I got a couple of really beautiful books in the post last week.
First, the straggler from my recent Book Depository order finally showed up. Kabuki: The Alchemy by David Mack. I'd been coveting this ever since I first heard about it on Carl's blog, Stainless Steel Droppings. It's technically a graphic novel, and I don't really even know what the story is about yet but it has some really fantastic art inside! Click on the link to Carl's blog to see some of the art for yourself.
Then I decided I just had to have a couple more books for the Japanese Literature Challenge 3!
Real World by Natsuo Kirino. I loved Out by the same author, but didn't much care for Grotesque. However, I'm still looking forward to reading this one and hopefully it'll live up to the first one.
The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a famous Japanese folk tale written over 1000 years ago, it's even older than The Tale of Genji. Retold here by Yasunari Kawabata, it also includes several beautiful illustrations by Miyata Masayuki. It's so glossy and tempting, I think it won't be too long before I succumb.
What new books have you got lately?
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