Brave Story

Brave Story

by Miyuki Miyabe


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421527734
Publisher: Haikasoru
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Series: Brave Story Series
Pages: 820
Sales rank: 310,499
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.45(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Miyuki Miyabe's debut story, “Warera ga rinjin no hanzai” (Our neighbor’s crime), won a new writer award in 1987, and since that time, she has become one of Japan's most popular and best-selling authors. Miyabe's fantasy novel Brave Story won the Batchelder Award for best children's book in translation from the American Library Association in 2007. The Gate of Sorrows is an adult novel in the same universe as The Book of Heroes (Haikasoru, 2010). Her other works available in English include All She Was Worth, Cross Fire, The Sleeping Dragon, Apparitions, ICO: Castle in the Mist, and more.

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Brave Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly, i picked this book based on it's cover. it looks so magical and whimsical, i had to know what was going on. this book takes a while to get going, but once it's off the runway it soars! this is a fantastic book mixing very real drama with very fictional adventures. Wataru escapes to a world known as Vision to cope with his reality and deal with Vision's unreality. There's a host of beasts and creatures to learn about, it's an immersion. this is a book for any age, especially if you're a gamer. i highly recommend this book as it met every expectation i could have. thank you, Miyuki Miyabe!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Favorite Book EVER. No lie.It's 816 pageslong and it has twists and turns and every theme imaginable. The people Wataru interacts with are like people in his life and shows so many life lessons we don't relize. 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found this book in a libary one day... honestly I picked it up because it was so thick then i read the summary on the inside and immediately checked it out. I knew it wouldn't take me lon gto read the book and i was right!!!!! I finished this book in 4 days. I am only 13 years old and the middle school i go to has a reading program everyone is required to do. We have a certain number of points we have to reach every quater. For most books each have a number of points worth and we each get a certain amount of points depending on what we get on the test for the book.......anyway this book was worth 48 AR points which put my goal way above my mark for the quarter. When my friends saw me with Brave Story in tow they all said 'It would take me months to finish this book... I know you are a fast reader and all but you won't be able to finish this book before the quarter end or get 100% on the test.' And i passed the test with a hundred percent and finished the book in 4 days! My point is to not get discouraged because of the size of the book... this is the best book in the world!!!!!!!!!!!! I am a very picky reader yea.... READ THIS BOOK ITS THE BEST BOOK EVER
Padfoot04 More than 1 year ago
As I was walking around the bookstore I found two books that caught my eye when I looked at their cover: Brave Story and The Book of Heroes, both written by Miyuki Miyabe. When I started reading Brave Story I didn't know where the story was going, it starts with a slow pace but after several pages I couldn't stop reading. The book is fool of magic, amazing adventures and characters that you'll never forget. I wouldn't recommend it for someone younger than 11 but I'd highly recommend it for someone who's parents are getting divorced. I can assure that when I finished reading I had a new perspective of life, or at least of how to face it; specially after hard times.
Micaella More than 1 year ago
This book started out slow then eventually picked up the pace. I felt that since the book was translated, some parts were not translated well. I did, overall, enjoyed the book and would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes for ever to get the ball rolling. That is probably my only complaint. But as soon as it starts, it is impossible to put down. I'd say it starts getting good around page 130.
JSwacker More than 1 year ago
This is an excelletn story for any teen or adult that feels lost in ther life at any given moment. Fell like you have no purpose and everything is going wrong, you can take follow another's adventures in the other world and see how far you would get in that situation. I was able to put myself into the shoes of the main character and really enjoy the story.
LJuneOsborne on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is an example of why I love to read a children's or young adult's fantasy novel every once in a while. The focus, instead of being on multiple heroes doing different things at once and massive battles between groups of monsters, is usually on an individual boy or girl reacting to the fantastical little by little, taking on challenges and making childish mistakes.A good portion of the beginning of Brave Story is devoted to the main character, young Wataru, in the real world, struggling with family issues. These trigger his adventures into a fantasy world where he has the chance to change his destiny in the real world.This fantasy world and the way it functions in connection to the real world is very well thought out. I found myself half wishing it were real, it sounds like such a lovely idea. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, I can't possibly describe this fantasy world, but I will say the real world and the fantasy world are closely entwined, but that may be obvious by now.Wataru's adventures in this other world comes to symbolize his struggle with grief, and I found myself relating to it more and more as the story went on. The book became a message on the positive transforming force the process of working through grief can be, as well as a cautionary tale for those that fall victim to grief and let it destroy them.Anyone who has experienced or is experiencing grief will find themselves reaffirmed by Wataru the Brave and his adventures. Aside from the grief theme of the book, there is also a very entertaining story here that will be enjoyed by many readers, young adult or otherwise.There is one thing to complain about, unfortunately. There were many typos and translation issues I seemed to notice, more of them around the end of the book than earlier in the story. A few typos is not enough to bother me, but there were so many that I was beginning to become distracted by them.
rebecca10 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
i loved the interesting plot and dramatic charictor backgrounds, but the end was terrible!
SMG-FParrington on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A beautiful well written book.Creates a world that i can visualise around me.An enthralling storyline with amazing characters, cities, animals and natural features.TAkes a while to get started but once it gets going you won't want to put it down.
