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Book Title: The Twelve Kingdoms: Skies of Dawn|
The author of the book: Fuyumi Ono
Date of issue: December 8th 2010
ISBN 13: 9781427802606
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This book just arrived and omg, y'all, this book is COMICALLY HUGE. I pulled it out of the box and sort of stared at it in disbelief and then burst out laughing. I was unaware the author had pulled a Harry Potter!
Okay, finally finished! Good god, this book is a brick, and I thought I would never finish it. That said, I don't see how it could have been any shorter, considering that it essentially consisted of three different, interwoven novels (Yoko's, Shoukei's, and Suzu's), until those narratives all merged near the end. This one was a bit info-dumpy at times, but the overall pace felt pretty brisk, and I was never bored. I continue to be impressed by how interested in political intrigue this series can make me. It usually just makes my head hurt.
I love how hardcore Yoko's gotten, and I love how she never even gives Keiki pause for breath when she's on a roll and how he's just flailing helplessly in the background. Keiki's passive-aggressive sighing and prissy whining are pretty much adorable, as are Yoko's smackdowns. It's like they're learning how to work together through the power of bitchfests. (I especially loved the bit near the end where Keiki's all, "But won't the officials feel slighted?!" and Yoko's like, "Yeah, well, sucks to be them I guess, 'cause I sure don't give a shit." You tell 'em, Yoko. :|d)
Although they don't have the same kind of charisma as Yoko, I also liked Shoukei and Suzu - I did question whether Shoukei would have changed so completely over the course of the story, though, and the moral lesson-ish-ness of both of their narratives seemed a little heavy-handed at times.
One thing that nagged at me a bit was the fact that in one of Enho's info-dumps, he explains in-depth how marriage works and its purpose and how most lovers who don't want children just don't get married, etc., etc., and it was so in-depth that the lack of any addressing of how homosexuality fits in was pretty glaring. I mean, how do same-sex pairings get on? Is it taboo or no? Are there lavender marriages in this world so that gay people can have children? These things should have really been covered...
Another thing that nagged at me was the typos. Good lord, where WAS the editor? Sleepwalking?
Anyway, this was a great installment, and I am full of woe that we'll probably never see the next volume over here in the English-speaking world. SADFACE. :(
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Read information about the authorKanji Name: 小野 不由美.
Fuyumi Ono (小野 不由美, Ono Fuyumi) is a Japanese novelist who is best known for writing the Twelve Kingdoms (十二国記, Juuni Kokuki) series, on which a popular anime is based. Her name after marriage is Fuyumi Uchida (内田不由美, Uchida Fuyumi), but she writes under her maiden name.
Ono was born in Nakatsu, Ōita, Kyūshū in 1960. She graduated from Ōtani University in Kyōto with a degree in Buddhist Studies, and in 1988 was employed by the publisher Kōdansha. Her debut story is titled Sleepless on Birthday Eve.
Ono is married to Naoyuki Uchida (内田直行, Uchida Naoyuki), a mystery novelist who writes under the pseudonym Yukito Ayatsuji (綾辻行人 , Ayatsuji Yukito).
Before she started work on Twelve Kingdoms, Fuyumi Ono wrote The Demonic Child (魔性の子), a horror novel about a boy from another world. She later worked certain events from this novel into the Twelve Kingdoms series. Short stories set in the various kingdoms include: Kasho, Toei, Shokan, Kizan and Jogetsu. In February, 2008, the first new Twelve Kingdoms short story, Hisho no Tori (丕緒の鳥) was published in Shinchosha's Yomyom magazine.
According to an interview at the Anime News Network, she is "currently rewriting a girls' horror series (she) wrote long ago."
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