Title: Vigilante Slimming Scanner(Kami No Sekai Short Story Series, Book#4)
Author: S.J. Pajonas
Release Date: May 11, 2016
The grocery store registers have a mission to save Toro from his bad eating habits, and he’s determined to stay the course.
Will they inspire him to change or will he convince them to give him a second chance?
Shhh… Listen To The Gods.
The Japanese believe the gods live in all things. Trees, appliances, animals, buildings — they all have a spirit living within them. Maybe, if you listen carefully, you can hear them too.
*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
While reading this short story, I was once again reminded of how great an author S. J. Pajonas is. The premise of these stories is that there are gods in everything, which means you follow the viewpoint of an inanimate object. I know that sounds like it wouldn’t work, but trust me, it does.
In these stories, there’s always one human main character, and an inanimate object. In this one, we followed Toro, an overweight and overworked man. The inanimate object this time around was actually a lot of cash registers. All the registers talked to one another, and it was hilarious to see them conspire with each other.
The plot of this story was all about the gods in the cash register wanting Toro to get healthy. Working so much, Toro didn’t have the best diet. Plus, he drank a lot of alcohol. The gods who resided in the registers knew Toro’s family history, and wanted to help him before he had any health problems. The book had some serious themes about healthy living, but it was also humorous with the gods talking to each other.
Overall, I liked this story. I generally don’t like books where the main character has to slim down, but in this one, it was made clear that due to his family history, Toro had to get a bit more healthy. Some things were a bit rushed, but that was to be expected due to the length. Either way, I definitely like this series. The stories are so unique and different, and the author really knows how to pull them off well.
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.