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!