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I am not converging on a consistent format for these.

Books Received: The Box From Haikasoru

The “golden brat” Reinhard von Lohengramm, a military prodigy and admiral of the Galactic Empire, has ambitions beyond protecting the borders or even defeating the empire’s enemies. He seeks to overthrow the old order and become a truly absolute—yet benevolent—dictator. His rival, the humble Yang Wen-li of the Free Planets Alliance, wishes to preserve democracy even if he must sacrifice his political ideals to defeat the empire. Their political and military battles play out over a galactic chessboard in an epic saga fifteen centuries in the making!

After a coup d’état erupts in the Free Planets Alliance, military strategist Yang Wen-li is ordered to use his tactical wizardry to put down the rebellion, but the ringleader holding the capital is someone he once trusted deeply. Meanwhile, in the Galactic Empire, Reinhard will soon face a new trial, as in the wake of the emperor’s death he stands amidst an intensifying power struggle among the aristocracy. The unbeatable magician and the unstoppable genius: the battles these heroes wage will send shock waves across the galaxy!

A grand scheme for retaking Iserlohn is delivered to Reinhard, who with renewed determination seeks to become ruler of the galaxy and fulfill the oath he made with a dear departed friend. But what are the aims of Phezzan, the third force at work behind the scenes? Meanwhile, no sooner is Yang breathing a sigh of relief at Julian’s safe return from his combat mission than Yang is summoned to an inquest and departs for the capital of the alliance. As if waiting for an opportunity to strike, however, the imperial military sends their secret weapon right to the gates of Iserlohn. The battle begins! Who will endure

In the year 2020, Kazumi Kimura, proprietor of shooting star forecast website Meteor News, notices some suspicious orbiting space debris. Rumors spread online that the debris is actually an orbital weapon targeting the International Space Station. Halfway across the world, at NORAD, Staff Sergeant Daryl Freeman begins his own investigation of the threat. At the same time, billionaire entrepreneur Ronnie Smark and his journalist daughter prepare to check in to an orbital hotel as part of a stunt promoting private space tourism. Then Kazumi receives highly sensitive, and potentially explosive, information from a genius Iranian scientist. And so begins an unprecedented international battle against space-based terror that will soon involve the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NORAD, and the CIA.

Date: 2017-03-20 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yhlee.livejournal.com
I'm really curious what you'll make of Legend of the Galactic Heroes. I'm still in the middle of vol. 1. I saw part of the legendarily LONG anime series based on it (the old one, not the new one?) and liked the politics and so on, but the novels are very heavy on telling. On the other hand, I legit have a crush on Yang Wenli the kind, mild-mannered historian-tactician.

Date: 2017-03-20 08:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seawasp
Legend of Galactic Heroes, AKA "Boring Germans IN SPAAAAAACE!", in which our Hero wins battles through brilliant stratagems such as realizing there's more than one dimension, then more than two!

Date: 2017-03-21 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keithmm.livejournal.com
Clearly an unmatched tactical genius.

Date: 2017-03-21 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] philrm.livejournal.com
I quite liked Fujii's Gene Mapper. Clearly, though, titles aren't his strongpoint.

Date: 2017-03-21 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] w. dow rieder (from livejournal.com)
He may not have had control over the translation's title. And some titles just aren't going to translate well.

Date: 2017-03-21 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sean o'hara (from livejournal.com)
Nope, according to the copyright page, the original title was Obitaru Kuraudo.

It's also one of those books to feature not-Elon Musk in a major role (the character is even credited with creating the first Internet banking service).


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