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Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 30 user ratings
ISBN:1580895859
LANGUAGE:English

" I am a fan of Candace Fleming and Steve Sheinkin so I was looking forwarding to adding another favorite nonfiction author to the group but I was disappointed with Pamela Turner's book. I found it confusing and the writing dull. I think it would be the rare student that would stick with this book to the end. It did give me some insight into what it must be like to be an ELL reader since the names, locations and culture were so foreign that it made the reading choppy and a little frustrating. " said.

" It is written for a younger audience with plenty of commentary and bravado, but still pretty good. " said.

"I am reviewing this very objectivey, as I am not really an avid reader of nonfiction.
I picked this up because it was on the list of 2017-2018 Florida Teens Read list.
It was in general well written, and fairly easy to follow along until the very end, where I think it was simply my interest in the book completely faded and I couldn't stay focused.
I liked the inclusion of maps and the "pictures" at the beginning of each chapter.
Personally I think calling it an "epic" life is very subjective, as after do finishing the book I really am not sure if I would call it an epic life, but it does make for an enticing title.
It was not bad, it just wasn't my type of book.
" said.

"If you're writing a nonfiction book about a twelfth century samurai, most of your source material will be military record. This should have occurred to me, but it didn't prior to starting this book. It was very well written, and beautifully illustrated by Gareth Hinds, but it was lacking the kind of detail that makes history interesting to me. Turner did an amazing job of sticking to the facts while filling them in with narrative and what she could surmise, but unfortunately, I just didn't really care. This is a me problem, not the book, so if the topic is interesting to you, please pick this one up." said.

"Somewhere between four and four and a half stars. On the whole, an impressively -- and sometimes playfully --written version of a story I knew nothing about. My reservation, and one I feel strongly, is that the historical and social context needed to be set better at the beginning. The assumption is that the reader knows who and what samurai were -- but is that correct? I'm not sure that I do. While I ended the book knowing more than I did in the beginning, I ended still wondering whether I was still carrying incorrect assumptions. I also really needed an explanation of the Retired Emperor concept." said.

" I'm a little disappointed. This had great reviews when I ordered it for the library, but I really didn't like the writing style. " said.

" This was well written, fast-paced, compelling, and falls squarely into the category of "not at all for me." I personally found the fight scenes boring, but I know there are teen readers who love these sorts of legends of history, especially about samurai, who will eat this up. Excellent backmatter and the illustrations throughout add a nice touch. " said.

" Perfect to pair this gripping nonfiction account of real samurai with the fantasy historical novel Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi featuring a female samurai. Loved the backup material in Turner's book -- maps, glossary, pronunciation guides, timelines, extensive endnotes, etc. On her website, the author also has a PDF discussion guide to download. " said.

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