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Archive for September, 2010


Hey, we finally made a Twitter account. You can follow us on Twitter here:


Truth be told, a lot of the tweets will probably be along the lines of “Hey, come look at the blog!”, but I’ll try to be entertaining. Masumi will be writing Japanese-language tweets as well, so that’ll be interesting.

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Two new books! OH MY!

Well, it’s the 21st of September, and you know what that means! Two new Haikasoru titles are on bookstore shelves and in stock at your favorite online retailer, today. Check ’em out:

Star Trek: The Motion Picture-era Mr. Sulu has his copies. Do you have yours?

Just in time for school—Rocket Girls! The latest from Housuke Nojiri, author of Usurper of the Sun, features hard science and teen girls. The series of books is also an anime. See?

I’ve heard the anime described as “The Right Stuff meets Sailor Moon” but I’d call the novel Gossip Girls if the titular girls had brains in their heads and real jobs. Surely, much better heroes for teen girls!

And then we have Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by our resident “strange one” Otsuichi, just in time for Halloween. (We love timing things properly around here.) This book contains Otsuichi’s debut novella, and an entire other novel in Black Fairy Tale. We were thrilled when ZOO was nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Collection, and we’re hoping that we might get some more nominations this year—we have a novel, a novella, and a novelette in the same book, and together that makes Summer a collection. Dare we sweep the categories? Pick up a copy and see if we have a chance!

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Harmony reviews or, we meant to do that!

Here’s a very brief review of Harmony’s ebook edition.

One shouldn’t really “answer” reviews, but in this case I’ll make an exception only to avoid further confusion—in Harmony the story is told partially through HTML (or rather, futuristic emotional-textual markup language or ETML) thanks to the technology in the narrator’s brain. So if you see a page full of HTML in the book, just read it and you’ll see what I mean. Our online excerpt has a sample of the sort of thing you might see. It’s an honest mistake; our ebook production staff started flagging all the HTML when they first started creating the ebook version. I suppose that’s the risk one takes when one tries to be a little avant-garde.

In better news, The Manga Critic has also reviewed the book, writing, in part: Harmony is a solidly entertaining book, offering a judicious mixture of globe-trotting action, social commentary, and suspense to engage all but the hardest science fiction fans, and a surprise ending that neatly resolves the main plot while raising new, thought-provoking questions. Recommended. And it’s fuuuuull of HTML, so check it out!

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School Daze

Well, it’s September and here in the US that means it’s back to school for most of our fans. So here’s a little something to send all you wacky kids back to your classes with: a peek at the Italian cover of Battle Royale:

See, I bet you’re all looking forward to school now more than ever. Just remember to face the new year with a clean outfit, fresh school supplies, and a big ol’ smile on your face.

Aw yeah, that’ll do it. Everything will be all right.

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