If Cats Disappeared from the World By: Genki Kawamura Illustrator: Leeann Falciani (Jacket Design); Henry Sene Yee (Jacket Illustration) Translator: Eric Selland Release Date: March 12, 2019 Publisher: Flatiron Books Rating:
Genki Kawamura’s first
novel, If Cats Disappeared from the World,
has sold over two million copies worldwide, and it isn’t difficult to see why. A
storyteller in all forms, Kawamura isn’t simply a novelist. He has also
produced movies such as the famed Your
Name as well as done work as a screenwriter and showrunner. All of these
myriad of storytelling techniques leak into the novel, if not in method it was
crafted, then in our nameless main character, his hobbies, and his loves.
Gwen Proctor is a survivor. She’s also an advocate for people that need help. So when she gets a call from a woman who is afraid someone is after her, Gwen is ready to step in and see what she can do to help keep this woman safe.
Unlike the West’s comics,
manga is often drawn in black ink on white paper. This is for a number of
reasons. Besides artistic style, there’s one huge factor: cost. It’s much, much
cheaper for all involved. How’s this? Well, let me throw in a little history
and a little know-how from doing production editor work.
James Lawrence Powell is no stranger to penning books, but The 2084 Report: An Oral History of The Great Warming is his foray into fiction. The majority of his books are nonfiction titles touching on the subjects he’s spent his life teaching and researching at various universities around the country—namely geology and climate science.
The Woman in the Purple Skirt By: Natsuko Imamura Translator: Lucy North Release Date: June 8, 2021 Publisher: Penguin Books Received From: Publisher (All reviews are our own, honest opinions.) Rating:
Natsuko Imamura’s debut English novel is a story that is at once a slow-burning character study and a tale of obsession and psychological intrigue. The Woman in the Purple Skirt has already won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize in Japan, which Imamura was previously nominated for twice before.