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Roppongi is an 'adventure-travel-fiction' story, exploring the crazy and often dangerous world which is living and working as a foreigner in the Roppongi nightlife industry of Tokyo, Japan. The novel follows the (mis)adventures of its travel-addicted protagonist Zack, and in that respect is similar thematically to Alex Garland's 'The Beach' or Gregory David Roberts' 'Shant ...more
Paperback, N/A, 396 pages
Published January 13th 2012 by Createspace
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Nick Vasey
Jan 13, 2012 Nick Vasey rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Well, because I'm the author, it's probably better to include the first couple of pre-publication reviews here instead. Go to the website www.roppongithenovel.com for more information.

REVIEW 1
12th January 2012.
Review by "Fresh Underground Culture Magazine"
Visit the review on their website here: fucmonline.com/fucmwp/?p=1329

Roppongi, Tokyo. In a shadowy but glamorous world designed for maximum hedonism, things and people are not always what they seem. In this, his first novel, Nick Vasey deftly
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Gskoglind
Feb 01, 2012 Gskoglind rated it it was amazing
Having lived in Tokyo for as an ex-pat for 4.5 years, I believe the author, Nick Vasey, has captured the spirit of Roppongi brilliantly in this novel.  The friendships and situations portrayed are very similar to what I experienced.  A lot of people have their own story about Roppongi, I'm happy to read Nick's story because I can relate to it.  I agree with another reviewer, this is a book I'd like to see as a movie!

His character 'Zack' perfectly portrays the experience of someone who lived, and
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Vanessa Steinberg
Jan 22, 2012 Vanessa Steinberg rated it it was amazing
Amazingly and intriguingly suspenseful and intelligent writing. Made me contemplate the viability of packing up and moving to the Japanese petri dish of sin and hedonism that Roppongi is defined as and leaving the safety of my mundane pedestrian existence, in hard copy and not just via the vicarious journey this damn good read takes you on.
Mr Vasey is a star rising to altitudinal heights....catch him and this book as soon as you can.
Peter
Mar 26, 2012 Peter rated it it was ok
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Peripatetic Australian Zack Morrissey is a chick magnet and all round likeable guy in 1998, back when international travel wasn’t so complicated. He’s crewing on a tourist boat in Israel, partying it up and having a good time, but not a wild time; also he’s not making as much money as he wants. Hence the compelling need to return to a notorious district of Tokyo called—and vividly depicted in Nick Vasey’s debut novel—Roppongi.

Why Roppongi? In short, it is:

. . . a non-stop party-shop, a crazy rol
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Nick Mellor
Sep 16, 2013 Nick Mellor rated it liked it
I started reading this book ages ago and had got to the point where something was about to happen. Then, I promptly left it on a train in Spain. In a fit of pique I posted a one star rating on here (although I didn't say anything about it) because the book had taken so long to get going. Zack had just met the Nigerian, Max, who was to play a key role but this was so far into the story as to be a major fault. As a writer you can't allow the setting to be the main character. The exotic nature of R ...more
Joel Judge
Mar 30, 2012 Joel Judge rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying I came to read Roppongi having been gifted a copy from the author through this very website. At first I thought I was really going to dislike the book. Initially I found the main character Zack annoying and somewhat tedious. I've always had a problem with the "traveler" type(and I have been one myself) who cultivates an air of superiority in relation to those who have taken the more worn path of the nine to five existence. I remember traveling through India/Nepal and meeti ...more
Berrie Goossens
Aug 22, 2013 Berrie Goossens rated it really liked it
Roppongi is one of my dream-books. I'm a big Tokyo-fan and I've been there in 2009. This book really captures the Japanese atmosphere. We follow Zack, a die hard and confident traveler who has an angel on his shoulder. Loud-mouthed but still social and emphatic, Zack is an immediately likeable character with a raw edge. To earn money for his next traveladverntures, he goes back to Roppongi - Tokyo, the most bizarre area of Tokyo full with strange Gajins (outsiders). All is well for Zack and the ...more
Olivier
Jan 18, 2012 Olivier rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All my friends
Roppongi, just buy and read this book, have no hesitation because it is one that you will be wanting to read again and offer to your friends.

One day it will be recognised as not only a captivating story but also as a meaningful piece of art.

Reading the book is just like taking a little pill that takes you straight away in a maelstrom of life,
with lots of laughter, humour, adventures, also spiritual depth and sadness, but courage and useful philosophy.

You and your friends will be happy to own ori
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Griselda
Mar 20, 2012 Griselda rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed navigating with the charming character Zack as he unfolded his trials and trivilations (sort of speak) in one of the world's "salacious undergrounds", Roppongi. I appreciate this much on point novel of how life could be like, as I have lived in undergrounds myself and could definitely relate. If Roppongi shall become a movie, it will be a great compliment to BLOW and The King of New York.
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Jessie
Feb 22, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing
Amazing novel. I won it in a contest on Goodreads, and to be honest, I didn't know anything about it. Reading it was an adventure into the underworld of a foreign city, with realistic characters and interesting dialect. Love, love, loved it.
Peter Mac
Jan 23, 2012 Peter Mac rated it it was amazing
Thousands of foreigners living thousands of miles away from home in an area of Tokyo famous for its thousands of bars. There is no need to imagine. Read this book..what happens in Roppongi stays in Roppongi.....until this book came out! Thanks Nick! Great read; great memories!
Stacey Mckiernan
Jan 18, 2012 Stacey Mckiernan rated it it was amazing
Cannot wait to sit and read this book!!!!
Kat
Jan 20, 2012 Kat rated it it was amazing
cant wait to read this!
Jo
Jan 18, 2012 Jo rated it it was amazing
Thouroughly enjoyable book, once I started, I got immersed in the Roppongi world and couldn't put it down. Great book Nick, can't wait till you write the next book about Zack's next adventure
Georgie
Jan 17, 2012 Georgie rated it it was amazing
Cant Wait for the full read....
Chris
Jan 17, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
Nick Vasey's 'Roppongi': A great novel, emotionally touching, intellectually stimulating, well paced and the plots keep ever unfolding especially in the latter half of the book. In hindsight I appreciate that Nick has fleshed out the protagonist so well as it gave me enough details to reflect on and truly identify with him once events got into a fast gear. I also felt that Nick found good words to describe the drug and party scene of the last 15 years (not only in Roppongi)as many people seem to ...more
Philip Canterbury
May 13, 2014 Philip Canterbury rated it it was amazing
For a first book it's pretty stellar.
I have to say I thought this narrative was going to take off a LOT sooner, and also in an entirely different direction. Pretty incredible how the author creates this world to ponder. Some name dropping for Glamorama and The Pilgrimage, think I've got some books lined up to read now.
Interesting style, some great language, a bit dry and matter of fact with little suspense, but still I sucked it up.
I absolutely recommend this book if you've travelled or have
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Gabby
Jul 13, 2015 Gabby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Pretty intense, the author describes the setting very well. I enjoyed the fact that the yakuza were depicted in a more warm hearted fashion.
Ann Ainscough
Jan 22, 2012 Ann Ainscough rated it really liked it
I can see this book as a movie with picturesque locations, wonderful villains and an undoubtedly charismatic hero. When is Nick Vasey's next book being published?
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