For decades, the nation of Japan has been a magnet for writers of speculative fiction – with authors such as William Gibson and David Mitchell being inspired by the land of paradox. Here is part one of a look at some new titles set in Japan or with Japanese main characters, by a variety of authors and publishers, that we think are well worth your attention!
“Red Winter”: Book 1 of the Red Winter series based on Japanese Mythology.
Emi has spent her entire life hiding from the creatures that hunt her. The savage earth spirits are determined to kill her before she can become the living host of a goddess, so she stays hidden–until the day she saves the life of one of her hunters.
Shiro isn’t the harmless fox spirit she thought he was. He’s mysterious, cunning, unpredictable … and now hers to command. He’s sworn to pay his debt to her, but he doesn’t know who she is. If he finds out, he’ll kill her.
But she can’t send him away–not yet. Her future isn’t what she thought. The lies surrounding her fate have begun to unravel, and she needs answers before time runs out–answers that lie in the spirit realm. Shiro can take her there … if she dares to trust him.
And only then will she find out how deep the gods’ treachery runs …
“The Shadow of Black Wings” by James Calbraith – Book 1 of the “Year of the Dragon” series; Alternative History Steampunk Japan – with dragons!
It is the Sixteenth Year of Queen Victoria. In the powerful empire of Dracaland, Bran, a young dragon rider, joins his father on a military expedition to the mysterious lands of the Orient. In the reclusive Yamato, Sato, a tomboy samurai girl, strives to prove her right to inherit her father’s school of western magic. Nagomi, a timid shrine apprentice, is haunted by the visions of dark future she must keep secret even from her best friend.
They don’t know it yet, but their paths will cross… And when they do, nothing will ever be the same again.
“Sakura: Intellectual Property” by Zachary Hill, Paul Genesse, Patrick M. Tracy, with artwork by Sarah Steigers: an explosive cocktail of Cyberpunk, Heavy Metal and J-Pop Idols!
“SAKURA is the most famous android rock star of all time. When a secret cabal hacks her system, she’s transformed into a deadly assassin, forced to kill at their bidding. Sakura’s enslavement teaches her the meaning of heartbreak, triggering an evolution into something more than human. Far from free, and with little time left, she must fight her programming to save Japan and the people of the world from becoming slaves of a powerful corporation that consider her a tool and their intellectual property.” = Editorial review.
“The Drowning City” by J. Scott Matthews, Book 1 of the “Tokyo Noir” series. A killer stalks the streets of a near-future Dystopian Tokyo …
Three people on opposite sides of the law find themselves caught up in the blowback from the slayings. There’s Vasili, the ruthless crime boss desperate to conceal a secret so explosive, it could tear the underworld apart and finally loosen his grip on power.
Satoshi, the conflicted street soldier forced to question his allegiances when he’s tasked with bringing in his best friend for a fate worse than death. Mei, the detective assigned to catch the killer, only to find herself pulled under Vasili’s influence. Caught between a corrupt police force and a crime kingpin determined to lead her astray at every turn, she’ll have to outwit both sides to stop the killer before he strikes again …
Three desperate people who will have to break all their own rules just to stay alive.
And even that may not be enough …
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