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05:42 pm: They promised me a rose garden
Today was nice and sunny, so I decided to go to the Kyoto Botanical Garden to see the flowers. Boy, did I see flowers. I think I took, oh, about a bijillion pictures. In particular, the rose garden was in full bloom. I took pictures of all kinds of roses, of all colors, in all stages of bloom, from a bunch of different angles. I'm all set for reference material!

After lunch, the plan was to hit the new Kinokuniya, followed by Animate and Book Off. Well...I wound up spending WAY too much time at Kinokuniya...not to mention money. But I did get some interesting books.

I must have shocked the poor, unsuspecting Japanese customers around me when I shrieked at the following discovery: The Japanese version of Luck in the Shadows. Woo hoo! It's Seregil and Alec, drawn anime-style! It's slightly disappointing that the only illustrations are the cover, the inside flap, and the cast of characters page, but STILL.

By the time I managed to escape the clutches of Kinokuniya, it was late afternoon and I had a lot of heavy books to carry, so I cut my trip short and returned home.

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From:megory
Date:May 28th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)

How beautiful!

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We are going to be seeing some beautiful embroidery!

Congratulations on your find.

How nice that you are so close to Kyoto, a place of never-ending discovery and delight!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:May 28th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
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The Japanese version of Luck in the Shadows.

!!! You're the best! I heard ages ago that this was coming out, but knew nothing about the release date, or how to find it once it came out (What would the title be? How would they katakana-ize her name?). Thank you!!!

By the way, was it with the regular teen bunko? Or with the foreign books? Who's the illustrator? Why do Japanese bookstores close at 8:00 so I can't run out and grab it now? And why is Seregil's hair so long? No, never mind that last one.
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From:mangaroo
Date:May 28th, 2005 09:17 am (UTC)
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So if Seregil is the man with pretty hair, is Alec the ripply brown cloth mountain? Is he cursed in some way?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 28th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
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So if Seregil is the man with pretty hair, is Alec the ripply brown cloth mountain?

Sadly, no. That's just his cloak. (Silly man, Alec is supposed to keep you warm. What are you thinking?)

Alec's picture is on the back cover.

<gleefully looks forward to the next volume>
From:mangaroo
Date:May 28th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
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WOW. Alec is very anime/manga, yes.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 28th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
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By the way, was it with the regular teen bunko?

It's in the C*Novels section. I noticed it because it was near the Lee series books. (C*Novels has apparently started doing translations of American fantasy. They've already come out with Kirith Kirin and The Thief's Gamble.)

Actually, I just happened to glance at it and think, Gee, he's cute...hey, wait a minute...

Who's the illustrator?

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why is Seregil's hair so long? No, never mind that last one.

<g> The thing that really surprised me was the katakana for his name. I would have made it セレギル, but it's サージル. What the...? Isn't that "Sergil"? Oh, well. He's certainly pretty.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:May 28th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
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It's in the C*Novels section.

Thanks! I shouldn't have any trouble finding it now.

I would have made it セレギル, but it's サージル.

I would find this understandable if the author hadn't gone to the trouble of having him carefully pronounce it in one of the first chapters. Oh well.

*joins you in gleefully looking forward to the next volume*

*wishes that the author would hurry up and finish her current trilogy and get back to the Nightrunner series*
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From:melf42
Date:May 29th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
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C*Novels has apparently started doing translations of American fantasy.

Really!? Whoo! I don't suppose there's any chance of classic David Eddings stuff... that I could read in Japanese, seeing as I've memorized it in English.

(Never did read the last Nightrunner book, bad me. Do they all die in the end... or have 17 children ;))
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 29th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
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Do they all die in the end... or have 17 children ;)

Yes. Every single character either dies or has 17 children. It's quite amazing. ^_~

And there are baby dragons!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:May 29th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
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And there are baby dragons!

*shock* I can't believe you said this and not, "And they're all really vampires from outer space."
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 29th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
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I can't believe you said this and not, "And they're all really vampires from outer space."

You're right! I totally forgot about the spacealien vampires. It must be the heat affecting me.
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From:wrenwyn
Date:May 28th, 2005 04:55 am (UTC)
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It sounds as though you had a wonderful day! Great weather, beautiful flowers (that rose bud is perfect), and lots of fabulous books found at an amazing bookstore; how heavenly.

I can't wait and see the embroidery you create from your photos. ^_^

(=^.^=)
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From:mereflair
Date:May 31st, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
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;_; THAT LOOKS SO PRETTY
Seregil!
The rose ain't bad either! XD
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 31st, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
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THAT LOOKS SO PRETTY
Seregil!


Why couldn't the American version have such pretty art? That's what I want to know.

The rose ain't bad either!

Roses are so photogenic. Peonies, however, give them a run for their money.
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