- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Yen Press (15 Dec. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0759531048
- ISBN-13: 978-0759531048
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
SPICE AND WOLF, VOL. 1 (LIGHT NOVEL) (Spice & Wolf) Paperback – 15 Dec 2009
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Merchant meets spicy wolf! A disgruntled goddess joins a travelling merchant.
About the Author
Isuna Hasekura's debut novel, SPICE AND WOLF, earned the Silver Prize in the 2005 Dengeki Novel Prize with the series going on to total seventeen novels and both manga and anime adaptations.
Top Customer Reviews
If you want something to put the Light Novels into drawn form as you read, or if you want a familiar experience to the Anime but have the series continue beyond where the anime ended then look no further than the Spice and Wolf manga.
And I wasn't disappointed. It starts off like your typical magical girl story, with some guy finding a weird girl in his bed (or in Lawrence's case, his cart - the bed of the travelling merchant!) and I cringed at about half a page at this point, because rather disappointingly, Lawrence couldn't help noticing how darn cute and adorable and pretty she was. Luckily, it really did only last about half a page and then it resumed being fabulous.
Spice and Wolf follows the trials and tribulations of Lawrence, a travelling merchant, and his wolf-god companion, Holo. The two of them are on a journey to the North, to return Holo to her homeland there. But it's a long way off, and Lawrence has to make a living. Quite often, the struggles faced by the two of them are economically, politically or religiously complicated (or all three!) and I find myself having to think twice about the situations and how they plan to get out of them more than once, every single time I re-read or rewatch.
There's not much I would recommend to ANYONE, but Spice and Wolf is one of those rare things.
As others have mentioned, this book really needs a proofreader. There are several typos throughout the whole book, the translations themselves are surely not perfect but still fine imo. This was my first light novel and I definitely recommend it.
This is the first translated Japanese light novel I have ever read. I was a little worried about the quality of the translation. Fortunately, I didn't spot any blatant translation error. There are a few awkward spots, but anyone who's familiar with scanlations should be well award that sometimes it is simply impossible to obtain a perfect translation without significantly modifying the content. Personally, I find these awkward moments rather charming as they remind me that I am reading a novel written by a foreign author.
Story wise, Spice and Wolf has a slow pace that is appropriate for the rural setting of the story. While that can be soothing at times, it also means it is rather easy to put the book down and stop reading at any point. The story is by no means disappointing, but neither is it exciting. Fans of the series (including myself) will probably find it an enjoyable, but outsiders might find it difficult to get hooked.
It's a easy read and a very fun at that, that characters while not complex, were not empty stereotypes with no personality and if you have the slightest interest in commerce I am sure you will like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mere words cannot describe how happy this series is on kindle. I loved the anime series and have been dying to read the original work for years. Read morePublished 5 months ago by declan
Great read that deserves 5 stars. Couple of misprinted sections and words mispelt. Would like to see it get updated which I believe it just has (at the time of writing this review)Published 11 months ago by Goot
One of my favorite novel series with this book being a well paced introduction to the story.Published 11 months ago by Adam F.
Good quality, arrived on time. Look forward to reading it and purchasing more of the series. I've always been a long time fan of spice and wolf but I never thought I'd be able to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert Wheeler
Translation seems to be very good, with only a few minor translation errors.
Glad the original cover is kept.