View Full Version : Thanks to whoever recommended DEATH NOTE..

10-17-2005, 08:13 AM
An intelligent high schooler finds a notebook left behind by a demon. When a name is written in the book, that person dies in the manner specified. So, he sets out to eliminate all the world's biggest criminals for the purpose of establishing a utopian society ruled by him. Authorities, baffled by the mass death of hundreds of criminals, call in the greatest detective named "L" to find out who's behind these mass slayings. The demon who leaves the book behind was bored and dropped the book for amusement.

It's one part SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, one part SHERLOCK HOLMES and a whole bunch of other cool stuff..

Paced very quickly, Death Note’s first volume sets up the relatively complicated premise with ease and immediately gets to work developing the lead character, Light. Light is clearly designed as the ‘average above-average’ Japanese student—listless, bored, cynical and smug, Light hardly has the qualities of a hero and for the purposes of this story, calling him a ‘hero’ would be disingenuous. His immediate goal is to use the Death Note to kill the world’s most violent criminals, which triggers a massive police investigation and a global fascination with who’s killing the criminals. Being an egotistical kid already, it’s not long before all the fame (or infamy, rather) goes straight to Light’s head and he starts talking about building some kind of utopia where he’s in charge. While most anyone would at least think to use the Death Note in the same way Light does, how he goes about doing it is hardly sympathetic, but also very believable. It’s this kind of realistic character development that’s a big part of what makes Death Note so compelling.

Allen Y
10-17-2005, 08:26 AM
I read some of the first chapter in Shonen Jump, and found it fascinating.


Brian Defferding
10-17-2005, 08:48 AM
Sounds great! Is this a book, graphic novel, short story?

Jonny Z
10-17-2005, 08:54 AM

10-17-2005, 09:21 AM
It was originally printed in SHONEN JUMP (I think).. and I passed on it, because I'm not a big fan of Dragonball Z stuff.

Anyways, I gave BLEACH a fair shot and liked it as well, so I picked up a copy of the book last week..

It's $7.99 and published through VIZ I think and should be in most bookstores.

AMAZON LINK (thanks JonnyZ!) - $5.39 (used)
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1421501686/qid=1129569754/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-9642621-9425564?v=glance&s=books&n=507846 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1421501686//ref=nosim/jinxworld-20)

Also, I believe MONSTER is being released this month too, if you can find a copy it's worth checking out as well.