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Toru by Stephanie R. Sorensen
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it was amazing

Somewhere between an alternative history and a steampunk novel, this story takes place in Japan at a time when the Shogunate is trying to resist the industrial revolution. The main character Toru returns from America at a time when Japan is facing invasion by an American fleet. With what he has seen in America and a mind and bag full of stolen ideas, Toru sets about helping Japan industrialise at an astounding rate. That is probably the main issue people might have with this book – the timeframes are kind of insane. Another concern might be that the cover image looks like it might allude to some great samurai action. Not so much – there are lots of samurai, all not doing very much. Go into this story pre-warned that there isn’t much in the way of swordfights, and you might have to be flexible with your thinking on how quickly things can happen, and you could have a real treat from this story. It immerses the reader in historical Japanese culture in a time that has relatively little coverage in literature. It quickly dismantles that culture in favour of building dirigibles etc, but in an interesting way. Give this book a try for something very different and imaginative.
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Reading Progress

August 30, 2016 – Started Reading
August 30, 2016 – Shelved
September 14, 2016 – Finished Reading

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