Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse

Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse

by Otsuichi


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A coming of age story, right after death.

L to R (Western Style). Two short novels, including the title story and Black Fairy Tale, plus a bonus short story. Summer is a simple story of a nine-year-old girl who dies while on summer vacation. While her youthful killers try to hide the her body, she tells us the story—from the POV of her dead body—of the boys' attempt to get away murder. Black Fairy Tale is classic J-horror: a young girl loses an eye in an accident, but receives a transplant. Now she can see again, but what she sees out of her new left eye is the experiences and memories of its previous owner. Its previous deceased owner.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421536446
Publisher: Haikasoru
Publication date: 09/21/2010
Series: Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse Series
Edition description: Original
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 675,443
Product dimensions: 6.96(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Born 1978 in Fukuoka, Otsuichi won the Sixth Jump Short Fiction/Nonfiction Prize when he was seventeen with his debut story "Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse." Now recognized as one of the most talented young fantasy/horror writers in Japan, his other English-language works include the short story collection Calling You, the Honkaku Mystery Prize-winning novel Goth, and the collection ZOO (Haikasoru 2009).

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Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DoskoiPanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Summer, Fireworks and My Corpse" contains Otsuichi's early works - two novellas and a short story. As a collection of work, it's very good - not disjointed or thrown together, though I must confess some confusion at the order of the stories; from my point of view the book was named for the least effective of the stories, and they feel chronologically backward. "Summer Fireworks and My Corpse" is a shorter novella from a dead child's point of view, as she follows the fate of her corpse, her friends and the impact her death has on the community. The horror here is more subtle, with touches of black humour and pangs of how people adjust to guilt and death. There are slight twists in the tale to keep it interesting, though I must admit I felt dissatisfied with both the ending and the lack of character development in comparison to his other early work,"Goth" (though the characters are vaguely reminiscent of those in "Goth.") I did, however, find the running commentary of the dead girl interesting- some of her observations are shrewd, while other comments show her growing detachment from her corpse. "Yuko" is a short story about a girl who goes to work as a housekeeper for a man and his wife in an isolated traditional Japanese mansion. This is a gem of a short story, and though it is short, it feels more fully fleshed out than the previous novella. In a lot of ways, I was reminded of Victorian ghost stories, like those of Le Fanu, where there is both a supernatural and a more earthly explanation for what happens, both of which lend themselves to two separate horrors within the outcome.The writing is dense with atmosphere; creepy insinuations, misleading information and the curiosity of a lonely girl all make this an excellent short story. Again, the horror here is subtle, creeping in rather than jarring, and is all the more effective for it."Black Fairy Tale" According to Otsuichi's Afterword, this was the first thing he wrote after college that was "longer than two hundred pages of genko yoshi manuscript." Even as a entry point into writing, the The novella begins with a fairy tale story of a lonely raven befriending a blind girl, and bringing her eyes so that she could see dreams. The eyes would retain the memories of what the original owner has seen, and the little girl would see their memories, right up until the moment the eye was removed. From there the story is told by a teenage girl who lost her left eye, and has amnesia due to the shock of losing the eye; the writer of the fairy tale, who has a twisted gift; and the remainder of the raven's tale, all of which are woven into a tale of mysteries. The main character, Nami, is unable to remember who she was, and is rejected by her family who constantly compare her to her former self, and also suffers from image memories left in the donated eye. She is well developed as a character, which I would have thought to be a difficult thing to do as she is meant to be basically an empty vessel, though some of her reasoning is peculiar, it could be attributed to the eye's influence. The writer of the raven's story is less well developed, but seems slightly sociopathic, definitely dysfunctional. The scenes of his childhood are filled with black humor, twisted jokes, and the exploration of his ability. Both of them are curiously detached in some way - incomplete/disconnected from their actions, but this serves to help define them in very different ways. This is an excellent story, and makes up the bulk of the book (almost 230 pages of the 350).(Note to the squeamish: If you've ever read Grimm's fairy tales as they were originally written, the gore here is just a little updated, and a bit more twisted - enough to make you cringe, but not, say, Clive Barker "Books of Blood" graphic.) Overall, this is a very good collection, and well worth reading, especially if you enjoyed his other works ("Goth" or "Zoo", for example) or enjoy either modern fairy tales or Japanese horror/mystery. H
ReadingBifrost More than 1 year ago
This book consists of three stories: Summer, Fireworks, and my Corpse; Yuko, and Black Fairy Tale. The title story- Summer, Fireworks, and my Corpse- follows the body of a young girl, whom also happens to be our narrator. The reader sees and hears what she hears and sees as her body is hidden and moved several times. Sometimes it is through small slits in wood, listening in as police stand over her body. Suspenseful, huh? It was more creepy then horror, as much J-horror tends to be, and has a really nice(?) creepy ending. Yuko is a short story that’s a major creeper alert. A housekeeper comes to a mansion to help out a husband and his ill wife. The husband doesn’t allow her to enter the bedroom and she never interacts with the wife, and eventually starts expecting the wife doesn’t exist. I’ll tell you right now, as soon as you think you have this short story figured out, there’s yet another twist thrown at you. You might flip back pages a few times to make sure you got the entire story straight. Black Fairy Tale is the longest, but it’s more like three intertwined stories in one. It also gains an eleven on the creepy factor scale. The first part of the story is about a little blind girl waiting for a surgery that’s supposed to help her to see, and a raven that brings her eyes that lets her see the memories of its former owners. The second story follows a girl that had an eye transplant and sees the memories of the former owner, and follows a mystery surrounding it all. The third story is where it gets really strange and I can’t dive in it too deep without giving away spoilers, but it continues straight from the second story. I do have to warn you that this is where most people will cringe at the gore and it’s not for the lighthearted.
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harlsmits More than 1 year ago
fantastic. love the narrator's point of view in the 'summer, fireworks, and my corpse' story. Otsuichi is one of my new favorite authors.
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