Monday, 18 January 2010

Haikasoru - Viz Media

 Yesterday whilst browsing the shelves at work I noticed that we had a copy of  Battle Royale: The Novel on the shelves with a shiny new cover.
Now I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to book covers, shiny and catches my eye and I'm there with my wallet. Now sometimes this allows me to find spectacular authors whom I haven't tried before and other times well let's just say not everything that glitters is gold.
I already own this book so for once didn't part with my cash, however when I got home I jumped on the computer and headed over to the site to see what other delights were on offer.

What is Haikasoru?

Space Opera. Dark Fantasy. Hard Science.

With a small, elite list of award-winners, classics, and new work by the hottest young writers, Haikasoru is the first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond. Featuring the action of anime and the thoughtfulness of the best speculative fiction, Haikasoru aims to truly be the “high castle” of science fiction and fantasy.

Now it turns out I've already read another book from this imprint, Zoo by Otsuichi which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a collection of short stories that are like dark, horiffic fairytales. The stories themselves range from speculative fiction to the horror genre and are all completly engrossing. Each one is emotional and haunting and rather than spoil any of them my advice to you is buy this book you won't be disappointed.

That being said what do we have to look forward to from this imprint. Well, coming soon are three that I know I will definitely be buying and they are:


by Chōhei Kambayashi
More than thirty years ago a hyper-dimensional passageway suddenly appeared... the first stage of an attempted invasion by an enigmatic alien host. Humanity managed to push the invaders back through the passageway to the strange planet nicknamed "Faery." Now, Second Lieutenant Rei Fukai carries out his missions in the skies over Faery. His only constant companion in this lonely task is his fighter plane, the sentient FFR-31 Super Sylph, call sign: YUKIKAZE.
Available January 19, 2010

The Book of Heroes

by Miyuki Miyabe
When her brother Hiroki disappears after a violent altercation with school bullies, Yuriko finds a magical book in his room. The book leads her to another world where she learns that Hiroki has been possessed by a spirit from The Book of Heroes, and that every story ever told has some truth to it and some horrible lie. With the help of the monk Sky, the dictionary-turned-mouse Aju, and the mysterious Man of Ash, Yuriko has to piece together the mystery of her vanished brother and save the world from the evil King in Yellow.
Available January 19, 2010


Brave Story

by Miyuki Miyabe
Alone after his father his hospitalized and his mother attempts suicide, Wataru Mitani ventures from the real world to the land of Vision, where he seeks five magical gemstones representing the qualities of charity, bravery, faith, grace, and the power of light and darkness. With these, perhaps Watari can change his fate and bring his family together again.
Available Now
Winner of the 2008 Batchelder Award

Of these the one that I am most looking forward to is The Book of Heroes and yes it probably is because it is the cover I like most!


  1. i have battle royale waiting on my shelves too. thanks for the heads up on the other books ;-D

  2. I saw that you are a part of the Debut Author Challenge! That is so amazing that you are supporting debut authors and I only recently found out that I am going to be one!!! I wanted to ask if you wouldn’t mind heading over to my blog and giving me your opinion. As a blogger turned author I would really appreciate it and the publisher is still giving out ARCs so you might have a chance at a free copy! Thank you and I hope you will stop by and check out The Thirteenth Chime!

    Emma Michaels

    P.S.- My release date if Friday the 13th (August this year) isn't that crazy?