May 16, 2014

Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo

ApparitionsMiyukiMiyabeAs a huge fan of Miyuki Miyabe’s Book of Heroes, Brave Story, and her ICO adaptation, there was no way I was going to pass on a collection of short ghost stories set in Edo (what is now known as Tokyo). Comprised of nine tales of supernatural and superstitious origin, Apparitions both disappointed and thrilled me. The first two stories didn’t strike me all that much and I found it hard to press on. After leaving it for a couple of days and reading something else in my book backlog, I came back with fresh eyes and hope for the remaining tales. Thankfully, these stories excited me and there were a few nights where I’d convinced myself “just one more story” would be acceptable, thus waking up way later than I wanted the following morning.

I’d have to say this is the weakest of all the Haikasoru imprint books I have in my library, but only because of those first two tales. Perhaps if I’d read them last I might feel differently. On the plus side, this reminded me that I need to get the Kitaro collections and Revoltech figures.

Apparitions is available in trade paperback from Amazon, RightStuf, and usually in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of Barnes & Noble.

 

April 9, 2014

Griefed by Christa Charter

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griefedcoverSMALLFull disclosure: There are spoilers here so if you care about those sorts of things, TURN BACK NOW!

I finished Pwned giddy over Lexy’s relationship with her Asgardian snow god/undercover DEA boyfriend. She was finally with a man that deserved and appreciated her love, something semi-stable considering their professions. Everything was coming up roses. (more…)

June 6, 2013

You by Austin Grossman

Filed under: Bookshelf — Tags: , , , , , — Yukino @ 2:43 PM

You by Austin Grossman After reading Ready Player One I went looking for something new to read and Goodreads recommended I check out You by Austin Grossman. His name was familiar; turns out he’s a games writer and one I’ve seen in credits at least once or twice. A few of my gaming friends had also read the book and recommended it, so it seemed a smart move to pick it up.

There aren’t many fictional books based around video games without being an actual media tie-in for a franchise, a la Halo, Assassin’s Creed, Fable, Resident Evil, etc, and even most of those are simply novelizations of released games. That’s one of the reasons why I had been super excited about Ready Player One. So to find another book published in this category within a year of the other, I felt I’d hit the jackpot. (more…)

December 28, 2012

Schooled by Christa Charter

Filed under: Bookshelf — Tags: , , , , , , , — Yukino @ 9:56 PM

There have been few books that have had my undivided attention from the first word – mostly fantasy novels I’d been anxiously waiting for. I’ve followed Christa’s chronicling of her writing process with Schooled on Facebook as well as posts on her blog, and knew that I would devour her gaming industry inspired murder mystery as soon as I could get my hands on it.

But because I still prefer holding actual books in my hands, my date with Schooled was a bit delayed. Unable to hold out any longer, I pestered my husband into picking up the digital version for Christmas to tide me over until Christa makes her first print run. (more…)

January 22, 2012

ICO: Castle in the Mist

Undeniably one of the best games from the Playstation 2 catalogue, ICO: Castle in the Mist was a game I had rented but never finished and then fell through the cracks of my very growing game backlog.  So when I saw that Viz was publishing Miyuki Miyabe’s novelization of the game under their Haikasoru imprint, I was elated. I would finally know how the story played out without the frustrations of actually solving the puzzles. (more…)

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