Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In the Mailbox [eh, not exactly]

The mailbox was generous. I received one sweet little package from Britain courtesy of the amazing Smugglers, but I decided to spend some hard earned cash and buy these sweet Murakami boosk for my Japanese Reading challenge. Now at least I will have three novels to read for that challenge. Anyway here are the book stats:

1) "Born of Night" by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption . . .

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League—and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him or stop him from completing his current mission: to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father’s political alliance has made her a target.

As her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them the most: each other.

2) "Kafka on the Shore" by Haruki Murakami

In this latest addition to the author's incomparable oeuvre, 15-year-old Kafka Tamura runs away from home, both to escape his father's oedipal prophecy and to find his long-lost mother and sister. As Kafka flees, so too does Nakata, an elderly simpleton whose quiet life has been upset by a gruesome murder. (A wonderfully endearing character, Nakata has never recovered from the effects of a mysterious World War II incident that left him unable to read or comprehend much, but did give him the power to speak with cats.) What follows is a kind of double odyssey, as Kafka and Nakata are drawn inexorably along their separate but somehow linked paths, groping to understand the roles fate has in store for them. Murakami likes to blur the boundary between the real and the surreal—we are treated to such oddities as fish raining from the sky; a forest-dwelling pair of Imperial Army soldiers who haven't aged since WWII; and a hilarious cameo by fried chicken king Colonel Sanders—but he also writes touchingly about love, loneliness and friendship.

3) "After Dark" by Haruki Murakami

Murakami's 12th work of fiction is darkly entertaining and more novella than novel. Taking place over seven hours of a Tokyo night, it intercuts three loosely related stories, linked by Murakami's signature magical-realist absurd coincidences.


Ana said...

Oh you got it already! : D

Harry Markov said...

@ Ana, yes I did. Thank you again sweety. :-)

Bookfool said...

I have tried and failed to read Sherrilyn's books but I've been thrilled to see them mentioned all over the galaxy and watch her meteoric rise. She used to be in my writing group and she is a charming, amazing lady. Enjoy your books!!

Harry Markov said...

Oh, I keep hearing that from people and I am beginning to feel discouraged, but nevertheless plan on getting to that one. Well, you know a celebrity. Way to go!

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