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Zaregoto, Book 2: The Kubishime Romanticist (Zaregoto #2)

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College is a whole new adventure, rife with challenges, opportunities, and cold-blooded killers.

Fresh from unmasking an assassin on a posh island paradise, Ii-chan is finally an ultra-cool college student—jaded, sarcastic, and not exactly consumed by academic ambition. Now more interested in angst and anomie than in catching killers, Ii-chan figures that danger is a thing
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Del Rey (first published May 8th 2002)
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キタ━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━!!!! ricecrackers
I had this preordered for when it came out (last year?) and proceeded to read it within a day. I read it again during the spring of this year and I enjoyed it both times. The book helped to further convince me that Nishio Ishin is one of my favorite authors. I highly recomended it to those who enjoyed the beheading cycle as its just as addicting and piquant as the first. As I read it I wanted more and more, even though I was thorougly stuffed, so I just kept eating, I mean reading, until I finis ...more
Alice Dillon
Feb 02, 2015 Alice Dillon rated it really liked it
My opinion of the first book in this series was mostly just that it was a very intelligent murder mystery with excellent twists and turns right to the end, but this one manages to also go brilliantly deep into Ii-chan's character and the deconstruction of the facade he puts up to everyone around him, the reader and even himself. I had someone telling me before I read this that he really loved the main character. From the first book, I couldn't see it, but now I hold a much deeper love for Ii-cha ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars.

After finishing this book I can say with certainty it is actually pretty brilliant. Cover nonwithstanding, the contents, other than some grammatical and sentencing errors from the translation, are pretty interesting and really hold your attention. It gave me pretty much the same vibe as The Memorandum of Kyoko Okitegami and The Perfect Insider dramas and I loved that. I thought the characters were quite interesting and and the mystery really sucked me in. It was right up my alley; the
Sep 11, 2014 Zen rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars.

This book did not disappoint at all. The first in the series was rather on the brilliant side, so I had to check out the second one. I couldn't find it anywhere so ultimately I had to order it, and boy was it worth the wait.

Some of the characters from the first book were still there, as well as a few additions to the cast. The thing about the Zaregoto books is that you never see what's coming. It's kinda like an Agatha Christie mystery in the sense that you can never figure out who t
L. Petunia
Sep 18, 2010 L. Petunia rated it it was amazing
NisiOisiN entertains again. ^^ Zaregoto is definitely my favorite light novel series. There are a LOT of endless conversation scenes (I expected that after reading some of his books/seeing some of his work animated, though), but the story is always gripping, as is the exploration of humanity and the narrator's odd view on life. I still can't decide if I like the narrator or hate him (and he's given much more spotlight here than in the first book)--it's a weird relationship.

I like how the second
Jul 13, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
First of all, this book is a light novel, so I was not expecting much from the writing. The writing is solid, but not amazing.

What is most appealing to me in the Zaregoto books is the main character's personality and thoughts. Which the reader gets a lot of since it's written 1st person POV. I find the plot secondary. If the books had a good plot, then I would have given the book a better rating. Damaged characters have always held an appeal for me and I-chan is damaged goods.
Victor Luo
Jul 11, 2011 Victor Luo rated it it was ok
I didn't like this sequel compared to the first one because it felt overly dependent on dialogue rather than action. Albeit, some of the casually nihilist philosophies thrown around are good for a quick amusement, the book's overall stagnant nature kept me from fully enjoying the characters or the mystery. All in all, an average attempt, though I look forward to seeing if Del Rey will translate any more of the series.
Oct 17, 2010 Asch-Lee rated it it was amazing
This was a really interesting book, completely different than the first one in the series. A lot of twists and turns will definitely keep any reader on the edge of their seat. I couldn't stop reading it. Some parts were a little strange and somewhat hard to relate to, but a great book nevertheless.
Peter Marendeak
Sep 21, 2013 Peter Marendeak rated it really liked it
The first boos was just a kind of introduction, the author starts to evolve in this. Now I start to understand, why is he so popular. Too bad that Del-Rey stopped after the second book
Aug 20, 2013 Victoria rated it really liked it
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This series is so damn weird. I think I liked this book but at the same time if I tried to come up with an aspect of it that was likeable it would certainly be a struggle.
Thomas Geraghty
Jul 24, 2013 Thomas Geraghty rated it liked it
Didn't enjoy as much as the first but interesting in it's own right
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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.

He currently works with Kodansha on Pandora, the Kodansha Box magaz
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