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Subject: Japanese historical fiction
Date Posted: 5/4/2008 4:15 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2007
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I need suggestions for books similar to Shogun or the Musashi series for my husband. Feudal wars and bloody swords, LOL

Date Posted: 5/4/2008 4:44 PM ET
Member Since: 3/18/2007
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Although they are more historical fantasy, Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series sounds like something he might like.  The first book is Across the Nightingale Floor.

Another suggestion is Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka and his other books.

This one has a wishlist line, but looks interesting:

Author: Eiji Yoshikawa


If you go to the links for any of these books you should see tags for Japan Fiction, Japanese Fiction, and Samurai. Browse through those for more choices. I have never read any of the books I listed, although I do have a copy of Across the Nightingale Floor on its way to me right now.

I hope you find what you are looking for. Good luck!

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 10:33 AM ET
Member Since: 7/4/2007
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Across the Nightingale Floor is really good. It's a much faster read than Shogun.

Date Posted: 5/5/2008 10:42 AM ET
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Hmmm...this is one subject that I can't think of a single recommendation for. I guess I need to do some reading about Samurai's! The Musashi book sounds good.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 9:17 AM ET
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Thought of one! Okay, this is not historical fiction, but it's an exciting book that almost reads like fiction. The book is Samurai William: The Englishman who Opened Japan by Giles Milton. I really enjoyed this book.


Date Posted: 6/13/2008 9:30 AM ET
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My husband enjoys a series by Laura Joh Rowland.  It is set in medieval Japan (1600's).  It features a character named Sano Ichiro.

Date Posted: 6/15/2008 3:10 PM ET
Member Since: 5/5/2006
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Taiko by Yoshikawa, Eiji

Musashi by Yousikawa, Eiji

The Devil of Nanking by Hayder, Mo

Buddha Kiss by Tasker, Peter

oops ...he's already read the Musashi series..lol

The Perfumed Sleeve and Shinju by Rowland, Laura Jo

Autumn Bridge by Matsuoka, Takashi

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