About Ilignis Fashion

Literature and philosophy were and are the things I considered and consider most important in one‘s life (besides eating, sleeping and - of course - doing your everyday bills at the end of the month). As far as I can remember I have devoured books in search of the meaning of life, knowledge and happiness. [...]

Quinrose: Alice Love Fables – Toy Box (Mangareview)

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Wow that was rather quick: I literally devoured the manga as soon as it was delivered this morning (see previous post unpacking the delivery) 😝💜.

‘Alice Love Fables: Toy Box’ is a collection of short stories drawn by Mamenosuke Fujimaru and written by Quinrose around the Otomne Games ‘Alice in the Country of Hearts’ (jap. Heart no kuni no alice), ‘Arabians Lost’ and ‘Crimson Empire’ that came out for PC and PS4 some time ago. The three of them have sold quite well in the past and were that popular, that the Seven Seas agency decided to bring on several manga adaptations that sold out pretty quick (reviews of them will follow 🥰).


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Confession of Morgan le Fay: Portrait of the beloved (by illspk)

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Your hair is black

Your eyes are a mixture between green & blue

Your heart has the shape of a beautiful large diamond

Because your thoughts turn first around all others and last about you


Emrys


Your smile is enchanting

Because of your turquoise eyes’ beam

You are not at all what you at times may seem

But who would know you well enough?


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The Morganian Revenant (by illspk)

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Stupid she was

Oh how stupid

Lost she had her beloved boy


One day he’d been deceived by others

And gone was their lover’s joy

He became a dark shadow king who would cruelessly toy

Around with her soul


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Jun Eishima: Final Fantasy XIII-2 – Fragments. The Beginning (book review)

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And we spent this weekend again with another great novel from the FF-Series (written by Jun Eishima): The novel « Final Fantasy XIII-2: Fragmente – Der Anfang » (or: « Final Fantasy XIII-2: Fragments – The Beginning ») would be the sequel novel to the first volume « Final Fantasy XIII: Episode Null – Versprechen » (or: « Final Fantasy XIII: Episode Zero – Promise ») which has been introduced in one of The Blue Books Board’sprevious posts🤩.


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Oh my Happy Buddha (by illspk)

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Happy Buddha

Oh my Happy Buddha

I love you


You’re not mother nature’s prettiest beau

But your sharp eyes do pierce things kind of through

So that they reveal their true colored nature


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That one true friend (by illspk)

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That one true friend

With a heart made out of gold

Not breaking apart

When tragedy is about to unfold


That one true friend

With his/ her warm hand

That takes a hold of mine

Through stormy nights


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Marie Kondo: Magic Cleaning (book review)

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Planning to make some changes finally happen after the Easter holidays? Or do you simply do not want to wait until the summerholidays arrive to start with your spring cleaning plan?

Be it the spring cleaning plan or simply a wish to bring a little bit of order and structure into your daily life: Marie Kondo can make this happen for you!


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Jun Eishima: The Dawn of the Future (book review)

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Just finished reading Jun Eishima’s newest book (June 2020, translated into English by Stephen Kohler) The Dawn of the Future. It’s a beautifully illustrated and wonderful book-adaption of the game Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix).

A true must-have and must-read for every FF-fan because within The Dawn of the Future the reader gets a further depth-insight of the main characters inner developments and thoughts as he wouldn’t have while playing the game.


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Gillian Rubinstein (Lian Hearn): Grass for his pillow (Clan of the Otori 2) (book review)

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We’ve finally come to read ‘Grass for his pillow’ and Gillian Rubinstein’s (*1942, UK – pseudonym: Lian Hearn) second part of the Otori Series (Tales of the Otori).


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Stefanie Schütte: Die 101 wichtigsten Fragen – Mode, Fashion, Haute Couture (book review)

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Need a little fashion- brush up? Well here you got it! 😁

If you have ever asked yourself ‘Why is there a need for fashion?’, ‘Who was Coco Chanel?’, ‘Who are the most important designers of today?’ and ‘How did the fashion industry emerged and at what particular time?’, etc. this book can provide you with a variety of interesting and insightful answers.


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Gillian Rubinstein (Lian Hearn): Across the Nightgale Floor (Clan of the Otori 1) (book review)

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Another great novel has come to our hands: Namely, Gillian Rubinstein’s (pseudonym: Lian Hearn) first part Across the Nightgale Floor of the Otori Series (Tales of the Otori).

Rubinstein (* 28.8.1942, UK) has come up with the idea for Across the Nightgale Floor during her first trip to Japan in 1993 and did a lot of research for her book series Tales of the Otori. For her research she was granted a fellowship of the Asialink Foundation in 1999. During her visits in Japan, Rubinstein explored especially the landscapes and the history of Western Honshuu.

Gillian Rubinstein studied modern languages at the University of Oxford. She worked as an arts editor and film critic in London before she moved to Australia. Her lifelong passion for the Japanese culture and language was the reason for her many trips to Japan and her studies of the…

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Aki Shimasaki: Mitsuba (book review)

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Does anybody know the Canadian-Japanese author Aki Shimasaki? Aki Shimasaki was born 1954 in Gifu, Japan and emigrated in 1981 to Canada. Besides working as a teacher, she writes her novels in Japanese and French.

For her novels she has received the Canada-Japan Literary Award of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Prix du Gouverneur général and the Prix Ringuet of the Académie des lettres du Québec.


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Daniel Woodrell: Winter’s Bone (book review)

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Due to Aerus’ recommendation, we have discovered Daniel Woodrell’s novel Winter’s Bones. Within this novel of a tremendous and also ferocious narrative power Woodrell mixes various aspects of a southern, country noir and gothic style.

The story is not one for the faint hearted as it evolves around the rough but brave character of sixteen year old Ree Dolly who has experienced far more things in her life then her tender age should let her know.


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Hiromi Kawakami: The Ten Loves of Nishino (book review)

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Dear readers, We now have officially fallen ill with the, how we call it, Kawakami-reading-fever. It has already struck us down unnoticeably when we were devouring Strange Weather in Tokyo and since The Nakano Thrift Shop it has gotten quite the hang of us.

The new novel of Kawakami which will be introduced in today‘s article is named The Ten Loves of Nishino (2019). This is Kawakamis newest masterpiece regarding the English edition (Europa editions). In Japan, the novel already came out in November 2003.

So, whether we like it or not, we are back again with a new novel from Hiromi Kawakami, one of Japan’s most successful and acclaimed authors and winner of numerous prizes for her work, including the Ito Sei, Akutagawa, Izumi Kyoka and the Women Writers (Joryu Bungako Sho) prizes.

Hiromi Kawakami is the author of Strange Weather in Tokyo

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Hiromi Kawakami: The Nakano Thrift Shop (book review)

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And were’re back with another novel from bestselling author Hiromi Kawakami called ‘The Nakano Thrift Shop’.

Bestselling Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami has won acclaim for her essays, stories, and novels. Her short fiction has appeared in English in The Paris Review and Granta. Her novel Strange Weather in Tokyo was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Asian Literary Prize and the 2014 International Foreign Fiction Prize.


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