Squirrels, foxes and Japanese temple maids

Risuko A Kunoichi TaleRisuko: A Kunoichi Tale (Seasons of the Sword #1) by David Kudler

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Risuko is a mid-grade novel about a girl taken to become a kunoichi. And what is a kunoichi? Technically it’s only explained at the end of the story, but you can easily figure it out before the new girls get to their destination.

First. there was this fascination period for about 20% of the book. Then came the “yeah, riiight… I don’t really care” part. And at the end, the story picked up again and it was rather good, but I couldn’t fell for the book again after all of the “training” sessions. Continue reading “Squirrels, foxes and Japanese temple maids”

Letting the past go

Kaminishi Four SeasonsKaminishi: Four Seasons
by Jan Suzukawa

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Oh yes, here’s the second part of the Kaminishi stories. And yet again the Goodreads description pretty much says it all, so I’m not going to quote it here.

You might’ve wondered what happened with the couple that went through time and space to find each other. Here they are, living in Tokyo together. It all seems to be working out between them at first, but Michael keeps getting back to the past with his thoughts. Shintaro is busy at work and his family wants him back in Yakuza.

This story might’ve been a little better than the first one as this time there was actually some plot that you could follow. Yes, the romance still comes first, but at least, it is about a romance and not just sex. The couple seemed to drift apart lately and Michael wants to fix this. Sometimes you just have to give your partner some space, think about what’s happening, what each of you can do to improve your relationship. Or maybe it’s time to end it? Continue reading “Letting the past go”

Through time and cherry blossoms

Here’s a book with some great surroundings, hot sex scenes, but unfortunately not very interesting plot.

Kaminishi Kaminishi by Jan Suzukawa

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I know what you might think, I wrote I won’t be reviewing romances, etc. But it’s JAPAN! It’s kind of my weakness :D. If some random person walked through my door right now and told me – you and I are going to Japan right now – I’m in! Imagine all the manga 😀 the lovely places you could see, the food!

But, let’s go back to the book.

Kaminishi is basically a love story. A young student, Michael, somehow finds himself in mid-nineteenth century Japan. And what’s better – he finds the man whose face he was drawing and dreaming about.

There are some things I really liked in this book. First of all – the place (yes, I know we’ve established that already) but it goes in pair with the time. All the descriptions of Edo period Japan, the cultural references, a bit of language here and there it all makes a perfect atmosphere for the story. You almost feel you’re  there. Continue reading “Through time and cherry blossoms”

The Buddhist’s path

If you’re interested in a biographical manga here’s something for you. It’s not perfect, but still enjoyable.

NichirenNichiren by Masahiko Murakami, Ken Tanaka

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Goodreads blurb:

In 13th-century Japan, disease, famine, violence, and natural disasters plague society. Samurai lords, blinded by power, shirk any responsibility to protect the citizenry. Religious leaders care more about currying favor with the powerful than helping common people find hope and a positive way to deal with their suffering. But one unknown Buddhist monk dares to speak the truth to power: Nichiren remonstrates with the authorities. He insists that all human life is precious and that the government needs to change its ways and become of service to the people.

I don’t read many biographies, so if I’m actually reaching for one I do have some expectations. In this case, I was more interested in the setting rather than the character, although the blurb caught my attention enough to read the story. Continue reading “The Buddhist’s path”