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Hi there everyone. I decided to join this community because currently my favourite author is Ryu Murakami... with Haruki Murakami trailing closely behind. First I want to apologize for my bad grammar... I'm still learning English. ^__^

My favourite books from those amazign authors are Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World, and Coin Locker Babies. In the latter, my favourite character is Hashi, because his mournfully tragic life reminds me of myself when I feel like wanting to be accepted by everyone. The depth of these books is something that always make me flinch when I'm about to open the next page, creating a certain anxiety of how my beloved character will suffer again as the story flows.

I'm not at all over with the solemn aura of Coin Locker Babies yet (I just read it for the second time a few days ago), but I want to ask your advices of other great books. Maybe you have some idea of what book I should read this holiday?

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From:flowery_mind
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
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(listed from the first I read):
1. Dance Dance Dance (I made a mistake ^__^ it's the first time I read Japanese novels, I just chose this... because the cover's color attracted me)
2. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World (one of my favourites!)
3. TV People (the English) and two short stories inside the book (Japanese version) which I now forgot the title... the kanjis made me dizzy.
4. Coin Locker Babies (can't possibly forget this one)
5. Almost Transparent Blue (although I forgot what's the point of this novel)
6. 69 (it's hilarious... silly boy)
7. A Wild Sheep Chase (I didn't read it until finished because... the fonts are too small and... I forgot why? ~__~)
8. ... maybe that's all ^__^
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From:magatsu
Date:July 4th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)

welcome

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it's really hard to match both of those books, but since you have Ryu first, i'd say you should read his novel "almost transparent blue" (my favorite of his). it's an incredible ride, sort of like a game of jenga.

also, "dance dance dance" by haruki, for a change of pace.

enjoy and let me know what you think. =)
From:flowery_mind
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)

Re: welcome

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I've read those two... but can you tell me what's the point of Always Transparent Blue?
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From:magatsu
Date:July 7th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)

Re: welcome

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almost transparent blue seems to be an experiment in visual story-telling. he describes it best when he's off to the air field. it's a very intense read, sort of like the most graphic you can get while only using words. i love the way it's done both as a story and experiment (it's something i find difficult to do in my own writing), but it is not for everyone. a few of my friends couldn't handle the whole thing. however, since you've read and loved coin locker babies, i think you should have little to no problem handling the narritive. i can't really say anything else; i don't know you well enough to make that sort of judgement.
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From:radar_exe
Date:July 5th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
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i'm spreding the word.....there are 34 more eps of flcl that wont be relesed here in the us.....but there are still 34 more eps....if you know how to get any or find it please E-mail me at surge123456789@yahoo.com

-radar-
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From:pyrop
Date:July 5th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Bullshit. Prove it.
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From:kikuko_kamimura
Date:July 5th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
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Banana Yoshimoto's novels are very good, and you might want to try Confessions of a Mask by Mishima Yukio, Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, and Snakes and Earrings. I forget the author's name on the last one, but she should be pretty easy to find being that it was just released and published--she also won the Akutagawa Prize for the novel. I'd have tons of other recommendations, if I could just remember the authors's names....
From:flowery_mind
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:23 am (UTC)
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thanks! I'll try!
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From:sverbot
Date:July 5th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
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out by natsuo kirino, almost transparent blue by ryu (if you haven't). and welcome! it took me a few days to get out of the world of coin locker babies the first time i read it. and then i reread it to get back into the world... haha.
banana yoshimoto's books are supposed to be good... but i don't recommend battle royale. it's a good story, but either the translation is horrible or the writing style isn't very good at all.
From:flowery_mind
Date:July 6th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
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yes, I was like that too! :D After finished reading this I was all "IWANTTOFORGETTHISITMAKESMEDEPRESSED", but after that I couldn't resist the temptation to read it again and again...

I've read Almost Transparent Blue, but that's a while ago I forgot what's it all about. Maybe it didn't really attract me. Thanks for the advice!
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