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7:56 pm, Jan 3 2012
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Hey! Not sure if it's right place to ask, so sorry if it's misplaced...

So I've been thinking about getting the Novel, since I already have the 3 volumes of the manga (by Viz), but there are 2 versions (they're probably different even in overall content because I don't think they'd bother translating and releasing the same book another company had already put out):

- Train Man by Nakano Hitori Published by Robinson Publishing in July 2006 (320 pages)
- Train Man by Nakano Hitori Published by Del Rey Books in April 2007 (403 pages)

I don't really know what the difference is between them so I was wondering if anyone knew or if anyone had one of them (or both??)?

In case I don't come to any particular conclusions I'll probably get the one from Del Rey. Thanks in advance!

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8:37 pm, Jan 3 2012
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The "novel" is less of a novel and more of a transcription of 2ch message boards, ostensibly. The reality is that most of the sentences are tweaked here and there by ghostwriters, but the core is essentially as-is.

As to the differing versions, one is a British translation and one is American. The page difference can be attributed to design and formatting (formatting internet posts can take many different forms). Pick whichever you like.

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8:41 pm, Jan 3 2012
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Alright, thank you very much!

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