someone called yugi has a bunch of boring friends, and they play this card game with magical monster cards that fight each other. i guess it really is a game, so if readers actually shell out for the cards, they might have fun with the books. for me, on the other hand, it read something like this:
insector: i will defeat you with this random insect card!
yugi: oh, but i have this random card that will defeat your random card!
insector: but i will randomly set this random trap card!
yugi: i will randomly set a trap on your random trap!
insector: ah, but you didn’t know that i have this random card that can defeat any card at all!
yugi: but i thought of a random way to defeat your random best card ever!
and so on.
i actually gave up 20 pages from the end when i had the abrupt realization that leaf was subsiding to leaf, minutes were passing, my life was waning away and i was reading yu-gi-oh. so this review is probably not entirely fair.
i do have a favorite quote, in spite of everything:
“Next I play Louise, the Beaver Warrior, and end my turn!”