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Paperback, 215 pages
Published 2006 by 角川書店 (first published January 1972)
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Shin'ichi Hoshi (1926-1997) is considered to be one of Japan's most influential science fiction writers of all time... but he's not very well known among western readers, I think. A few of his works have been translated and are available as e-book, including this little book. You can find out more about Hoshi here .

Kimagure Robotto, or, The Whimsical Robot, is a fun little book containing 'short shorts': short stories of no more than 5 pages each. Each of the stories is about an invention, wh
Yasuo Itoh
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it

Luca Tanaka
A collection of "short-shorts" by Hoshi Shinichi originally published in the Sunday editions of Japan's Asahi Newspaper. These super-short stories (the longest of which is seven pages) are modern fables with elements of sci-fi, each with a punch line and a bit of truth. Written for grade-school-level readers, the tales range from quirky to absurd to grim; all are original, and many give pause for thought.

The most memorable story to me is "Omiyage," or "The Gift," in which benevolent aliens land
Maira M. Moura
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to all students of Japanese willing to start reading actual books written by Japanese authors - and a famous one. If you're N3 or up, you will probably have no problem reading this if you up to consulting the dictionary at every page maybe. Since Hoshi-san's language is extremily consistent and even a bit repetitive, you will stumble upon the same words and expressions enough times to memorize them if they happen to be new to you - and you will end up using the dictionary less and le ...more
Phillip Yoon
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Hoshi Shinichi's short stories are great to read casually. Some of his stories made me really think hard; for instance, 「ネコ」(literally translated, 'Cat') made me think, 'Perhaps it is true that humans are slaves of cats...' because we provide food for cats, we take care of cats, and cats do not seem to care at all about us (unlike dogs). These kinds of stories I enjoyed to read.

However, I must say some of the stories were hackneyed. Some of the 'plot twist' was too easy to catch, at least for m
Apr 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, ebook, fiction, 日本語

(The language is pretty simple... accessible for N3 and up, I think... even without furigana。
Although, I think there is a つばさ文庫 edition [they are fully furigana-ed].)

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Most of the stories really aren't that interesting. They're clever, but anyway it was really good reading practice. ...more
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