Published by Faber & Faber on 2001 (first published 1989)
Genres: Japanese literature, Contemporary
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Asleep tells the stories of three women, all bewitched into a spiritual sleep. One, mourning a lost love, finds herself sleepwalking at night. Another, embarking on a relationship with a man whose wife is in a coma, finds herself unable to stay awake. The third finds her sleep haunted.
I am slightly behind with the TBR Pile Challenge but I finished book number four last night and so it’s time for another two mini reviews! This means I have now finished four out of twelve books for this year, and I fully intend to continue with this challenge.
Book number three was Asleep and I must say I’m rather disappointed with this book. The thing is, I think I’m falling out of love with Banana Yoshimoto’s work. I absolutely adored two of her works, Kitchen and Hardboiled & Hard Luck, and I liked N.P. as well. But The Lake and Asleep were both disappointments. For some reason these two books did not touch me at all. They were tiresome and I was glad when I finished them. But I am not ready to give up on Yoshimoto yet. I have three books of her left to read, so we’ll see how I feel about those…
Series: Vintner's Luck #2
Published by Vintage on June 11th 2009 (first published January 2009)
Genres: Fantasy, LGBT+
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It's Hollywood, 1929. While Conrad Cole is working late on elaborate plans for his aeroplanes and his films, a mysterious stranger appears at his door. Xas soon finds himself caught up in the glamorous and treacherous world of movie-making and entangled with both Cole and a young woman who owes her life to the eccentric director. Both of them are drawn to Xas without knowing his secret - that under his shirt he hides the remnants of great snowy wings that set him apart from humankind, and that he is destined to wander the earth forever, always hearing the beating of feathers behind him, threatening him that his dark brother has found him again.
This is the sequel to The Vintner’s Luck, which, as you may or may not know, is one of my all time favourite books. It took me 1.5 years to read The Angel’s Cut simply because I loved it’s predecessor so much I was afraid this sequel was going to be a disappointment.
I admit, it wasn’t quite as good as the first in the series, but I still think it was beautiful (and pretty darn emotional at times). The ending of the book was a surprise but it worked, and it worked well.
Anyway, if you haven’t read it yet, definitely do pick up The Vintner’s Luck, but I think you can get away not having read the sequel…