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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-19 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings
ISBN:184688134X
LANGUAGE:English

"What a disappointment, and I suspect the problem is largely the translation itself, though I don't rule out that the original work is the source of this.

The first story, and consequently the one that gave this story its title, is The Girl Who Leap Through Time, which inspired the animated movie with the same title. The movie is way better, though it took all its cues from this story, it had better writing and delivery.

Both stories, the second is a horror-like themed story, felt badly fleshed out and immature, quite childish in its delivery really.

Now I don't know if the immaturity, and bad writing are faults of the translator, the writer itself, or both. It's probably both, but as I don't know how to read Japanese (yet), I don't have any way to say it's one way or the other.

Deeply disappointed, I expected a classic. Alas, it was not meant to be.

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I've been antsy to read this since I learned the movie was based on this book, though I've only now geared my courage up to try to tackle it. Plus it's short, I never noticed it was only 100 pages!
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"As someone who enjoyed the animated movie I have to say the original novella is a bit of a let down. I was really hoping it was going to expand on what the movie had, but instead I found myself with less information. It did clarify a couple points from the movie... but altogether, not worth it.

The 2nd short story was probably more interesting, but after the disappointment of reading the main novella I just didn't care. It was a bit creepy and mild psychoanalysis.

Methinks I am done with this author. The movie adaptations of his works are always better than the books they came from....
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"the book is divided into two short stories. I picked up this book in kindle randomly because of the cover and i heard about the novel has been adapted into anime movie and reached box office. I would say i mainly because of this anime, that i have a high expectation to this novel but certainly i was disappointed with the ending. i haven't watch the movie yet but i am now sure i will remove it on my list of anime to watch.

It is a very light stories. one stories is about the girl who can teleport and leap through time. I don't like the ending between kazuko and kazuo. I think it should be elaborated more about both of them.

the second stories is quite interesting as a student who tried to overcome hers and her brother psychological issue that haunted her and her brother.
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"I try to remind myself that just because I like the movie I can't let that effect my opinions on the book. Or more importantly, how I rate it. I'm sad to say I was let down. I even read the manga version for a comparison but the stories are completely different, plus the art in the manga is at best amateur.

The writing style in this book, or rather the translation is non legible it feels like the translation decided the age appropriation for this book was 2-5yrs. I think I've read more depth in a Dr. Seuss book, no joke.

The story follows a girl named Kazuko who one day at school slips and falls in the science lab while cleaning after school. Initially nothing was out of order but she quickly begins to realise that she has gained the ability to travel through time. While the premise seems really interesting it sadly isn't explored well (the anime does fix that part of the story) Kazuko comes off as one dimensional and her friends Goro and love interest Kazuo (who has almost the same name) are mainly background and only come out of the woodwork when needed. But if they were replaced with two girls or two goats you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

I just, I thought this story was going to be heart warming and just if not better than its anime counter part. It's not, and I feel even in Japanese it's nothing to write home about.
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" Well, that was odd.The second half of the book is a completely different story. Weird! " said.

" A novella with some clever concepts, but lacks both subtlety and charm. Though, it's possible these are translation issues. " said.

"The first story in this book, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, only earned two stars for me. But the second one, The Stuff That Nightmares are Made Of, was a lot stronger and bumped up my rating to three stars. Both stories are mysterious (the second one much more so), and the author builds the suspense very well. I just thought the ending and the revelation of the whole time-traveling mystery in the titular story was too simplistic and lacked depth. The second story, though, impressed me with its blend of mystery, horror and everyday life. One interesting point is that both stories feature a teenage girl who has a boy/boys as close friends. It is not specified whether these stories are meant for a younger audience, but the young characters and the language in the translation somewhat implies that." said.

"This book was originally published in Tsutsui's native Japan and is his fifth work to be translated into English. This slim volume contains two stories, 'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time' and 'The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of'.

When I was initially offered this book to review I wasn't sure whether to accept as it didn't sound like the sort of thing I normally read. However, I love giving new authors a try and the very pretty cover did grab my interest, so I thought I'd give it a try. I have to say that on finishing it, I wasn't really sure what to make of the book. I'm not a big fan of short stories which this volume seemed to be, as I find them too brief and insubstantial. Plus often just as your interest is piqued they finish and you're left feeling wholly unsatisfied.

'The Girl That Leapt Through Time' is about a young girl called Kazuko who discovers that she can leap and teleport herself through time, following an accident in her school science lab. With her new-found abilities she is able to help her friends when they need it but is determined to find the shadowy figure who she believes is responsible for her time-travelling powers.

The premise of the story was interesting enough but on the whole I just didn't find that the story went anywhere. Not enough time was spent on developing the characters fully which meant that I couldn't engage completely with them and I didn't care enough about what was happening to them. At times I also found that the narrative was a little stilted but that may have been due to the language being transcribed from its original form and some of the nuances and meanings being lost.

There are some deeper issues underlining the very simple story, such as warnings about the future and the outcome of scientific advancements, however I found the general storyline puzzling and struggled to remain interested about what was actually happening throughout .

The second story in the book is called 'The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of' is about another young girl called Masako who tries to confront her fears, at the same time as helping her little brother who's scared of strange things he sees at night. Yet again I found this one a strange and although I liked the general message of overcoming your fear by facing it head on and therefore being able to overcome it, I would have liked the story to have been developed a bit further. Saying that, I did prefer it out of the two stories contained within this volume, so I'd even go so far as to say read this one first and give it a go.
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