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#285665 - 09/15/06 09:23 AM Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites?
Zyranyth Offline
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Registered: 09/13/06
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Loc: Finland
I'll have to admit I'm sort of trying to find new good books by asking ya'll for your favourites. Here's my favourite:

Liam Hearns Otori Trilogy (Across the nightingale floor, Grass for his pillow and Brilliance of the moon) is set in an imagined country very much like medieval Japan. In my personal opinion the biggest difference is in names and that the author didn't want to follow history to its full extent. Definitely worth reading.
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#285666 - 09/17/06 07:29 AM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: Zyranyth]
crablord Offline
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Registered: 08/10/06
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lol martial arts novels?? as in like --- " Hanyo wasabi threw a triple decker roundhouse kick at goju's head, but he countered with a right dragon wing punch and put him into a sleeper hold! -- ahem, thrilling lol.
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#285667 - 09/17/06 12:12 PM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: Zyranyth]
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For novels that I have personally enjoyed in any relation to amrtial arts to date are the five rings by Miyamoto Musashi, the way the book is written and translated for some readers may take some time to get into it but it's more of one persons ideas on how to properly train the mind and body in a martial art. Miyamoto was considered one of the most skilled samurai due to the creation of his style niken itchi ryu i believe its called. The book also revolves around his style and the true way of the sword. It's a good read and depending on how you take the translation and how you interpret it you can take some of it to heart and use it to advance your dedication to your art as well as your everyday life. Another interesting read is the Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo. This novel is a biography of sorts on a samurai and his outlook on life. The book is written via what is more like antidotes which range from the tea ceremony to more useful insights on how to prepare ones mind for death, training. Once again depending how you read into the translation and take it to heart you can take ideas on how to adapt these ideas to your life and training to better yourself...it's all in how you regard the words of the text. Hopefully that gives you a start.
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#285668 - 09/17/06 12:42 PM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: Mitchell]
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Would do I automatically sense that a martial arts novel is just a bad idea?


Why do I also think that they would perhaps be even cheesier than the majority of martial arts movies (of which 99% are perhaps are cheesier than much of what appears on even the LIFETIME network, and that's saying something)?

-John

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#285669 - 09/17/06 02:05 PM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: JKogas]
Mitchell Offline
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The two books I spoke of arent fictious novels, they one is written and is a record of how to train by a master of a kendo style the other is just an outlook of life of a samurai by a samurai. The on written by Mushashi is about his style of kendo as well as a guide of what he believed to be a proper mind frame to train in and other material of that nature. Both are classic text which is a good read for anyone especially those more interested in the mental aspect of martial arts, the way of bettering oneself through continuous practice.
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#285670 - 09/18/06 12:02 PM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: Mitchell]
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I believe a book called 'Angry White Pyjamas' is rather good, also I can't fault Shogun, but its not really a martial arts novel as such
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#285671 - 09/18/06 01:07 PM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites? [Re: Zyranyth]
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#285672 - 09/19/06 05:51 AM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: Ed_Morris]
crablord Offline
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Well, i cant quite figure out what angry white pajamas means, if anything. But thats the funniest damn thing ive ever heard
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#285673 - 09/19/06 09:34 AM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: crablord]
Zyranyth Offline
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Well perhaps martial arts novel wasn't an accurate way of describing what I'm looking for. What I'm really looking for is something of .. err.. Novels set in the feodal japan .. or something. There doesn't really need to be any fighting in it.

I'm more intrested in the culture. I've got heaps of history books though, and I want something more novel-like for evening reading. =)
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#285674 - 09/19/06 09:47 AM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: Zyranyth]
soulfiremage Offline
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Registered: 09/11/06
Posts: 37
For fiction, Eric Van Lustbader was great. I was introduced to his stuff when I was 13, starting with The Ninja. His portrayal of Nicholas Linnear as a ninja was a little deeper than the old punch punch kick chop routine.

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#285675 - 09/20/06 08:11 AM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: soulfiremage]
Victor Smith Offline
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Registered: 06/01/00
Posts: 3220
Loc: Derry, NH
Martial Arts novels cover a wide range of books, many of them truly bad.

Off hand among the better ones, in no particular order:

1. Piers Anthony's early series on Jason Stryker whose martial art to take on everyone (Sumo, ninja, karate-ka) was old style Judo. It was co written with a Cuban judo-ka.
The odds are you cannot find this, as it was in the early 70's they were published.

2. The Man who Never Missed, Matadora, the 97 steps and all the rest. A truly inspired series with a great martial art creation 'Sumito'.

3. Stephen Barnes "Fire Dance" and several others in that line. Sort of Pro Wrestlers on Super Steriods and intense very ancient martial arts combined.

4. The Last of the Zinja (very good midveal Japanase martial fiction, sort of like Shogun but earlier). Incredibly a good fiction tale.

5. The 145 books of the Destroy Series (Murphy and Sapir) and the fan fiction site http://www.plansofmice.co.uk/destroyer/index.html

Of course I've contributed fan fiction as I enjoy their martial arts take.

6. Musashi - before the 3 movies was the book, and a good read. It is a soap opera too, but gets into the Japanese sword mythology of Mushashi.

It will take work to find them, but they are fun and interesting martial arts tie ins.
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#285676 - 10/30/06 01:26 PM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: Victor Smith]
JohnL Offline
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Registered: 03/24/03
Posts: 4309
Loc: NY, NY, USA
Check out any number of the books by Eric Von Lustbader.

Black Heart
Jian
Etc.
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#285677 - 10/30/06 02:10 PM Re: Martial arts NOVELS - What are your favourites [Re: JohnL]
motobusmonkey Offline
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Registered: 05/03/06
Posts: 85
Loc: St Louis
I second Victors suggestion of reading Musashi (the novel, not the 5 rings... which is good as well but a hard read)

-Jeff

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