tsukimonogatari light novel review

Tsukimonogatari (Monogatari Volume 14) Review

Review of the light novel Tsukimonogatari: Possession Tale (Monogatari Series Volume 14) by Nisioisin
Review is of the official English release by Vertical Inc.

📔LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Tsukimonogatari: Possession Tale
JAPANESE TITLE: 憑物語
AUTHOR: Nisioisin
ILLUSTRATOR: Vofan
PUBLISHER (English): Vertical Inc.
TRANSLATOR: Daniel Joseph
RELEASE DATE (English): April 30, 2019
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/310a6VX
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2UorLXn

PUBLISHER (Japan): Kodansha BOX
RELEASE DATE (Japan): September 27, 2012
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 25 (most recent released April 2019)
ANIME SERIES: Yes
MANGA: Yes. Licensed by Vertical Inc.

new light novel releases october 2019

October Light Novel Releases

Here is the complete list of light novels releasing in English during October 2019

OCTOBER 01

Lazy Dungeon Master Volume 7 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

If It’s For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Volume 5 (print)
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How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Volume 6 (print)
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In Another World With My Smartphone Volume 6 (print)
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The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind Volume 5 (print)
Amazon — Book Depository

A Certain Magical Index Volume 20 (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

Durarara!! Volume 13 (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

Goblin Slayer Volume 8 (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

OCTOBER 05

Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress Volume 1 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

OCTOBER 07

Campfire Cooking in Another World With My Absurd Skill Volume 3 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

OCTOBER 08

Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World Volume 2 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

Torture Princess Volume 2 (print,ebook)
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The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life Volume 1 (print,ebook)
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Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Volume 11 (print)
AmazonBook Depository

OCTOBER 12

Crest of the Stars Volume 3 (ebook)
Amazon — iBooks

OCTOBER 13

Demon King Daimaou Volume 13 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

OCTOBER 14

There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One MYSELF!  Volume 1 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

OCTOBER 15

The Irregular at Magic High School Volume 13 (print,ebook)
Amazon — Book Depository

A Sister’s All You Need Volume 5 (print,ebook)
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Strike the Blood Volume 13 (print,ebook)
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The Asterisk War Volume 11 (print,ebook)
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Skeleton Knight in Another World Volume 3 (print)
AmazonBook Depository

Kokoro Connect Volume 7 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

OCTOBER 19

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Volume 10 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

OCTOBER 20

Outbreak Company  Volume 11 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

OCTOBER 22

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 10 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

Toradora! Volume 7 (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

OCTOBER 24

SCP Foundation: Iris Through the Looking Glass
Amazon

OCTOBER 28

In Another World With My Smartphone  Volume 17 (ebook)
AmazoniBooks

OCTOBER 29

Overlord Volume 11 (hardcover, ebook)
Amazon — Book Depository

Bungo Stray Dogs Volume 2 (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments After (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

Magical Girl Raising Project Volume 7 (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

No Game No Life Volume 9 (print,ebook)
AmazonBook Depository

Sword Art Online Volume 17 (print,ebook)
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Sword Art Online: Progressive Volume 7 (print,ebook)
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Woof Woof Story: I Told You to Turn Me into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir! Volume 3 (print,ebook)
Amazon — Book Depository

The World’s Strongest Rearguard: Labyrinth Country’s Novice Seeker Volume 1 (print,ebook)
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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Volume 3 (print)
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA Volume 1 (print)
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torture princess volume 1 light novel review

Torture Princess Volume 1 Light Novel Review

Review of the light novel Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen Volume 1 by Keishi Ayasato
Review is of the official English release from Yen On

📔LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: Torture Princess Fremd Torturchen
JAPANESE TITLE: 異世界拷問姫 “Isekai Goumon Hime”
AUTHOR: Keishi Ayasato
ILLUSTRATOR: Saki Ukai
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
TRANSLATOR: Nathaniel Hiroshi Thrasher
RELEASE DATE (English): May 21, 2019
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2PUDw6R
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2Q15f2e

SYNOPSIS:
I AM THE TORTURE PRINCESS, ELISABETH LE FANU.
I AM THE PROUD WOLF AND THE LOWLY SOW.

