO-A and the next one book four the same as book 12 of SAO-A December 12th. The GS light novels are considerably less cringe worthy than the manga for that series so don’t let that dissuade you from giving the light novel a try.
Ok so I got this book the day it came out and I literally just finished it. All I can say is wow. I don't know how these books continue to get better, but they do. This volume began following Kirito and Eugeo again, a character combination that is absolutely fantastic. The action sequences in this novel are brilliant, and the author does a good job of creating a real sense of tension and weight to them.
Right when I thought I had this novel figured out, it went sideways, and the story got crazy. Then, when I thought I had that bit figured out, it threw me another twist that still has me reeling. Truly, Kawahara's storytelling ability with this one is over 9000 (sorry, had to say it).
Alongside the great action, story and characters, this volume delved a lot into the philosophical nature of human existence in the 21st century, what is right and wrong, and perceptions of reality, more so than other volumes I feel. And yet somehow, it never felt preachy, or like the end of the second Matrix. Kawahara was able to create scenes that left me thinking, "Oh, this idea totally applies to this other real world problem", kind of like he did with memory loss in Ordinal Scale. It really is an art form for him, one that I love seeing in his work.
Anyway the short version is: Best SAO novel so far, buy it and thank me later.