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Death Note: Another Note (Death Note Novel 1)

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There’s a killer loose in Los Angeles and super-sleuth L is on the case. Along with Naomi, a former FBI agent, he helps the LA police solve the grisly crimes. In typical Death Note fashion, things get complicated. And there’s a big surprising plot twist at the end of the book.
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by VIZ Media LLC (first published 2006)
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Corinne I'm 13 and I read it, like Corey said there are some pretty gruesome descriptions but it's nothing you shouldn't be able to handle if you're 13. You…moreI'm 13 and I read it, like Corey said there are some pretty gruesome descriptions but it's nothing you shouldn't be able to handle if you're 13. You really should read it though, it's a brilliant detective novel.(less)
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Jun 26, 2008 Onibana rated it it was amazing
Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!!!

This was one of the best, no, the best murder mystery that I have read before!

It was so nice to be able to see familiar chareters in a new setting and writing style. The ending made a little sad though... I was hoping that Rue Ryuzaki was really L, cause' the authors description fit him 'almost' perfectly. And, having Mello as the narrorator was really awsome!
This book is the kind of book, where I hope that the author never wants to commit a murder, cause, if they did, they w
Joshua Fialkov
Jun 15, 2008 Joshua Fialkov rated it it was amazing
If this were made in America, it would be terrible. A spinoff prose novel of the beloved manga Death Note. But, Japan just knows better. It's an amazingly executed novel that perfectly uses the literary medium, creating something so much more compelling than you'd ever imagine it to be.

Non-essential for enjoying Death Note, but, it really does add so much more to the experience.
Amber Hetchler
Feb 05, 2016 Amber Hetchler rated it it was amazing
Wow, it exceeded all my expectations. It had a lot darker, more serious feel to it than the manga series that it's based off of, but I really liked that about it. Beyond Birthday was brilliant and twisted which made for some pretty unsettling descriptions of his murders. Super fun to read. I recommend it to hard-core Death Note fans. Or anyone who likes crime novels because I believe you could read it without reading Death Note and still love it.
“The most intelligent people disguise the fact that they are intelligent. Wise men do not wear nametags. The more people talk about their own skills, the more desperate they are—their work should speak for itself.”

4 crime scenes. Each scene has a clue for the subsequent murder. The clues can be anything - the dates of the killings, means of the killings, the names of the victims. The clues are conveniently in 'normal-humans-cannot-understand-it-however-hard-they-try' language. The world's great
Dec 17, 2011 Caro rated it it was ok
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Dec 28, 2010 Oshnap rated it did not like it
This book failed both as a detective novel and a supplement to an already existing franchise. I would've forgiven this book if it failed at one but succeeded in the other, unfortunately that's not the case here. I love Mystery Novels, even the Death Note Series despite not being a "traditional Mystery Series." I like to figure out Who did it? Why? and How? But this was easy to figure out within the first few chapters then it fails as a good mystery novel, in my opinion. As a supplement to the De ...more
Jan 16, 2013 Miss rated it liked it
this is a story that is told by a narrator beyond the grave.

now whether that was intentional i cannot say, but in the interests of charity i will assume the author is aware the character he choose to narrate it should have been dead at the time of telling. either that or in possession of an ability to see the future which begs the question, why does he let himself die the way he does in death note?

you can see why i like the dead man talking theory better.

and hey, it explains how he somehow knows
Shayna L
Dec 30, 2011 Shayna L rated it liked it
This is a spin off from the Death Note comic series for those of you that missed L and thought Naomi Misora got a bit shafted. It focuses on a prior case where the two worked together to solve a series of murders in L.A.
While this is indeed a prequel, this isn't for people who haven't read or finished the Death Note series. You'll have the series spoiled for you before you even finish the first chapter. Also, it won't make nearly as much sense.
It's a fairly short book with the same detective st
John Egbert
Sep 11, 2011 John Egbert rated it it was ok
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Devan, Sarcasm Expert
Jan 12, 2010 Devan, Sarcasm Expert rated it it was amazing
Althought it wasn't writen by the orignal author it adds nicely to the collection even if its in the view of one person. And your still learning more of the subject of death & solving murder. Asking what will the killer do next.
When reading this book I learned from the character Rue that "It doesn't matter if a child or adult gets killed, its the same." I really struck me and makes me ponder the idea from time to time. And in truth he is right because when you kill someone you take that lif
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Apr 14, 2016 Angel's books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastik
Çıktığını görür görmez sepete atıp almıştım. Bu kitap, keyifle okuyup izlediğim Death Note (Ölüm Defteri) adlı çizgi roman/anime serisinin yan kitaplarından. Yalnız çizgi roman değil kendisi, bilginiz olsun. L'nin Kira davasından önce uğraştığı bir seri cinayet vakasını anlatıyor. Anlatıcının kimliğini keşfedince sevinmiştim, umarım okumak isteyenlerde de aynı duygu oluşur. Keyifliydi ve ilginç bir sona sahipti. Death Note'u sevdiyseniz alışveriş listenize eklemelisiniz.
I absolutely adored this book! I struggled to put this book down at times, it was just soooo good!

