A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

276. Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 5 by Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 5 by Tsugumi Ohba. Art by Takeshi Obata. (US) - (Canada)
Death Note, Vol. 9 & 10

Pages: 384
Ages: 16+
Finished: Dec. 17, 2011
First Published: 2003, this edition Sept. 6, 2011
Publisher: Viz Media
Genre: YA, manga, paranormal, crime
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

You should get some sun.
Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

This is the second last book in the "Black Edition" of this series, which combines 2 volumes into one book.  With volumes 9 and 10 of the series combined here, as expected, is a powerhouse packed full of action and wits and logic facing against each other as L is joined by Mello and Near in tracking down Kira.  Another major character is killed off in this volume and it was a major shock that I did not see coming.  If one thought L was strange the two new characters M and N are even weirder by L's standards and pretty creepy as well.  N  pretty much sides along character-wise with L, while on the other hand M has an unethical side which makes him an even more dangerous character than Kira to this reader.  While not giving any plot away at this point in the series, I will say that things have certainly changed from the beginning and gone in a different direction than I would have ever expected, but the books still contain everything I love about the series:  the crimes, the witty logical repartee between L (M & N) and Kira.  Another new character is introduced who takes over the role as the second Kira and he is a devoted follower of Kira.  The book is bringing into play some deep ethical questions now.  I've always liked Light, even though I abhor what he does and have wanted him to lose in the end, but he is a hard guy to totally dislike.    Highly anticipating the last volume, which will be my next read coming up soon.

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