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Spice and Wolf, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 15, 2009
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If you haven't heard of Spice & Wolf before, then either this book or the anime series are good places to start. You'll get more life out of the series, but the book is a bit easier on the wallet. Despite the unusual premise this is a slower-paced and more dialogue heavy story, suited for an older audience. A healthy interest in economics isn't needed, but it'd be a plus.
EDIT: I just have to update this after completing Volume 5 of the Spice & Wolf...everything I originally said about the rocky translation was just wrong. Paul Starr is doing an AMAZING job, this is by far one of the best translated light novels I have read to date, it perfectly captures the tone of the series.
Five volumes down and I am even more in love with this series than before, here's hoping we get to see the rest brought over!
The teasing romantic interplay between Lawrence and Holo is a delight. Two world-wise adults, albeit in different ways, they tease and flirt in an amusing and yet sexually-tense manner. You know that if either of them pushed things even a bit, they'd be...well, you know. But both are aware of the inevitable outcome of love between an immortal and a human. Not to mention Lawrence is a little afraid of being with a god (quite reasonably) and Holo has her near-arrogant pride to hold her back.
Anyway, a fun read. Note that it is for young adults, so don't expect Lord of the Rings. But for what it is, it's satisfying.
I'd like to note the translation was a surprise. It's excellent. Very smooth, vivid, and accurate. I might even say it reads better than the original (although I only read two chapters of that some years ago). A pat on the back to Paul Starr who deserves much more credit than a tiny line almost lost on the indicia page. In Japan translators are properly respected and their names are even on the front cover. Shame on American publishers for treating their essential contribution so poorly.
The front cover art is odd. I suppose they're trying to attract "mainstream" readers of light novels and maybe this is a way to do it. I suppose we'll see if that does any good, and the fans will buy it anyway. But Holo should at least have had fangs....
Haven't read it myself, but this was a birthday gift for my husband and he was ecstatic!
Also, if you're not a fan of the American artwork on the cover - fear not! It's only a sleeve. The original artwork is underneath the removable sleeve if you don't like it.
From that description, you would probably think the story revolves around her and her abnormal powers; but no, it's mostly about...wait for it...MONEY! Yes, Spice and Wolf is unique (at least to me) in that the main drama the protagonists face is monetary schemes; and so you get this very peculiar mixture of the problems faced in a developing love relationship and those of a Renaissance merchant living day by day from his hard work in the field of finances. The financial drama in which the protagonists plunge themselves is quite intricate, and often revolves around financial concepts that affect our very world today, yet they are presented in a way more akin to a mystery novel than a lecture from Harvard. Boring things like price speculation and return on investment are suddenly transformed into the very sword and shield of a knight fighting for his damsel's love, yet the roles are often exchanged and it is Lawrence who finds himself needing saving.
Laurence has many characteristics often seen in other "anime" stories, like his inexperience in love, which gives him the typical shyness of male protagonists often found in animes.Read more ›
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Amazing series. Loved the anime so I started reading the LN and this first installment is amazing.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the Spice and Wolf franchise, and buying this novel I could say it was worth every penny.Published 3 months ago by Shung
As a casual anime fan I was surprised to see a light novel with an official English translation. With some trepidation(anime's have enough trouble at times, much less an entirely... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew Hall
As I sat down at the st Francis de sale's oratory in St. Louis Missouri, i picked up this book which I had ordered. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you are here, there is a good chance that you have already seen some, if not all, of the anime. Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that we will get a season three of this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Legendary Lyon
Its Spice and Wolf, F*****g love Spice and wolf...amazing Story favorite anime/manga/novel ever, besides GuPPublished 4 months ago by Gavin C.