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In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present in dark corners and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of early modern Japan and the spaces of the living world—workplaces, families, and the human soul—that they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist’s heart, Apparitions brings the restless dead, and those who encounter them, to life.

It's out!

Mar. 20th, 2013 12:10 am
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But the one copy I know of in Ontario is in the Milton Chapters.

Whoops

Mar. 6th, 2013 02:32 pm
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I put this on my birthday list:



I think at one point I did know it doesn't actually come out until after my birthday.
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Included a glass I don't have an image of and these books:







(I also took advantage of the chance to grab a stack of Tobias Buckell books that were on the freebie table)
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Three years ago this week, Haikasoru launched with the publication of All You Need Is Kill and The Lord of the Sands of Time. Since then we’ve brought you the best in Japanese science fiction, fantasy, and horror, have experimented with hardcover releases and magical realism, brought you videogame tie-in novels for Ico and Metal Gear Solid and have even won a few awards. Heck, Good Luck, Yukikaze just received second place at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards over the weekend! And with our anthology The Future Is Japanese, we’ve started introducing original content!

To celebrate, we’re doing one of our famed giveaway essay contests! Just write a comment, in the comments section of this post, on the Haikasoru title you’ve enjoyed the most, and you’ll be five lucky and talented winners will be able to select any Haikasoru title they want as their prize. We ship anywhere, and we read English, Japanese, Spanish, German, French, Greek, and Chinese. (And if you have all the Haikasoru titles already, I’ll flip you a copy of Genocidal Organ, which nobody has yet. We pick the winners on noon Friday, so get to typin’!
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And while it's not for work as such, I have a review commissioned and can justify reading it tonight.
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I am going to go ahead and assume that no readers out there are currently wondering what would happen if aliens invaded ancient Japan, or how time traveling cyborgs would fight them off. Even if the cyborgs had been skipping through time in an effort to block the xenocidal menace and were aided by a snippy, AI-controlled spaceship, this is probably not a question that keeps people up at night. Ogawa, on the other hand, has let the scenario occupy his Seiun Award winning brain long enough to unleash The Lord of the Sands of Time on an unsuspecting populace; Haikasoru then chose this as one of its four launch titles.
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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.

Zoo
Otsuichi (Trans. Terry Gallagher)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
257 pages
$13.99 USA/$16.00 CAN/£9.99
ISBN 9781421525879



And so my grand project draws to a close. I wish I was more awake.

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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.


[This is a reprint of a review I wrote in October 2010]

Yukikaze
Chohei Kambayashi (Trans. Neil Nadelman)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
316 pages
$14.99/$19.99/8.99 UK
ISBN 978142153255-4





Well, it had to happen.

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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.


Usurper of the Sun
by Housuke Nojiri (trans. John Wunderly)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
276 pages
$15.99 USA / $18.99 CAN / £9.99
ISBN 9781-4215-2771-5




This was very nearly the first Haikasoru I ever bought; I saw it in 2009, 2010, by which time I had said to Nick Mamatas I'd buy and read any of the Haikasoru books if I encountered one when I had unallocated funds. Then I reached for my wallet and discovered it was back at home....

Buying this would have had much the same effect as buying The Next Continent did, because in many ways they are comparable books.

Spoilers in the body of the review.

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But in my possession: a copy of the upcoming The Cage of Zeus by Sayuri Ueda


The Rounds are humans with the sex organs of both genders. Artificially created to test the limits of the human body in space, they are now a minority, despised and hunted by the terrorist group Vessel of Life. Aboard Jupiter-I, a space station orbiting the gas giant that shares its name, the Rounds have created their own society with a radically different view of gender and of life itself. Security chief Shirosaki keeps the peace between the Rounds and the typically gendered “Monaurals,” but when a terrorist strike hits the station, the balance of power and tolerance is at risk...and an entire people is targeted for genocide.
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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.


Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse
Otsuichi (Trans.Nathan Collins)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
350 pages
$14.99 USA/$19.99 CAN/£9.99
ISBN 9781421536439



I generally don't care for horror, on account of horror protagonists generally being imbeciles who deserve their fate, and I only read this because I vowed to read all of Haikasoru's line. I was very surprised to discover that in fact I liked this one quite a lot.

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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.



The Stories of Ibis
Hiroshi Yamamoto (Trans. Takami Nieda)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
423 pages
$15.99/$19.99/9.99 UK
ISBN 9781421534404



From way back in 2010:


For anyone keeping track, this would be the third Haikasoru book I've read and the third one I liked, which given that there are fewer than a dozen and half titles to select from isn't a bad average. It's not as close a fit to my main obsessions as the previous two but there are definitely items of note to me.

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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.


Slum Online
Hiroshi Sakurazaka (trans. Joseph Reeder)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
210 pages
$13.99/$18.99/8.99 UK
ISBN 9781421534398




This is a repost of a review I did last year. I did reread it and still like it; Sakurazaka is on my buy on sight list.

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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.


Rocket Girls: The Last Planet
Housuke Nojiri (Trans. Alexander O. Smith)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
214 pages
$13.99 USA/$15.99 CAN/£8.99
ISBN 978-1-4215-3765-8



This is unsurprisingly a sequel to Rocket Girls. As the book opens, an unplanned cross-range excursion sends Solomon Space Association astronauts Yukari and Masturi to Japan; specifically, to
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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.


Added note: these are not manga but novels.

Rocket Girls
Housuke Nojiri (Trans. Joseph Reeder)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
214 pages
$13.99/$15.00/8.99 UK
ISBN 9781421536422




[A repost of a review I wrote in 2010]

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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.



The Ouroboros Wave
Jyouji Hayashi (Trans. Jim Hubbert)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
267 pages
SRP: $14.99 USA/$19.99 CAN/£9.99
ISBN: 978-1-4215-3645-3



Sadly, hard SF but not quite my thing. I don't if the issue is the original or the translation.
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What is Haikasoru?
Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Added note: these are not manga but novels.


The Next Continent
Issui Ogawa (Trans. Jim Hubbert)
Haikasoru/VIZ Media LLC
416 pages
$16.99/$23.00/9.99 UK
ISBN 9781421534411



This is the book that turned me into a Haikasoru completist; I found it stood up to a reread but since I have a splitting headache, have my original review from way back in 2010.

I did find that it stood up to a reread and still quite like it. Annoyingly, I get the impression this isn't selling particularly well. I hope that the lack of sales, if there is a lack of sales, isn't because Haikasoru decided to put Tae on the cover rather than, oh, Sohya striking a Daring Engineer pose.



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