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    "The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro" by Edogawa Ranpo (An anthology of his first four short stories involving the eponymous amateur detective).

    Despite having read all of Ranpo's collected works a long time ago, I ended up with a copy of this on my desk and out of nostalgia, I ended up reading it. Man, unlike Ranpo's horror stories, the Akechi series had a much rougher beginning as these four short stories in the anthology are all over the place in terms of narrative style. Without going into spoilers, the first two stories are told in first person perspective from a nameless character who serves as the typical Watson character. The latter two are in third person either from an omniscient narrator or by just jumping from various character perspectives. The first two stories are also more traditional Golden Age detective stories (locked room murder and phantom thieves), whilst the latter have horror/supernatural elements infused which Akechi must debunk using his powers of reasoning.
    Anyways, what interested me more was the translation itself. As I read it, I couldn't help but feel I was reading a Sherlock Holmes novel or something. And by the end I realised why - despite being translated in 2014, for some reason the translator really tried to capture the time period feel of Japan by using a Victorian-esque style of writing. Things like "gay" appears a lot throughout the book in its original meaning as well as other... not anachronisms, but I can't think of the right word. It was really weird, but once you got used to it then it wasn't too bad.
    But whatever, it was a decent time waster for a few hours whilst at work (ssh, don't tell anyone) and while I would recommend other works by Ranpo more, sadly a lot of his work simply isn't available in English. Also Seishi Yokomizo is the best writer of JPN detective fiction and you can fite me on that.


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    reading Blood Red, Sister Rose by Thomas Keneally

    ... blood sacrifice Jeanne best Jeanne, hands down.

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    Finished The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima. It was a fun read. He really has a way with words, I actually found myself wanting to read some paragraphs aloud just because they sounded so good. Probably going to read Spring Snow next.

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    What's this? A book that I've read that isn't from Japan? Say it ain't so!

    "The Good Assassin" by Paul Vidich.

    A pretty solid spy drama - especially for being only the second book written by Vidich. It's a little rough around the edges, the beginning in particular is a slow burner that might turn people off but it was worth sticking through. And though I have seen the same concept done even better by veteran writers, I would still recommend this to anyone looking to get into spy drama literature and I will keep an eye out from now on for any future works by Mr.Vidich.


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    starting the malazan series

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    Just read the The Martian Obelisk, a really interesting sci-fi short story, last night. The core conflict is basically the same as Lion King versus Ritsuka in Camelot. In the face of a seemingly unstoppable disaster, should you abandon the world as doomed and focus all your efforts on creating a monument so humanity can be remembered after it's gone or fight tooth and nail against the incoming disaster even if it might be hopeless?

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    is that an eva reference
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    That time they checked out that hot guy they were just admiring his watch, yeah?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SeiKeo View Post
    is that an eva reference
    No, just common themes.

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    And Evangelion was clearly inspired by earlier works of science fiction (episode 26 of the original series is even titled after a Harlan Ellison short story), so the notion of intertextuality between anime and western mediums isn't nearly as silly as you seem to be implying.

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    Read "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene.

    Another really good book by Greene. Really made me think about morality, politics and history. Definitely recommended. <3


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    A Greene novel I heartily recommend is "Monsignor Quixote".
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    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.

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    Reading Death's Acre by Bill Bass right now. Non-fiction, but interesting history of forensics.

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    Reading Kate Daniels series. Its really good. I dunno if it counts as YA or not, but either way it really reminds me of Dresden Files, which i also like.
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