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Japan: How Do Hands Make Peace?

Series: Earth Inspectors #10
Author: Meyer, Carolyn
Illustrators: Conner, Mona (cover)
Carter, Barbara (interior)
Release Date: 1990
ISBN: 0070480052 / 9780070480056
Length:105 pages
Number of Endings:1
LC Cataloging in Publication Summary: As an Earth Inspector trying to solve a riddle, the reader encounters ancient samurai warriors, copes with strange customs, and gets lost on Mt. Fuji.
Demian's Thoughts: I first read this book more than a decade ago, when it had just come out and I found a copy at the library; for some reason, I have happy memories of staying up late reading it, though the actual content of the book disappeared from my mind until had an opportunity to read it again after purchasing it from the library's clearance section. Funny how I ended up owning so many of the books I used to borrow from the library.... As it turns out, it's a pretty good book. It does a good job of reinforcing the fact that the reader is supposed to be an alien, and it also presents a lot of interesting facts about life in Japan. It's not perfect, however.... For one thing, I suspect that Japanese readers might find some aspects of the story a bit insulting (it seems rather critical at times). Additionally, the gameplay isn't very interesting, though that's to be expected from this series; the interactive element is rather underused, and this wouldn't feel much different if it were a completely linear book. Still, it's a more interesting read than many of the other books in this series.

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