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Death Note: Another Note - The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases Hardcover – February 19, 2008
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The strengths of the novel are many. First of all, it's a dream come true for L fans (trust me, I adore the hell out of that sugar-sucking insomniac, so I know what I'm talking about). It reveals a good deal about his background and the nature of his work, allowing readers a peak behind the smoke and mirrors with which he operates.Read more ›
It's about L instead of Light?
Huh. Sounds worth a look.
And it was...kind of.
This book is a prequel to the Death Note series. It covers the Los Angeles BB Serial Murders that are briefly mentioned in the manga. It tells of the first time L ever worked with FBI Agent Naomi Misora, arguably his greatest collaborator.
What's interesting is that, unlike a lot of whodunnit mysteries, this one is actually more effective with a second reading. As a Death Note fan, I found the first reading of chapter two mildly intriguing. When I reread it after finishing the book and knowing who the killer was, that chapter became much darker, creepier, and more engaging. The same can be said about other parts of the book, but it was most effective here.
Another unusual thing about this book is the way it's written. Essentially, its narrated by L's protege, Mello. He starts out by trying to write about the case like he was writting a true crime report; very straightforward and admittingly speculative. Very quickly though, his tone changes to that of a novelist. He ends up writing down what the characters are thinking or feeling. Only occasionally does he catch himself and revert back to the other style. Mello even interrupts the story at various points when he has a problem with how he worded a certain sentence or how he had a character speak. It gave me the feeling that I was looking over Mello's shoulder as he was writing it. This all provided some quirky, self-aware humor at parts where the book risked becoming too ridiculous. Also, it was an interesting way to provide infodumps and backstory when it was needed.
There were some problems though.Read more ›
Like the series followed the struggle between L and Kira, Another Note follows a similar struggle between L and an unknown murderer. Leaving mysterious clues and hints, the murders grow in violence and as the police struggle to find anything on the culprit, L involves a suspended FBI Agent, Naomi Misora to be his eyes and ears. In typical Death Note style, however, things quickly turn strange as a private detective named Rue Ryuzaki makes his presence known. For veterans and fans of Death Note, this book is a must read. For mystery fans in general, even, this book provides an intriguing, provocative experience that can only be enhanced with multiple readings. For example, the book repeatedly discusses the purpose of the Wara Ningyos, dolls that are left at the scene of the crime. They are positioned in very specific manners that would puzzle someone who doesn't know the overall outcome of the book, however, once knowing why they're where they are, it almost provides additional insight into the killers line of thought. This book is flat-out impressive; but that's what one should expect from this series. The Death Note name remains untainted; great book, great read, great series.
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The book came bent and the outer-cover was torn. I love the story thoughPublished 5 days ago by Kari K.
Well now, this is interesting. A prequel to the stellar Death Note manga, but in novel form. Amazingly, this still has the brilliantly crafted logic duels that the series is known... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jamil Bhatti
Plot was good. I loved reading the book. After I started reading I didn't want to stop but unfortunately I read to the end. I may reread it one day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Krystal G.