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The Fox Wife's Tail

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In 2005, a dusty collection of papers were discovered in a cellar in Dublin. Untouched since 1860, the papers told the story of Otaro, a Japanese fencing teacher, and Captain Robert Hood, a discharged American soldier. It was a tale of duels, suspense and adventure in a Japan struggling to come to terms with the realities of the steam-powered 19th century.

When the two fr
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published August 14th 2016 by A Simple Plan Press
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Dan Allen
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Conrad Kinch's first book is a well paced adventure set in Japan in the 1860s. I enjoyed it a lot and Mr Kinch really gets the reader believing that he is reading the words of a 19th century US Army officer and not a 21st century Irishman. I particularly liked the fact that his hero, Capt. Hood, is not a gung-ho cavalry officer of the type you used to see in John Ford Westerns, rather he's an educated 19th century gentleman, capable of quoting Scott and Shakespeare as well as handling himself we ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

There was a big decision to be made in translating a book from historical times, as people of this period had a number of racist attitudes. Mr. Kinch has chosen to leave these in place, which can be jarring to modern sensibilities, but marks it as a true memoir of those times.

The book shows the difference in culture and attitude between the American and the Japanese, as (for example) a bereft father was unable to grieve until the appropriate time (an occasion where everyone els
Cian O'Sullivan
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A truly excellent read

Three genres rest very comfortably next to one another in this book - it's very much an adventure novel, but it is also a well-researched work of historical fiction, along with being a murder mystery. There's a huge amount to love inside these pages, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A cracking yarn! I particularly
like how there are two variations on the story to be read, depending on which of the maon characters is seeing things as they really are.
A great first book from Kinch!
Tamás Lehoczky
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a bit biased as I personally know the author, but I will try to be as objective as possible.

There's one thing I really hate about novels - pretentiousness. If you scroll back to my older reviews and see the reviews left for Vurt and Dark Eden, you will see that from those. When the author tries to give some kind of message but fails miserably makes the reading painful. In all honesty I did not expect a deep meaning, or life lesson taught from this book, even tho I know Conrad likes to dabb
Eoin Dornan
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great stuff

If you like swordfighting and derring do, give this a read. Vivid battle scenes, thoughtful prose and a lot of action.
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