Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

Books Nov 15, 2014

Holiday gifts they'll cherish from cover to cover

As the holiday season rolls around, it's time to dash about in a mad panic in search of gifts that say "I've given this one some thought, honest." Or you can just let us do the thinking for you, with gift suggestions from our ...

Phantasm Japan

Books / Reviews Nov 8, 2014

Phantasm Japan

by Madeline Barbush

In simple terms, "Phantasm Japan" is a fantasy anthology on the theme of "light and dark, from and about Japan." Phantasm Japan, by Multiple authors.Haikasoru, Fiction. To outsiders, the overriding image of Japan is of ...

Fuminori writes noir, but not as we know it

Books Nov 1, 2014

Fuminori writes noir, but not as we know it

by Iain Maloney

Fuminori Nakamura has won many of the major literary prizes in Japan and is quickly making the same kind of impact in the English-speaking world. His third novel to be translated into English, "Last Winter, We Parted," is out now. It's a tense, layered ...

Malice

Books / Reviews Nov 1, 2014

Malice

by Tim Hornyak

"The incident took place on April 16, 1996, a Tuesday." This meditative, clever novel from the author of 2011's "The Devotion of Suspect X" begins with a journal entry by Osamu Nonoguchi, a children's author who happens upon the body of his friend and ...

Perfidia

Books / Reviews Oct 25, 2014

Perfidia

by Mark Schreiber

This sprawling period piece from the prolific author of such works as "L.A. Confidential" and "The Black Dalia" takes place in Los Angeles and environs between Dec. 5 and 29, 1941. Central to the plot are the enigmatic slayings of a Japanese family of ...

If you'd nuked a city, you'd feel guilty too

Books Oct 18, 2014

If you'd nuked a city, you'd feel guilty too

by J.J. O'Donoghue

The author T.C. Boyle in the preface to his book "Stories II" published last year made a convincing argument that runs counter to the conventional wisdom to "write what you know." Boyle said: "A story is an exercise of imagination — or, as Flannery ...

Black Rain

Books / Reviews | ESSENTIAL READING FOR JAPANOPHILES Oct 11, 2014

Black Rain

by Kris Kosaka

Masuji Ibuse's classic 1965 novel "Black Rain" takes readers into the everyday lives of a family poisoned by radiation sickness. The narrative structure carefully balances between the present time of the novel and journal entries from the bombings of Hiroshima to craft a carefully ...