Bullet Train by Kōtarō Isaka
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I admit I read this because the preview for the movie looked pretty awesome and quirky. So of course I had to pick up the book and see WHY. I may not even see the movie, but I'm ALWAYS down to read the source.
It turns out that it's not quite as funny as I was led to believe. It's Good, mind you, and it's absolutely about a handful of wonderfully drawn assassins getting ready for a not-so-straightforward showdown on a bullet train, but it's not QUITE as quirky as I might have guessed.
It is, however, a fast-paced thriller that's jam-packed with bad luck, good luck, good preparation, no preparation, and Thomas the Tank Engine. All right, I admit, the whole sequence with Thomas was funny.
I'll just say one more thing: The Prince was one hell of a piece of work. I really enjoyed hating him.
All in all, this is a pretty cool novel if you like almost slap-dash thrillers. :)
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