- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (3 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007246609
- ISBN-13: 978-0007246601
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 896,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Miki Falls (1) - Spring Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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About the Author
Mark Crilley is from Detroit. After college, he spent several years teaching English in the Far East, first in Taiwan then in Japan. While living in Japan he wrote his first comic: Akiko on the Planet Smoo. The Akiko comics quickly became a success and in 1998 Mark was named one of the ‘100 most creative people in entertainment’ by Entertainment Weekly. This led to a deal with Random House for a graphic novel series aimed at younger readers.
Miki Falls, which draws on Mark’s experiences in Japan, is his first graphic novel for teenagers.
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Top Customer Reviews
I cried hard and laughed hard, this was great. 5 stars!
The characters are definitely what shine in this volume and by the end you are pretty certain you want more. I'm about to purchase the rest of the series as it's clear that this story has the potential to go the distance and I have heard that it is from many video reviews that it gets better with each book.
Finally I would encourage anyone who has found Mark's work on YouTube helpful to purchase this book, you won't regret it.
As it turns out, Miki won't have to wait till the next day to meet him. She runs into him after school, knee deep in a rice paddy. She was practicing archery when a fly buzzed in her ear and her arrow went right out the window. Instead of the lost arrow, she finds Hiro Sakurai. Talk about an embarrassing way to meet someone. Especially a really cute someone, of the dark and brooding variety.
Hiro, however, is beyond antisocial. To the point of being rude. But, Miki is sure that there's more to him than the face he shows to the world. She is determined to be his friend. The less he wants her around, the harder she tries to break through. It's obvious that there is more to Hiro than meets the eye, and Miki has every intention of figuring him out. No matter what it takes.
First off, I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of Manga. It's actually a bit unfounded as a prejudice, since I've never actually read any of it. Reviewing these books has opened me up to pop fiction, but I still wasn't sure about actual Manga. Low and behold, this book and its sequel arrives, and they look kind of like comic books. So I put off reading them. Finally I get to opening the book, and the next thing I know I'm done with both and wondering when the next one is coming out!Read more ›
I found out about this book like a lot of the over people who have reviewed it, from the authors YouTube channel. When the book first arrived I was totally happy with the front cover, which, as it is shown in the picture, is very colourful and has a beautiful illustration of the protagonist who we will be following over the series of the 4 books. The saying, 'Never judge a book by its cover' usually gets ignored by a lot of people when buying books, as the front cover is usually the main selling point of the book, and in this case, it passes with flying colours!
As a 16 year old high school girl, I am finding this book very enjoyable, however, I have not yet finished it. Like everyone else has said, the illustrations inside are beautiful, and they are really able to communicate thoughts and feelings to the reader, without the need of text, which I think is very important if you are going to create a manga. I also found that the text is fairly easy to read, there are some long words here and there, but I still believe that it is suitable for people of all reading capabilities. The story its self is very good. It is able to make you build feelings with the characters in the book, and it is very tense in places, however, it also has its light-hearted pages that I found very funny.
Some of my issues with this manga is that the story flows very quickly. I like manga's like Dragon Ball and things that are quite slow paced to allow room for character development and allow you to get more attached to the characters in the story. This isn't a major put-off, but like saying, it is very fast, but character development is still there.
Another issue is that the book doesn't have 'chapters' its just one big long book with no breaks.Read more ›
Miki Falls is set in the small town of Fukuyama, Japan. Miki is in her senior year at Fukuyama High School. Hiro is the new boy at school, and his good looks and distant ways get Miki interested. However, Hiro claims he likes being alone - and it turns out there's far more to him than it seems. Miki Falls is a bitter-sweet love story based around the four seasons in Japan.
Although colourful on the outside, the inside drawings and text are all B&W [Manga style], being beautifully drawn in pencil. Some picture pages have no text at all [text is all in English], and despite being reticent to read anything, my son finnished the 150 page book in a couple of hours. According to him the story alternates from happy, to confusing, to sad and back to happy again, if still a bit confusing. So it's a hit with my 14 year old son and his girlfriend, and 5*. The book's a US import, so although cheap in the US at $9 retail it can be expensive over here. US author Mike Crilley has also written the 'Akiko' Manga series of books [bit like Little Nemo with alien friends].
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the storyline and the art, can't wait to see where the story will go nextPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant work, I'm definetly not the audience the book was aimed at (aimed at teenage girls) but still enjoyed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered this book because i am a big fan of Mark Crilley and his works.
I have graphic novels, I know that you can't expect a lot of story because of the panels- but... Read more
Product arrived on the earliest day of its delivery estimate and both were in good condition. (I ordered two volumes from this seller-- they were packaged separately though which... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2013 by Endless
I got this my sister for Christmas. She's a huge fan of Mark Crilley's artwork and hugged me to death when she unwrapped it and didn't put it down for the whole day. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2013 by Amey
grand daughter loves this set of books for reading and the art work. Mark Crilley is great at teaching how to draw onlinePublished on 20 Jan. 2013 by Sue
Very good read. I am a fan of Mark Crilley's video on Youtube and finally getting my hands on his work is great. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2012 by Luke Wood
As a fellow writer and artist I know how hard it is to get both mediums of work out there. Mark Crilley has managed to do both in SPECTACULAR style. Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2011 by Claire