Book Review: L, Change the World

L, Change the World by M Translated by Takami Nieda Series: Death Note 2007. 188 pages. Genre: Mystery, Crime, Suspense Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Summary: In an alternative continuity in the Death Note setting, ace detective L's name has been written in a Death Note. He has twenty-three days to bring a... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Kokoro

Kokoro by Natsume Soseki Edwin McClellan (Translator) 1914.  248 pages. Genre: Japanese Literature, Classic, Historical Fiction Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars   Summary: Kokoro, meaning 'heart', is a tantalizing novel about the friendship between a young man and an enigmatic elder whom he calls Sensei. Set in the early twentieth century, when the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Death Note: Another Note

Death Note: Another Note The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases by NisiOisiN 2006 176 pages. Genre: Mystery Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Summary:  There's a serial killer loose in Los Angeles and the local authorities need help fast. For some reason, the killer has been leaving a string of maddeningly arcane clues at... Continue Reading →

Book Review: After Dark

After Dark by Haruki Murakami translated by Jay Ruben 2004. 2007 (translated). 256 pages Genre: Contemporary, Japanese Literature, Surrealism Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Summary: A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn. Mari, a 19-year-old student, is spending the night reading in a Denny's.... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Ink Dark Moon

The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems  by Ono no Komachi (Author),‎ Izumi Shikibu (Author),‎ Jane Hirshfield  (Translator),‎ Mariko Aratani (Translator) 1990. 240 pages. Genre: Poetry My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Summary: These translated poems were written by 2 ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing,... Continue Reading →

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