Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Fun Facts Friday: Osamu Dazai

Osamu Dazai (19 June, 1909 – 13 June, 1948) was an author from Japan who is considered to be one of the most important writers of fiction from that country.

Book Review: Life for Sale by Yukio Mishima

Hanio Yamada sees no future for himself, so he puts an ad in the paper offering his life for sale. In his quest to be killed Hanio meets many shadowy characters, gets involved with underground organizations, a vampire woman, but somehow manages to make a lot of money while at it.

Book Review: A Single Swallow by Ling Zhang

The first chapter or two got me interested in the concept, ghosts meeting up in a per-scheduled date and time, even though they had to wait a few decades for the meeting to cumulate fully. The narrative got slower than, but the rich language kept me going and once Ah Yan got introduced the whole story took off.

Book Review: The Blue Zones Kitchen by Dan Buettner

The photographs are gorgeous and the write ups are very interesting. It is important to note that the diet of Blue Zone residents is only part of the reason for thier longevity, climate, reasonable amount of exercise, family, work, and relationships all have a big say in getting to old age

Book Review: Samurai Castles by Jennifer Mitchellhill

The author picked 25 of Japan’s most impressive castles to write about. Each section consists of 4-6 pages, with its own map, directions, fantastic photography and explanation of what you’re looking at.

Book Review: Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide by Alexander Bennet

About: Japan The Ultimate Samurai Guide: An Insider Looks at the Japanese Martial Arts and Surviving in the Land of Bushido and Zen by Alexander Bennet is a non-fiction book tracing the history of Samurais, their way of life, fighting styles all the way to today’s Japan. Mr. Bennett is a martial artist as awell […]

Book Review: Night Rain, Tokyo by John W. Feist

I found the relevant subjects of the story very interesting. While the novel might, or might not hold up remains to be seen, but reading it these days seemed appropriate.

Book Review: Samurai Swords – A Collector’s Guide by Clive Sinclaire

The book is designed beautifully and the sections flow one into each other, but can still be skipped or read independently.

Graphic Novel Review: James Bond: Felix Leiter by James Robinson

I was excited from the first time I head the plans to make a standalone Felix Leiter story. With all the trepidations and pre-judgements that came with the announcement, only one thought, and one thought only, was on my mind – about damn time!

Book Review: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Alternative history stories telling about the Nazis taking over the world are not uncommon, the possibilities are obviously horrifying and the author does not shy away from this motif.

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