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About the Author

Miyuki Miyabe's debut story, “Warera ga rinjin no hanzai” (Our neighbor’s crime), won a new writer award in 1987, and since that time, she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's fantasy novel Brave Story won the Batchelder Award for best children's book in translation from the American Library Association in 2007. The Gate of Sorrows is an adult novel in the same universe as The Book of Heroes (Haikasoru, 2010). Her other works available in English include All She Was Worth, Cross Fire, The Sleeping Dragon, Apparitions, ICO: Castle in the Mist, and more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1184 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Haikasoru/VIZ Media (December 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MZMTGU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Bonnie Lynn Wagner on August 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Every now and then, it's good to break away from the mold and try something different. I don't often read adult sci-fi/fantasy, but walking through the aisle one day, Miyuki Miyabe's The Book of Heroes caught my eye. The novel's concept intrigued me. Plus, it had something else going for it from the get-go: I always enjoy a good hero story.

Eleven-year-old Yuriko Morisaki is an ordinary fifth-grade student until her older brother Hiroki does the unthinkable. After a bad altercation at school results in his disappearance, Yuriko embarks on a journey to save him. The most interesting thing that drew me into the story was this: the "hero" is not as good and virtuous as our society allows us to believe. Only one part is. No matter how magnificent the hero, there is always a darker side that we overlook. The hero has two sides to him, and the darker side of the coin is often referred to in the novel as the King in Yellow. It's hard to explain the concept, but for example, think about Hercules. He performed a lot of heroic deeds, but also did some pretty vile stuff that would seem more like what a villain might do. This dual look at heroism was interesting to me, especially since it's something I've been studying in order to flesh out my own characters. I love the concept that there's more to a hero than what meets the eye. Things aren't always black and white.

The part of the hero that is the King in Yellow likes to wreak havoc on our world as much as the hero likes to save it. He needs vessels to break out of The Book of Heroes, where he has been imprisoned in the Nameless Land where all stories are born. Yuriko's brother Hiroki finds The Book of Elem and uses it to unknowingly become the last vessel and release the King in Yellow from imprisonment.
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I say this because at the at the beginning of the book it has a slow plot but it gets faster faster and it's really good ending
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I wanted this book to be better than it was. Unfortunately there were some logical fallacies to the concepts set up in the beginning that I just couldn't accept along with a slurry of contradictions within the authors own explanations. This made for inconsistencies in the novel and it made it seem as if events just happened out of convenience rather than logic.

The worst part was the ending which I found the ending deeply unsatisfying. If I hadn't been led to believe the plot was completely other than what it actually was for the entire book, the ending would have actually worked.

The imagination was great, however. It's an interesting mix of 'The Neverending Story' and 'Haroun and the Sea of Stories' and this might make a better movie than book.
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