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Shōgun (Asian Saga, #1)

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Ask HN: Best books you read in 2012

arram: 'Epic' is the best word I can use to describe this historical fiction. The first English pilot to reach the Japans discovers a culture that, while strange, is in many ways far more advanced than his own. The fictional Lord Toranaga is based on the historical Tokugawa Ieyasu, a brilliant strategist who founded a dynasty that lasted 268 years.

theballwatcher: Shogun is a great read. It got me started on the whole historical fiction genre.

green7ea: Shogun is an awesome read; I read it yearly. The many interleaving and embedded plots create fascinating character depth. Not only that but Clavel easily transitions between the point of view of the many protagonists creating an amazing read. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who hasn't read it.