Before the Coffee Gets Cold By:
Sunmark Publishing Inc (Cover illustration) Translator:
Geoffrey Trousselot Release Date:
September 19, 2019
Hanover Square Press
Before the Coffee Gets Cold (#1) Rating:
novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold is
a slight first volume in an ongoing series expertly translated from the Japanese
by Geoffrey Trousselot. The entire story takes place within a certain coffee
shop, the type of tiny, cozy place only known to locals. This shop is one
filled with secrets, though. A ghost occupies a certain chair, drinking her
coffee just as diligently in death as she did in life. People claim that on the
rare occasion she leaves her seat, the new chair’s new occupant is able to go
back in time and have one more conversation with a loved one.
If Cats Disappeared from the World By:
Leeann Falciani (Jacket Design); Henry Sene Yee (Jacket Illustration) Translator:
Eric Selland Release Date:
March 12, 2019
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.
The Woman in the Purple Skirt By:
Lucy North Release Date:
June 8, 2021
(All reviews are our own, honest opinions.)
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.
August is Women in Translation Month, a month dedicated to promoting and reading women author’s whose works can be found in translation. Once again, the Women in Translation Readathon is upon us. The readathon begins August 25, 2019 and runs through August 31, 2019. This readathon is run by BookTubers Matthew Sciarappa and Kendra Winchester.
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation By:
edited by Ken Liu
Ken Liu; Carmen Yiling Yan Release Date:
February 19, 2019
Chinese Science Fiction in Translation #2 Rating:
Following 2016’s Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation Ken Liu has translated and compiled a second volume titled Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation. Short stories, novellas, and essays comprise the volume, all of them translated from the original Chinese into English. Author and translator of such books as Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem translates each story beautifully. Also translating this volume is Carmen Yiling Yan.
The Graveyard Apartments By:
Deborah Boliver Boehm Release Date:
(Original Japanese) 1986; (English) October 11, 2016
Thomas Dunne Books
I tend to read a lot of horror in the summer, something which probably deserves an article on in itself. The latest scary read I delved into was the novel The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Kioke. This is a book translated from Japanese which tells the story of a young family who moves into an apartment building that overlooks an old graveyard. It is the story of past wrongs, of personal demons better off left buried, and just how far someone is willing to go in order to ignore the bad things in their life or the strange goings on around them.
Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Fiction in Translation By:
(Editor/Translator) Ken Liu
Website: http://kenliu.name/ Release Date:
November 1, 2016
I had been meaning to read this book since its release last years, and I actually picked it up at one point. Unfortunately, life happened, and I was forced to focus my efforts on other things. But now, almost six month’s later I’ve finally read the book in its entirety, and couldn’t be happier. Invisible Planets, edited by Ken Liu, is a fantastic collection of science fiction by Chinese authors translated into English, and is a must read for fans of the genre.
Review: No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular, Vol. 3 By:
(Original Japanese) December 22, 2012; (English) April 22, 2014
No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular #3 Rating:
Here we are again, another volume of No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!, Vol. 3 down. This series by Nico Tanigawa, pen name for the two creators of the series, is about Tomoko, high school student determined turn things around from her middle school days, make friends, and talk to boys. Unfortunately, this is harder than it originally sounded. Already at the start of second term, none of Tomoko’s plans have come to fruition.
The Sorcerer of Atlas By:
(Original Japanese) 1990; (English) December 7, 2004
Slayers #2 Rating:
Happy Throwback Thursday, everyone. A while back we reviewed the first book in the Slayers series Slayers – The Ruby Eye by Hajime Kanzaka. Today we are taking a look at the second novel in the series, The Sorcerer of Atlas.
November 3, 2015
Simon & Shuster/Simon451
I won’t lie. I picked up this book solely because the author has one of the most awesome sounding names I’ve ever come across. And I’m happy I gave this book a chance. Styx, written by Flemmish author Bavo Dhooge, is a mystery novel with what is probably the most original twist on a zombie story I’ve ever seen.