Cloud of Sparrows
8 journalers for this copy...
From the back of the book:
Into a realm of samuri & geishas, ninjas & zen masters comes a man & a woman from the west.
And the destiny of a nation that has been closed to the outside world for 250 yrs will change forever.
1. Journal entry on receiving book
2. Journal entry when read book
3. PM next person on list for address
4. Try to read within a month, let me know if your going to be longer.
5. But most of all ENJOY!
marie-therese UK (ship anywhere)
Heaven-ali UK (ship anywhere)
quak GER (ships Europe)
soffitta1 UK/CZECK REP (ships anywhere)
KateKintail US (prefers US can do Intl if needed)<---- it's here
lauraloo29 CAN (prefer to ship anywhere BUT canada)
katayoun IRAN (ship anywhere)
.... & back to me.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Well now PM Heaven-ali for her address.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Eventually got around to posting this today. Sorry for the delay I've been chasing my tail all week!
will send on soon - thanks for sharing.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
finally on its way today.
Update 12.02.2008: I loved the book and I'm looking forward to read its successor.
It was a bit hard to get into the story in the beginning as there were a lot of characters being introduced. Besides I was not used to the way of storytelling (also with a lot of jumps in time and space). But soon I enjoyed that storytelling and appreciated it a lot.
I do have a spleen with samurai culture, so I liked the insights I got in the book. It was also very interesting to read about this time when Japan had to open itself to the western world. The differences that back then existed between japanese and western world outlook. I have been in Japan for half a year and so it is also exciting to compare japanese way of life back at that time with what it is today.
I liked the characters in the story very much - even if I could not understand all of their motivations (especially with the japanese characters that is sometimes quite difficult).
Thanks for sharing this wonderful novel!
I already asked for the next address and hope to post the book within this week.
Like Heaven-Ali, I probably would have passed on this book if I had seen it in a bookshop, but have really enjoyed it. The characters were well written and provided interesting contrasts / conflicts. I look forward to the next book.
Posted 28 March.
I listened to the second book first on abridged audio, so it was fascinating to read the first book and get to know these characters properly from the start. But I've got to say, there were times I probably would have been confused if I hadn't read the second book already (since the second book jumps through time and explains so very much more).
Some of the battles dragged for me, and I don't know why. I guess I'd just read so many similar types of scenes. My favorite scene was easily Emily and Genji out in the snow (I'm such a sucker for hurt/comfort). But it was great to see so much background of Stark's and Emily's (especially Emily) and watch relationships develop among the different characters. I really enjoyed getting to know Hide, too.
There are so many small, beautiful moments throughout. And there are some terrible and exciting ones as well. I love the author's style of jumping around in points of views to follow different characters, but it was confusing a few times (maybe because it took me a while to read and get into it each time though). I love so many of the word choices that really paint pictures quite beautifully. I really felt like I was right there in the book with them, absorbed in their drama and their culture. Just gorgeous. But I think I still prefer the second book (which I'm going to read quite quickly since I've heard most of it on audiobook already).
I already asked for lauraloo29's address, so I plan to send this right off this week.
Sending off to lauraloo29 in Canada to continue the bookring.
Today, I sat on a freezing bus for over an hour on a freeway parking lot (bad accident). I did not read, instead I played solitaire on my cell phone...... I'll be sending both books on their way to katayoun after Christmas.
Thank you for the opportunity to read these books. Always a little sad when I can't get into one. :(