Archive for the 'Japan Books' Category

28
Dec
15

Books – 2015 and plans for 2016

I read 40 books this year, 32 fiction and 8 non-fiction. I might try to get a better balance between fiction and non-fiction in 2016. My favourite 5 for the year (first link is to the book, link on the author is to a review):

  1. The English MonsterLloyd Shepherd
  2. Strange Weather in TokyoHiromi Kawakami
  3. The State of Africa: A history of fifty years of independenceMartin Meredith
  4. Parrot and Olivier in AmericaPeter Carey
  5. Yellow, Blue, TibiaAdam Roberts

2016’s book theme will be banned books. I’ve got a long list from which I will read a minimum of 6. Turns out there are LOADS of banned or challenged books so there was lots to choose from:

  1. Brave New World
  2. Grapes of Wrath
  3. Slaughter-house five
  4. Cat’s Cradle
  5. Metamorphisis
  6. Lolita
  7. Ulysses
  8. All Quiet on the Western Front
  9. American Pyscho
  10. Catch 22 (already read it but might read it again because its so great)
  11. Gone with the Wind
  12. The Call of the Wild
  13. Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  14. Clockwork Organe
  15. Of Mice and Men
  16. Lord of the Flies
  17. Hunchback of Notre Dame (already got a copy ready to read as my first book for 2016)
  18. Farewell to Arms
  19. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  20. Grimm’s Fairytales
30
May
13

Currently reading

Current reading “Paprika” by Yasutaka Tsutsui. I saw the anime of this book a few years ago and have read other works by Tsutsui, Hell and Salmonella men on Porno and other stories. I’m a big fan. Like his other works, this is translated by Andrew Miller.

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05
Aug
12

Reading Yukio Mishima

We are pushing on successfully with the theme of Japanese authors. The latest read was The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima. I did not know about Mishima when I purchased this book. I just happened to see some titles by Mishima in a random bookstore I visited. I chose from among the selection of titles by the author. It was noted at the time of purchase that the back cover explanations of the stories all sounded quite depressing. So I opted for the shortest book by Mishima.

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And thank goodness.  Any book that has a graphic scene of kids killing and skinning a kitten should come with a warning sticker on the front cover notifying explicitly and disturbing content inside.

13
May
12

Currently reading: 69

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This is my first book by Ryu Murakami and is in line with this year’s goal of reading more Japanese authors. Ryu is apparently famous for Audition which has been turned into a movie of the thriller/horror genre. 69, although I am only part way through, is apparently autobiographical and is about a teenager in 1969 Japan – so far its witty and entertaining. I have a copy of Miso Soup ready to read later this year as well. In Amazon it looked like many people who bought 69 or other books by Ryu also purchased Out or Real World by Natsuo Kirino – I have read and enjoyed both of these and enjoyed them. As well as Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino.

10
Apr
12

Currently Reading

Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968.

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30
Jan
12

Currently reading

Sanshiro by Natsume Soseki

12
Jan
12

This is a new section I thought I’d add this year. My old blog had space on the side bar for this but I have decided to add it in now as a post. So:

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno

(Photo Source:  Alma Books)

Salmonella Men on Planet Porno [and other stories] by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Translated by Andrew Driver.




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