Having finished Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda, I was happy to be moving into book 5. I wanted something slimmer because to be honest, the last one could have bogged me down if it was poorly written. It was a 300 page book, but it flew by.
So I chose a slim tome for book 5. I picked the new release I heard so much about, The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura. It was fantastic. Where Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda was emotive, passionate and heart expanding, this was stark, cold and dark. Japanese noir meets The Stranger. I loved the writing and the metaphors and was impressed with the translation.
Both are highly recommended, but for different reasons: Simon… is fantastic for YA fans, those who like coming out stories, someone who wants a modern gay romance. The Gun would be for someone who likes grim and stark stories, someone who wants realism and not fantasy, anyone who likes books in translation, those interested with modern Japanese culture, and fans of noir.
I’m starting to fade. It’s over an hour after my bedtime and all the ingested caffeine is making me feel all fuzzy, but my eye balls are drying out. Must. Press. On.
On to pick book 6…