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Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-01-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 30 user ratings
ISBN:1580895859
LANGUAGE:English

" really good, I would recommend it to any one who likes samurai adventures! " 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 is a great book detailing the life of the samurai. easily accessible by all " said.

" I am sorry it took so long and several tries to get through this bloody, brutal tale. Epic and brilliant, meticulously researched, this earned plenty of starred reviews, made quite a few "best" lists. I fully anticipate awards come January. I was able to stick with the story through audio. The Japanese narrator read beautifully and his native pronunciations of names was helpful. " said.

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