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Gen's Shelves

Occasional rambles about books I felt strongly enough to review, when I had free time enough to do it.

Currently reading

The Isle of Glass
Judith Tarr
The Broken Crown
Michelle West, Michelle Sagara
Deep Atlantic: Life, Death and Exploration in the Abyss
Richard Ellis
L'élégance du hérisson
Muriel Barbery
Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century England
Keith Thomas
A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid
John Romer
Tiger, Tiger
Lynne Reid Banks
Survival
Julie E. Czerneda
Tomorrow's Magic
Pamela F. Service
Warrior
Marie Brennan

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers 1

Ôoku: The Inner Chambers 1 - Fumi Yoshinaga Fascinating premise, well executed! Trigger warning for just about everything, though -- this is NOT a series that shies away from having terrible things happen to its characters onscreen. A very interesting read, but only if you're up for that.

Unfortunately, the translation is very clunky, full of thees and thous written by someone with a tin ear for archaic English, and no difference whatsoever between the speech of Edo samurai and Kyoto nobles, even when the text tells us they're speaking very differently. The fact that I enjoyed it as much as I did despite the translation is a testament to the quality of the original, but it's a pity it didn't get a defter translation into English.