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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: 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, […]

Book: OUT

December 9, 2010

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OUT Author: 桐野夏生 (Natsuo Kirino) (1997) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ I don’t think I’ve read such an intense, gritty thriller before. Natsuo Kirino does not hesitate for one second to shock us; she refuses to go easy. Set in Tokyo and the surrounding cities, the plot follows four middle-aged women who work from midnight to 5 […]

Film: 告白 (Confessions)

November 28, 2010

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告白 (Confessions) Directed by 中島哲也 (Tetsuya Nakashima) (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ Despite having already read the book (read my review of the novel here) and knowing fully well what was coming, I was still shocked. Confessions is a disturbing film, a morbid film and what happens is mind-blowing. It is disheartening, scary even, to see […]

Book: 告白 (Confessions)

November 28, 2010

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告白 (Confessions) Author: 湊かなえ (Kanae Minato) (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★ Confessions has consistently been one of the most talked about books in Japan this year. It has won numerous awards and boasts to be one of the best mystery thrillers ever written. Is it one of the best? No, but what newcomer Kanae Minato delivers […]