Golden Kin-Yōbi: Week 1 – PM Press

Welcome to Golden Kin-Yōbi, our regular Friday giveaway where you can win some great J-Lit.  Why the name?  Well, as some of you may know, the first character used in Japanese when writing Friday means ‘gold’, and hopefully many of you will strike gold over the next five weeks 🙂

Today’s first giveaway comes to us courtesy of indie publisher PM Press, and they have kindly offered two books as prizes, including worldwide postage to the winners – and great books they are too!  Tomoyuki Hoshino is an excellent writer, one with markedly South-American influences, and I read and enjoyed both these books last year.

We, the Children of Cats is a collection of various short stories and novellas, with the tone ranging from the melancholy to the bizarre.  Several of the stories are based on real-life events, such as a famous school-dinner poisoning and the story of some rich Japanese juvenile criminals who ended up in South America.  Others though are literally out of this world…  The collection made the longlist of last year’s Best Translated Book Award, and if you need more encouraging to try it, my review might tip the scales 🙂

Lonely Hearts Killer is a short novel which is dystopian in nature.  In a near-future Japan, a country which is beginning to become a pariah state, the last remnant of hope, the young Emperor, dies and leaves the country in a state of mourning akin to shock.  As people struggle to cope with life without hope, many people decide that there really isn’t much point in living at all – and some even decide that if they are going to leave it all behind, they may as well take a few others along with them…  For more on this book, have a look at my review.

So, if you’d like to win one of these books, simply comment below, leaving your name, an e-mail address and the name of the book you’d like to win.  There’s no need to follow me, either here, on Facebook or on Twitter (unless you want to, of course!) – anyone can enter, and everyone has an equal chance of winning 🙂

Entries will close at 8 p.m. (AEST) on Thursday, January the 9th (that’s 9 a.m. on Thursday, London time), and the winners will be announced in the next Golden Kin-Yōbi post (the winners, naturally, will be chosen using some kind of random on-line draw thingy).  So, what are you waiting for?  Get commenting, and good luck!


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17 Responses to Golden Kin-Yōbi: Week 1 – PM Press

  1. Carola says:

    Ohh that's an exciting give-away! 🙂
    Name: Carola
    E-mail: eve304[at]gmail[dot]com
    Book: Lonely Hearts Killer sounds amazing. I love dystopia stories.


  2. Lisa Hill says:

    Dystopia is not usually my thing but (still struggling to find some J-Lit to suit my taste, I'm keen, just not successful yet) I think Lonely Hearts Killer might be more lively than what I've tried so far…


  3. Anonymous says:

    the book of short stories, We The Children of Cats, seems up my alley. translation awards – catnip. no pun intended. the name is Josh; the e.mail address is i'm looking forward to this month as i've just started reading ' A True Novel'. thanks for the competition!


  4. chris says:

    Thanks for the contest. I'd love a chance to read Lonely Hearts Killer.
    name: Chris


  5. Jacqui (@jacquiwine) says:

    What a great giveaway! Both sound excellent, but I'd love a chance to win the short story collection 'We, the Children of Cats'. Name: Jacqui (@jacquiwine); Email:
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the competition.


  6. Well you're already aware of my regard for things of a J-Lit nature, so either of these will do, but if pushed to choose I'll pick the short story collection 'We, the Children of Cats'. Thanks for the opportunity to have this dilemma. My email is parrishlantern @ live . co . uk


  7. Great giveaway Tony! The story collection, We, the Children of Cats sounds very interesting. Jo, email, thanks.


  8. m says:

    Short stories and more works from Japanese writers are two of the things on my 2014 reading goals list, so I would like to read “We, the Children of Cats.” mgifford01 @ snet, net


  9. rhonda says:

    Great giveaway lonely hearts killer sounds perfect for me


  10. kamo says:

    Now that Children of Cats book looks very interesting. thisishowshe (at) gmail (dot) com if you'd be so kind 😉


  11. Lizzy Siddal says:

    Quite intrigued by the sound of Lonely Hearts Killer ….


  12. Anonymous says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! I'd love to get my hands on We, the Children of Cats. My email is Eleanor.c.chandler(at)


  13. Anonymous says:

    They both sound interesting, but I am particularity interested in We, The Children of Cat. I love short stories! Great giveaway and a really great blog! You can reach me via twitter @AnnaOGrady1
    btw: I hope to contribute a review to your Japanese month, reading an old Kobo Abe classic right now.


  14. Well Tony, I would like to put my hat in the ring for We, The Children of Cats (or We, the Kittens as a less artful translation might put it.) Hoping to start my own J.I.J novel very soon. Seamus Duggan – @SeamusDuggan


  15. Anonymous says:

    I'd love “Lonely Hearts Killer”. E-mail: paul[dot]fulcher[at]btinternet[dot]com.

    Great blog as well – thanks Paul Fulcher


  16. Japan in psychological meltdown? I love dystopian J-lit, they do it better than any other nation! Would love to read Lonely Hearts Killer. @kitakatakilburn


  17. Tony Malone says:

    And that's it – the winners have been drawn 🙂 Find out who won in the next Golden Kin-Yōbi post!


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