The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan: Volume 1 Part 1

The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan: Volume 1 Part 1

In a world where the Fiends run rampant… Magicmaster Alus Reigin, the young prodigy that has defeated more Fiends and reclaimed more of humanity’s lost territory than anyone else alive, requests retirement from military service at age 16.

But due to the twists and turns of fate surrounding his status as the No. 1 Magicmaster in the nation—the top Magicmaster out of more than 100,000—he ends up as a student at a special magical institute, hiding his identity and training his successors – a pair of beautiful Magicmaster girls! Not to mention continuing to defeat Fiends in secret…

Get ready—the epic adventure of the Greatest Magicmaster Alus Reigin begins now!

By Izushiro

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Kokoda

Kokoda

‘Never in my life … had I seen soldiers who looked so shocked and so tired and so utterly weary as those men’ Brigadier John Rogers, Australia’s Director of Military Intelligence, 1942

Now a major two-part ABC documentary series produced with Screen Australia’s Making History, Paul Ham’s KOKODA is the bestselling history of the crucial battles in Papua New Guinea that saved Australia from the threat of Japanese attack.

In this acclaimed account, Ham describes both sides of the appalling struggle along the Kokoda Track in 1942 when a few badly trained Australian troops confronted the Imperial Japanese Army in the worst terrain imaginable.

Few of us know the true story behind that legend; few know the guts inside the myth. Kokoda was a war without mercy; a predatory war, where men hunted down men like wild animals. No army had fought in such conditions; no Allied general believed it possible.

Yet Kokoda was a vital struggle; undoubtedly a turning point in the Pacific War. Had the Japanese captured Port Moresby, Australia would surely have been bombed and cut off as the only base in the South West Pacific for the Allied counter-offensive.

The diggers were fighting for their very country’s survival as the last free nation in Asia.

Paul Ham is the author of VIETNAM: THE AUSTRALIAN WAR and the Australia correspondent for the LONDON SUNDAY TIMES. He co-wrote, co-produced and appears in the ABC’s two-part documentary based on this book, which, for the first time, took a camera crew along the full length of the KOKODA TRACK.

By Paul Ham

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Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior

“Kingsolver is a gifted magician of words.”
—Time

The extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize), The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work. Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions—religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians—trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver’s must thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.

By Barbara Kingsolver

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Wedding-Night Baby

Wedding-Night Baby

Georgina is still hurt that her cousin stole her boyfriend, and now they’re getting married. That’s why she hires an escort, so she doesn’t have to go to their wedding alone. The guy who shows up at her door is a charming, sexy man named Callum. The wedding is painful for Georgina… She has a few drinks too many and ends up sleeping with Callum! It’s not like her to be so casual. And to make matters worse, when she goes back to work, she finds out her new boss is none other than Callum…and he’s already made up his mind that she’s bad news!

By MIZUHO AYABE

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Cool Japan Guide

Cool Japan Guide

Traveling to Japan has never been so much fun—visit the land of anime, manga, cosplay, hot springs and sushi!

This graphic Japan travel guide is the first of its kind exploring Japanese culture from a cartoonist’s perspective. Cool Japan Guide takes you on a fun tour from the high-energy urban streets of Tokyo to the peaceful Zen gardens and Shinto shrines of Kyoto and introduces you to:the exciting world of Japanese food—from bento to sushi and everything in between.the otaku (geek) culture of Japan, including a manga market in Tokyo where artists display and sell their original artwork.the complete Japanese shopping experience, from combini (not your run-of-the-mill convenience stores!) to depato (department stores with everything).the world’s biggest manga, anime and cosplay festivals.lots of other exciting places to go and things to do—like zen gardens, traditional Japanese arts, and a ride on a Japanese bullet train.
Whether you’re ready to hop a plane and travel to Japan tomorrow, or interested in Japanese culture, this fun and colorful travelogue by noted comic book artist and food blogger Abby Denson, husband Matt, friend Yuuko, and sidekick, Kitty Sweet Tooth, will present Japan in a unique and fascinating way.

By Abby Denson

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HOKUSAI

HOKUSAI

8 Termes clés que vous devez savoir avant de lire ce livre, Hokusai.

HOKUSAI est un peintre, dessinateur spécialiste de l’ukiyo-e, graveur et auteur d’écrits populaires japonais. Son œuvre influença de nombreux artistes européens, en particulier Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet et Alfred Sisley, voire le mouvement artistique appelé japonisme. Il est parfois vu comme le père du manga, mot qu’il a inventé et qui signifie à peu près « esquisse spontanée ».

1. L’UKIYO-E signifie littéralement « image du monde flottant ». Il est un mouvement artistique japonais de l’époque d’Edo (1603-1868) comprenant non seulement une peinture populaire et narrative originale, mais aussi et surtout les estampes japonaises gravées sur bois.

2. L’EPOQUE D’EDO est une période entre 1603 et 1868 dans l’histoire japonaise, marqué par un essor économique et par un intérêt nouveau pour l’art, la culture, le sexe ainsi que le plaisir décadent.

3. SHUNRO est le premier des noms alternatifs de Hokusai. Hokusai a fréquemment changé son nom, et ce changement était souvent associé à une rupture de son style artistique.

4. SHUNGA signifie littéralement « image du printemps », un euphémisme pour faire référence à l’acte sexuel. L’âge d’or des shunga, se situe pendant l’époque d’Edo (1600 à 1868).

5. LE SURIMONO signifie littéralement « chose imprimée ». Il s’agit d’un autre type d’estampe japonaise. Contrairement aux gravures ukiyo-e, qui visaient le lectorat de masse, les surimono ont été publiés en privé et rarement vendus au public. Cela a souvent permis aux Surimono d’être plus expérimental que leurs homologues plus populistes.

6. LE MONT FUJI est une montagne du centre du Japon qui se trouve sur la côte sud de l’île de Honshu, au sud-ouest de l’agglomération de Tokyo. Il est une destination extrêmement populaire pour les Japonais, qu’ils soient shintoïstes ou bouddhistes, en raison de sa forme caractéristique et du symbolisme religieux traditionnel qu’il représente. Il a ainsi été le sujet principal ou le cadre de nombreuses œuvres artistiques, notamment picturales au cours des siècles. Hokusai s’est lancé à 66 ans dans une série ukiyo-e « Trente-six vues du mont Fuji, » qui est la plus renommée. Cette série comprend la gravure la plus célèbre de Hokusai, « La Grande Vague de Kanagawa. »

7. HOKUSAI MANGA sont une collection de croquis de nombreux sujets divers effectués par l’artiste japonais Hokusai. Les sujets de ces croquis comprennent des paysages, la faune et la flore, la vie quotidienne, ainsi que le surnaturel. Le mot manga qui figure dans le titre ne se réfère pas aux manga telles que nous les connaissons aujourd’hui, car les différents croquis figurant dans ces carnets ne forment pas une histoire, mais traitent de sujets séparés les uns des autres.

8. LE JAPONISME est l’influence de la civilisation et de l’art japonais sur les artistes et écrivains, premièrement français, puis occidentaux. L’art qui résulta de cette influence est qualifié de japonesque. Dans le dernier quart du XIXe siècle, l’ukiyo-e devient une nouvelle source d’inspiration pour les peintres impressionnistes européens et pour les artistes cubistes. C’est dans une série d’articles publiés en 1872 pour la revue Renaissance littéraire et artistique, que le collectionneur Philippe Burty donne un nom à cette révolution : le japonisme.

By Henri Focillon

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