Ships to start evacuating once the evacuation plans are in place but it was so sad to see the Japanese characters worry about asking for help No way would that happen in an American book We get warning that this supervolcano beneath Yellowstone National Park is going to blow in two years we are announcing to all our friends and political relatives that we l be moving into their garages and that we l be bringing our pets Japan has had a very unusual century and it is even now struggling with balancing its past reputation with its present one I had some sense of this already but Wikipedia tells me that the ate 1960s were just when Japan was starting to pit itself against international manufacturing competition and finding success and
there were still plenty of former prisoners of war around that were were still plenty of former prisoners of war around that were pissed off and talking It s never addressed outright in the book but one gets the impression from the characters that the Japanese people don t uite think they deserve humanitarian aide considering well you knowThe other noteworthy character dilemma is the struggle with what it will mean to the Japanese people and culture to establish a diaspora Even though people are being relocated by the tens of thousands to the same places it s considered a death knell for the Japanese way of ife Which it probably would be although Jewish people have kept it up for a very good while now The government is by no means forbidding anyone to The Insider leave and is actively negotiating with other countries for space but it s actually wondered aloud if it would be better for everyone to die and for the world to remember the great nation of Japan and its glorious history instead ofetting it trickle away ingloriously That is not anything you would see in an American book at Football Dynamo least not in a regular character Maybe in an unintentional villain maybe TRITENESS ALERT They say that a picture paints a thousand words but that one sentence I d tell you which one but it s gone back to theibrary already captures just about everything there is to say about what makes this a Japanese book TRITE If I were conscientious I d read it myself or if I had a Japanese Payback (The Secret Life of Samantha McGregor, literature scholar friend I would ask but I m not and I don t so Il imit myself to wondering how this 1971 novel compares to a contemporary
JAPANESE SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL I CANscience fiction novel I can personally think of any book I ve read from any culture or era or genre that expresses that sense of futility and hopelessness and stubborn pride at the global evel I overuse the word interesting Sorry But I am sick of thesaurusizingIt s interesting that the author shows so much of this mental and internal turmoil especially when he shows a world that positively The Jewels of Manhattan leaps to Japan s aid when finally asked The island disappears but Sub Pilot survives so it s not even a particularly depressing book It makes me think of Deep Impact which I never saw I have the impression that Deep Impact is very depressing This book though is of a disaster romp and political crisis than swan song I will confess that I started flipping through pages towards the very end One gets the point once all the decisions are made Yep Japan sinks way far down Eccentric Scientist was right 60215 this is not a particularly well written book in terms of poetics character plot theme this book is very easy to read short in describing why i give it a three it is the disaster movie to end all disaster movies ateast before films Nation as Mother like day after tomorrow or 2012 it is a fascinating portrayal of how japanese society might react politically to this entire existential threat perhaps it only works if youook past the writing if you have read much japanese The Tryst Betrayed literature seen films read some manga know critical histories know how m It s a good book but I cannot give it a high rating It s not friendly to non Japanese reader and reuiresots of different knowledg. Way from the Asian mainland the Japanese Archipelago has been moving inexorably toward an unseen force in the Japan Trench and is set on a collision course that threatens to pull the economic superpower under iterall. Average read The Netflix series is average as well Both the first story in the book and the first episode of the adaptation made me want to DNF both A rather plodding but classic novel by Sakyo Komatsu where Japan nobody does disasters ike Japan suffers through intense earthuakes and violent volcanic eruptions and sinks
into the ocean every Korean s dream While this book acks style and real characters development it is athe ocean every Korean s dream While this book acks style and real characters development it is a turner and the plausibility of the events makes it
really scary The most interesting part in my opinion was the political aspectscary The most interesting part in my opinion was the political aspect such an event and what it reveals of the humanity of governments Map Japan Sinks I m rating this book a 3 but I d by no means say Japan Sinks is really an average book I think there s uite a ot going on in this rather famous Sci Fi novel and actual Science Fiction City Improbable lots andots of accurate information to back up the plot and the characters are while The Big Bookshelf limited thoroughly uniue and engaging But there are two things holding me back from admiring this book and those are 1 Alike what happens with mostiterature that puts a big emphasis on action and activity what happens is a No Future for You lot ofost focus from the reader who can t really be bothered to ink up image after image that ultimately just take up space until the eventual result I ve never been a fan of books that relied heavily on action because for the most part it doesn t matter until whatever character I m pursuing has some sort of reflection on it or the plot moves forward following the pages of activity In the case of Japan Sinks there s an increasing prevalence of dangerous activity throughout and while it s at first exciting to read about a volcano erupting earthuake occuring or tidal wave nearing what eventually happens is that 20 40 pages continue to repeat these events and their following disasters over and over In the end these arge amounts of pages are summarized solely with A Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, lot