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Date of Publication: 2014
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Battle Royale Slam Book: Essays on the Cult Classic Novel by Koushun Takami Paperback – 8 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421565994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421565996
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MissG on 13 Aug. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
You may think this is by the correct author, but in actual truth your money is going to somebody else, a theif of stories. The author stole the story of much loved Narnia, and turned it into 12 sentances! Do not be fooled, for this person is a liar. Get the real version. This one has been turned into 19 sentances. Not much of a story for such a big price. It is probably supposed to be funny, but it is boring. The only one in my family who liked it was James, aged 4 but nearly five, and he can barely read! Somebody else is gaining money if you buy this, a theif of stories. Do not belive the author and get the real version. This version is for like, 4 year olds. No matter how many people do five stars, they may be the creatora of this horrible novel. Do not belive what may be a fake. But if it looks fake, make sure it isn't because it might be really good. Don't get this book. Too much money for such a rubbish novel. It isn't even long enough for a novel, just a storybook. Do not be fooled.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Delve Deeper Into Battle Royale 3 April 2014
By Erik Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
I would say that there are three main categories for the essays in The Battle Royale Slam Book: critical, historical, and personal. Not all of the essays fall into one of these categories, and some cross categories, but I believe these are the main three. All of the essays are well written and thought provoking. I'm not going to talk about every essay; just a few that made a real impression. The essays cover the original novel, the movie and it's sequel, as well as the manga.
My favorite are the personal essays. The book starts with John Skipp, and while I don't want to give anything away, it is an emotional gut-punch. Brian Keene talks about growing up with guns. Isamu Fukui writes an interesting piece about how seeing the sequel first can change how critically one views that sequel.
Next, we have the essays that take battle Royale, and it's author, and places it in an historical context.A few essays talk about post World War II Japan and how it informed Japanese literature, and Battle Royale in particular. Jason S. Ridler discusses professional wrestling in Japan, and it's influence on Koushan Takami (the author of the original novel). Kostas Paradias talks about the rise of youth gangs in Japan. Of course, all of this is tied in to Battle Royale.
The critical essays are my least favorite. Anyone who has read or seen any of my other reviews knows that I don't delve too deeply into the underlying themes in fiction. I don't mind a story that makes me think, but I read and watch movies to be entertained. (Non-fiction excepted, of course.) These essays are as well written and informative as the rest, they just aren't my favorite.
A few of those that don't quite fit into these three categories include Gregory Lamberson's essay about killer kids in movies, Steven R. Stewart's defense of sexuality in the BR manga, and, my personal favorite, and by far the most entertaining Sam Hamm's essay, comparing BR to the "American Teen Film." Without giving too much away, Hamm's essay ends with his own version of the Battle Royale, featuring many iconic characters from teen films (from Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to Pretty In Pink and Home Alone).
Overall, The Battle Royale Slam Book is thought provoking, informative, and entertaining. Whether you are a fan of the novel/movie/manga or someone who likes analysis of books and movies, this is a great book, that provides a deeper look at the Battle Royale phenomenon.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Students, lovers, everyone - get this book! 3 April 2014
By Paige - Published on
Format: Paperback
Note: I had an advance copy of this book, not the current edition.

Most books are about nothing; cult novels are about something, and classics are those which invite multiple readings. (Nick Mamatas, paraphrase)

Not only is Battle Royale - the movie, the book, even the manga series - inviting of multiple readings and different approaches, as these essays illustrate, but it and essays included in the Slam Book help us realize the grim nature of all of us: that we are human. We have our experiences, our rivalries, our hopes. We bleed, we die, and yet we want peace and survival. We want a part of us to live on.

And that's what makes this great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I highlighted/annotated with this one! 26 Jun. 2014
By Ayman Hussein - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Seriously, if you like Battle Royale (the novel or the manga...or BOTH) then buy this. It's a great addition to the collection and is actually quite an interesting read. Its basically a bunch of "professional" essays about different themes in BR. What got me hooked was just reading the Introduction of the book.
Sure some essays in the book are better than others, but what the heck, just add this to your BR collection :)
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