A beautiful woman appears before Kaito Sena following his tragic death and rebirth into another world. Introducing herself as the Torture Princess, she orders him to become her loyal servant. Naturally, his response is…”Hard pass.” And so Elisabeth presents him with two choices-become her butler or be tortured to death. After rethinking his hasty decision, Kaito is forced to wait on Elisabeth hand and foot, as well as aid her in her mission as the Torture Princess, which is the subjugation of the fourteen ranked demons and their contractors. But there’s a catch. Once her mission is complete, Elisabeth is fated to die alone-forsaken by heaven, earth, and all of creation.

PUBLISHER (Japan): MF Bunko J (Media Factory)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): April 25, 2016
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 8 (most recent released February 25, 2019)
ANIME SERIES: None
MANGA RELEASE: Yes. Licensed by Yen Press

new light novel releases for september 2019

New Light Novels Releasing in English in September 2019

SEPTEMBER 01

Infinite Stratos Volume 9 (ebook)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2NKdlNm
Apple – https://apple.co/32k0kyg

SEPTEMBER 03

Arifureta From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Zero Volume 1 (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HCzwBf
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2HAh1gO

Ascendance of a Bookworm Volume 1 (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2MNkg8U
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2MNmnJS

Ascendance of a Bookworm Volume 3 (ebook)
Apple – https://apple.co/2PNGLNx
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2MPEgba

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 1 (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2NMagfN
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lx9t6n

Infinite Dendrogram Volume 2 (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2zDhoCP
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2kqoYNi

Combatants Will Be Dispatched Volume 1 (Print & Digital)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2T3rhTl
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lPw91M

The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt (Hey, How About Treason?) Volume 1 (Print & Digital)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Yy98lP
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2kfUz4o

SEPTEMBER 07

Full Metal Panic Volume 3 (ebook)
Apple – https://apple.co/2ZDFLiv
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2zEryDn

SEPTEMBER 08

How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Volume 10 (ebook)
Apple – https://apple.co/2HCyBAN
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HQCFxJ

SEPTEMBER 14

Cooking with Wild Game Volume 4 (Digital)
Apple – https://apple.co/34eeumi
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2ZGQm8n

SEPTEMBER 16
The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress Volume 1 (ebook Wide Release)
Apple – https://apple.co/32lnTqa
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HyIjEk

SEPTEMBER 17
Amagi Brilliant Park Volume 7 (ebook)
Apple – https://apple.co/32skIxl
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2MNro5k

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Volume 4 (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2HCETjZ
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lBaYAl

Restaurant to Another World Volume 2 (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2ZHgoIo
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2kqQ1bk

SEPTEMBER 19

Restaurant to Another World Volume 3 (ebook)
Apple – https://apple.co/2Zu0O7R
Amazon – https://amzn.to/34bCW7X

SEPTEMBER 21

The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar Volume 9 (ebook)
Apple – https://apple.co/2MNBoLF
Amazon – https://amzn.to/34hTSt8

SEPTEMBER 22
Record of Wortenia War Volume 2 (eBook)
Apple – https://apple.co/2ZExUkS
Amazon – https://amzn.to/34pFJKO

SEPTEMBER 23
Otherside Picnic Volume 1 (Digital)
Apple – https://apple.co/34bBzWR
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2MViYsL

SEPTEMBER 24

Accel World Volume 19 (paperback & ebook)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Pw2Lw4
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lvgXqw

Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Volume 9 (paperback & ebook)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2Lexcmo
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lBcfY9

Reincarnated as a Sword Volume 2 (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2ZHWnlb
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lzQZlC

Skeleton Knight in Another World Volume 2 (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2NHJ9CA
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lPAoKK

Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Volume 1 (Print & Digital)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2SXGFRf
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lwbNe1

Suspension: Kubitsuri High School – The Nonsense User’s Disciple (Zaregoto Series) (paperback)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2zDiKO4
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lxd2th

The Miracles of the Namiya General Store (paperback & ebook)
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2LcZSMl
Book Depository – http://bit.ly/2lQlELF

SEPTEMBER 30

Root Double -Before Crime * After Days -After
Amazon – https://amzn.to/2zHDcxs

The Reality of The Bleeding Worlds Being a Best Seller

The other day, Harbinger, Book One of my The Bleeding Worlds series, hit #1 on the Amazon Action & Adventure Manga list. Nearly six years after its publication, I can call it an “Amazon Best Seller.”

The Bleeding Worlds at the top spot on the Amazon adventure action manga list

Before I dive further into this, I need to say a massive thanks to my cover artist, Starbottle. Because of her amazing art, I’ve been able to finally market The Bleeding Worlds to its intended audience.