This is one of the best mystery/thriller novels that I've read in a while. All the characters were great (well, except for their names which were a little too creative), the plot was enthralling and I just loved everything about this book! I highly recommend this to all Death Note fans!

And I can't wait to read L: Change the World... xD
Che Adventure
May 04, 2016 Che Adventure rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
the B.B. murder case is very tasteful - like a sugar rush L would have after eating a delectable dessert.
Aug 25, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing
Sure, the names are completely ridiculous, but I loved the book so much. I was completely shocked by the ending, loved Mello's perspective, and just adored Naomi and L. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy detective stories. Not thrillers or even mysteries, necessarily: detective stories which revolve mostly around deductions. This whole entire book was deductions and then just the wonderful dynamic between Naomi and Ryuzaki.
I laughed quite a bit.
I don't care if people call it fanfictiony, or unre
Aug 17, 2008 Jared rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Deathnote or Horror,CSI Type Novels
Good Book But...
The names are nothing short of ridiculous. Beyond Birthday? Quarter Queen? Still most people should be able to over look the slight downsiide and see the one HECK OF A PREQUEL this book is. Very Very good storywise with a mindbending twist at the end. This is book is like icing on the cake that is Deathnote! Really everyone who read the series NEEDS THIS BOOK!

This book is an actual novel not a manga so it needs a slightly different rating than Deathnote

Violence: Moderate to Mod
Jul 19, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another Note is a prequel to the Death Note manga, but it would be a terrible, horrible idea to read it first. Considering that it's supposed to have been written by one of the characters from the latter half of the series, there's some big spoilers scattered around here.

Set in L.A. before any of the events of Death Note, Another Note stars Naomi Misora. Thank goodness, because I always hated how short her time in the manga was. She was awesome, and here we can see just how awesome as she teams
Jun 01, 2013 Tülin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crime/mystery novel fans
This is the kind of book that is precious to own and wonderful to share. The cover is beautiful, and the work inside even more stunning and enchanting with a brand new mystery forged with good suspence and a plot seperate from the Death Note series. I particually liked the character development and I respect the author for really taking the opportunity to illustrate to finer detail the character of L, his past, and the setting. The translation is not perfect, but it is not frustrating to read. F ...more
Jul 08, 2008 Echo rated it really liked it
Shelves: miscfiction
(I have no idea what shelf to put this on . . . hmmm . . . )

First off, if you haven't finished the Death Note series, don't pick this one up or you'll have it spoiled. But, with that said, it was a very good novel. It was amusing and interesting, and gave some extra insight into a few of the Death Note characters. Some of the names are completely off-the-wall (Quarter Queen?), but I just shrugged my shoulders and moved on with the novel. The end, to me, was totally unexpected. I hope they come o
May 22, 2016 Asagi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Death Note Fans
Recommended to Asagi by: Dear Doll
Shelves: need-to-buy, manga
I read this so long ago I don't think a "real" review could be acceptable. But well, here I come.

It was 2010, South Africa's World Cup was on and I was a newbie reading books in English. I borrowed from a friend (a lovely version I should tell) and it was strange.

From the beginning, the narrator is Mello, who says he's dead and all that from the very begging. They story was really surprising, coming from a fan (basically). I have to accept that I knew too much about this book, I knew waaaaay t
Feb 08, 2016 Yağmur rated it really liked it
%91'ini dün gece saat 3'e kadar okudum, pişman değilim. Şöyle ki Mello anlatacak diye okuyasım azalmıştı ama olaya girdiğinde neredeyse hiç onun anlatmasının özel bir etkisi yoktu, bu da benim için iyi bir şey. Bunun dışında Light olmasa bile bu kadar okutturabildiği için iyi iş çıkardıklarını düşünüyorum. Bazı küçük ayrıntılar biraz acemice olsa da ben çok sevdim ve en son sayfalarda artık beynimin yandığını hatırlıyorum. Son olarak kitabın son cümlesindeki o kalp krizi olayını çok sevdim, 4
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Feb 13, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it
First of all, it's been almost 4 years since I've read Death Note, Vol. 12: Finis and the completed the entire series. Consequently, this light novel has been on my to-read list for nearly 4 years. I'm so glad that I finally came around and picked it up. It brings back all of my love for the series and makes me want to reread Death Note again.

