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Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Bk 1)
Across the Nightingale Floor - Tales of the Otori, Bk 1
Author: Lian Hearn
In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard.  — The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have ta...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781405000321
ISBN-10: 1405000325
Publication Date: 9/6/2002
Pages: 294
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Macmillan
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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juicyfruit avatar reviewed Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 3
Excellent audio book!! Narration shifts between male and female point of view and both cast members do a fantastic job. The writing is beautiful and it is a beautiful story to have read aloud. The characters really touched me and I found myself thinking about them long after the book was finished; in fact, long after the series was finished. The story is a mix of mystery, adventure, a touch of fantasy and, at it's heart, a tender love story. Highly reccommended, 5 stars!
daedelys avatar reviewed Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I have to admit that I bought this series because the covers on the books looked beautiful and the description in the inner sleeve sounded intriguing. The story starts out decent enough, but it is simply written without a lot of detail that could make the story so much better. The characters are quite bland and neither they nor the plot has a lot of depth to it.

A big complaint I did have for this story is the lack of Japanese "flavor" the story has. I just didn't get a feel for the culture in which this tale was supposed to being taking place in. The author does a poor job in making the background of the world and the characters come to life. Granted, there are Japanese names and places in the book, but the writer should've incorporated some local dialect and phrases into the character's dialogues and thoughts because I feel this would have given it that little extra something. Especially since it's noted in the blurb about the author how he's studied the Japanese language... not using this knowledge seems a bit of a waste.

However, even though it's mediocre, it's interesting enough to compel me to read the next book in the series since I have it on hand. Hopefully the author will have grown some in his writing skills.
daedelys avatar reviewed Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Bk 1) on + 1756 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I have to admit that I bought this series because the covers on the books looked beautiful and the description in the inner sleeve sounded intriguing. The story starts out decent enough, but it is simply written without a lot of detail that could make the story so much better. The characters are quite bland and neither they nor the plot has a lot of depth to it.

A big complaint I did have for this story is the lack of Japanese "flavor" the story has. I just didn't get a feel for the culture in which this tale was supposed to being taking place in. The author does a poor job in making the background of the world and the characters come to life. Granted, there are Japanese names and places in the book, but the writer should've incorporated some local dialect and phrases into the character's dialogues and thoughts because I feel this would have given it that little extra something. Especially since it's noted in the blurb about the author how he's studied the Japanese language... not using this knowledge seems a bit of a waste.

However, even though it's mediocre, it's interesting enough to compel me to read the next book in the series since I have it on hand. Hopefully the author will have grown some in his writing skills.
reviewed Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Bk 1) on + 13 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Lush prose and wonderful story. First of a trilogy.
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