The Secret of the Fish and Other Stories

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
A collection of rare, classic, supernatural Japanese short stories by Kotarou Tanaka: "Moths," "The Soldier Who Vanished Into Thin Air," and "The Secret of the Fish." A creepy pseudo-romance, ghosts, poison, and shapeshifting!

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  • Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
  • Words: 6,900
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781458089731
About Geoffrey Ivar

Geoffrey Ivar studied Japanese and English Literature at the University of Virginia. He moved to Japan on the JET Programme to teach English, improve his Japanese, and gain a greater appreciation for Japanese literature. Although he has returned to live in America, he still travels frequently between Japan and the U.S.

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Review by: jsrudd on June 29, 2011 :
Good collection of stories. Though "Vanished Into Thin Air" is a little short, I found it a good break between the other two longer stories.

Each of these is that type of story that doesn't offer a true resolution and just leaves the reader wondering at the end what really happened. It definitely adds to mystery.

I'd have to agree with the previous reviewer that these stories are evocative of Japan, but not in the boring haiku-about-frogs sense.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: m hansen on June 3, 2011 :
I loved these stories - they took me right to the tea house, the mountain pool. The simple narrative style makes the moments of poetry really stand out.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
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