Category Archives: Japan

Review: SIX FOUR by Hideo Yokoyama

If you have ever inquired about someone’s health and instead of hearing “fine thanks” or “not bad, the medication is keeping things under control thanks for asking” have been treated to a long and unnecessarily intimate description of the difficulties … Continue reading

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Review: EVIL AND THE MASK by Fuminori Nakamura

Most of the positive reviews of this book seem to concur that its premise is some combination of fascinating and credible. I didn’t find it either of those things which is possibly why I found the entire thing hard going. … Continue reading

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Review: THE THIEF by Fuminori Nakamura

I don’t think I’d have noticed let alone read this book if it hadn’t appeared on the list of titles eligible for this year’s International Dagger Award for translated crime fiction published in the UK and that would have been … Continue reading

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Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

I’m counting this as my first book on the Asian leg of the 2011 Global Reading Challenge. Yasuko Hanaoka is a single mother whose ex-husband, Togashi, still bothers her for money and engages in other nasty harassment. One evening he comes … Continue reading

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Review: Villain by Shuichi Yoshida

The 18th book I’ve read for the 2010 Global Reading Challenge completes the Asian leg of my virtual tour, being set in contemporary Japan. Three books to go before I will be able to officially say I am an extreme … Continue reading

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Review: Out by Natsuo Kirino

Title: Out Author: Natsuo Kirino Publisher: Vintage Books [originally 1997, this translation 2004] ISBN: 978-0-099-47228-5 Length: 520 pages Setting: Japan, present day Genre: Psychological thriller / Noir ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ My rating: 2/5 One-liner: A desolate tale of … Continue reading

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