katanagatari volume 1 light novel review

Katanagatari Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Katanagatari (Sword Tale) Volume 1 by Nisioisin
The review is of the official English Omnibus version released by Vertical Inc.
A tale of 12 Katanas and the pair crazy enough to seek them!

TITLE: Katanagatari
AKA: 刀語, Sword Tale, Sword Story
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
RELEASE DATE (English): November 27, 2018
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2SgOuAd
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2JxBylQ

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha Box
RELEASE DATE (Japan): Vol.1 January 2007, Vol.2 February 2007, Vol.3 March 2007
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 12 (complete)
ANIME SERIES: Yes. 12 episodes, covered the entire series. Episodes were double length

top 10 light novels in japan for the week of June 11-17 2018

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the Week of June 11-17, 2018

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Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of June 11-17, 2018
Special thanks to Zephyris for putting the list together!

10. 5,452 Copies Sold Saikyou no kanteishi tte dare no koto? – Manpuku gohan de isekai seikatsu 4
aka Who is the Strongest Appraiser?
No License for English

9. 5,831 Copies Sold Madoushi wa heibon o nozomu 21
The Magician Wants Normality
No English License

8. 6,334 Copies Sold Shikkakumon no saikyou kenja – Sekai saikyou no kenja ga sara ni tsuyoku naru tame ni tensei shimashita 5
The Strongest Sage of Disqualified Crest~ The World’s Strongest Sage Reincarnated Himself to Become Even Stronger~

7. 8,573 Copies Sold Hataraku Maou Sama! SP 
The Devil is a Part-Timer SP

6. 8,577 Copies Sold A3! The Show Must go On!
Act! Addict! actors! and is originally a japanese mobile card collecting game

5. 8,713 Copies Sold Netoge no Yome wa onna no ko ja nai to ommota? lv.17
And you thought there is never a girl online?

4. 8,990 Copies Sold One Piece novel A 2 shinsekaihen
The manga is licensed for English release by Viz. The most recent release was volume 86 in May.

3. 20,957 Copies Sold Shin’yaku To Aru Majutsu no Index 20
A Certain Magical Index: New Testament

2. 21,942 Copies Sold Sword Art Online Alternative Gungale Online VII 
Series currently has an airing anime. It has been licensed for English release by Yen On. The first volume will release June 26. The series is written by Keiichi Sigsawa who is the author of Kino’s Journey.

1. 34,709 Copies Sold Yoimonogatari
Monogatari Series
Licensed for English release by Vertical. Most recent English release is HANAMONOGATARI: Flower Tale
Out June 26. Anime series also available in English

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Snow Crash Book Review

Book Review of Neal Stephenson’s Cyberpunk novel, Snow Crash

A book review on Neal Stephenson’s Cyberpunk novel, Snow Crash. This is a general review for the entire book with minimal spoilers (no worse than reading the book’s cover).

Snow Crash was nominated for both the British Science Fiction Award in 1993, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994.

End Credit Music:
How It Begins Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Another Year Ends

December 26, 2012. The day after Christmas.
According to a variety of people who’ve dedicated books and movies to the subject, I shouldn’t be here. None of us should be. Despite them, the sun came up, and, for better or worse, the human race began another day.
Truth be told, taking emergency calls at my day job, listening to the misery visited upon people by stupidity, poor judgement, or acts of the universe beyond their control, it’s easy to be cynical and think it wouldn’t be so bad for the world to continue without us. But then, I’m also a father, and I’m glad the world is still here so my sons can grow and discover.
Apocalypse avoided (though I subscribe to the belief that there never was one, that the Mayans meant something entirely different). Perhaps it’s more important than ever to draw a slow breath and reflect on our year.
I could get political. I could talk about gun control, economic restraint, and putting aside petty rivalries so nations don’t come undone. I could mourn and cheer, cry and laugh, and no amount of any would be enough to sum up 2012. It’s the last time my generation will see the year, month, and day be the same number, and it’s the last scheduled apocalypse people have been fearing.
It’s the first year I made a resolution and put forth the effort to see it done. It’s the first year I looked in a mirror and thought that perhaps, after years of doubt and desire, I was a writer.
Writing isn’t just a hobby any longer, it’s also a responsibility. When I released my book, and people purchased it, I realized I’d made an unspoken pact with those wonderful people. I promised that I would continue to write and finish the story I asked them to become invested in. It gives writing added pressure, but also greater reward. My words aren’t just mine anymore, they belong to others, and that feels both wonderful and frightening.
I have similar feelings about this passing year. It was filled with fear, anger, and uncertainty. The year felt heavy and overburdened. Maybe it was the messages of doom or because the nations of the world were embroiled in changes of government and economies. I’m not sure. But the world didn’t end. Perhaps the universe, God, whatever you want to call it, made an unspoken pact with us. No sudden apocalypse, so we better do the best we can. We have time, we should stop wasting it. Our lives are each great stories, we should work hard to make them meaningful to satisfy our readers.
I hope 2013 is a turning point. I hope that if the Mayans had some sort of precognition, it was that they foresaw a shift in attitudes and a renewal of our world.
Dare to dream this year, and dare to chase those dreams. Let your words, thoughts, and deeds, belong to others.
On a separate, yet related, note, I want to say a heartfelt Thank You. It took almost three years to write, edit, and publish, Harbinger. In the past two months, almost a thousand people have picked up the book. Those who have taken the time to leave feedback have had many kind words to say. As 2012 draws to a close, one of my dreams is coming true. And it’s because of you wonderful people.
Thank you. I wish you peace, love, success, and dreams, for 2013.