Category Archives: Book reviews

Staff Picks, Part III

Here’s the rest of the bay! Retribution Falls – Chris Wooding Plots and Intrigue. Incompetent sky pirates. Dark magic. Airships everywhere. This first book in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series is a thoroughly enjoyable, thoroughly swashbuckling read. If … Continue reading

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Staff Picks, Part II

Today I’m writing about some of the books I picked for my very own bay of staff picks, back in October. I’m starting with the one that sold the most copies, but apart from that they’re not in any particular … Continue reading

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Staff Picks, part I

Since I started work at the bookshop, I have recommended a lot of books. Plenty of individual customers ask for recommendations, of course, but in addition to this we have a bay near the front of the shop dedicated to … Continue reading

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Book review: The Letter for the King

I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did. I mean, I was expecting to like it – it seemed like a good story, I’m always glad to see more children’s literature in … Continue reading

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Probably my favourite Japanese picture book

Takako is a new student, recently transferred to the narrator’s elementary school. She’s…well, she’s a bit odd. She writes with a brush instead of a pencil, and she plays the biwa instead of the recorder. She speaks oddly too, and … Continue reading

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Book review: The Goddess Chronicle

I like books set in Japan, I like contemporary stories that incorporate mythology and folklore, and I like writing that focuses on women’s experiences, so Natsuo Kirino’s The Goddess Chronicle, translated by Rebecca Copeland, was always going to be my … Continue reading

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Book review: Mouth: Eats Color

I can’t remember where I first heard about this book, but I remember being very excited about it. The full title is Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations and Originals, and the authors are given as ‘Sawako Nakayasu … Continue reading

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