J-Novel Club Licenses Two New Light Novels

I haven’t mentioned much about the newest provider of English light novels. Their business model is very different from any other company currently releasing these books. They work off a subscription model where customers are provided with weekly chapters of ongoing translations. Once a full volume is translated, the general public can pick them up as ebooks.

The company has been moving ahead with a number of recent acquisitions and yesterday they announced two more.


The Faraway Paladin: The Boy in the City of the Dead

In a city of the dead, long since ruined and far from human civilization, lives a single human child. His name is Will, and he’s being raised by three undead: the hearty skeletal warrior, Blood; the graceful mummified priestess, Mary; and the crotchety spectral sorcerer, Gus. The three pour love into the boy, and teach him all they know. But one day, Will starts to wonder: “Who am I?” Will must unravel the mysteries of this faraway dead man’s land, and unearth the secret pasts of the undead. He must learn the love and mercy of the good gods, and the bigotry and madness of the bad. And when he knows it all, the boy will take his first step on the path to becoming a Paladin. “I promised you. It’s gonna take a while, but I’ll tell you everything. This is the story of the deaths of many heroes. It’s the story of how we died, and it’s the reason you grew up here.”




ovl_konyoku-1-rgbMixed Bathing in Another Dimension: The Hero of the Unlimited Bath

“How am I supposed to fight with this?!” After being summoned into another dimension as one of the five heroes destined to defeat a demon lord, Toya Hojo awakens his hero power only to discover that… it’s an unlimited bath? He was blessed with the power to create a bath that can be accessed anywhere, which seems to spell doom for his quest to defeat the demon lord. As he recovers from his shock, Toya slowly discovers the unique features of his power, which allow him to use it in ways he’d never dreamed of… But will he ever get any bath time with Haruno Shinonome, the beautiful girl who was also summoned along with him?!




Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 1

Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Light novel review of Sword Art Online Progressive Volume 1 by Reki Kawahara.
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From the back cover;

“There’s no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die…”
One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba’s deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead.
Kirito and Asuna are two very different people, but they both desire to fight alone. Nonetheless, they find themselves drawn together to face challenges from both within and without. Given that the entire virtual world they now live in has been created as a deathtrap, the surviving players of Sword Art Online are starting to get desperate, and desperation makes them dangerous to loners like Kirito and Asuna. As it becomes clear that solitude equals suicide, will the two be able to overcome their differences to find the strength to believe in each other, and in so doing survive?
Sword Art Online: Progressive is a new version of the Sword Art Online tale that starts at the beginning of Kirito and Asuna’s epic adventure–on the very first level of the deadly world of Aincrad!

Sword Oratoria Volume 1: Is it Wrong to Try to Pick-Up Girls in a Dungeon On the Side Light Novel Review

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From the back cover;

Aiz Wallenstein, the Sword Princess, is known as one of the most powerful warriors from one of the most powerful groups in the city of Orario: Loki Familia. With them, she ventures into the deepest parts of the labyrinthine Dungeon beneath the city, stalking the monstrous denizens that lurk there and vanquishing them with the blazing light of her sword. But when she meets a certain white-haired boy, the encounter will change both of them forever…


Black Bullet Volume 4

Black Bullet Volume 4 Light Novel Review

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From the back cover;

One of the giant Monoliths that protects Tokyo Area from the virally superpowered Gastrea creatures has been destroyed. And right on schedule, the Stage Four Gastrea Aldebaran leads an invading army of the monsters into the city. The elite self-defense forces are sent to face them, and the terrible sounds of war echo across a newly christened battlefield–but soon a tense silence falls. What is it that appears before the eyes of Rentaro and his friends? The near-future thriller of post-apocalyptic survival continues!

Light Novels for Beginners at EnglishLightNovels.com

One of the questions I often get asked through my YouTube videos is “What book would you recommend to someone just getting into Light Novels?”

My answers have varied over time, usually inquiring what genres the person likes, what shows/anime/comics/manga the person enjoys. Since light novels cover such a wide variety of stories, it can be difficult to have a “One size fits all” answer.

Well, Cho over at EnglishLightNovels.com decided to create an article just for those people. He approached a number of light novel bloggers (myself included) and asked for our lists of books we often recommend. He then organized those books by genre and assigned each of us two titles. For our assigned titles, we gave a short synopsis of the series, and what type of audience it would appeal to.

The article, LIGHT NOVEL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BEGINNERS, is now live at his site and worth giving a read. It’s also great seeing other light novel reviewers you may not be familiar with. And unlike myself, who focuses only on commercially available books, some of the reviewers also discuss fan translations on their websites.

While I don’t personally read fan translations, I still find it interesting and informative to see what titles fans are putting so much work into. Inevitably, these titles end up being the big anime or official releases down the road.

So if you’re new to light novels, or have a friend/loved one who is, send them over to the article for some great recommendations.

BTW, EnglishLightNovels.com also has an ongoing list of all the upcoming official releases. It’s a great resource, one I visit often myself.

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon Volume 6 Light Novel Review

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From the back cover;

“Hestia, I challenge you to a War Game!”
“What’s with you, Apollo?”
A War Game–an all-out proxy war between gods, and the winner takes all. But what is it that Apollo wants? Hestia’s beloved Bell Cranell, of course! With a week to go until the Game, things are bleak enough, but then Lilly is kidnapped by the Soma Familia. The outlook isn’t good , but Bell has made many friends through his adventures, and they won’t stand idly by. The familia mythcontinues!

Overlord Volume 2 Light Novel Review

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From the back cover;

It has been a week since Momonga logged in to his favorite RPG one last time and stranded himself there. Now he leads his guild as the Ainz Ooal Gown overlord. Finding himself in dire need of better information, he travels disguised as an adventurer to the walled city of E-Rantel, with Narberal the battle maid at his side. The pair accept a mission to retrieve medicinal herbs, making for a forest said to be the home of a great and wise beast. But the sinister influence of a fanatical cabal approaches E-Rantel, and the armor-clad Ainz will face both a ruthless warrior and a legion of the undead!