Tuesday, March 10, 2009


For anyone who is interested in Japan there is a wonderful Australian author (I guess Australia does produce a few good things....) called Lian Hearn who wrote a really good fantasy trilogy based in Japan called "Across the Nightingale Floor". I read the trilogy a few years ago and really enjoyed them. The problem is that after she wrote the trilogy she decided it wasn't really complete so she wrote not only a sequel, but also a prequel to the trilogy. I have just completed the prequel. I am not an incredibly fast reader (most of my reading is done just before I fall asleep...) and so my dilemma is whether I should reread the trilogy to remind me of the story or just skip to the sequel and hope things make sense. I'm heading towards the later... it might take me another year or so to actually get through the trilogy again!
For anyone who hasn't heard of this series you can read more on her website here - my advice - start with the prequel and end with the sequel - you are lucky you didn't discover this great author before she wrote the whole series!


  1. Lian Hearn... The name seemed familiar and I googled it. Nope, not familiar but it turns out it's a pseudonym for Gillian Rubenstein who wrote Space Demons which was on my year 9 English syllabus. Freaky.

    As to your dilemma, I would skip the middle three, read the sequel and then if you feel you need to you can always go back to the middle again.

    Then again I have a horribly good memory- I rarely read a book again as I remember what happened. Really ruins movies too...

  2. Anonymous8:33 PM

    I've never commented before but i enjoy reading your blog.I was so surprised to see you writing about this series as i have just discovered them and am onto the 3rd book right now. I can't stop reading them!! I didn't realise the author was an aussie (so am I). I tend to forget things as soon as i've finished reading them but 3 books is a lot of reading considering the size of each one. How about reading number 3 as a refresher? I want to research the author but not spoil the outcome so i'll wait until i've read all 5 of them!

  3. Hello thefukases: I wish I had as good a memory as you. I have no idea what I studied at school....
    Hi Rachael: thanks for commenting. I am a pretty bad lurker when it comes to other people's blogs, but I always find it interesting to find out who is reading mine!
    I opted for just reading the final book and hoping that I remember enough about the things in the middle. So far so good!