Saturday, October 27, 2012

Death Note: Another Note

by Nisioisin

Grade: 2 1/2 stars
Story summary: An FBI agent on suspension, Naomi Misora, is called upon by the great detective "L" to help solve an unusual series of murders. A prequel of sorts to the manga series Death Note.

Thoughts: The worst thing about this book was the stupid names. Perhaps Nisiosin is not familiar with American culture? Because the majority of the people had names like "Beyond Birthday" and "Quarter Queen" and one of the worst: "Backyard Bottomslash". This was supposed to be a mostly serious story, but every time someone's name was mentioned, it completely took me out of the story.

Otherwise it was quite good, I suppose. It was interesting to get more insight into L's past and character. The mystery was not bad--I didn't actually guess the answer. Most reviews I've read seem to have praised it fairly highly, so it's hard to tell whether my lack of great interest is purely a result of the terrible distraction caused by the names.


Aquinas' Goose said...

Who is the translator? Because the names may be translated when they aren't supposed to be.

RED said...

His name was Andrew Cunningham. I think the names were in English originally, since much of the mystery involved the names of the victims, and what letters of the alphabet they started with. (It also took place in Los Angeles, though that doesn't necessarily mean they would be English names.)

Anyway, it shouldn't have bothered me so much, but ah well.