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Return to Book Page. Preview — Kaminishi by Jan Suzukawa. College student Michael Holden wakes up in an impossible reality: Imprisoned by the warlord and interrogated about the future, Michael has no idea if what he’s experiencing is real Shi College student Michael Holden wakes up in an impossible reality: Through the mists suzu,awa time and in the reality of modern Japan, Michael searches for the truth—and for the man who now owns his heart—Shinjaro Kaminishi.
Paperback1st Editionpages. To kwminishi what your kamonishi thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Kaminishisyzukawa sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 12, Leslie rated it did not like it Shelves: So many cultural, historical and language inaccuracies that I gave up without finishing, plus a plodding style and reliance on telling rather than showing.
It’s rare I feel cheated by a suuzkawa but this one really disappointed me. Steeped in a delicate, poignant fragility that is reminiscent of the airiness of tarashikomi paintings, I found myself almost holding my breath as the romantic proceedings played out. After experiencing a series of dizzy spells, Michael faints and wakes to find himself in ancient Japan. But what future can the two possibly have? Not only is Michael a gaijin, he returns to his own time sporadically.
Is there any way the two lovers can be together, forever? The two leading characters transcend the ordinary because they are both charming and relatable. Exquisite Michael Holden is relatable because of his vulnerabilities.
Despite being the only child of a socialite mother who set him up with kaninishi trust fund and left him to his own devices, he has low self-esteem and is essentially adrift in life. This purposelessness suxukawa what allows him to accept and then embrace his spontaneous travels through time; he hopes to find a reason for his life.
There is a wonderful balance and haunting quality to this story. The sex is sensual—more lovemaking than lusting—steamy, and seductive with playful shows of aggression. Kimonos and fundoshi and hot springs…oh my! I can’t decide how I feel about this book.
There were many things I liked – especially the way the plot was peppered with Japanese words and expressions and the way the main characters were always true to themselves in their behavior and their way of acting.
However, the story left me with a feeling of. From one hand, the plot plodded along like an old crippled man that couldn’t move any faster, but at the same time some scenes especially the sex scenes were sooo swift I can’t suzukaaw how I feel about this book.
From one hand, the plot plodded along like an old crippled man that couldn’t move any faster, but at the same time some scenes especially the sex scenes were sooo swift, that it was hard to realize that what you had just read kamiinshi a sex scene at all! When I read this book I wanted to give it 4 stars, but as suzhkawa passed by I decided that 3 stars would be enough for it.
Jun 05, Jamie Fessenden rated it really liked it Shelves: Nicely done and well-researched, in terms of the time period. I had some minor quibbles with some Japanese phrases, but I’m not fluent in Japanese, so I could be wrong about them. I would also have preferred more of an explanation of the time-travel — it appeared to be some kind of cosmic destiny, but wasn’t really explained, so it felt a bit like it was dangling at the end.
But the romance between our two main characters kxminishi nice, and I enjoyed the story quite a bit. The ending was sweet.
Dec 07, Dale Lowry rated it really liked it. This was a well-written story with interesting characters and a plausible historical setting. Not having lived in midth century Japan, I can’t say whether everything in it is accurate, but what was presented not contradict my previous knowledge of Japanese history.
The characters’ understanding of sexuality was definitely in line with things I’ve read about Japan of that period, with homosexuality not understood as a distinct identity, but most people assumed to be bisexual or oaminishi. Some rea This was a well-written story with interesting characters and a plausible historical setting. The reader should probably go into this knowing that the main character, American Michael Holden, has never been attracted to jxn and doesn’t have a gay identity.
His attraction to Shinjaro Kaminishi is immediate and total. Readers who enjoy “gay for you” stories will like that part. Readers who prefer reading about gay-identified characters might be disappointed.
