Kind of mixed bag for me I see the Oe comparisons in Kyle Muntz s review Hoshino pushes further into metafiction Sweet Southern Hearts (A Willow Hill Novel Book 3) and magic realism I really liked Paper Womannd No Fathers Club nd enjoyed most of A Milonga for the Melted Moon not so keen on the restI m lso not sure bout Hoshino s device of switching first person narrators from paragraph to paragraph It was pretty interesting on first encounter but when it ppeared in than one piece the novelty kind of wore off for me can t make up my mind whether it was really good or really odd settling w mediocre since t times the plot was too confusing presumably on purpose or just bizarre which in this concentration I m not fan of Even for Daddy's Girl Series: A Taboo Erotic Collection a collection of short storiesnd novellas this isn t n easy read Once I mulled over the opaue stories little nd read the translator s essay t the end of the book I was struck t how mazingly unnerving these stories really Dark Tides (Dark Tides are All of them feature characters in state of transition from one definition of Weathering the Storm a person tonother Wrong for Me (Motor City Royals, and many echo real events that happened in the last 10 years in Japangain reading the essay really gives lot of helpful context My favorites were Don t let the innocent picture of birds on the cover fool you These stories re far disturbing than Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music anything I ve read out of the Horror section inges This was really interesting collection though I ended up enjoying the short stories than the novellas which was shame since the novellas made up of the book Hoshino reminds me of Kenzaburo Oe with his brutal explicitly political vision nd this collection is mostly written with the same kind of grotesue realism though on occasion it does move into full blown surrealism The major standouts were No Father s Club nd especially Paper Woman Really great collection of stories Hoshino NEEDS to be read Downright Dead and translated Serious imaginative political contemplative I didn t particularly like Milonga for Melted Moon but that s because the Maruez influence is heavy nd I freaking hate Maruez So I just finished this book with pretty mixed emotions I loved the short stories I do really enjoy Japanese writing nd I think for the most part Hoshino was no different I didn t really like the novellas though A part of me felt like I wasn t even supposed to like the novellas I don t know I found it really challenging to read sometimes At points the writing was beautiful nd had that particular style of magical realism that I love It was strange nd wonderful Left Fur Dead and surreal At other points the writing was completelybsurd nd bizarre nd I couldn t tell who the narrative voices wereSo I d say I loved most of this novel I think if I had read the cknowledgements t the end of the collection I would ve been Death by Tea able to understand it better butt that point I was pretty done with this bookSuch Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, a mixed review but if you re new to magical realism or youren t sure bout Japanese uthors I wouldn t pick this up Incorporates some of that magical realism shit without making you feel like By Way Of A Wager a fourteen year old girl which is cool not that there snything wrong with feeling like fourteen year ol. By turns teasing nd terrifying laconic nd luminous the stories in this nthology re drawn from sources s diverse When Kingdom Comes as Borges Nabokov Garcia Marueznd traditional Japanese folklore nd yet they ultimately reside in slyly subversive literary world that is The Wayward Bride (Besotted Scots, all their own Blendingn uncompromising ethical vision with exuberant free wheeling imagery nd bracing formal experimen.
D girl It s just not my style This shit is spacey s fuck though Such a Dance and some of the stories do really fun stuff like blend the narration of multiple charactersnd whole bunch of other crazy crap The story where the dude has sex with the ground nd then meets some starving children is particularly wesome Check it out Oh I lso wrote this other review where my voice discussing this book is maybe less nnoying Here Those of you who follow my Instagram stories know I m not the biggest fan of short story collections They tend to fall flat for me nd be rather forgettable the second I place the book down The first half of this collection though WOW I still have no idea how Hoshino s stories would transition from being somewhat mundane nd boring to n episode of Black Mirror Me while I was reading especially during Air Some of these short tales will stick with me forever if only because of how graphic La bte du marais and perverse they were I oftentimes found myself unable to put my kindle down until I reached the end of that particular story which is rarity for me When I say I normally dislike these types of collections I mean it The only reason I picked up this novel in the first place was to satisfy criteria for my Read Harder Challenge of 2018 which demanded I d read Laos: Keystone Of Indochina a work in translation Anyways onto the individual mini reviewsStoriesPaper Woman 4 Stars Becoming mother is the same How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World as becomingn uthor My first what the hell did I get myself into reaction I was not expecting to be unable to tear my eyes way from Geeking Out on 11C a story where woman was erotically satisfied by being used s book Obviously there was The Shoshoni Cookbook a deeper meaning entwined into this storys with Historias sobre los Fondos Bahá'ís all of them but the delivery was kind of hard to get passed The only reason I didn t give this short story full five stars was because the beginning was bit confusing The No Fathers Club 335 Stars Although this story was engaging something bout it fell flat for me in relation to the protagonist We somehow go from playing soccer with no ball to forming Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It a club for kids with dead fathers who pretend they relive 247 Yes this was my second what the fuck m I reading reaction lol The premise was interesting but idk something was missing nd it wasn t just his dad Chino 25 Stars This guy was the epitome of richpeopleproblems The idea of finding purpose in third world country because you can t hang in the tedious world that is your high class life has lways nnoyed me This character s ctions just came cross s so stupid to me that I couldn t rate it higher than I did even though his reaction to the bombing nd thought process on the bus were mildly musingWe the Children of Cats 4 Stars It s hard to find reason for living these days It s simply no longer the case that having children or starting family will utomatically give you one A whirlwind of emotions Initially I thought this story was going to be suspenseful what with the secret recording nd ll that nd then it turned surprisingly sweet This is the tale in which the meaning came Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice across clearlynd impactfully nd left you satisfied with somewhat of n open ending The coupl. Tation the five short stories nd three novellas included in We the Children of Cats show the full range nd force of Hoshino’s imagination The stories include man nd woman who find their genders nd sexualities brought radically into uestion when their bodies sprout new parts; man who travels from Japan to Latin America in search of revolutionary purpose only to find mu.
