Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 4 Avg. Book Rating:9 Characters: Clouds Above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War, Volume 1 (坂の上の雲 Book 1) First published: December 16th 2012Rating: 8.54 stars GoodReads:Clouds Above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War, Volume 1 Review: It is delightful to have Shiba Ryotaro’s magnum opus “Clouds Above the Hill” available in English. This is probably Japan’s most important postwar novel, not in terms of literary accomplishment like Oe Kenzaburo or Mishima Yukio, but in terms of popular impact. You will certainly learn more about Japan from this book than from any Murakami Haruki novel. Clouds Above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War, Volume 2 (坂の上の雲 Book 2) First published: December 9th 2012Rating: 10 stars GoodReads:Clouds Above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War, Volume 2 Review: Since it was originally published in the 1970s, Shiba Ryotaro’s “Clouds Above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War” has become Japan’s best selling novel of all time. Upon reading Volume 1, this comes as no surprise as it’s an incredible read that left me desperate to see what Volume 2 had in store….
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Author: First Book Publish:1975 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:9.1 Characters: Shogun Volume 1 (Shogun Book 1) First published: November 18th 1975Rating: 9.04 stars GoodReads:Shogun Volume 1 Review: Second read. Amazing novel. A complex political plot which had me concentrating hard! Enjoyed very much the window onto Japanese culture, however rosy tinted clavell pictured it! Shogun Volume 2 (Shogun Book 2) First published: November 24th 1975Rating: 9.22 stars GoodReads:Shogun Volume 2 Review: Great book(s), loved it. Feels timeless. Fantastic depiction of cultural conflict, the age of exploration and Japanese culture.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.7 Characters: The Sword of Kuromori (Sword Of Kuromori Book 1) First published: October 31st 2014Rating: 7.6 stars GoodReads:The Sword of Kuromori Review: Kenny Blackwood arrives in Tokyo to spend the summer with his father and is stunned to discover a destiny he had never dreamed of when he finds himself in the middle of a hidden war that is about to explode. Racing against an impossible deadline, Kenny must find the fabled Sword of Heaven and use it to prevent the disaster. But a host of terrifying monsters is out to destroy him, and success will come at a price. With clever, fearless, sarcastic Kiyomi at his side, Kenny must negotiate the worlds of modern and mythic Japan to find the lost sword, before it’s too late. See more at: http://www.randomhouse.co.nz/books/ja… The Shield of Kuromori (Sword Of Kuromori Book 2) First published: May 6th 2015Rating: 7.92 stars GoodReads:The Shield of Kuromori Review: Science meets Myth when ogres armed with high-tech weaponry steal a huge telescope as part of an insane plan to cast the world into permanent darkness. With global catastrophe looming, Kenny and Kiyomi take the fight to…
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.4 Characters: 進撃！巨人中学校 1 [Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou 1] (Attack On Titan: Junior High Book 1) First published: April 8th 2013Rating: 7.36 stars GoodReads:進撃！巨人中学校 1 [Shingeki! Kyojin Chuugakkou 1] Review: 人間と巨人がともに通う「進撃中学校」に入学したエレンとミカサ。しかし、５年前のある事件がきっかけで、エレンは巨人を憎んでいた。その忌まわしき事件とは‥‥！？ エレンとミカサとリヴァイと巨人が全員、同中！？ 『進撃の巨人』の公式スピンオフコメディ、笑いと衝撃の第１巻！
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: Puella Magi Suzune Magica, Vol. 1 (Puella Magi Suzune Magica Book 1) First published: November 11th 2013Rating: 8.16 stars GoodReads:Puella Magi Suzune Magica, Vol. 1 Review: A middle-schooler who gallantly sleeps in, Suzune. Though she always goes about with a bright smile, there’s another side to her. That is, she’s a magical girl assassin. What will be the fate of the four magical girls she ambushes…?! The first chapter of the spinoff that asks about the existence of “magical girls,” and the goodness and evil residing within oneself!
