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All You Need Is Kill Buy Now!

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

Available on the eBook! The Lord of the Sands of Time Buy Now!

THE LORD OF THE SANDS
OF TIME
ISSUI OGAWA

Available on the eBook! Z00 Buy Now!

ZOO
OTSUICHI

Usurper of the Sun Buy Now!

USURPER OF THE SUN
HOUSUKE NOJIRI

Available on the eBook! Battle Royale: The Novel Buy Now!

BATTLE ROYALE: THE NOVEL
KOUSHUN TAKAMI

Brave Story Buy Now!

BRAVE STORY
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! The Book of Heroes Buy Now!

THE BOOK OF HEROES
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! Yukikaze Buy Now!

YUKIKAZE
CHŌHEI KAMBAYASHI

Available on the eBook! The Stories of Ibis Buy Now!

THE STORIES OF IBIS
HIROSHI YAMAMOTO

Available on the eBook! Loups=Garous Buy Now!

LOUPS-GAROUS
NATSUHIKO KYOGOKU

Available on the eBook! Slum Online Buy Now!

SLUM ONLINE
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

Available on the eBook! The Next Continent Buy Now!

THE NEXT CONTINENT
ISSUI OGAWA

Available on the eBook! Harmony Buy Now!

HARMONY
PROJECT ITOH

Available on the eBook! Rocket Girls Buy Now!

ROCKET GIRLS
HOUSUKE NOJIRI

Available on the eBook! Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse Buy Now!

SUMMER, FIREWORKS, AND MY CORPSE OTSUICHI

The Ouroboros Wave Buy Now!

THE OUROBUROS WAVE
JYOUJI HAYASHI

Available on the eBook! Dragon Sword and Wind Child Buy Now!

DRAGON SWORD AND WIND CHILD
NORIKO OGIWARA

Available on the eBook! Mardock Scramble Buy Now!

MARDOCK SCRAMBLE
TOW UBUKATA

Available on the eBook! Rocket Girls: The Last Planet Buy Now!

ROCKET GIRLS: THE LAST PLANET HOUSUKE NOJIRI

Available on the eBook! Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince Buy Now!

MIRROR SWORD AND SHADOW PRINCE
NORIKO OGIWARA

Available on the eBook! Good Luck, Yukikaze Buy Now!

GOOD LUCK, YUKIKAZE
CHŌHEI KAMBAYASHI

Available on the eBook! ICO: Castle in the Mist Buy Now!

ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! The Cage of Zeus Buy Now!

THE CAGE OF ZEUS
SAYURI UEDA

Available on the eBook! Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights Buy Now!

TEN BILLION DAYS AND ONE HUNDRED BILLION NIGHTS
RYU MITSUSE

Available on the eBook! MM9 Buy Now!

MM9
HIROSHI YAMAMOTO

Available on the eBook! The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matías Guili Buy Now!

THE NAVIDAD INCIDENT: THE DOWNFALL OF MATÍAS GUILI
NATSUKI IKEZAWA

Available on the eBook! The Future is Japanese Buy Now!

THE FUTURE IS JAPANESE
HAIKASORU

Available on the eBook! Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots Buy Now!

METAL GEAR SOLID: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS
PROJECT ITOH

Available on the eBook! Genocidal Organ Buy Now!

GENOCIDAL ORGAN
PROJECT ITOH

Available on the eBook! Belka Why Dont You Bark Buy Now!

BELKA WHY DON'T YOU BARK?
HIDEO FURUKAWA

Available on the eBook! VIRUS Buy Now!

VIRUS
SAKYO KOMATSU

Available on the eBook! Self-Reference ENGINE Buy Now!

SELF-REFERENCE ENGINE
TOH ENJOE

Available on the eBook! Self-Reference ENGINE Buy Now!

NOBBLE V: GREYLANCER
HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI

Available on the eBook! Self-Reference ENGINE Buy Now!

THE MELANCHOLY OF MECHAGIRL
CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE

Available on the eBook! Apparitions Buy Now!

APPARITIONS: GHOSTS OF OLD EDO
MIYUKI MIYABE

Available on the eBook! Battle Royale Slam Book Buy Now!

THE BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK
HAIKASORU

Available on the eBook! Battle Royale Remastered Buy Now!

BATTLE ROYALE REMASTERED
KOUSHUN TAKAMI

Edge of Tomorrow Buy Now!

EDGE OF TOMORROW
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA

All You Need Is Kill Graphic Novel Buy Now!

