• Horror Book Review

    In the Miso Soup

    Warnings: Sex, Violence, Extreme Sexual Violence, Gore, Death, Torture, Language My Thoughts I’m beginning to think that I have an unhealthy obsession with Japanese thrillers, I’ve loved every single one that I have picked up so far. In the Miso Soup is a noir thriller about a tour guide that takes wealthy American patrons around the red light district in Japan. Kenji thinks that he has seen it all with his American clients, but he’s struck by a terrible feeling when he meets Frank. Frank is a gaijin, a foreigner that is enthralled with Japanese culture. There are many times that Frank is really cringy and ignorant, which is a…

  • Horror Book Review

    Audition

    Warnings: Sex, Extreme Violence, Torture My Thoughts Audition may just be one of the fastest reads I’ve had all year, finishing in just under 24 hours. The story follows an aging widower named Aoyama, who holds an audition to find a new bride. The narrative focuses in on Aoyama’s feelings of loneliness after the loss of his wife, his relationship with his son, how he copes with aging, and his delusional romance with a young woman named Asami. Let’s be clear about one thing: Aoyama is not a nice man. It’s odd that many reviews talk about what a nice man he is because he has a good relationship with…