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The Lord of the Sands of Time

September 2, 2009

The Lord of the Sands of TimeThe Lord of the Sands of Time
by: Issui Ogawa
published by: Viz Media [Haikasoru imprint]
summary: Sixty-two years after human life on Earth was annihilated by rampaging alien invaders, the enigmatic Messenger O is sent back in time with a mission to unite humanity of past eras–during the Second World War, in ancient Japan, and at the dawn of humanity–to defeat the invasion before it begins. However, in a future shredded by love and genocide, love waits for O. Will O save humanity only to doom himself? (from the back cover)

Ramblings: Since I didn’t really look at the page count on this one, I was rather surprised to see how short this was, it’s just under 200 pages and doesn’t take very long to read at all. It is a fantastic novel however.
I fell in love with Miyo as soon as I met her, and Orville (O) is a rather interesting character too. Both of the main characters pull at your heartstrings over the course of the novel (O more-so than Miyo), and while I was extremely sad during the 9th chapter, there was also a kind of uplifting note at the very end of the novel (chapter Omega).
I absolutely loved how the novel was set up, in that each chapter was set in a different time period. While all the skips could have been incredibly difficult to follow had this come from a different author, Ogawa pulls it off flawlessly. I sincerely hope to see more of his work (according to wiki, he has at least a dozen novels) from the Haikasoru imprint in the future. According to the newest preview mag (and Amazon), we’re getting his work The Next Continent next May!
Viz did a fantastic job of working with this novel, and as far as I can tell the translation is great (granted I’ve not seen the Japanese version and couldn’t read it if I had). The cover design is great and definitely depicts the contents of the novel. The back cover is also really cool; it takes part of the Haikasoru image and puts the novel’s summary inside it, and the colors really compliment the front cover.

tl;dr: Great characters, well constructed novel, definite buy for SciFi fans.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. warriorhope permalink
    September 4, 2009 4:48 pm

    Ah It looks rather good.

    • September 4, 2009 8:24 pm

      I highly recommend it. : D If my obvious bias wasn’t obvious enough. xD

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