Brianna's Review - Rice Cooker Revenge (Kami No Sekai Short Story Series #1) by S.J. Pajonas (@SPajonas)
*I received an ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
I’ve read, and really liked, all of S.J. Pajonas’s books. From contemporary to sci-fi, it’s all been good. When I heard that this story was about a vengeful rice cooker, I admit to not being sure of what to think. But after seeing that her inspiration was because Japanese people believe that spirits reside in everything, I knew I had to give it a try. Short stories aren’t my usual read, but I knew I wouldn’t regret taking a chance on this.
The story was told from the perspective of the rice cooker, and also from Ryu, a trainee of the chef whose kitchen the rice cooker lived in. I found it intriguing to read a story that was partially told from the point of view of an inanimate(or supposedly inanimate) object. Ryu was a sympathetic character, because he was poor and The Chef didn’t treat him well at all. I really wanted things to get better for him, and I liked watching his self confidence grow.
The plot followed the rice cooker and Ryu as they got to know one another, and began plotting against the chef. The story was highly original, and quirky. The whole idea of a vengeful rice cooker was fun, and well-executed. Plus, it helps that The Chef was a horrible character, and I was just waiting for him to get what he deserved.
With all that said, I’m really glad I read this short story. I don’t make a habit of reading them, but for this series at least, that’s changing! The main characters (and yes, I consider the rice cooker a character) were likable, and the plot was immediately interesting. It was light, unique, and a nice little story. If you’re looking for something different, I highly recommend you check this out!
Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical.
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