voices of a distant star light novel review

Voices of a Distant Star Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Voices of a Distant Star: Words of Love/Across the Stars
Review is of the official English release from Vertical Inc.

TITLE: Voices of a Distant Star: Words of Love/Across the Stars
JAPANESE TITLE: ほしのこえ あいのことば/ほしをこえる “Hoshi no Koe: Ai no Kotoba / Hoshi o Koeru”
AUTHOR: Makoto Shinkai (original screenplay) Arata Kanoh (adaptor)
ILLUSTRATOR: Vofan (Artbook – Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Bj7HKW)
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
TRANSLATOR: Michelle Lin & Yota Okutani
RELEASE DATE (English): July 30, 2019
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2ZJmptk
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2LpFcBv
PURCHASE (Rightstuf): http://shrsl.com/1vu46

Award-winning director and author Makoto Shinkai offers a romantic sci-fi tale about young love and space adventure, based on his animated film. This new novel gives readers more insight into Mikako and Noboru’s relationship.
Fans of the original series will again be immersed in the beautiful world of Shinkai.

The word, “world”…

I vaguely thought it meant anywhere there was cell phone reception.

It’s the year 2046. Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Terao are middle school classmates, tentatively sharing an unspoken first love—but unbeknownst to him, Mikako has been recruited into the UN Space Force, and instead of going on to high school, will join the spacecraft Lysithea to search for alien Tarsians. As she travels further and further to the outer reaches of the solar system, the time it takes for a text message to reach the Earth grows longer and longer. Back on Earth, time passes normally for Noboru, but as the years pass he still can’t forget the voice on the other side of the cell phone…

Steeped in nostalgia and memory, Arata Kanoh brings to the page the award-winning OVA by acclaimed filmmaker Makoto Shinkai, director of She and Her Cat, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Garden of Words, 5 Centimeters per Second, and the highest-grossing anime film of all time, Your Name.
Arata Kanoh is a writer who has produced novelizations of Makoto Shinkai’s other works, including 5 Centimeters Per Second (also available from Vertical).

PUBLISHER (Japan): Enterbrain
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 2006
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 1 (complete)
ANIME SERIES: OVA released in 2002
MANGA: Yes. Licensed by Tokyopop. Relicensed by Vertical Inc. – https://amzn.to/2ppLTue

The Bleeding Worlds Book One Harbinger

The Bleeding Worlds Gets a New Look

Hi there all!

My, it’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post exclusive to this site. In general, I’ve just been posting my YouTube work. But this is a big thing, so it needs to be here!

It’s taken a while of planning and then working with an artist, but The Bleeding Worlds books are getting brand new, all exclusive, covers!

Back when I first released the series, I used stock imagery for the main male figure. It was always my hope to have original covers, but it took some time and money to realize that desire. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the new covers…

The artist is Starbottle. You can check out more of her work on her Pixiv page.

These covers will go live later this month. I’m just waiting for final approval for the 4th book files and for the old versions to be listed as out of print. EBooks will be updated and should automatically have the new covers if you update your downloaded files.

Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support for the series. I’m so pleased with these covers and I hope they help a whole new group find this series.

I am working on something new, but it’s slow days right now. Hopefully will have something more to talk about in coming months. Until then, all the best!


top 10 light novels in japan for the week of march 11-17 2019

Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of March 11-17 2019

Here are the Top 10 Light Novels in Japan for the week of March 11-17, 2019
List is compiled from the Oricon website.

10. 6,180 Copies Sold – Vol. 4
aka 新説 狼と香辛料 狼と羊皮紙 Ⅳ
aka Wolf and Parchment
Sequel series to Spice & Wolf. Both the prequel and sequel series are licensed by Yen On.

9. 6,383 Copies Sold –
aka A3! バッドボーイポートレイト
aka A3! Bad Boy Portrait

8. 7,538 Copies Sold – Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! Vol. 10
私、能力は平均値でって言ったよね! 10
aka Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?

I Said Make My Abilities Average!

Licensed for English release by Seven Seas

7. 7,664 Copies Sold
aka Ascendance of a Bookworm
Licensed for English release by J-Novel Club

6. 7,821 – Copies Sold – Shōsetsu eiga doraemon Nobita no getsumen tansa-ki
aka 小説 映画ドラえもん のび太の月面探査記
aka Doraemon the Movie 2019: Nobita’s Chronicle of the Moon Exploration

5. 8,139 Copies Sold – Maou Gakuin No Futekigousha Vol. 4
魔王学院の不適合者 4 上 ~史上最強の魔王の始祖、転生して子孫たちの学校へ通う~

Maou Gakuin No Futekigousha

No English license

4. 11,285 Copies Sold
浅草鬼嫁日記 六 あやかし夫婦は今ひとたび降臨する。 Vol. 6
aka Asakusa Devil Wife Diary
No English License

3. 11,305 Copies Sold – Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku Vol. 16
デスマーチからはじまる異世界狂想曲 16
aka Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku (LN)

Licensed for English release by Yen On

2. 17,246 Copies Sold – Goblin Slayer Vol. 10
ゴブリンスレイヤー 10

Goblin Slayer

Light Novel series is licensed for English release by Yen On

1. 18,037 Copies Sold
aka 新約 とある魔術の禁書目録 22
aka A Certain Magical Index New Testament

Toaru Majutsu no Index: New Testament

No English license for the spin-off series. The main series is licensed by Yen On

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.