DenzilPugh on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I remember as a child watching cartoon movies on HBO and Showtime, movies like Nausicaa, which fascinated me, as they were nothing like any of the cartoons you saw on television at the time. Characters with emotional depth, with real feelings. And sometimes the characters died, which is something you don't see on American cartoons. Cobra Commander might have been an evil mastermind, but he couldn't shoot the broad side of a barn. And no Transformer ever got killed until the movie, which sent many of us into therapy. There's a fundamental difference between anime coming from Japan and those cartoons coming from America. Take even video games of which I've talked about recently. Final Fantasy VII was ported directly from Japan, with all of its movies added. This includes the death of Aerith, the flower girl, some 2/3rds of the way into the game. She's a playable character with special skills and everything, and even though you work on leveling her up, at that point, she dies. Of course, I thought (not having read any walkthroughs) that she'd be resurrected at some point. Of course we'll have her at the end of the game, or Cloud would go into the lifestream and find her essence and bring her back. But that's not the case. She never comes back. It was a shock to many people (look her up on the internet, it affected a lot of people). I think that's why J.K. Rowling shocked so many people with the deaths that occur in Harry Potter. Main characters just don't die. It doesn't work that way....But it does. And that's what makes the movies and video games and books coming out of Japan for young adults so much more poignant than those that come from Western Civilization. We're just not willing to see someone that we have invested emotional ties to be killed off in the middle of a story line. They have to come back. Nowadays, when Optimus Prime is killed (which he is, inevitably, every single series), it's not a shock to anyone, because he will always come back somehow. So, to the book review. I read Brave Story, by Miyuki Miyabe, who is most known, until this book, for Suspense thrillers. Most reviews will tell you that it is slow in the beginning, that it drags out and it is good, but too long. What they don't get is that the length of the set up of the story is meant to set up Wataru's real life. Which is the life that we all lead, for the most part. There are bullies, and divorces, adulterous affairs... all the things that makes the real world what it is.... and most importantly, it sets up all the things that children are protected from in the real world in America. The book talks about the suicide of one of the friend's parents. You wouldn't have that talked about in a normal kid's fantasy novel. But it is the real world that people run away from, and only through Wataru's running away into the land of Vision do we experience the growth during that time of escapism. The book is like the worlds of Hayao Miyazaki all laid out in print. It is the world of Hyrule or Final Fantasy in words. Masterfully constructed, a work that should be aside Paolini's Eragon or Harry Potter. The interesting thing is that the book is placed in with the Manga works, with most of the Japanese authors. I understand why, as the story has been adapted to Manga form, and Anime, and video game form (on the PSP and in Japan on the PS2). But the main work is a novel, and deserves to be read by those who love Fantasy or Young Adult fiction. It will change someone's life, just as The Hobbit changed mine.
poulter on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I was so surprised by this book; I would not have read it if it hadn't become required reading (and on short notice!), but it left me breathless. Comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable, but this is not for children under 5th or 6th grade. I know very little about life in Japan, but I felt like I got a real and accurate sense of daily life for a child. The explanations of Vision amazed me, once I was able to fully wrap my mind around the concept. And Wataru's battle to the death with himself was astounding. Yes, the ending wraps up a bit too neatly; on the other hand, we clearly see how Wataru has grown through his journey. I'll admit, I carried this book around for days after I finished it; I wanted to keep it close to me, opening to read random passages. It feels like a remarkably accurate translation, making a foreign culture and fantasy world accessible to American reader.
Silvernfire on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book kept defying my expectations--both for good and for bad. Sometimes in young adult novels, adults come across as cardboard cutouts, just obstacles for the young adult characters to react to. Not so in this book: Miyabe leaves you feeling as if the adults are people in their own right, even if Wataru only sees them as a child would. I was also afraid that this book would devolve into a generic "boy seeks magic talismans that let him power up" story, but while Wataru does indeed do that, the gemstones are pretty secondary to the rest of the plot. So after all this, I was disappointed that some major plot points were left unexplained. And after Miyabe went to all the trouble of devoting about a third of the book to Wataru's life and problems in the real world, I was surprised that she wrapped things up so quickly there at the end of the story. It was an abrupt ending for such a long story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really action packed and fun filled adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it based on the movie and im glad i did! It was way better than i had hoped and is now one of my favorites!
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Should i read this book. I am ten and i saw it at the library. It looked good. Please answer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mean, really, really long. I'm glad to be done with it so I can move on to something better.
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I am an extreamly picky reader, but i couldnt pit this book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i have ever read. It is imaginative and heartwarming- great for all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really takes you on an adventure from the start. I love all the metaphors near the end...and that the margins sometimes contain his sword with the inlaid stones he accumulates on the way. Its a story of love, perseverance, and overcoming weaknesses. I. Loooove. This. Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Told from the perspective of a child, with Stephen King worthy moments, this novel was a trip and had a great message.
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