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Into the Ruins: Adventures in Abandoned Japan Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 29206 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HIBIAS8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #622,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael John Grist is a science fiction and fantasy author who lives in London, UK. His novels include the fantasy epic the Ignifer Cycle, the science fiction trilogy The Ruins War, and the Zombie Ocean series. He also has several short story collections.

For 11 years he lived in Tokyo exploring and photographing Japan's modern ruins, such as abandoned theme parks, military bases, and ghost towns, gaining millions of hits on his website with the records of his explores.

http://www.michaeljohngrist.com

The best of these adventures are now collected in his unique travel book Into the Ruins, which thriller bestseller Barry Eisler calls, "gorgeous, haunting, stunning."

Now Michael enjoys working out in the gym, watching TV and movies, and of course writing. He lives in London with his wife, and works as an academic English lecturer at university.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bethany on January 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My very first impression upon opening the book was how beautiful it was.. As always with MJG's work I found myself immediately engrossed in the ambiance of his writing style & the visuals it produces. The photos are amazing & give such a beautiful taste & perspective on where you're reading about so that you can truly imagine being there!
I found myself taking longer to read this book as I enjoyed lingering in the descriptions & images. I feel the atmosphere through his words & the feeling that I wish to remain in the locations he describes. This book is a journey.. through his life, through Japan, through nostalgia. The beauty of the decay that is captured as nature takes her hold back on these locations, is frozen like a time capsule on the pages for those of us that may never get to visit these great sites. By allowing us to adventure through his words MJG treats us to his explorations in this haunting & beautiful book. (Much like his blog that I'd followed for a long time before, looking forward to the day this book would come!) I recommend this book to any that have a love for exploration, ruins, & honoring times forgotten. Excellent read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Eisler on December 27, 2013
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I was fortunate enough to meet Michael five years ago when I was living in Tokyo, when he introduced me to Japanese haikyo -- ruins -- through his jaw-dropping photoblog. He's now compiled the work he's done before and since and added fascinating text commentary -- not just about the places, but what it is about these ghostly relics that attracts adventurers, wanderers, and anyone else with an eye for exemplars of the beauty and transience of humankind's earthly works. Under ten bucks is a steal for a book like this, given what Michael invested to acquire his material and given the pleasure you'll undoubtedly get from following along on his journeys. Just check out the photos in the customer images section and I guarantee you will start fantasizing about exploring haikyo yourself. This book is an amazing place to start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ljmwest on April 30, 2014
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I'm loving the book - I'm only about 1/2 way through - but I'm savoring it. I could have finished by now - it's not difficult - but it's so enjoyable that I'm doling it out, I don't want it to end.

I especially like there are additional pictures available (when online) but I would enjoy the book even without picture.

Note to author - you are incredibly brave - not just for going into the abandoned areas but for writing so intimately about the experiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Plunkett on December 31, 2013
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I've lived in Japan for over 23 years and thought I knew all there was about Japan. This book opened my eyes to a whole other world yet to be known. Some places I had visited before but long forgotten. A well written narrative with stunning photography to accompany. It's refreshing to come across such a unique book. I'll be highly recommending to others.
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I would prefer a printed book version to have nice large photos rather than having to tap and enlarge the photos - in the sample "Look Inside" the photos seemed much bigger than the actual ones in Kindle format. But I did enjoy reading of the authors adventures and looking at the photos he took once I zoomed in and enlarged them. Also there are only Japanese or French books on Haikyo, so this one was the only one I could find in English - Thankyou to the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jordy Meow on May 21, 2014
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Haikyo used to be my main hobby and it is actually thanks to MJG who's website got me started. I never met the man himself but all my first haikyo experiences were actually to follow his steps. In regard to this, I had to get this book and I it was amazing to experience the places I visited myself through his eyes. This book touched me very intimately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midory on December 26, 2013
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This book is full of adventure, intriguing photos and amazing stories of Japanese ruins.
I would love to see some of these ruins sometime! A great book, totally unique! I recommend it to anyone interested in a new view of Japan.
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I liked the subject of the book, as I grew up in an abandoned army fort and loved to explore the ruins. I didn't know other people did this as a hobby! I wish there had been more and bigger photographs but suspect this is a limitation of ebooks. I found the authors narrative fun and genuine, though perhaps immature...I wouldn't change it as it made the book very real. Perhaps the book went on a little too long. I wanted to know more about the authors love interest and who his friends were. It was very interesting how abandoned sites were left, and I think this must be particular to Japan. At the end, I felt the loss of the authors hobby and would have liked more of an explanation of why he moved on. Thanks, I enjoyed the read.
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