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL GRAPHIC NOVEL
HIROSHI SAKURAZAKA
NICK MAMATAS
LEE FERGUSON

Phantasm Japan Preorder Now!

PHANTASM JAPAN
HAIKASORU

Asura Girl Preorder Now!

ASURA GIRL
OTARO MAIJO

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Phantasm Japan winners!

Thanks for all the great comments on short stories this week. Here are the entries we liked the best. Honestly, I’d like to give everyone a free copy…well, honestly, I’d like to be able to charge you all $100 and keep all the money myself…but anyway, the winners!

First up, Stephen! Most of the poems we get are either senryu or other light verse. But he wrote a real poem. Of course he gets a book!

And then, Larry! He did his own translation work for us! Geez! (Lots of intellectuals entered this contest.)

Our third book goes to Tanya, for her entry on “The Things” by Peter Watts, which is a story we loved as well.

And finally…how can we resist giving a copy to CW, who so cleverly mentioned “Autogenic Dreaming: Interview with the Columns of Clouds” from our last big anthology! We’re not above flattery, you know. Frequently, we’re below it.

That’s it for now. Tune in soon for an Asura Girl giveaway and more news!

It’s the PHANTASM JAPAN giveaway contest!

A new book is in the office, so it’s time to get them out! Phantasm Japan is coming out next month, but you can have it NOW…if you win our traditional giveaway contest.

It’s very simple: tell us a bit about your favorite short story of all time. Phantasm Japan is a book of short fiction from both Japanese and non-Japanese writers, covering everything from traditional folk tales to the heights of the New Weird, so we are wide open to what’s good. It needn’t be a fantasy or science fiction short story, but honestly, it’ll help if it is.

Write a comment on this post—and it can be in Japanese or Spanish or German or Greek (or English!) in the form of a small essay or poem or riddle or whatnot, and on Friday at noon we will select four winners and send them (or YOU!) a copy of the book. We’re a big company, so we ship anywhere.

Simple, eh? So get to typing and around noon (Pacific time) on Friday, we’ll announce the winners! Get to playing!

Battle Royale, But With Reviewers

We’re getting many positive reviews of The Battle Royale Slam Book and we were quite amused to see that sometimes reviewers disagree on what the best part of the book is. For example, over at the Comic Book Bin, Leroy Douresseaux writes:

I think the best essay is the introduction to the book, “Blood in the Classroom, Blood on the Page: Will ‘Battle Royale’ Ever Be on the Test,” written by Nick Mamatas. Basically, this piece is “what becomes a cult novel most.” Mamatas discusses other controversial novels (such as
Catcher in the Rye and Lord of the Flies) that eventually end up on high school and collegiate reading lists, which, in a way, serves to take away the edginess these works originally had. I agree with a terrific instructor I had in college: controversial novels with something meaningful to say about the human condition end up becoming children’s literature. It is almost as if adults believe that turning such books into juvenile fiction can rob these works of their power to affect change. I liked how much Mamatas’ essay engaged me and made me think, rather than just be passive, reading for amusement; I read the essay twice and picked through it a third time.

Meanwhile, at Anime News Network, Rebecca Silverman says:

The sourest note in the book is the introductory essay by editor Nick Mamatas, who apparently never had a good English teacher. His essay is less about the importance of Takami’s book and more a rant against teachers who neuter classic works for the classroom. It smacks of hipsterism, proclaiming that
Battle Royale can never be neutered because it’s just that much deeper and darker than, for example, Lord of the Flies. (The better argument would be that it’s simply newer and easier for a contemporary audience to relate to.) While I may, as an English teacher, have found him more offensive than you will, his overall tone is much less academic than the other essayists’ and his piece does not serve as an effective introduction to the book.

So, which is it? Luckily, you, the reader get to decide!

PS: One quick note. Silverman’s review contains a factual error. It is not the case that all but three authors are American. Jason S. Ridler is Canadian, Kostas Paradias is Greek.

Asura Girl

There was a kid in my sixth-grade homeroom named Takashi Nizaki. He was really smart and got good grades, but at times he could be a sadistic bully and a bit schizo. He would be friends with you one day only to cut you dead the next. He was smart and good at sports, and he could talk circles around everybody, but there was something a bit spooky about him. Still, he ruled the class. The only one who could stand up to him was Masaki Urayasu from the class next door, and when Urayasu was beating the crap out of Nizaki, it was Urayasu’s friend, Yoji Kaneda, who waded in to break it up. More…


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