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Spice and Wolf, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Spice and Wolf (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yen On (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759531048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759531048
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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The translations are good and recreate the original story well.
T. Carter
I would- it is an interesting read & I'm intrigued to see what will come next in the series.
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If you're a fan of the Anime (or manga) then this book is for you!
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By J. MURRAY on December 28, 2009
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I'll keep this short and sweet. Fans of the anime will love reading the original story and will gain a greater understanding of Lawrence & Holo. Little gestures you may not have even noticed the first time you watched the series, become clear and meaningful after finishing the book.

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!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on February 3, 2010
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While one might not be surprised to find a wolf-girl and a fantasy setting in a book aimed at young adults, plots based on the principles of free-market economics are unexpected. Yet Hasekura combines a very unusual romance with economics and comes up a winner. Who'da thunk it?
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....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arie N.B. on January 9, 2012
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Because of the picture, I was worried that this volume was printed with the photograph cover-- Especially since I heard that for the original American release the Japanese cover was only available as a dust cover for a short period of time. Luckily, the dust cover was the American title and the Japanese cover was on the actual book.

Haven't read it myself, but this was a birthday gift for my husband and he was ecstatic!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sammy on March 29, 2013
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For those still wondering, I can confirm that the books now have the anime style art work as the cover. Mine did not come with any dust jacket. The picture you see displayed is the image on the book. As for the content, I enjoyed it very much and have also read the other books. Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Raul Panther on August 5, 2011
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If you're a fan of the anime you will most likely be a fan of the light novel. You pick up on a few things you will have missed if you had only watched the anime.

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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Figment Review on April 28, 2011
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by Matt Reeves

In a genre that is as growingly popular as it is seemingly cliché, it's hard to imagine something coming along that could potentially shatter the mold, especially when it seems authors are bent on repeating the same formula over and over again. However, that is exactly what happened last December when Yen Press, a Manga/Graphic Novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, jumped into the world of Young Adult literature for its second time and published the debut Werewolf themed novel "Spice and Wolf". It was a big gamble with even larger financial risks involved for the publisher. Could a Manga (the Japanese word for Comics) publisher make a successful bid at YA fiction?

Before going any further, I feel it's necessary to explain something. "Spice and Wolf" is a Young Adult novel from Japan. It originally debuted in 2005 as an entry in the prestigious nationwide Dengeki Novel Prize competition, going on to win the Silver Medal to much critical acclaim. It was the young twenty-seven year olds first step into the world of publishing. One year later, the Dengeki Bunko imprint released his novel to the masses and from there it became a sensational bestseller almost upon arrival. To date, there have been fifteen novels published in the book series since its initial publication, with the sixteenth due in the near future. All together, the series has sold nearly 4 million copies. It has been featured three times in the yearly Japanese YA Book Guide "This Light Novel Is Awesome!", placing first in 2007 and winning the award for `Best Female Character'. Besides receiving mass acclaim, it has also been adapted into several hit television shows as well as a popular ongoing Manga.
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