Oh My Goddess! First End (Yumi Tohma) (2011/09/08 10:00)
Enjoyable if inessential light-novel side story for the Oh My Goddess! mythology -- written by one of the show's original voice actors, no less.
Wicked City (Hideyuki Kikuchi) (2011/09/04 10:30)
Another series by Kikuchi (of Vampire Hunter D) sees English translation. Gnarly SF/fantasy thrills.
Blade of the Immortal: Legend of the Sword Demon (Junichi Ohsako) (2011/09/01 01:16)
Middling attempt at adapting a classic manga to a light-novel format.
Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (Nisioisin) (2010/12/21 11:49)
Nisioisin has a palindromic name, and a mind that also seems to double back on itself in one knotty convolution after another. He writes novels that have elements of mysteries, thrillers, surreal comedies and what Japanese sometimes call “erotic grotesque...
Zoo (Otsuichi) (Akihisa Yanari) (2009/11/15 05:34)
Maybe it sounds like a cheap shot to say I picked up the manga adaptation of Otsuichi’s Zoo for a dollar, but it’s the truth. I was already curious about how the short-story collection had been adapted into manga, but...
Vampire Hunter D Novel Volume 12: Pale Fallen Angel, Parts 3 and 4 (2009/08/14 12:30)
Is it possible to enjoy a book because of its limitations, as much as you might enjoy it despite them? I’m faced with this issue right now because after all four (or two) volumes of Pale Fallen Angel, I can’t...
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol. 1 (2009/08/11 08:12)
How do you solve a problem like Haruhi? —with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein II There’s a lot about Kyon’s new school that he doesn’t like. The long walk all the way uphill to get to it, for instance. The...
Vertical Vednesday In NYC: Lighten Up! (2009/07/30 05:56)
July 29, 2009. Wednesday. New York City. Forecast: Rain, lots of it. That’s not going to stop me, I mused, and packed everything I was taking with me in a thick-walled plastic bag courtesy of the duty-free zone at Dublin...
Vampire Hunter D Novel Volume 9: The Rose Princess (2009/03/04 12:24)
Shame on me. Somehow, I managed to read and enjoy The Rose Princess without managing to write a review of it. Blame it on the end-of-the-year rush, an influx of other things all competing for my attention, or a proliferation...
Spiritually Inclined Dept. (2008/11/25 09:16)
The second volume in the Moribito series of novels is set to come out next May. I'm watching the anime right now for a review -- do not wait for my word; GO GET IT....
Faust Vol. #1 (2008/10/12 12:14)
There is something very intimidating in the way we have seen more of Japan’s own literary pop culture appear in English in the last few years alone than across almost all the previous years. “Literary pop culture” means the things...
Science fiction, rebooted.
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