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Cimarronin: A Samurai in New Spain (Collected Edition) (The Foreworld Saga: Cimarronin) Kindle & comiXology
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About the Author
Neal Stephenson is primarily a fiction author and has received several awards for his works in speculative fiction. His more popular books include Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, The Baroque Cycle, and Anathem. He is a co-founding author of the Foreworld universe and co-author of The Mongoliad trilogy. He resides in Seattle with his family.
Mark Teppo is the author of the Codex of Souls urban fantasy series, the hypertext dream narrative The Potemkin Mosaic, and the vampire eco-thriller Earth Thirst. He is a co-founding author of the Foreworld universe and co-author of The Mongoliad trilogy, along with many other tales in the universe. A bibliophile whose interests include historical martial arts and esoteric traditions, he lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Charles C. Mann is the author of 1493, a New York Times bestseller, and 1491, which received the Keck Award from the National Academy of Science. The co-author of five additional books, including a young readers’ version of 1491 called Before Columbus, Charles is a regular contributor to The Atlantic, Science, and Wired. He has covered science, technology, and commerce for publications such as National Geographic, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post. Charles has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award four times, and has won writing awards from the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Physics, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Margaret Sanger Foundation.
Ellis Amdur is a well-known practitioner and researcher of classical Japanese martial arts. He has written three books on the subject, including Dueling with O-sensei, Old School, and Hidden in Plain Sight. Ellis also works as a crisis intervention specialist and has authored and published nine books on the de-escalation of aggressive, emotionally disturbed individuals. His first novel, The Girl with the Face of the Moon, will be published in fall 2014.
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- Print Length : 71 pages
- Publisher : Jet City (September 24, 2014)
- Publication Date : September 24, 2014
- File Size : 63382 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00MPTAG26
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The opening hooks one. It raises several questions that the reader will want answered: Why is a Japanese samurai hanging out in the Philippines in 1632? Students of Asian history will recognize that Japan’s long warring period is a couple decades past and there are a lot of warriors out of work. But is that all? Is the priest really a priest, and, if so, how does a blackguard end up a holy man? And most crucially, will Kitazume take the mission, and—if so—will he succeed (and will he be glad he did?) The reader always knows that the priest has something up his sleeve, but it’s only gradually revealed what that is.
We soon discover that Kitazume has some skill as a detective. This enhances our curiosity about the character. The higher echelons of law enforcement in feudal Japan were staffed by samurai, but it still adds another interesting dimension to the character.
The three book collection continues with the discovery that the priest is facilitating the transport of a Manchu princess to Mexico. (Philippines to Mexico, hence the “New Spain” subtitle reference.) The priest’s plot unfolds in the middle book, and we get a better picture of his scheme.
The second book ends with a fight with the Cimarrones—a bellicose, indigenous tribe (and the reason for the first part of the title,) and in the third and final book the Manchu Princess’s own scheme is revealed. The differing goals of the various major characters set up the potential for an excellent story. Kitazume has the simplest goal: to have a mission that makes life worthwhile and to conduct his life with some semblance of the virtue for which the samurai were known. The priest and princess weave a more complex web of scheming.
The story is peppered with flashback sequences that give us some of Kitazume’s backstory, and a substantial part of the third book is such backstory. The graphic artist uses a subdued scheme to make it readily apparent which panels are flashback and which are in the timeline of the story arc.
As this is the first three books of a larger collection, the ending is lacking (which is to say it’s not so much an ending as the set up for the story to unfold.) The story is much stronger in its beginning than its ending. The third book ends trying to entice one to read the concluding volumes more than it tries to wrap anything up. This situation also results in the fact that we don’t get a good picture of why Kitazume is the lead character in the story. I suspect that’s why there is so much backstory, to try to build sympathy and curiosity for the character while making him weak enough that his success is not apparent. At any rate, Kitazume doesn’t come off as the strongest or most competent character in the book by a long shot. Hopefully, this is so that he can pull out an underdog save in the end, but that’s just speculation.
I found this collection to set up an interesting story, but it doesn’t stand alone. It does have plenty of action and intrigue. If the historical fiction premise intrigues you, you may want to get the complete collection.
I recommend this book with all my heart.