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5.0 out of 5 stars
One to recommend to all your friends, 3 July 2006
I was unexpectedly impressed with this book. From when I first picked it up I could not put this book down and have since gone on to search out other titles by the author, little realising this was a debut novel. The almost Feudal society in Japan is not patronised or deprecated but merely presented as it is. The mid-American society is also presented in an open manner. Each society has positive and negative aspects, and neither is stereotypical. In fact stereotypes are broken down, if a character appears to be two-dimensional further reading and character development soon makes this disappear. This book is a must for anyone who wants to read characters they can care about in societies they want to learn about regarding issues they need to know about. Highly recommended.