Friday, 19 October 2018

Blogoween - Author Focus, Ryū Murakami

a photo showing three books in the miso soup audition piercing

As part of my blogoween series I thought it would be great to feautre an author who writes a lot of fantastic horror. Ryū Murakami is a Japaense author who was first published in 1976 and has since written many stories and short story collections, quite a few of which have been translated into English and one, Audition, has even been made into a film.

Today I wanted to talk about three books in particular, In the Miso Soup, Piercing and Audition. Let me start off by saying these are definitely not for the faint hearted or weak stomached as they are pretty gorey. All three books I would say are definitely more along the lines of a thriller/suspence type of horror and for Westerners it shows a darker side of Japan then what they may be used to or aware of:

  • In the Miso Soup (1997) - Kenji is a Tokyo tour guide, although he specialises in the seedier side of Tokyo and makes his living off of western tourists who want to see hostess bars and soap lands. Frank is an unusual looking American who hires Kenji to be his guide for three nights in a row. Franks behaviour is very weird, so weird in fact that Kenji starts to suspect that he is a serial killer....
  • Piercing (1994) - This is one I wouldn't recommend for new mother! Kawasjima Masayuki is a new dad living in Tokyo. Everything may seem fine and dandy but every night Kawashima sneaks into his daughters nursery and stands above her cot with an ice-pick in his hand....
  • Audition (1997) - Aoyama is a documentary maker who hasn't dated anyone since his wife died seven years ago. His teenage son Shige encourages his to start dating again so Aoyama and his best friend come up with a plan to find Aoyama a new wife by holding auditions for a film that is never going to be made. 
As you can see from the book descriptions they are all very dark. Each one is around 200 pages long so they are quick reads, but that is a good thing because these are INTENSE. 

Let me know if you decide to pick up any Ryū Murakami, or have read any of his previous books! Next on my list of his titles to read is Coin Operated Locker Babies.

14 comments:

  1. These books sound interesting if you are looking for something dark. In The Miso Soup sounds like a an interesting thriller, I like the idea of the novel

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  2. I haven’t read a book since a very long time, but I think I should change this and start reading books. Will have to see how to work out on this schedule with a toddler at home.

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  3. I love the sound of all of these books, I'm not sure if they'd be a bit TOO dark for me though? I've seen Audition as a movie though, but haven't watched it myself x

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  4. I've not heard of this author before. The books all sound really creepy! Perfect for Halloween

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  5. oh ive not heard of this author before, my sister is a huge book addict though so will send it through to her as they sound like her kind of books!

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  6. I really like the sound of these, will definitely read them at some point!

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  7. these sound like fab looks for this time of year. a good length too as I can quickly not want to put books down, especially if they are intense :)

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  8. I don't think I could deal with these if they're that gorey, but they do sound pretty cool x

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  9. These definitely sound like something I could read, I might have to pick them up!

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  10. I have to admit I've not heard of this author before but they sound like something I may enjoy. Are they manga style?

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  11. Sounds like interesting reads, and short enough to feel manageable with a busy lifestyle. I'll definitely check her out!

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  12. Ooh, these sound like they might fit into my life right now. I really want to get back into reading, but I don't have loads of time to escape with a good book. Thank you so much for the recommendation :)

    Louise x

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  13. I read Into the Miso Soup a few years ago and I am STILL traumatised haha.

    Daniella x

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  14. Not heard of this author before. Will check it out

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