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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc; 1 edition (19 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142151883X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421518831
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1981, NISIOISIN made his writing debut in 2002, winning the 23rd Mephisto Prize in 2002 for "Kubikiri Cycle" (The Beheading Cycle). This eventually became the first book in his best-selling "Zaregoto" series. His subsequent novels have earned him a passionate following throughout Japan.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Bunting on 10 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is story is narrated as Mello doing a report about a case L told to him & gave him the notes for. All the characters in this story are already dead, so Mello gives his interpretation, while inserting open-ending questions about things he can only speculate on to get the reader thinking, which is a clever story convention.

The story is filled with the usual logic bending you expect from L, as well as enough gore, comedy and freaky behaviour to keep you hooked.

It mainly resolves around two characters, FBI Agent Naomi and private investigate Ryuzaki, with L mainly a voice through a phone or computer. They work together to solve the puzzles serial killer BB has left at his crime scenes before he reaches his last victim, the puzzles being a direct challenge to L.

More about L's and the Wammy Orphanage's background is revealed in Mello's side notes. Plus, it's explained why a talented woman like Naomi coped out of her job & ran away to Japan to get married, something that never sat right with me in the manga.

1st Note: READ DEATH NOTE MANGA OR WATCH THE ANIME BEFORE GETTING THIS!

Or the mind game the author plays on the reader just won't work. And the Death Note movies won't cut it either, sorry, as Mello doesn't make to them.

2nd Note: This story was intended for a Japanese audience and a pinch of salt is needed. First off - the silly names for Americans, such as Quarter Queen, Blues-Harp, Bottomslash, Beyond Birthday, are an author's joke and their unlikelihood needs to be ignored. Secondly, you need to be aware that Japanese makes no distinction between R & L - it's the same character / sound, otherwise certain revelations will go right over your head.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George Bates on 13 Jun. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Do you like Death Note?
Do you like Nisio Isin's Monogatari Series or Zaregoto or Katanagatari or whatever?

If the answer to either of these question is "yes", then at the price above there is no reason to hesitate. If the answer to both is "yes", stop reading my crappy review and buy a copy.

I read this short book in an afternoon and at first thought "will Nisio Isin be able to write in his characteristic style in the Death Note universe?". Finishing the first page told me that we would indeed be reading Nisio Isin's best efforts. Finishing the book told me "Well done, Nisio Isin, I never should have doubted you."

Furthermore, we get to see more of L than we got to see in the original since {SPOILERS}.

Yeah, this review was terrible. But hell, the book's cheap, it's well written, it's got a great twist that nobody could possibly see coming (and I mean it - you could sit down for six hours with thirteen cans of Red Bull and not guess it). Also the book and its sleeve are cool and tactile and stuff. Nobody but Nisio Isin could have done this as well.

Seriously, why has the number of copies left in stock not gone down while I wrote this?!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. RB FORTUNE-WOOD VINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2008
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This is fan fiction and crime fiction so certain allowances must be made; a few clichés are to be expected, errors in narration can be forgiven and poor use of punctuation (particularly exclamation marks and ellipsis) can be put aside. These things are annoying, but Another Note made up for them with an excellent plot, an amazingly original new character and a conclusion worthy of the Death Note series.
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By Chantelly on 9 Mar. 2013
Format: Hardcover
As a huge Deathnote fan myself, I was sure I wanted to buy this. To be honest, it contains beautiful images by the amazingly talented Takeshi Obata so that alone is an excuse to buy this book.
The novella is definitely interesting and just the right length for an entertaining read. The story is almost as dark and complex as the main Deathnote plot--plenty of blood and deaths of course! Although I liked the main crime plot, I also loved the interactions between the two protagonists.

I'll admit, yes, the novella could be mistaken for fanfiction but who cares? I couldn't give a damn if a fan wrote it, it's a gripping story and Niosin clearly understands the nature of the characters inside-out. However, I'll agree with some that the names are a bit dramatic and stupid.

I would recommend not to take any review too seriously though(including my own). If you like Deathnote and love L (like me!) just have a read. I seriously doubt anyone could utterly hate this novella.

And I can't stress enough the awesomenest of the artwork, so...there's something to keep in mind too ;)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tuulia on 17 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with this book. I'm not saying it were bad, though; maybe my expectations were just too high. In fact, I did reread the book after a few months (it is a very fast read) and liked it a little better on the second go. Not quite enough to give it four stars, although I did consider that.

In the case you're not yet familiar with what this book is about: this is the story of the Los Angeles BB Murder Cases (mentioned in vol.2 of the manga) from the time Naomi Misora was still an FBI agent and worked under L. The story is narrated by Mello (who doesn't appear in the story in any other role but a narrator).

I didn't really have any big problems with the book, but there was a bunch of small issues that I found annoying. The prose itself isn't very strong. I couldn't really get rid of the feeling that I was reading fanfiction - not that I had anything against fanfics, and in the end, isn't that exactly what this book is, but still... The author also has some annoying habits, like the constant use of "..." in discussion to show that someone doesn't know what to say, or the habit of using single sentence paragraphs e.g. to state some (supposedly) shocking facts.
Not to mention that there were times when Naomi seemed to be awfully slow for being such a smart woman - seriously, if _I_ can figure out something, how could she not... (Oh, and on the second reading I realized there was a small hole in BB's plans... oh well, I guess someone like him could have worked his way around it if he'd had to.)

Then... the names. No matter how many times I'm told that they're just a joke and should be ignored, I can't help but find them distracting. A man named Believe Bridesmaid, a woman named Backyard Bottomslash... heh.
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