The Mahou Blog

September 24, 2007

The Shishi – Dov Silverman

Filed under: book review — mahou @ 10:13 pm

This was a surprise – the story doesn’t match the gaudy samurai on the
cover.
Fictionalizing the story of John Mung, who helped open Japan up after
it’s period of closure to the world. The combination of historical fact
and exciting thriller fiction is well judged and it avoids becoming too
set in Japanese etiquette or too westernised characterisation.
The ending and kite fight were a little drawn out, and Udo’s heel turn
at the end was a mistake in my opinion as it made him too ruthless, but all in
all, this was a great read.
9/10

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2 Comments »

  1. Thank you for the critique. Dov

    Comment by Dov Silverman — July 18, 2010 @ 9:24 am

  2. ThankYou for the critique. Dov

    Comment by Dov Silverman — July 18, 2010 @ 9:25 am


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