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Book: 白夜行 (Byakuyakō)

March 10, 2011

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白夜行 (Byakuyakō) Author: 東野圭吾 (Keigo Higashino) (1999) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Higashino is being labeled as the next Stieg Larsson and justifiably so. His mystery novels have consistently topped the charts of Japan, often ending up at the top of the most-sold and most-liked rankings. 白夜行 (Byakuyakō) was my first read of his novels and I […]

Book: 劇画漂流 (A Drifting Life)

December 25, 2010

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劇画漂流 (A Drifting Life) Author: 辰巳ヨシヒロ (Yoshihiro Tatsumi) (2008) jusco’s Rating: ★★1/2 Though this acclaimed manga was released in two volumes in Japan, I’ve decided to review it as one whole work. A Drifting Life first caught my attention when the English version was promoted at various bookstores. Upon discovering the praise and acclaim poured […]

Book: アフターダーク (After Dark)

December 25, 2010

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アフターダーク (After Dark) Author: 村上春樹 (Haruki Murakami) (2004) jusco’s Rating: ★★ As the title suggests, the real-time events that occur in After Dark take place from just before midnight to dawn the following day. Several characters are introduced: Mari, a college student reading at a family restaurant; Eri, Mari’s sister who has fallen into an […]

Book: ダンス・ダンス・ダンス(下)(Dance, Dance, Dance Part 2)

December 19, 2010

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ダンス・ダンス・ダンス(下)(Dance, Dance, Dance Part 2) Author: 村上春樹 (Haruki Murakami) (1988) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★★ Dance, Dance, Dance is officially my favourite Murakami work. It is one of the most superbly crafted mysteries I’ve read, and easily one of the most enjoyable. Just when you thought things couldn’t advance any faster (read my review of Part 1 […]

Book: ダンス・ダンス・ダンス(上)(Dance, Dance, Dance Part 1)

December 19, 2010

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ダンス・ダンス・ダンス(上)(Dance, Dance, Dance Part 1) Author: 村上春樹 (Haruki Murakami) (1988) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 The Dolphin Hotel. The Sheep Man. The mysterious crying lady. The beautiful young girl. The attractive hotel attendant in glasses. The cautiously optimistic film star. Several prostitutes. The one-armed poet. The nameless narrator. Haruki Murakami’s typical surrealistic elements are abundant in Dance, […]

Film: Kill Bill: Vol. 1

December 19, 2010

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Directed by Quentin Tarantino (2003) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ Quentin Tarantino is one of the greatest and most consistent film directors around (don’t forget eccentric). This film is no exception of the high quality expected of his works. It is easily one of his most accessible films and an exciting cinematic piece […]

Book: 君と僕。9 (Kimi to Boku 9)

December 9, 2010

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君と僕。9 (Kimi to Boku 9) Author: 堀田きいち (Kiichi Hotta) (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★★ Kimi to Boku is relatively unknown outside of Japan, but it is a pure gem. It is what you call a ‘青春’ (Seishun) manga, which literally means ‘youthfulness’ but in Japan, it signifies the meaningful and emotional times spent during your teenage/young […]