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Lian Hearn's stunningly powerful bestseller, Across the Nightingale Floor , is an epic story for readers young and old. Set in a mythical, feudal, Japanese land, a world both beautiful and cruel, the intense love story of two young people takes place against a background of warring clans, secret alliances, high honour and lightning swordplay. In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at the tread of every human foot, and no assassin can cross it. But sixteen-year-old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Iida's warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe — preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second self — that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan.

This book is insultingly bad. Normally a bad book is just that, but this book is actually infuriatingly bad. Firstly, it's a fantasy book set in feudal Japan. That's fine. I would think that it being set in Japan, Hearn would have learned anything about the place, but she apparently did not.

This book is written as if Hearn simply googled Japan and then decided to write a book on it. I'll go down the list of failings. Religion Japan wasn't Ch Okay. Religion Japan wasn't Christian. It persecuted Christianity in the same way that Rome did; it's teachings undermined the ruling order.

But in Hearn's world everyone is predominantly Christian, or at least they worship a god an awful lot like the Christian god; like looking down on suicide, which was a part of the way of life in Japan. So, okay, Hearn didn't do that justice; base a book of a land and F up their religion, okay.

But this is the least of her offenses. Language Other novels written about or in Japan Shogun, to name one have tried to successfully capture the way people spoke; saying one thing and meaning another. Hearn tries to do this I think. It's hard to tell because it is so blunt but she implies that they are saying something else. I guess. Either way the dialogue is awful. There is a two-page dialogue about a characters past that is painfully bad.

It isn't emotional, even the character seems to know this, and it isn't realistic. The conversations are flat and would fail if they were imitating normal conversation, in that they should be trying for feudal speech they fail astoundingly.

She apparently read somewhere that Japan gets a lot of earthquakes, so the characters experience them, constantly. This would be informative of the climate and area, but it isn't - it's irritating. All it does is randomly distract from the story. The characters are talking about something and then the author stops to make everything shake, then everyone has to acknowledge the quake, then we resume. Maybe that's real, but it's also retarded.

Include the quakes in exposition, don't stop the story to put them in. Realism only goes so far in books. If we had to read every time a character took a piss it wouldn't be interesting either.

Now there is the infamous battle of Yae gahara from her book The infuriating thing is that she uses the feuds, anger, and tension that came from the battle of Sekigahara but apparently didn't want to learn anything about it. Yeah, spending an afternoon researching battles and actual lords would have been so tough. It's insulting to every reader that she would be so lazy as to simply slap a 'Yae' in front of gahara and imitate such an important battle.

How about a Japanese person writes a story about America and they talk about the bombing of Mearl Harbor? Or the Bivil War? Gimme a break. If you don't put the time into the work you don't deserve to have the job. Nuff said. Culture I'll just sum up the undulating wave of crap that she wrote under this category as culture.

Hearn mentions the tea ceremony and Sesshu to add some sense of where the crap we are, but fails in both. The tea ceremony is highly regarded and ceremonial. It is obvious to anyone that knows anything about it that Hearn has no clue about it. So she simply puts a few ideas in and then assumes job well done. Or not. She does the same with Sesshu, a feudal artist. She drops him in and then completely inaccurately describes his artwork. Secondly, the characters act in no way as they would befitting their setting.

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Evidently Hearn has no clue about the hierarchy in Japan or how much different it was there than most anywhere else. Peasants were dirt to samurai. Samurai were the dogs of their lords, or daimyo. Hearn has everyone acting as if they grew up during the 's in America and freedom of speech is going strong.

People constantly belittle lords, sons of lords, and people of higher rank. Why is it Hearn refuses to use the proper names for half of the things she is writing about?

It's as if Hearn was struck by some bizarre fear of using the actual words for anything. Normally this would just irk me, but it is to the point where misunderstanding is common.

For example: The wooden training sword is called a boken not a pole. Those are completely different things. Hearn's lack of ability to describe anything leaves the reader with only the words she gives them, so when she says 'two people fight with poles' that is what we see.

