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Haiku, Mythology and a new Shoreline

This week I have two pieces in the Japan Times. One is a look back at haiku master Basho’s classic work The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the other is a review of the final part in Lian Hearn’s The Tale of

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Reviews: Alan Spence and Lian Hearn

Today I have two pieces in the Japan Times. The first is a review of the recently released Lord of the Darkwood by Lian Hearn, the third in a four part series called The Tale of Shikanoko, a fantasy set in a

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Lian Hearn, Autumn Princess, Dragon Child Review

  My latest piece for the Japan Times is live now, a review of the second part in Lian Hearn’s The Tale of Shikanoko, Autumn Princess, Dragon Child. If you like your historical fiction shot through with fantasy, then this is a

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Kenzaburo Oe and Lian Hearn Reviews

This weekend I have two pieces in the Japan Times, one a look back at Kenzaburo Oe’s A Quiet Life, the other a review of Lian Hearn’s latest novel, Emperor of the Eight Islands.

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