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Miraibanashi the Trilogy by James Litherland
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bookshelves: action-adventure, spy-story, spiritual

Covering the ground from Osaka to Tokyo, James Litherland’s Maraibanashi trilogy takes readers to a curious future, where the mysterious Batsu rule from fortified cities, and the people outside struggle in slums of abject poverty. But the land is still beautiful, and the author’s writing brings many peoples and places to life, as he follows rebellious but fiercely principled Roshike from failure to hope, with the help of many fascinating characters.

Blending spy story with science fiction, presenting a future world whose history is nicely hidden, and revealing just enough to satisfy the reader’s immediate curiosity without denying imagination, the Miraibanashi novels plunge readers into high-tech action-adventure right from the start. Think samurai swords plus computers...

Characters’ introspective musings are nicely timed and intriguing in these novels, alternately hiding and revealing details of the plot. There are plenty of thought-provoking situations and ideas, all blending plausibly with unobtrusively spiritual themes. Pleasingly, the trilogy maintains a clear moral compass in spite of its violence and deception. The story offers a powerful combination of the surprising and the inevitable, and is an enjoyably different read.

Disclosure: I read the novels separately and enjoyed them.
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Started Reading
November 6, 2017 – Shelved
November 6, 2017 – Shelved as: action-adventure
November 6, 2017 – Shelved as: spy-story
November 6, 2017 – Shelved as: spiritual
November 6, 2017 – Finished Reading

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