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on 9 October 2014
Giant of Japanese manga/graphic novel detectives saves the day at the British Museum. What a concept, what a lot of work to produce. Good as far as it goes but ultimately not my thing, bought out of the blue for novelty and interest, and on those fronts not disappointed. Proper Japanese book so handles right to left. Otherwise the artwork is to my tastes a bit iffy, some dodgy lines and dodgy faces, but that is probably just the oeuvre. Not enough crash, bang, wallop I suspect for many comic/manga fans, but then I guess it's not trying to do all of that. Anything that raises the profile of, and people's interest in, the British Museum has got to be a winner.
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on 1 February 2012
There is trouble at the British Museum and the Stonehenge megaliths are gone. And the Lewis chessmen are going walkabout. Only Prof. Munakata, visiting from Japan sees the connections and saves (most of) the day. But he would not have done it without his with his sidekick and interpreter museum employee Chris Karyatid.

This book is a fix of a presentation of some of the most famous BR objects mixed up with a detective story starting at Waterloo, seen through Japanese eyes. One of the red herrings is that a number of countries want objects originating from their territories back. This sensitive issue is handled well. I enjoyed it, but for me almost all the objects and places are well-known. For someone less familiar with history and BR I think the book is a wonderful introduction to historical wonders. This is also a nice introduction to manga, Japanese graphic novels. Somehow, this story-telling technique does not at all seem as foreign as usual, because the places are familiar. The drawings are very high quality. It does not matter much that the story is absurd, with the bad guys doing thing in maximally complicated ways for reasons that are never told and conclusions are drawn from the flimsiest evidence. The book also contains an introduction telling to story of its birth and an interview with the author/artist.

This would be a perfect present to introduce children to the treasures of BR - just see to it that you get the chance to read it yourself.
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on 4 July 2013
This is an amazing book, whether or not you've read the other adventures of Professor Munakata. It's got action, it's got evil international conspiracy, it's got a smart and beautiful heroine and a suave but impressively rotund hero, it's a great read. The extremely detailed and realistic portrayals of London and the British Museum's exhibits was really impressive.

The only negative is that I found myself unable to suspend my disbelief. Mainly this was because I know the Museum and its surrounding areas well, and any literary licence with reality in those aspects took me back to reality. The slightly unconvincing character names also didn't help.

I think this book would be really enjoyable to someone who is interested in the Museum or London or has visited a couple of times.
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on 22 January 2016
Came across this graphic novel on display at the British Museum and briefly dipped into it. Now am slowly savouring the terrific artwork and storyline. Very evocative of the museum and London. My copy here is 2nd hand and I can't rate highly enough how well cared for and the extremely good condition the book is in. And at a terrific price. Thank you.
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on 28 February 2014
Good fun adventure. Nice bit of historical information. Mice to see London portrayed in a comic. Really enjoyed it. Also quirky due to reverse binding. It reads from right to left.
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on 21 December 2012
wonderful book and a must-have book for all comic lovers, especially for those who are tremendously interested in british history and the museum!
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on 5 February 2012
My son loes to read comic where he was at the British Museum to see the exhibition as he saw the comic therefore he begged me to buy it there but I didn't buy it because I know where to buy it cheaper somehwere like Amazon.
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