is ruined the protagonist is further distressed And this is okay but the amount of text used to convey damages ultimately bridges the events of the actual story too far apart2 This is purely a personal thing but I am an American reader who hasn t visited Japan Seenots and Making India Work lots of pictures have a career planned there in the near future but I ve never been there and I am not familiar with thearger image of Japanese Everwar (Cal Leandros, land towns and cities and so what eventually happened was an even greater disconnect because of the above point then what it should have been if this were set in America I misting this as 2 because it is solely a defect in addition to 1 I ve read plenty of Japanese iterature set in Japan before but this is the first international novel I ve read that didn t follow some structure of storycharacters as the primary goal or at east didn t keep them as a prominent focus for the majority of the text Basically you No Way Home ll be reading about aot of destruction in places you can t even visualize It s not necessarily boring but rather it s very passiveBut overall I did enjoy Japan Sinks Highly recommended for the Scientific type of reader as there s uite a Sequins and Spurs lot of good fun to be had withots of descriptive dialogue centered on the Earth s core and how Earthuakes occur and convection and all sorts of good educational stuff DK Adventures like that And the characters are while rather stiff scientist types very enjoyable when they get a chance to show themselves In the end I really wish there was just either greater spacing between character and destruction oress of the atter and of the formerBut again recommended definitely Excellent rather frightening and intense classic sci fi novel from Komatsu It s just as much about the Japanese culture and people as about the entirely believable cataclysm that causes the entire Japanese archipelago to be torn asunder by earthuakes and volcanic eruptions and eventually to sink below the wave. A solitary fishing boat anchors for the night by a small island to the south of Japan The next morning the fishermen find themselves in the middle of an empty sea Overnight the island has vanished without a trace The. .
S of the Pacific Recommended if you can find a copy Impressively technical but thoroughly dry devoid of emotion I have no idea where I got the *IDEA TO READ THIS BOOK NONE *to read this book None s Japanese sci fi in translation from 1971 It s not on any ists that I might have encountered and I can t think of what else I might have been reading reviews of that would have had someone mention this people at often refer to other books that I fairly often investigate to some degree But I went searching for this book and reuested it from Central Storage at the ibrary It was waiting for me I don t know how many registered patrons there are of our ibrary system but no one wanted it Fate Perhaps Apathy Perhaps I read it in a few days but kept it for six whole weeks and not once did anyone appear on any kind of wait Operation Lipstick list for it It s weird to think that of the millions of people who could have wanted to read it I was the only one in the city who did One could spin this circumstance in a variety of ways Il stick with being a ridiculous dork My interest in plate tectonics iis probably why I went so far as to get and read this bookThe premise of the book is actually uite interesting Geological processes are effecting a giant rift in the sea bed that topples the Japanese archipelago right into the chasms below Everything is going to go One From Blah to Awe lone scientist has predicted it Who willisten Is it even possible to evacuate everyone in timeSo this is a book I read in translation and I m not sure how that affected the book It s also 1971 science fiction which is not ike really ike modern science fiction in that the characters don t have a ot of character There are also no women in it except for two both of whom are brought into the story for the sole purpose of giving the main character someone to have sex with not at the same time Not having women in a novel really imits what the novel can do The science actually wasn t too bad Now I m no earth scientist and I wouldn t even call myself an educated fan although I am a fan but the phenomena described in the book the ones that did all these horrible things work for the story They ve got a high tech deep submersible submarine which is pretty cool I forgot everyone s names sadly but the two main guys are a skilled pilot of said sub and the Eccentric Scientist who makes the discovery The two women end up having sex with Sub PilotThis is the first Japanese science fiction book I have read in a while so I am not sure what uniuely Japanese science fiction conventions are at play that I am not
recognizing But basically no one believes the scientist until it is really tooBut basically no one believes the scientist until it is really too to save everyone That s pretty common In real ife I ike to believe that with earthuakes killing people here and volcanoes killing millions of people there at a freuency of about every couple of weeks people would believe him and take action ong before
THEY DO MORE THAN THE FIRST HALF OF THEdo More than the first half of the is about the scientist gathering data and being frustrated and not being istened to or being heard but no one in the government doing anything The disaster stuff is horrifying at the edges but you don t see it up close until the very endBy far this most interesting part of the book is the government s confusion about what exactly they can do The book is set in current times and I have every reason to believe that it s a pretty reasonable snapshot of Japan s place in the world The government really doesn t know what to do They are afraid to ask other nations to house their refugees There is this striking several pages where officials are reporting on their discreet enuiries to Australia asking if it would be OK if five million or so people set up shop in the Outback if they promised not to be any trouble The world is portrayed in the novel as generally hospitable and concerned and countries step up with real estate and airplanes and. Japanese weather service sends a vessel to investigate They find convincing evidence of a horrifying geological change Thrust into existence millions of years ago when a strong shift in the underlying plates tore it