If she actually meant everyone fights with poles then Historical Fiction This is not. It is hardly set in Japan. It is set in a place where they use the names of people from Japan. That is about it. The rest of this is the same fantasy garbage that proliferates the genre. And really, if you are going to base a fantasy world off of Japan then it should be pretty similar to it, otherwise why do it?

You just like everyone looking Asian? So, aside from the fact that Hearn fails terribly at representing the people she set out to, how's the rest of the book? The characters are weak with unoriginal histories that are not spiced up in the least bit. The love is 'at first sight' which is the trademark of lazy writing. Why bother having to develop feelings when you can just say it was at first sight?

The hero, despite being written in 1st person, is remarkably flat. The beginning has him discovering his destroyed village and yet he seems pretty unperturbed by it. Later he feels something. Sort of. So, crappy characters. What else? Oh, everyone knows things that would be impossible for them to know just to move the story along and build superficial tension.

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How the hell does a monk living in a temple in the forest know that the main character has acute hearing? How is it everyone and their mom knows the main character is part of some assassin tribe by looking at him? Was his dad Elvis Presley and he looks just like him? I'm pretty sure assassins thing is to be unseen , but I guess that wouldn't make things tense, right Hearn? The prose is weak and most of the story takes place in exposition.

They traveled here, they did this, and we are witness to very few of the actual happenings. What results is nothing that anyone really cares about. The only thing that bothers me more about having actually read this book is that anyone thought it was well-written, and worse, that it was awarded with anything.

This is an insult to literature and I have very little hope left if this is what most people find 'good'. View all 64 comments. I was about years old and a classmate, a good friend of mine had lent me this book. I read it, i loved it and then my brain completely erased all the data i had on the book.

I mean, literally, i remembered nothing apart from liking it. Life happened and i forgot about it, but last year i was in a bookstore and i saw the second book of the series sitting on the self in front of me. The title is "Grass for his pillow". I stopped, stared at it and immediatly thought of the book that i have read years ago. I remembered how much i enjoyed it and i felt the urge to reread it. So i bought the whole series and the prequel and the sequel.

And i am so glad i did. While reading it i had moments like being in a dream, a very distant and familiar dream of mine. The more i read the more i remembered and the more i remembered the more i was enjoying and loving it.

This is a fantasy book set in medieval, feudal "Japan" it is not Japan, but it definetely feels like it. The atmosphere is amazing, the writing is amazing Lian Hearn uses both 1st and 3rd person narrative , great discriptions of the lands and great delineation of the characters.

It is raw and brutal, but it is also very, very beautiful. This is a story about war, love, betrayal and revenge. I just loved this book for the second time. View all 8 comments. Apr 10, colleen the convivial curmudgeon rated it it was ok Shelves: I have, in the past, admitted to, probably, over-rating certain books because the romance element gave me the warm-squishies, even though other aspects of the book were lacking or, at times, downright annoying.

See 'Fire Study'.

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So it's a bit ironic that, for this book, I think the romance element between the two protagonists was the weakest aspect of the book. It was so eye-rollingly, groan-inducingly bad that I think the story would've been well-served if it was cut entirely. Or, if not cut, then handled better.

Much better. Much, much, much better. Their eyes meet, they're instantly deeply and desperately in love, to the point where they'd rather kill themselves than be without each other. Conversely, the romance aspect between two secondary characters was more touching, more realistic, and should've been developed a bit more.

But, anyway, even before we got to the eye-rolls of the romance - and I mean this literally. I did actually roll my eyes several times - there were other issues. For one, I didn't really dig the narration. It felt simplistic and unengaging. There was a lot of "I was filled with grief, and I felt tears rolling down my face" type stuff - in other words, a lot of telling very little showing. Also, when the narration switches from the first-person perspective of the Takeo chapters to the third-person-limited of the Kaede chapters, there's not enough change of tone or style.