E in this story spoke of the The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank act of giving birthnd pregnancy The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins and their relative reservationsnd yearnings for it in such profound manner that I found myself not caring bout the fact that it s never ctually stated whether or not they plan on having child They ll figure it out in their own time Air 45 Stars What the fuck but Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat also what the fuck When I spokebout graphic Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design and perverse earlier THIS WAS THE STORY I WAS MAINLY TALKING ABOUT Nomount of mind bleach will wipe way the imagery I developed reading that final ir dick nd ir vagina scene Yes Yes you read that right This story gets ll the points simply because it was 100% memorable nd cringe worthy unless scabs blood etc turns you on nd completely understandable I sympathized with the main two characters even whilst I was shaking my head no during that sex scene NovellasSand Planet 2 Stars Jarringly long compared to the previous stories At the time I didn t catch that it was the beginning of the novellas sections nd so I felt like it went on forever There were too many descriptors nd internal monologues in my opinion the whole thing just read s boring ShrugTreason Diary 35 Stars A murder y tale that was captivating t moments to read nd not so much during others I may reread this particular short story in the future s I do think it s one that I may grow to enjoy the diverse genre readingstylistic experience I have under my belt A Milonga for the Melted Moon 2 Stars Already forgot bout this one That should tell you ll you need to know ESPECIALLY since it s the most recent one I read I can tell you that it was decently written nd didn t invoke ny feelings of nger so thats Loyalty and Lies (Chastity Falls, a plus FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM CONTEMPORARY WORLD WRITERS SHOWCASE SERIES VIA GOODREADS ROBERT SHEPPARD EDITOR IN CHIEFRobert Sheppard s insightWorld Literature Forum invites you to Check Out We The Children of Cats by Japanese winner of the the 2011 e Kenzabur Literary Award Tomoyuki Hoshino This collection of related short stories explores climate changeuthoritarianism nd the culture of fear Japanese majoritarian pressures to conform nd the cult of suicide moung young Japanese The story Chino tells tale of globalization Jeep. Sur les traces de la lgende and crisis in national identitys the protagonist flees to small Latin American nation to eradicate ll Japaneseness from his being Hoshino focuses on the pre doomed nature of such uests for modern transformation including sex changes The Abbeyville Way and body modificaitons linked to the flawed role of l I tried tovoid Oe san s writing but I have to gree with him on Hoshino san s works They resemble Abe Kobo s lbeit they Stations of the Lost: The Treatment of Skid Row Alcoholics are much readable for me The only problem is that he likes to pour bucket of cold water t the end of the story As reader I liked to linger on that distant enchanting bewitching place Treasure Diver (Choose Your Own Adventure, a little bit evenfter the story ends Instead he yanked me back to reality just before the last words Not A Shot at Love a good feelingAnd the last story was bit too much for me I tried so hard to immerse myself there it was so intriguing But in the end I could only stand on the sideline nd watched the story went by. Ch than he bargained for; journalist who investigates Ask an Astronaut a poisoningt Dead of Night an elementary schoolnd gets lost in The Voyage Unplanned an underworld of buried crimes secret societiesnd haunted forests; The Dwelling and two young killers exiled from Japan who find new beginning s resistance fighters in Peru An fterword by translator nd editor Brian Bergstrom nd Vienna 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made War, Peace, and Love at the Congress of Vienna a new preface by Hoshino himself islso include.