De weg van de krijger
When I first heard about this book, I was like, “WOW talk about a fantasy I’ve had. I so have to read this book!” It sure wasn’t a disappointment either. It’s not very often I find a book that I just can’t put down. Right from the start I was invested in the main character, Jack Fletcher. The whole story and how Jack behaved I could so relate to. So many times in YA novels you read something and go “yeah right! No 12 year old would react like that.” I never felt like that while reading this book...more
For anyone who has not read James Clavell's Shōgun you will enjoy this as an easy interesting read, but for those of you who have, this will be a poor lackluster copy that boarders on plagiarism!
(view spoiler)[The first part of this book covers the journey of a Dutch ship piloted by an English man who uses ...more
Jack, beruntung diselamatkan oleh Keluarga Samurai di daerah Toba, Masamoto. Dalam lingkungan Masamoto lha, Jack belajar banyak. Belajar menjadi seorang samurai dan belajar memahami kehidupan.
Cerita dalam buku ini gampang sekali ditebak bagaimana akhirnya. Tapi itu tak menyurutkan saya untuk melanjutkan membacanya. Pe ...more
Im really grateful for my friend who lend me this book . I might buy the rest of the trilogy :3
'Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
So amazing, it had all the tropes in a book that I love. So I loved it a lot.
Based on the feudal era Japan, this story takes off when a ship from England, searching for this mysterious land, catch up with a really nasty storm and ends up being dragged to a smaller piece of land. While trying to repair the ship, they are attacked by Japanese pirates and all of them are killed ...more
Thematisch gut, aber vielleicht erschreckend für manchen Leser, ist der Umgang mit Jack als "Gajin". Als "Nichtjapaner" gehört er nie dazu und es ist ein regelrechtes Schimpfwort. Dies gilt leider auch heute (oft) noch in der japanischen Kultur insbesondere auch ...more
*Way of the Warrior*
To tell the truth, I was a bit hesitant to begin with the Young Samurai series in the beginning as I didn't have enough data about the series but mocking me it has secured a righteous and a deserving place in my ''memorable'' shelf. It's the first book in the Young Samurai series written by Chris Bradford, who himself is an expert in martial arts and the ''Japanese'' arts and language. The story revolves around a 12 year old Jack Fletcher, a young lively b ...more
This story was a bit like karate kid (the training and final climax where trainers compete by using their trainees in a contest) and also had pirate ninjas and was also historical. All these elements worked well together.
I loved that the author so clearly knows what he's talking about when it comes to Japan's culture and language and when it comes to martial arts (I've take ...more
Objectively, the plot was interesting, but I personally wasn't that interested in it. I found the characters flat and typical most of the time, bordering on annoying, there were lots of actions scenes just written as a list of, well, actions which took any and all excitement out of them. I suppose if you're a kid (the target audience for the book) it's exciting to read about what samurai are doing in training, with every single minuscule movement ...more
But the characters have no depth and not much consistency. They do what they do ... because that is what they do. Yamamoto hates Jack, until he doesn't. Jack is terrified of ...more
Since middle school I've had an interest in Japanese culture, due to the extreme consumption of anime and manga. So while I didn't think that this book — written for a younger, less nerdy audience — would have too many cultural references, I was mildly surprised. While keeping a more casual tone, there were indeed a lot of things to learn in this book, and a lot of Jap ...more
You could say that it was a slight copy off some other stories - Star Wars, Harry Potter, Karate Kid - but to be honest I liked it anyway and didn't really mind any of those elements.
The main character was quite interesting, but my favourites were probably two of the side characters. Their character arcs were better and heaps more interesting ...more
This was obviously written for younger readers and the writing style seems like it will keep them gripped and entertained. I wasn't fond of some of the Japanese terminology, I like how this might increase their interest and knowledge of Japanese culture and persona ...more
In 1611, a British merchant ship bound for “the Japans” is attacked by ninjas, and the lone survivor, 12-year-old Jack Fletcher, is taken into the home of a revered samurai. After dispensing with Jack’s initial sense of being lost in a new culture, the story dives directly into what teenaged boys will be looking for: fighting, and lots of it. The action comes fast, and Bradford writes with the authority of a black belt—which he happens to be—and a genuine respect for the subject. Th ...more
And why not compare this book to Potter? it's got an orphaned protagonist (Jack Fletcher) in a foreign land, exotic locales, and a school setting full of beauty and danger, history and magic. it's also got an evil antagonist that killed Jack's father.
Another reason for the Potter comparison: Young Samurai is freakin' awesome! Poisoned shirukens ...more
Chris is renowned for his inspiring author events and ‘method writing’ style. For his award-winning Young Samurai series, he trained in samurai swordmanship, karate, ninjutsu and earned his black belt in Zen Kyu Shin Taijutsu. For his BODYGUARD series, Chris embarked on an intensive close protection course to ...more