Review: Historical Fiction · Review: Teen Fiction · The Storybooker's Untranslated

Untranslated: Ashita no Nadja ~The Journey Begins at Age 16~ by Tomoko Konparu

Preface This novel is the sequel to the 50-episode animated TV show, Ashita no Nadja. Therefore, this post will contain spoilers for that show. This post will also contain spoilers for the sequel novel itself. Spoilers all round! Short Summary 3 years after the show, Nadja is turning 16. She leaves the comfort of her… Continue reading Untranslated: Ashita no Nadja ~The Journey Begins at Age 16~ by Tomoko Konparu

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Review: Comedy · Review: Mystery · Review: Short Story · The Storybooker's Untranslated

Untranslated: Stepfather Step by Miyuki Miyabe

Stepfather Step happens to be my favorite book by Miyuki Miyabe. It also happens to be one of her books that was never translated into English. Summary A professional thief crashes into the lives of two middle schoolers—literally—when a heist goes improbably wrong. These middle schoolers are twin boys with a crisis of their own,… Continue reading Untranslated: Stepfather Step by Miyuki Miyabe

Master Lists · The Storybooker's Untranslated

The Storybooker’s Untranslated: A Primer

Welcome to the beginning of The Storybooker's Untranslated: a series where I will be talking about Japanese books that never got translated into English. Stories and Me I saw a post today about how everyone has three true loves. To oversimplify it, they talk about how there's the innocent, naive one that you expect to… Continue reading The Storybooker’s Untranslated: A Primer

Essays · Introduction

(The Start of) An Impassioned Defense of Fan Fiction

As a general rule, I don't post reviews of fanfics on this blog. Certainly, there was one notable instance—an instance in which said fanfic was eventually published as a book for sale, incidentally. Lately, I've begun to ask myself: Why is that? This is my "dirty" secret: I read a lot of fanfic. As a… Continue reading (The Start of) An Impassioned Defense of Fan Fiction

Author · Interview

Interview: Ari Rhoge, Author of Sparks Fly, Tires Skid

Ari Rhoge is the author of the Pride and Prejudice modernizations, Sparks Fly, Tires Skid and Personally, I'd Rather Lick Sand. Kai read Sparks back when it was still on a fan fic website, and liked it so much that she was compelled to review it alongside the abundant published versions of Pride and Prejudice. Last… Continue reading Interview: Ari Rhoge, Author of Sparks Fly, Tires Skid

Review: Science Fiction · Review: Thriller

Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Jazz is officially a porter and unofficially a smuggler on the moon colony, Artemis. She has lived a life of misspent youth and squandered opportunities, and hates the word potential, which she too often hears applied to herself. When she's offered the job of a lifetime, she sees the enormous paycheck and takes it, despite… Continue reading Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir