I tried to avoid Oe san s writing but I have to agree with him n Hoshino san s works They resemble Abe Kobo s albeit they are much readable for me The Greetings! only problem is that he likes to pour a bucketf cold water at the end f the story As a reader I liked to linger n that distant enchanting bewitching place a little bit even after the story ends Instead he yanked me back to reality just before the last words Not a good feelingAnd the last story was a bit too much for me I tried so hard to immerse myself there it was so intriguing But in the end I could Tribeca only standn the sideline and watched the story went by Even for a collection Grey's Lady of short stories and novellas this isn t an easy read Once I mulledver the Blue Streak opaue stories a little and read the translator s essay at the endf the book I was struck at how amazingly unnerving these stories really are All The Asketikon of St Basil the Great of them feature characters in a statef transition from ne definition f a person to another and many echo real events that happened in the last 10 years in Japan again reading the essay really gives a lot f helpful context My favorites were Don t let the innocent picture f birds n the
cover fool you These stories are far disturbing than anything I ve read ut f the Horror section in ages Sofool you These stories are far disturbing than anything I ve read ut f the Horror section in ages So just finished this book with pretty mixed emotions I loved the short stories I do really enjoy Japanese writing and I think for the most part Hoshino was no different I didn t really like the novellas though A part f me felt like I wasn t even supposed to like the novellas I don t know I found it really challenging to read sometimes At points the writing was beautiful and had that particular style After the Ashes of magical realism that I love It was strange and wonderful and surreal Atther points the writing was completely absurd and bizarre and I couldn t tell who the narrative voices wereSo I d say I loved most The Angry Planet of this novel I think if I had read the acknowledgements at the endf the collection I would ve been able to understand it better but at that point I was pretty done with this bookSuch a mixed review but if you re new to magical realism Melody's Key or you aren t sure about Japanese authors I wouldn t pick this up FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM CONTEMPORARY WORLD WRITERS SHOWCASE SERIES VIA GOODREADS ROBERT SHEPPARD EDITOR IN CHIEFRobert Sheppard s insightWorld Literature Forum invites you to Check Out We The Childrenf Cats by Japanese winner f the the 2011 e Kenzabur Literary Award Tomoyuki Hoshino This collection f related short stories explores climate change authoritarianism and the culture A Chance Acquaintance of fear Japanese majoritarian pressures to conform and the cultf suicide amoung young Japanese The story Chino tells a tale f globalization and crisis in national identity as the protagonist flees to a small Latin American nation to eradicate all Japaneseness from his being Hoshino focuses n the pre doomed nature f such uests for modern transformation including sex changes and body modificaitons linked to the flawed role f literature and The Wallflower's Revenge of the reader writing fiction is an art that wavers like a heat shimmer between joy at the prospectf becoming something else and despair at knowing that such a transformation is ultimately impossible Check it Out Robert Sheppard Editor in ChiefRobert She. By turns teasing and terrifying laconic and luminous the stories in this anthology are drawn from sources as diverse as Borges Nabokov Garcia Maruez and traditional Japanese folklore and yet they ultimately reside in a slyly subversive literary world that is all their wn Blending an uncompromising ethical vision with exuberant free wheeling imagery and bracing formal experimen.
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AND THEIR RELATIVE RESERVATIONS AND YEARNINGStheir relative reservations and yearnings it in such a profound manner that I found myself not caring about the fact that it s never actually stated whether r not they plan n having a child
ll figure ut in their wn time Air 45 Stars What the fuck but also what the fuck When I spoke about graphic and perverse earlier THIS WAS THE STORY I WAS MAINLY TALKING ABOUT No amount f mind bleach will wipe away the imagery I developed reading that final air dick and air vagina scene Yes Yes you read that right This story gets all the points simply because it was 100% memorable and cringe worthy unless scabs blood etc turns you Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills on and completely understandable I sympathized with the main two characters even whilst I was shaking my head no during that sex scene NovellasSand Planet 2 Stars Jarringly long compared to the previous stories At the time I didn t catch that it was the beginningf the novellas sections and so I felt like it went Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together on forever There were too many descriptors and internal monologues in mypinion the whole thing just read as boring ShrugTreason Diary 35 Stars A murder y tale that was captivating at moments to read and not so much during thers I may reread this particular short story in the future as I do think it s ne that I may grow to enjoy the diverse genre readingstylistic experience I have under my belt A Milonga for the Melted Moon 2 Stars Already forgot about this Blue Blood one That should tell you all you need to know ESPECIALLY since it s the most recentne I read I can tell you that it was decently written and didn t invoke any feelings The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe of anger so thats a plus Kindf a mixed bag for me I see the Oe comparisons in Kyle Muntz s review Hoshino pushes further into metafiction and magic realism I really liked Paper Woman and No Fathers Club and enjoyed most Parafilias (Spanish Edition) of A Milonga for the Melted Moon not so keenn the restI m also not sure about Hoshino s device It's Like This of switching first person narrators from paragraph to paragraph It was pretty interestingn first encounter but when it appeared in than The Mirage one piece the novelty kindf wore ff for me This was a really interesting collection though I ended up enjoying the short stories than the novellas which was a shame since the novellas made up f the book Hoshino reminds me Rituels secrets des Templiers of Kenzaburo Oe with his brutal explicitly political vision and this collection is mostly written with the same kindf grotesue realism though n ccasion it does move into full blown surrealism The major standouts were No Father s Club and especially Paper Woman Incorporates some A Mild Suicide of that magical realism shit without making you feel like a fourteen yearld girl which is cool not that there s anything wrong with feeling like a fourteen year Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet old girl It s just not my style This shit is spacey as fuck though and somef the stories do really fun stuff like blend the narration Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face of multiple characters and a whole bunchf Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church other crazy crap The story where the dude has sex with the ground and then meets some starving children is particularly awesome Check itut Oh I also wrote this ther review where my voice discussing this book is maybe less annoying Here. Ch than he bargained for; a journalist who investigates a poisoning at an elementary school and gets lost in an underworld f buried crimes secret societies and haunted forests; and two young killers exiled from Japan who find a new beginning as resistance fighters in Peru An afterword by translator and editor Brian Bergstrom and a new preface by Hoshino himself is also include. PpardEditor in ChiefWorld Literature ForumhttprobertalexandersheppardwordprAuthor Spiritus Mundi Novelhttpwwwgoodreadscombookshow17Copyright Robert Sheppard 2013 All Rights Reserved can t make up my mind whether it was really good r really dd settling w mediocre since at times the plot was too confusing presumably Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) on purposer just bizarre which in this concentration I m not a fan Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 of Really great collectionf stories Hoshino NEEDS to be read and translated Serious imaginative political contemplative I didn t particularly like Milonga for a Melted Moon but that s because the Maruez influence is heavy and I freaking hate Maruez Those Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale of you who follow my Instagram stories know I m not the biggest fanf short story collections They tend to fall flat for me and be rather forgettable the second I place the book down The first half f this collection though WOW I still have no idea how Hoshino s stories would transition from being somewhat mundane and boring to an episode f Black Mirror Me while I was reading especially during Air Some Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) of these short tales will stick with me forever ifnly because f how graphic and perverse they were I ftentimes found myself unable to put my kindle down until I reachedthey ll figure
The End Of That Particularend Piazza, Student Edition: Introductory Italian of that particular which is a rarity for me When I say I normally dislike these typesf collections I mean it The Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time only reason I picked up this novel in the first place was to satisfy criteria for my Read Harder Challengef 2018 which demanded I d read a work in translation Anyways nto the individual mini reviewsStoriesPaper Woman 4 Stars Becoming a mother is the same as becoming an author My first what the hell did I get myself into reaction I was not expecting to be unable to tear my eyes away from a story where a
was erotically by being used as a book Obviously there was a deeper meaning entwined into this story as with all f them but the delivery was kind f hard to get passed The nly reason I didn t give this short story a full five stars was because the beginning was a bit confusing The No Fathers Club 335 Stars Although this story was engaging something about it fell flat for me in relation to the protagonist We somehow go from playing soccer with no ball to forming a club for kids with dead fathers who pretend they re alive 247 Yes this was my second what the fuck am I reading reaction lol The premise was interesting but idk something was missing and it wasn t just his dad Chino 25 Stars This guy was the epitome f richpeopleproblems The idea f finding purpose in a third world country because you can t hang in the tedious world that is your high class life has always annoyed me This character s actions just came across as so stupid to me that I couldn t rate it higher than I did even though his reaction to the bombing and thought process Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, on the bus were mildly amusingWe the Childrenf Cats 4 Stars It s hard to find a reason for living these days It s simply no longer the case that having children Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. or starting a family will automatically give youne A whirlwind The Reformation (World History Series) of emotions Initially I thought this story was going to be suspenseful what with the secret recording and all that and then it turned surprisingly sweet This is the tale in which the meaning came across clearly and imp. Tation the five short stories and three novellas included in We the Childrenf Cats show the full range and force f Hoshino’s imagination The stories include a man and woman who find their genders and sexualities brought radically into uestion when their bodies sprout new parts; a man who travels from Japan to Latin America in search f revolutionary purpose Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One only to find mu.woman was erotically