You can tell it's the same writer writing both, and just substituting "I did"s for "she did"s. I would've appreciated a greater change in tone or texture, but, you know, any change would've been nice. Furthermore, I was really disappointed in the lack of cultural flavor. Especially because some of the elements didn't ring true. Granted, I'm not exactly an authority on Japanese culture, but some of it just didn't sit well - such as the slap-dash Tea Ceremony and the way that the bowing lacked hierarchy and protocol.

This was perhaps doubly jarring having read this shortly after Eon which, despite it's flaws, captures Asian culture more thoroughly, and weaves it throughout the story, instead of throwing random tidbits out, and Goodman seems to have done a good deal of research on hierarchial protocol, which Hearn seems to have glossed over entirely.

Oh, yeah - and don't forget the random earthquakes, 'cause Japan has a lot of earthquakes, so we need to have a few randomly scattered throughout the story, even though they don't really serve a purpose or add to the storyline in any way But, that all said, it's not all bad. There are elements of the story which are good.

I enjoyed watching Takeo grow as a character, his relationship with Shigeru, and developing his abilities that come from "the Tribe" i. Honestly, I prefer assassin type stories where it's a matter of training and honing ability, and less "you can go invisible 'cause you have magic blood", but, whatever.

And while certain things that happened didn't have near the emotional impact that they ought to have, and would have, I suspect, were the writing better, I still liked many of the elements of the story - the intrigue and double-talk though, like Eon, the intrigue in this book suffers because you generally know which side everyone is on and there's never that guessing of "whose side is he really on?

Um - where was I? Good things, right? I got side-tracked. Um - yeah It was a slow build, but the last quarter was pretty fast-paced, and if it weren't for the vomit-fest of the romance, it could've been a solid 3. With the writing being what it was, I don't think it could've ever really managed more than that, though. I mean, seriously. I wish I could convey just how terrible it was without being spoilery, but I can't, so allow me to rant behind tags: I mean Jan 08, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a light Feudal Japanese fantasy that focuses heavily on growing up to be an assassin, trembling with desire and love, and reveals that drive the main character to dire measures.

Does most of this sound familiar in YA fiction? It should. Fortunately, I enjoy light Feudal Japanese fantasies Special t This is a light Feudal Japanese fantasy that focuses heavily on growing up to be an assassin, trembling with desire and love, and reveals that drive the main character to dire measures.

Special things of note A love story for the ages! Loveable mentors falling to force big decisions on main characters! View all 6 comments. Jan 31, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: This is a weird book for anyone who has more than a passing knowledge of Japan.

The author is a great fan of Japan, its culture and its history. That's obvious just by looking at her name, Lian Hearn, which is a pseudonym. According to Wikipedia, it's a contraction of "heron," an important bird in the Tales of the Otori series, but it's also the surname of one of the most famous Western experts on Japan, Lafcadio Hearn.

She's gone to great lengths to instill Japanese culture into every part of th This is a weird book for anyone who has more than a passing knowledge of Japan. She's gone to great lengths to instill Japanese culture into every part of this book, from the names of people and places to social and political customs, even clothing and holidays. For all intents and purposes, this is a story about feudal Japan. Except it isn't. The Tales of the Otori takes place in a kind of alternate-universe Japan, a place where everything is the same except where it isn't.

Once you get past that, the book becomes a lot of fun to read. And if you don't know much about the history and culture of Japan, that all shouldn't be a problem. It's the story of a boy from an isolated town, one of the Hidden - a small religious sect that faces political and religious ostracism see Christians in the Edo Period from an isolationist and power-hungry warlord see Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Young Tomasu is the only survivor of a raid by that warlord - his family, his friend and his people were burned to the ground and he only lived thanks to the appearance of the Lord of the Otori, Shigeru. Wracked with guilt over the death of his brother, Shigeru took Tomasu in as his son, renaming him Takeo. The boy found himself in a new land, with a new home He soon discovered that he had a secret birthright, passed down through his father. Takeo was a member of The Tribe, a mysterious clan of spies and assassins who possessed near-mystical powers.

They could move silently across nearly any floor, they could become invisible, or appear to be in two places at once. They were masters of the shadow and deliverers of death. See Ninja. It's a neat story, and the beginning of a series of books which are the author's first major foray into adult-ish fiction.

