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BTT : The Great Unknown

Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s heard of them. The author that you think should be that famous and can’t understand why they’re not…

Well…I would choose Koushun Takami without much thinking! I haven’t read anything else by him yet…but his Battle Royale blow me away.

This novel really take my breath away…I was reading it out prejudice and became totally into the book. I love it so much.

(review can be read by clicking the picture)

I know that I haven’t read anything else by Takami and maybe his other works aren’t as great as this one, but I can easily said that this book should have made him well known.


It is sad to know that Suzane Collins’ Hunger Game seemed to steal his glory away 😦

When I said I’m sad, it is not just a metaphor I am actually feeling sad. People should have known him better than someone who is writing the same thing as he is and become acknowledge by the world better that him…he should get that glory rather than Suzane Collins.


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I actively maintained 2 blogs. My personal blog is about things that I love: Turtles, Books, Movies, Music, Larc en Ciel, Muse, Cillian Murphy, The Mighty Boosh and many more. I also help my 3 super cute turtles, Kroten, Papoe and Kurome, to maintain their own blog: http://kamekroten.wordpress.com

22 comments on “BTT : The Great Unknown

  1. Becky from Page Turners
    January 21, 2010

    I hadn’t heard of either of these authors but I will keep an eye out for them!

  2. MissMeliss
    January 21, 2010

    There are so many non-English-language, or at least, non-American authors whose work is essentially ripped off by the mainstream English speaking world.

    It’s really frustrating.

    I’m glad you’re standing up for an under-represented author.

    • Novroz
      January 21, 2010

      @Becky It is easier to find Hunger Game than Battle Royale 😦 it is also happening in my country

      @MissMeliss What makes me even furious is that Hunger Game has been translated into Indonesian Language while Battle Royale hasn’t..and therefore, Indonesian people who hasn’t watched the movie will only know that that kinda story comes from a book called Hunger Game 😦

      And it’s hard finding it’s English Translation version…I was lucky to find it in Library but I want to own that book, I want to buy it and re-read it again someday.

  3. gautami tripathy
    January 21, 2010

    I will check out Koushun Takami. I like exloring new to me authors.

  4. Jennifer
    January 21, 2010

    I have not heard of Takami, so I am adding the name to my list. Thanks. By BTT: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/booking-through-thursday-21-january.html

  5. Alayne
    January 21, 2010

    Great answer. I’ll definitely be looking into Takami. My pick is at The Crowded Leaf.

  6. Susan B. Evans
    January 21, 2010

    Hmmm… I’ll have to look for him at the library. My favorite relatively unknown author is Brian S. Matthews. Here’s my full response.

  7. Erin at Plottings
    January 22, 2010

    Very interesting – I have heard of Hunger Games – but not Takami. I will look for this book!

    • Novroz
      January 22, 2010

      Please read Battle Royale 1st before you decide to read Hunger Game

  8. Carol
    January 22, 2010

    I actually heard about Battle Royale a couple weeks ago, because someone was saying how much better it was than Hunger Games.

    • Novroz
      January 22, 2010

      I haven’t read Hunger Game yet…but I can assure you that Battle Royale is so great

  9. Bluestocking
    January 22, 2010

    I have not heard of him before.

    Here is mine

  10. pussreboots
    January 22, 2010

    I’ll keep Battle Royale in mind. Thanks.

  11. Michelle
    January 22, 2010

    I’ve read a couple of reviews of “Battle Royale,” and think it sounds amazing, if disturbing.

  12. Matthew
    January 22, 2010

    This is certainly not a think-as-I-type question. Took me all morning to mull over. John Banville, L.P. Hartley, and Rebecca West to name a few…

  13. xakemii
    January 24, 2010

    Aw, I love the Hunger Games. I’ll have to look at for “Battle Royale.”

    • Novroz
      January 24, 2010

      Do look for it!! It’ll be fair for Koushun Takami

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  15. Velvet
    January 31, 2010

    i read hunger games and loved it. i have battle royale and plan on reading it soon. i have a feeling i may love it as well. so for me. they can share the spotlight in the dystopia world.

    • Novroz
      January 31, 2010


      Yeah I do hope you’ll love Battle Royale too 🙂 If I don’t have too many TBR books I’d love to re-read Battle Royale, it was my best book of 2009

  16. mee
    February 3, 2010

    I refuse to read Hunger Games, because it sounds like a complete rip-off of Battle Royale. How dare she?!

    • Novroz
      February 3, 2010

      I haven’t read it too and I HAVE NO INTENTION of reading it even if my life depends on it. I LOVE BATTLE ROYALE TOO MUCH and I don’t want it to be ruined by other similar book..

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