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Spice and Wolf, Vol. 1 - light novel 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.
The pacing in this book is quite wonderful, and the intelligence of the characters really shine through the experiences they have to face and the challenges they have to overcome. This book has some action, but it's more about Kraft Lawrence's life as a traveling merchant, and always trying to read people and getting the best deal possible. The author pulls this over well, and makes it quite unique journey through multiple cities.
At key moments in the story they decided to add some Anime-ish drawings, and you can really see where they got the look of Holo and Kraft for the anime. It's a decent length book at around 230 pages long, and as far as I can tell it has really good editing.
This book is good for people who enjoy a good story, great character development, and the idea of a traveling merchant going through trials and tribulations in a middle aged-ish world. Even if your all about violence, I say give this book a try, you just may be surprised how much you like it.
-Written Jan, 2012
* Great character development
* Unique situations and setting
* Holo and Kraft are some of the coolest people
* Setting is set up nicely, and you believe the locations they visit are real
* Church has a crusader era to them, and the crazy stuff that happened at that time
* May not be for people who only want action
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book, almost identical to the anime (definitely not a bad thing), but as is exected of the book format, this goes to greater lenghts to explain some mercantile terms and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Andres Blasina
Lawrence is a traveling merchant that is very trusted throughout the land, even though that land is very heavily controlled by the church, who will do anything to make sure the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Melanie Parker
A great, fun novel; and not just for anime or manga fans either - for anyone. And the writing is quite good, too.Published 3 months ago by Trevor Otis
I really enjoy the way this was written; and, I much prefer it over how the anime was translated. The archaic language really adds to Holo's personality and draws on her... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The first of a most wonderful series. If you are looking for something a little bit different than a typical fantasy hack and slash story, you may want to consider this.Published 3 months ago by Matthew Miller
i love this series and after reading the books i love it all the morePublished 3 months ago by Hunter B Soward