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It probably qualifies as Young Adult fiction, so if you're into that as I know some of you are , it'll be a good read. Thanks to Mom for sending me this View 2 comments. Aug 04, Mariel rated it liked it Recommends it for: I was protesting the Chinese food place down the block today. It's ridiculous. None of their offered cuisine is truly Chinese. If that wasn't bad enough I later had lunch at the restaurant next door.

They had these little cookies. If you break open the cookies there's a piece of paper that pops out with a message of something that might happen to you. This time I didn't eat the paper first and read what it said. Neither the setting nor the period is intended to correspond to any true historical era, though echoes of many Japanese customs and traditions will be found, and the landscape and seasons are those of Japan Judging by other goodreads reviews it seemed to bug some readers quite a bit.

One time I watched Darren Aronsky's The Fountain with an ex a Spaniard and he snottily asked me if I knew that none of the historical Spanish scenes really happened I'll remember this when I've forgotten his name. C'mon, alternate history isn't new! I'm sorry, I can't focus on Star Wars because Yoda looks familiar. Where have I seen him before this is going to bug me? So, warning in fortune cookie book, I can handle it.

If you don't overlap then you are living alone. Originality is valuable for the extra mile we can't walk alone. There's a bug infestation. Let me get that I think I just changed history when I squashed that bug. It turns out that Tom Cruise was not the very last samurai after all. What harm could that have done? I'm sure it's all right. This is a fantasy novel from If it came out a little later it would have been published as a young adult novel market trends and all that.

There could be warnings about the odds of young adult fantasy novels being about a young hero who magically has all of the powers he's going to need inside of him? More annoyingly to me , he also has all of the self righteous fuel he's going to need. One dead mama, coming up. Hey, I met these hot guys and they just gave me all my ideologies. I don't care if that '80s ya book ripped off the one child policy from China, if George Lucas liked Japanese films.

Everything else with WWII. You can make a better dish out of the same recipe your grandma always used. But the odds are so very high it will taste much the same and I've had this meal before. I'm a little tired of it. I spit out honor. Where's the personal touch? The you that doesn't remind me of someone else honor tastes like chicken.

The other person in the same memory. What would you do today if you spent today alone? Set your story in any place you like. Please let me recognize your character from someone else. Across the Nightingale Floor is good when young Takeo interacts with people he meets, be it villagers or the lords he fears or respects, as if he's feeling out how to behave.

Unfortunately, the first person leaves a lot of time for rhetoric as well as doing. The relationships he doesn't know how to already play as if he were Good Will Hunting in front of a chalk board staring down a hard math problem are good. Just live, don't think about the end game of power, please. Then the honor! People are kinda the same and different. Why can't worlds and lands be the same way? Kinda different and kinda the same. It's when you can't work with what you've got that I have a problem.

Like if it is already finished duh, the easy magic! How about something alternative? Step on another bug sorry, bugs. I swear that I try not to kill bugs. Change the course again. You can do it if you're writing your own story. Kaede, the female lead and different perspective was pretty good. Maybe doesn't step far enough out of kinda the same stories of female quasi leads in hero quest fantasies you know, I'm a woman.

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I have to get married, I love that guy, I want to marry for love. She has potential to offer a life that's not handed on borrowed fine china because it's not magical egotism. At least she wanted someone to trust and the end result wasn't defeating something. There are two more books in the series. I'm probably not going to read them. Not unless I am hungry and don't know what else to read. The odds are better that I'll find something I couldn't have found on my own in someone else's day. Hearn should have kept her real name.

How about taking Lafcadio where the Hearn comes from? Lafcadio Rubenstein! Pen names are mightier than swords. That's not my fault. I became lame when I changed history. View all 7 comments. Sep 19, Phrynne rated it liked it. It deserves a whole star just for that amazing title!

How could you not read a book called Across the Nightingale Floor? So the title was great, the cover was good but how was the story? Well it was pretty good. I enjoyed the Japanese feel to it although by the end I was a little tired of all the honour which obliged people to do anything other than what they wanted to. There were some good characters not all of whom made it to the end of the book!