When I started Harbinger, I knew how much anime was influencing the story, but at the time, light novels weren’t a big thing. So my initial thought was to market the book to a Young Adult audience. Hence the original covers of the series were set up to mimic YA titles. Admittedly, I did those covers on the cheap, using free stock imagery, photos my wife took, and the collective Photoshop knowledge of both myself and my wife. I thought the covers were good, but I always wanted them to be what they are today. But would there be an audience?

Flash forward these years later and light novels are now a staple of several publishing companies. Even manga and anime fans are becoming increasingly aware of light novels and the influence they have on those other media. So it felt like the right time to bite the bullet, hire an artist, and make the covers of The Bleeding Worlds what I had always wanted.

But Harbinger didn’t just magically end up on the Best Seller list because it had amazing new art (though I think the art is good enough that it could!). It took some effort.

And money.

First off, I dropped the price of Harbinger to $0.99. In terms of income per unit sold, I make about $0.30 per copy.

Secondly, I started running Amazon Marketing Service (AMS) ads. The initial budget for the ad was $3.00 a day. Over the month-and-a-half it’s been running, the daily budget has increased to $8.00. I’ve also spent numerous hours tweaking keywords, bids, and more.

Third, I rewrote the book description for Harbinger. Numerous times. And like an idiot, I made each iteration live. Then decided I wasn’t happy a few days later, and rewrote it again. Based on the success of hitting the top of the list, I think I’m finally good with the current description. Funny thing is, it’s probably not the most “writerly” description I created, but it is the closest in terms of fitting the typical pattern seen in other light novel and manga titles.

Finally, I dropped the price of volumes 3-4 from $3.99 to $2.99.

Over the month-and-a-half the ad has run, I have seen an increase in sales on all volumes of The Bleeding Worlds. And between the ad spending and price decreases, I think I made about $13.00 for that whole time.

Yup. Best Seller. $13.00. To be honest, if I hadn’t sold any copies of the other books, I would’ve been in the hole.

The truth of being a Best Seller is that you don’t need to sell that many copies depending on the category you’re in. Nor will you make a ton of money.

It makes the experience a little bittersweet.

I’m thrilled. Don’t get me wrong. I’m so happy Harbinger is doing well. And even happier that people seem to be moving on to check out the later volumes as well. Particularly because I think the later volumes are better than Harbinger 😉

What makes it bittersweet is that I’m typing this on a break, while doing overtime at a job I don’t like, because my standard pay isn’t enough to pay the bills. And as I just showed above, clearly The Bleeding Worlds isn’t going to make me a rich man anytime soon. Despite being a “Best Seller.”

I suppose I’ve made the tone of this kind of somber. Sorry. I really was happy to see that orange “#1 Best Seller” tag on Harbinger. And I have every intention to keep pursuing it for Harbinger and any other projects I have in the future (and yes, there is a new project underway).

So let’s end this on a sweeter note, the massive outpouring of support and kindness I received on Twitter when I tweeted out Harbinger’s #1 status. Despite all the crap in this world, it is filled with wonderful people who took some time out of their day to say something nice to a guy most only know digitally.

I said it on Twitter, but I’ll say it here as well, thank you all. It means so much to me.

So there it is, the emotional ups and downs of being a Best Seller. Despite there being a touch of bitterness, I’d consider myself lucky to have it happen again.

86 eighty-six volume 1 light novel review

86 Eighty Six Volume 1 Light Novel Review

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Review of the light novel 86 Eighty Six volume 1 by Asato Asato.
This is of the official release from Yen On.

📔LIGHT NOVEL INFORMATION
TITLE: 86 Eighty Six
AKA: 86―エイティシックス―
AUTHOR: Asato Asato
ILLUSTRATOR: Shirabii
PUBLISHER (English): Yen On
TRANSLATOR: Roman Lempert
RELEASE DATE (English): March 26, 2019
PURCHASE (Amazon.com): https://amzn.to/2XE3AXv
PURCHASE (Book Depository): http://bit.ly/2Ezha3a

PUBLISHER (Japan): Dengeki Bunko (ASCII Media Works)
RELEASE DATE (Japan): February 10, 2017
VOLUMES RELEASED (Japan to Date): 6 (Ongoing)
ANIME SERIES: No