Reading progress update: I've read 69 out of 512 pages.

The Beast Player - Nahoko Uehashi, Cathy Hirano

I like the anime more than the book with the way it starts. The book gets right into the action of Souyon killing the Touda. Where as the anime build up to it with a few episodes about village life and about the Touda. Maybe to let it make more sense what's going on.