Author: First Book Publish:2000 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:9.1 Characters: A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar 日本語文法辞典【中級編】 (Japanese Grammar Dictionary Book 1) First published: June 4th 2000Rating: 8.96 stars GoodReads:A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar 日本語文法辞典【中級編】 Review: A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar 日本語文法辞典【上級編】 (Japanese Grammar Dictionary Book 2) First published: May 29th 2008Rating: 9.34 stars GoodReads:A Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar 日本語文法辞典【上級編】 Review: Dictionary of Advanced Japanese Grammar arranged in dictionary format and accompanied by rich example sentences that will help students of this book be able to acquire the necessary knowledge to master advanced Japanese.
Author: First Book Publish:2010 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.8 Characters: Miyamoto Musashi, Otsu, Takuan, Jotaro Tanzaemon, Sasaki Kojiro, Musashi Miyamoto, Osugi Hon'iden, Matahachi Hon'iden Musashi (Musashi Complete, Musashi Book 1) First published: November 30th 2010Rating: 8.84 stars GoodReads:Musashi Review: Agli inizi del Seicento in Giappone, durante l’età feudale, il giovane Miyamoto Musashi sogna di diventare un samurai. Inizia così un lungo e solitario addestramento per percorrere l’eterna “via del samurai”. Rinuncia a tutti i suoi averi, fisici e sentimentali, per seguire una strada impervia, in continua lotta con le sue debolezze. Dopo numerose peripezie, diventerà il più grande eroe popolare del suo Paese. Yoshikawa seleziona personaggi realmente esistiti per modellarli a suo piacimento, li rende protagonisti di avvenimenti in parte storicamente certi e in parte adattati a tessere una sottile trama capace di esprimere perfettamente l’ideale di vita del “ronin” più famoso di tutti i tempi. Un’epopea di appassionanti avventure, che offre uno squarcio di storia e mostra l’immagine idealizzata che ha di sé il giapponese contemporaneo.
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.2 Characters: 薫りの継承 上 [Kaori no Keishou 1] (薫りの継承 / The Inheritance Of Aroma Book 1) First published: August 9th 2015Rating: 8.18 stars GoodReads:薫りの継承 上 [Kaori no Keishou 1] Review: “愛したのは、義理の兄。” 中村明日美子が贈る禁断愛、上下巻同時刊行！ 比良木忍は兄といっても、血の繋がりはない。義理の兄だ。 竹蔵は後妻の連れ子として、比良木家に迎えられた。 兄はいつも冷たく汚物のように、竹蔵を見下す。 深い嫌悪と憎悪に満ちた射殺すような視線。 毎日毎時毎秒、兄に殺され続けていた。 竹蔵は兄に欲情していた。 ある晩、竹蔵は正体を偽って兄の寝室に忍んだ。 義姉の香水を身につけ、兄の目を覆い隠す。 そして、己の欲望の猛るままに兄の体を貫いた……。 The story of Shinobu and his step brother Takezou’s adulthood.
Author: First Book Publish:2017 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.5 Characters: Ikumen After (イクメン☆アフター Book 1) First published: February 8th 2017Rating: 8.54 stars GoodReads:Ikumen After Review: This is a really cute, sweet story about two single dads Asakura and Kentarou, whose young sons happen to go to the same daycare.
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.7 Characters: 東京喰種―トーキョーグール― [日々] [Tokyo Guru Hibi] (Tokyo Ghoul Light Novels Book 1) First published: July 18th 2013Rating: 8.74 stars GoodReads:東京喰種―トーキョーグール― [日々] [Tokyo Guru Hibi] Review: Six short stories set in the Tokyo Ghoul universe and each were fantastic! I think my favorite one was the first one, Hide’s story. I liked how each story sort of intertwined with his at some point, and the idea of “suspicious characters” was threaded throughout each story. This was a fun read, and I’m looking forward to reading the next light novel!