This was a short, fast-paced, gritty, detective story featuring Naomi Misora as the protagonist interacting with the mysterious Rue Ryuzaki to solve a
Jan 23, 2016 Z rated it it was amazing
Rewriting my review Jan 23, 2016.

I had to chance to reread parts of the book several times since 2014 (you don't wanna blurt out non-facts about your favourite fictional character during intense analyzing sessions on Tumblr). Every single time it revealed something else about Beyond, it was honestly fascinating. I'm not a murder mystery/thriller/whatever reader, so I'm unable to write about that side of the book -though I remember a massive headache during my first read- but I have to talk about
May 04, 2012 Hallie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who have read the manga or seen the anime of Death Note already - fans of L or Naomi
Hard to rate this book. Overall I give it a good rating despite its flaws because it was more important to me to like the characters and the mood of the piece. A good sense of humor about L's and Naomi's quirks goes a long way for me.

For some reason, the primary twist about the character of Ryuzaki was one that I already latched onto almost immediately. Apparently I was supposed to believe one thing about Ryuzaki, but I never did, so the twist failed to be a twist for me and I was left feeling l
Apr 22, 2010 Alienne rated it really liked it
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Dec 10, 2013 Nama NayaShinigamiKyo rated it really liked it
I really did not want to finish this book.Seriously ! It was not because I was addicted to it, but actually the feeling of ending the excitement, unleashing the unknown and analyzing the mysteries,especially the big truth. However, my heart has split to two parts; Sorrow and delight.
And because I adored this author so much , i have to mention some criticisms.
Using Numbers to solve the mystery was a bit lame to me because it is an old method of unlocking the puzzle. It was really a smart way in
Feb 27, 2008 Ashley rated it liked it
This is the first time I've ever read a fandom novel or a novel that went from Japanese to English. I'd read summaries of this novel when it first came out in Japanese, so I already knew a lot of the twists; I almost wish I hadn't, as I think I might have enjoyed it a bit better.

That said, the novel ended up being funner than I expected. I went in anticipating a very dry, flat writing style, and to some degree, it was, but the author's Mello voice (Mello is the narrator) is fairly decent, and th
Kelsey W.
Dec 03, 2014 Kelsey W. rated it really liked it
NisiOisiN did a fantastic job at writing this spin-off book. For one, L is my favorite character in the Death Note series and the way the author portrayed him was very accurate and real even though it's not the original author of the manga series, along with Naomi Misora. I don't think I would have had to much of an interest in the book of it weren't for the characters, although the layout of the events was very well planned in my opinion. If you are a fan of the Death Note series, I believe you ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any and everyone
Shelves: favorites
Despite it's short length of 176 pages, this is a masterful tale. However, it isn't for the faint of heart.

The descriptions of the three murders is told in almost sickening detail. The characterizations, are very well done and spotless. The humor is very dark, but very Mello-like as well. The story has odd-ended turns, and a few very unseeable twists, and one may find themselves confused at a few points in their first or second reading.

The rereadability of this book brings to life new details th
Valery Tikappa
Jan 23, 2016 Valery Tikappa rated it it was amazing
Quando ho cominciato questo romanzo breve, spin-off della serie di manga (poi trasformato in anime) Death Note, non avevo grandi aspettative. Mi aspettavo qualcosa di banale. Cosa che non è successa!
Questo racconto è assolutamente magnifico. Mai banale, assurdo, mette in moto il cervello e fa ragionare insieme alla protagonista, Naomi Misora.
E' stato spettacolare, non sono riuscita a metterlo giù, mi ha catturata.
Sono cinque stelle meritatissime!
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Nisio Isin (西尾 維新 Nishio Ishin), frequently written as NisiOisiN to emphasize that his pen name is a palindrome, is a Japanese novelist and manga writer. He attended and left Ritsumeikan University without graduating. In 2002, he debuted with the novel Kubikiri Cycle, which earned him the 23rd Mephisto Award at twenty years of age.

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“To hell with Kira.
What matters to me is L.
“Oh, I almost forgot. In case that anyone besides big-headed Near or the deluded murderer is reading these notes, then I shall at least perform the basic courtesy of introducing myself, here at the end of the prologue, I am your narrator, your navigator, your storyteller. For anyone else but those two, my identity may be of no interest to you, but I am the world's runner-up, the best dresser that died like a dog, Mihael Keehl. I once called myself Mello and was addressed by that name, but that was a long time ago.

Good memories and nightmares.”
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