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Altogether it was a g It deserves a whole star just for that amazing title! Altogether it was a good read although sadly not good enough to make me search out the sequel. View 1 comment. Jul 12, Felicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was great, I would love to see it made into a movie. It was like reading the plot of a great Kung Fu movie, with a touch of "Memoirs of a Geisha" and some magic thrown in.

I will eagerly read the next book. View all 3 comments. I really enjoyed this one, and I regret avoiding it in bookstores for so long. It was an engaging read with a great Japan-inspired setting, and I liked the historical fiction plus fantasy elements feel to it. It has its flaws and things did bother me particularly the insta-love but I'm looking forward to reading the sequels. I liked him from the beginning and his character had a lot of potential. HA I really enjoyed this one, and I regret avoiding it in bookstores for so long.

His death was very sad. It felt like Romeo and Juliet in a way, and there was even talk of them not living without each other That escalated quickly. That and the whole having sex near a corpse.

Their relationship isn't believable at all, and if it was a bigger part of the book I doubt I'd have rated it as highly as I did.

It is interesting though to see their relationship as a parallel to Shigeru and Maruyama's. I really hope Kaede gets more development in the next books. I did like Shizuka and Yuki though. I was beginning to wonder how things were going to spread over the series, and honestly I wasn't expecting Iida to be defeated so quickly. Shigeru and Takeo, Kaede and Shizuka, etc. I wanted more from them but still, I liked them.

Publisher Hachette Australia - thank you! This first installment of the Tales of thr Otori managed something epic fantasy rarely does for me: When you take a look at the plotline, Across the Nightingale Floor has all the ingredients of an average epic fantasy: We have the orphaned hero, who is rescued by a noble stranger and discovers he has special abilities.

We have the heroine, who is a pawn in her father's political plays. We have a cruel ruler, intrigue, secret rebellions and forbidden love. Yet this book never felt average or even ordinary to me. Lian Hearn creates a fascinating atmosphere with her vivid descriptions of landscapes, cities and people. This may sound strange, but especially the weather circumstances felt very real to me.

I as the reader suffered from the heat, humidity and rain together with the characters. And those characters were enthralling, never seemed flat and I would love to read more about them. But beware: Hearn definitely isn't scared of killing off favourites, so if you can't live with that, you probably should stay away from this novel ;.

The only thing that irked me a little bit: The love at first sight moment between the hero and the heroine. I definitely would have liked to see some more development here, not just one moment of instant attraction. But I have to admit, it didn't annoy me as much as it would have in YA paranormal, for example.

Somehow it fits more with this kind of story. This is actually a fantasy novel, but, for marketing purposes it's being sold as fiction. Perhaps it's because the magical elements in this tale are very light and it focuses more on a Japan that never existed. Focus is on two character viewpoints only: The mix works and it's one of the first times I've seen such a viewpoint mix, though, I'm sure this author isn't the first to do it. These powers allow him to go invisible and create an illusionary double of himself.

He also has an uncanny hearing ability where he can walk into a house and exactly determine how many people are within. The girl, Kaede, is the political prisoner of another SHOGUN style family where she must suffer insults and pray that prosperity is returned to her family, who were on the losing side of a war.

But it's all a setup, for they plan to murder him while he is there as well as several of his old supporters, including an old female flame. The boy, of course, is the one hope in saving not only his savior, but, also Kaede, who becomes his love interest by the end of the tale.

This is the second time I've read this book, but the first time I've read it in English, its original version. The setting is a fictional feudal Japan. There used to be magic in this world but most of it is gone by now. In addition to that, there is a rivalry between two religions, one of which subsequently is prosecuted by some of the warlords in power. Enter Takeo, formerly known as Tomasu, a year-old member of the Hidden those hiding due to their religion.

His village is attacked and he is This is the second time I've read this book, but the first time I've read it in English, its original version. His village is attacked and he is to be killed but saved last minute by Lord Shigeru Otori.

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