However, Michael’s attraction makes sense within 19th-century Japanese sexual mores, where a distinct gay identity wasn’t part of the culture, but where power dynamics could be akminishi important turn-on a various relationships regardless of gender. Most of the book takes place in 19th-century Japan, and these are the parts I enjoyed the most. I struggled a little with the ending, which took place in modern times and kaminishu too brief a wrap up for the time travel plot.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book, where hopefully these questions will be explored in more detail. Nov 25, DM Cartwright rated it liked it. I enjoyed the read! I have been a fan suzukwwa Japanese culture for a long time and can definitely tell the author is highly influenced from reading copious manga and watching anime. There is always a particular something in the cadence of authors who are influenced in such a manner.
It was very nostalgic for me. As for the story, it is an interesting concept but I don’t feel it suzjkawa needed to be flipping from a variety of points kaimnishi view. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten was to choose your I enjoyed the read!
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten was to choose your hero kan follow him- no one needs to know what everyone kzminishi is thinking; it adds to a story Oct 25, Colleen rated it did not like it.
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A fantastic premise, unfortunately not well executed. The key to a successful romantic story is making the reader fall in love with the hero The narrative was too rooted in the main character’s perspective, his romantic interest too stoic and distant, and the focus on their interactions too shallow to ever get really invested in the love story. There is too much telling, too much “in his own head” musing from the main character, and not nearly enough showing, n A fantastic premise, unfortunately not well executed.
There is too much telling, too much “in his own head” musing from the main character, and not nearly enough showing, not enough action or interaction between him and his samurai. And as more of a nit-picky complaint that was nevertheless enough to break the spell of the story, the Japanese words and phases peppered throughout that deviated from the standard form taught to American students of the language.
I have more than a passing understanding of spoken Japanese, but constantly working out the difference between the phrases in the book and my grasp of the language made it hard to immerse myself in the narrative.
Mar 04, Maria E. This book deals with time-travel as well as distance travel. If you are a Korean drama fan, this book will remind you of “Rooftop Prince”, “Queen In-Hyun’s Man”, “Faith”, or any other Korean time-travel dramas that were so popular a few years ago.
The only difference is that this story takes place mostly in Edo-period Japan instead of Korea, and the travelling is not only across time, but also across continents. Michael was a college student, from Berkeley, California. He had previously studied This book deals with time-travel as well as distance travel. He had previously studied Japanese history, culture, and the language.
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And inexplicably, he kept on his desk a pencil sketch that he had done of a Japanese warlord from the late-Edo period in Japan, a man he had seen in his dreams. While studying for his finals, he became dizzy and blacked out. When he awoke, he was in a completely different time and place – Japan in the Edo period- mid’sto be precise. He was taken prisoner by a group of samurai warriors, suspected of being an assassin, and taken to the presence of a warlord who looks exactly like the man he had drawn, the one from his dream.
The warlord’s name was Lord Shinjaro. Initially, he was in a jail cell, but eventually, he became a guest of Lord Shinjaro who wanted to know about the future of Japan. Michael did not wish to tell him because that knowledge might change the course of history. But Lord Shinjaro never dropped the subject, until Michael finally reluctantly told him about Commodore Perry and the black ships who would arrive to Japan in two years’ time, which would lead to the fall of the Shogunate and change the face of Japan.
In the end, he needn’t have worried about changing the course of history. This knowledge doesn’t change history, but it does lead to a personal tragedy. The premise of the story is very interesting, although there were a few loose ends, mainly why did Michael see the present-day Shinjaro in Japan?
This was never again brought up in the story, so I’ll assume this will be explained in a future sequel. I have to give this warning, however: Aside from some battles where some unnamed warriors get killed, there are also two gruesome acts of sepukku and beheadings of two main characters.
If any of these things bother you, then don’t read this book. I won’t spoil the ending, but Michael does return to the future and goes to present-day Japan to search for present-day Shinjaro.
It was his love for Shinjaro that prompted him to give up his life in California and move to Japan. I can’t say any more without spoiling it, so you’ll have to read the book and find out what happens next. If you like to read about ancient Japan, you will enjoy this book, as long as you keep in mind that this is not a classic like James Clavell’s “Shogun”. You won’t learn very much from this book, but it will keep you entertained for a while.