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vivastory
Master Key | Masako Togawa
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Wow, I loved this twisty (& twisted) book filled with mysteries that takes place in an apartment building for women residents leading up to the building being moved due to road construction. A master key which disappears drives much of the story. I literally laughed out loud in surprise at the end & it had me rereading the very beginning. What a macabre gem! I am using this for #toldinnonchronologicalorder for #52bookclub

BarbaraBB This is such a fun read! I‘ve meant to read more by him ever since. now
vivastory @BarbaraBB I really liked “The Lady Killer“ I don't see that Pushkin Vertigo has pub. any others by him. I just ordered two other books from Pushkin Vertigo that I'm excited about now
BarbaraBB I‘ll go after The Lady Killer! Which other books did you order? now
vivastory @BarbaraBB I ordered “Crush“ by Frédéric Dard & “The Tattoo Murder“ by Takagi. Have you read either one? I've heard good things about both, esp about Dard who has frequently been compared to Simenon now
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ImperfectCJ
Ring | Koji Suzuki, Robert B. Rohmer, Glynne Walley
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Mehso-so

The first thing to know about Ring the book is that it's really not at all like either the Japanese or US movie versions. The second thing to know is that it's not really scary (but it is weird and a little creepy). It's decently enjoyable, the relationship between the two main characters is well done, and it's an interesting 1990, pre-Internet take on viral media, but there are a couple of twists where I'm just, like...why?

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vivastory
The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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I'm greatly enjoying this dark mystery. A page turner that made me think of other Japanese crime authors, such as Kanae Mintao (the so-called queen of Iyamisu, which “deals with grisly episodes & the dark side of human nature.“).
#weirdwords @cbee

Hooked_on_books I love cool words from other cultures/languages. The Japanese in particular have some good ones, like umami. 7h
RaeLovesToRead I loved this. 7h
vivastory @Hooked_on_books Umami is a great one & of course I am eternally grateful for Tsundoku 7h
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vivastory @RaeLovesToRead It's wonderful. It's been awhile since I've read a Pushkin release. Great stuff 7h
sarahbarnes I loved this one, too. 5h
CBee Very cool 😊 4h
vivastory @sarahbarnes Do you have any other favorite releases from Pushkin? 2h
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mrp27
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In my Japanese fiction era. Haven‘t read most of these but recently completed The Kamogawa Food Detectives and I really enjoyed it!

charl08 Nice stack! 8h
mrp27 @charl08 Thanks! now
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BkClubCare
Ghosts of the Tsunami | Richard Lloyd Parry
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#Audiobaking #iLovePie #BananaCreamPie #WiaN category Natural Disaster

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TracyReadsBooks
In The Miso Soup | Ryu Murakami
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Pickpick

I get why this is considered a classic work of Japanese crime fiction. Not always an easy read, it‘s a fantastic one. The feeling of something off which quickly grows into a sense of wrongness is pervasive from the beginning, the tension pulling you along until there is a sudden eruption of explosive violence that leaves the main character unmoored but refusing to give up while hunting & hoping for a way to survive. Dark. Atmospheric. Excellent.

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GatheringBooks
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#LuckyInLove Day 27: #Intimacy - whereby reading becomes an intimate conversation with the author, one‘s self and other readers - hence our book tribe here on Litsy. More of my book quote thoughts here: https://gatheringbooks.org/2023/10/10/book-quote-tuesday-237/

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect ❤️ 1d
Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 15h
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DustCatcher
The I Wonder Bookstore | Shinsuke Yoshitake
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“dreams to share with everyone”
I‘m not really the type to rhapsodize my job, but this is nice!
The book is cute, though it loses me a bit when it gets into writing, but then I‘m not a writer.

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Pickpick

I loved this short story collection! Each story (there are 5) is interconnected by a librarian who matches books with what she thinks will inspire the person…this book taught me about the craft of felting. I had never heard of felting before!
It‘s just so much fun and there‘s a list of the books mentioned in the back. Translated by Alison Watts. #Japan

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