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review 2018-01-07 22:26
Sea of Wind finished! First book of 2018
The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind - Fuyumi Ono,小野 不由美,Akihiro Yamada,山田 章博,Elye J. Alexander,Alexander O. Smith

I'm not going to write a full review for this, since I've already done that a couple times and don't have much new to say. Instead, here's this quick thing:

 

Just finished my most recent reread of this book. It's both one of my top favorite books in this series and one of my favorite books period. I consider it a comfort read, even though the "comfort" is a little muffled by the knowledge that the book's happy ending turns sour really quickly in the series' timeline. During this reread, I realized that I really connect with Taiki's feelings of self-doubt. I also found myself more angry at Gyoso than I was during past readings of this book.

Not long after admitting to the oracles that he was worried about Taiki's future since Taiki was so riddled with self-doubt and couldn't consciously access his tremendous power, he decided he'd give up his sagehood, leave Tai, and become a mercenary. He was too ashamed of the fact that he hadn't been declared the new king to stick around, even though he'd have been a great help to Taiki and his future king.

(spoiler show)

  Taiki had some serious weaknesses, but I'd argue that Gyoso did too, even though they weren't as obvious.

 

What my reading dates look like for this book so far:

 

 

Lol. I haven't checked, but I suspect that 2015 might have been the year I reread my hardcover copy rather than this one, my paperback copy, so it's pretty much been a reread a year for a while. (As usual with these Tokyopop editions, I highly recommend reading the paperback versions if you can, because there are fewer errors. If I remember right, this is the book where they accidentally used the wrong pronouns for one of the kirin.)

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text 2017-10-09 18:33
Haruki Murakami, everywhere

One thing I've noticed after looking at a lot of blurbs, descriptions, and reviews of Japanese novels in translation is that so many of them include some mention of Haruki Murakami. The basic formula looks like this: [New-to-reviewer Japanese author] is a blend of Haruki Murakami and [first big-name author the reviewer can think of whose primary genre is the same as the Japanese book being reviewed].

 

I've never read any of Murakami's books or stories, so for all I know some of those other Japanese authors' works do have something in common with his works...but probably not all of them. The most amusing blurb I've come across so far was the one that said Koji Suzuki's Ring was a blend of Haruki Murakami and Stephen King. It's been a while since I've read any of King's works, but Ring didn't remind me of them in terms of content or style, so I doubt the comparison to Murakami was any better. It was basically just "this author is like the first Japanese author I can think of and the first horror author I can think of."

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text 2017-10-06 19:52
Perfect Blue novels - English translations coming out in 2018
Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis - Yoshikazu Takeuchi
Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream - Yoshikazu Takeuchi

This is old news, but I just came across it while looking over my library's collection of anime DVDs.

 

Seven Seas Presents the Two Original PERFECT BLUE Novels by Yoshikazu Takeuchi

 

I hadn't realized that Satoshi Kon's movie Perfect Blue was originally based on a novel (or both novels?). Considering that it's my least favorite of Kon's movies, mostly because of how dark it is, I might not like the books much. However, I still plan on giving them a shot when they're released.

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text 2017-05-30 03:36
I am weak in the face of "out of print" sales

I bought a little more than I intended, but less than I could have when you consider how many product page tabs I originally had open. Most of these fill in gaps in my collection (and all are in English, despite their Japanese-language covers on Booklikes).

 

Gravitation: Voice of Temptation - Maki Murakami,Jun Lennon  Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya  Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 03 - Eiki Eiki  

Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 04 - Eiki Eiki  Sweet Admiration - Yuuki Kousaka,Midori Shena  The Moon And Sandals Volume 2 - Fumi Yoshinaga  

The Moon and Sandals, Volume 1 - Fumi Yoshinaga  Kanpai!: Volume 1 - Maki Murakami  The Good Witch of the West: The Secret Flower Garden - Noriko Ogiwara  

 

Gravitation: Voice of Temptation - Maki Murakami,Jun Lennon - Gravitation is a guilty pleasure of mine. I think I may have read this before, but I'm honestly not sure.

 

Hot Steamy Glasses (Yaoi) - Tatsumi Kaiya - This is one of only two in the bunch that I have absolutely no familiarity with. One review said it was sweet and didn't have much in the way of explicit sex, so I decided to give it a shot.

 

Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 03 - Eiki Eiki and Millennium Prime Minister, Vol. 04 - Eiki Eiki  - I bought these more to complete my set than anything. The first volume showed a significant lack of connection to anything even vaguely resembling reality.

 

Sweet Admiration - Yuuki Kousaka,Midori Shena - This looks so familiar I could have sworn I'd either reviewed it or owned a copy I hadn't yet read, but it's not in my LibraryThing catalog. Crossing my fingers it isn't rapey.

 

The Moon And Sandals Volume 2 - Fumi Yoshinaga and The Moon and Sandals, Volume 1 - Fumi Yoshinaga  - This filled in a couple of my Fumi Yoshinaga gaps.

 

Kanpai!: Volume 1 - Maki Murakami - Probably so-so, but I already own volume 2 for some reason.

 

The Good Witch of the West: The Secret Flower Garden - Noriko Ogiwara - Volume 1 was awkwardly translated, and Tokyopop never bothered to translate the series beyond volume 2, but I want to read this anyway. The description for volume 2 makes it sound like more my style than volume 1 was.

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url 2017-04-30 16:54
Japanese light novels: Where to start if you want to skip what the anime covered

Ooh, timely and helpful.

 

I'm sure I'll start with volume 1 for everything I want to read, but it's still good to know when I'll finally be past the events I already know about. For example, with Baccano I'll have to wait until volume 4, although I can already see some of the chronology differences between the novels and the TV series. For example, in the book the panhandler scene happens prior to Firo drinking the wine. In the anime, that scene had to have happened after he drank the wine, or his fingers would definitely have been a loss.

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