The Lords of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa is a Japanese science-fiction novel about a cyborg named Messenger Orville who was created in the 26th century so he could be sent back into multiple points in human history, with other cyborg mates, to save humanity from going extinct via an alien invasion.
With that I welcome you to my last Caturday Reads post for 2021! The goal for the rest of December and for January is to dive into wintery fantasy and folklore fiction type novels, especially the ones I wanted to get through this year, but simply didn’t have the time nor energy to do so yet.
A couple of nights ago when I was bored but also struggling with severe ADHD things, I decided to look up all of the books releasing in December 2021 as a way to keep my mind focused. I remembered that one of my most anticipated adult fantasy titles was hitting shelves in a little over a week and the curiosity for more releases took off from there.
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami is a Japanese surrealist children’s novel about a young boy, a girl, and a strange fucking sheep dude that are trying to escape a creepy library. This was my very first Borzoi book (i.e.: has unique emphasis on details such as card stocks, illustrations and overall craftsmanship of the book) and it’s one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!
The Old Capital by Yasunari Kawabata is a Japanese literature novel taking place in the traditional city of Kyōto, Japan and follows a young woman named Chieko as she starts to uncover mysterious bits of her past.
Parade by Shūichi Yoshida is a Japanese psychological mystery story about four distinct individuals who all reside in a small two-bedroom Tokyo apartment. How these four came to be together is a matter of happenstance due to life’s quirky humour. They end up developing a friendship that they don’t even realise exists.
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka is a Japanese-American historical fiction novel that tells the story of a family that is uprooted from their home and put into an Internment Camp during the Second World War. Each tale is told from the perspective of a different person, which helps tell a story that explains the various traumatic experiences and harmful impacts that this devastating event had on Japanese and Japanese-Americans.
Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami is an own-voices Japanese surrealism fiction novel about a young woman named Sumire and her long-time best friend who is only ever revealed as “K.” They have an intimate, unfiltered sort of friendship where they like to have discourse on an array of topics including rather personal events and experiences as well as simple, harmless banter on the mundane.
March and April were about average reading months for me. I spent most of my time reading through manga because my ability to focus on novels have been quite moody. Nonetheless, I found some great graphic novels to enjoy that helped me to stay in the reading groove for the most part, which I’m grateful for. Towards the end of April, I finally found my out of the rut pit and was able to read a few fantasy novels.
There are two books on my weekend reading itinerary. One of them is a Japanese steampunk novel that has been on my TBR for over a year. My local library had a copy, so I snagged it the last time that I was here. The second book is the first novel in one of my favourite sword and sorcery trilogies of all-time, a trilogy that I love to read and re-read, especially when I’m having a difficult time dealing with real-life challenges
Since I receive a lot of questions from people about Japanese literature and how best to begin reading from it, I thought it would be neat to share recommendations that are perfect for an array of readers, whether the preference is for mysteries to contemporaries and even magical realism and fantasy. All of these books are translated fiction that is authored by women, who are some of my favourite writers from the modern age.
Earthlings by Sayaka Murata is an own-voices Japanese fiction novel by acclaimed author of Convenience Store Woman. The story follows a young lady named Natsuki who as a child was an outcast in the eyes of her parents and sister, and whose only friend was a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut. Piyyut explained to her that he was a visitor from a far away planet named Popinpobopia on a very special quest to help Natsuki save Earth.
I gathered a list of twelve anime that I have discovered many people don’t realise came from books. My information is based on the many conversations I have had with fellow otaku both online and in-real-life, both friends and (mostly) strangers alike. Chock this up as a post inspired by a lengthy observation of the community. For these titles, I’m proud to say that I have actually read almost all of the novels from the list and seen almost as many of the adaptations.
The Perfect Insider (すべてがFになる) is a seinen mystery anime series that is an adaptation of the original novel from 1996, written by acclaimed author Hiroshi Mori. It aired during the Fall 2015 simulcast season and was produced by A-1 Pictures, with direction from Mamoru Kanbe (The Promised Neverland). The music was composed by Kenji Kawai,…
Spring is in the air, unless you’re living in California. In that case, Summer is here in full kick-you-in-the-allergies-and-burn-your-flesh-off glory. With Spring arrives the fragrance of fresh flowers, a cool breeze to abate the morning sweat, and tons of vibrantly bright colours just flourishing everywhere you look. Normally, I’m someone who doesn’t really care for…