A Rabbit’s Eyes

Because I hate packing more than anything in the whole world, I’d like to tell you about the best book I read this year, A Rabbit’s Eyes by Kenjiro Haitani, published by the ubercool Vertical Books. And also because I’m anxious that I’m not packing when I really, really should be packing I’ll keep my comments brief.

A Rabbit’s Eyes is unbelieveably good and strange and very hard to describe. Told from the point of view of a brand-new, eager-to-be-good teacher, it’s all about this kid, Tetsuzo, who doesn’t speak and breeds flies (not houseflies though, they’re dirty). It’s wry and touching and I hate to say it—heartwarming, but in a totally non-vomitous way. It’s not like anything I’ve ever read before. In the best way, I never knew where the story was going. As soon as I finished I went back to the beginning and started over and it was even better on a second read. I love this book.

Go get it!

I go pack now.


  1. Carbonelle on #

    First comment, so shall get the ob. Fangirl Squee out of the way. [*deep breath*]: I love Magic or Madness–!!!, your books are fabu!!!! Write lots–!! [*deep breath*]

    Ahem: Done! Ordered by ILL (using the “please, we should probably have this in our library” mode). Sounds brilliant. And the blog’s a fun read, too, thanks.

  2. Justine on #

    Thank you! Feel free to fan squee as often as you like. I loves it!

    As for writing lots. I’m doing my best! Have an adult novel about to go out to market, am almost finished the third Morm book, and am halfway through the great Australian Elvis cricket fairy mangosteen novel.

    Let me know what you think of A Rabbit’s Eyes. Tis a deeply strange and wonderful book.

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