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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.Read more ›
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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I liked the book, very interesting and kept my attention. didn't get bored reading it. I like it I like it I like it I like it I like it I like it I like it I like itPublished on October 20, 2013 by jaimepoohbr
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