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Another (Another #1-2)

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  521 ratings  ·  66 reviews
In the spring of 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they're walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Clas ...more
Hardcover, 679 pages
Published October 29th 2009 by Kadokawa Shoten
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I give Another 3 stars not because I don't enjoy it, but merely because I had read far better novels by Yukito Ayatsuji than this one.

Mr. Ayatsuji is one of my most favorite Japanese detective novelists, I love his famous, imaginative 'Mansions series' to pieces. The Mansions series content about 10 books, each book is set within a particularly eccentrically designed mansion, and each of the mansion was built by the same mad architect, who was supposed to be dead in a fire after he murdered his
Nicole  ☼

Because the synopsis is incredibly enticing and does an excellent job of describing this not-so-little mystery novel, I will refrain from discussing the story and instead talk more about why I gave it four stars instead of five. So bear with me if you can.

I came across Another while browsing through Kinokuniya Book Store in search of stocking stuffers for The Mom. You know how it is – you go Christmas shopping for everyone else only to come out with bags of stuff for yourself. But back on point:
Wow! tal vez influya que soy muy fan del anime ANOTHER, pero la novela es Mejoralgunos detalles son diferentes y las situaciones tienen más sentido en la novela, asi uno puede entender mejor la adaptación del anime ... En estos momentos no sé cómo describirlo Jajajaja, estoy deseando releer la novela, el manga y ver el anime *.* otra vez .
Por favor Traduzcan las novelas del Señor Yukito Ayatsuji .
Amé cada una de las veces que el protagonista recomendaba novelas y escritores :) , y me emocione

This was creepy. Thoroughly creepy. Not scary. Just... creepy.

Though, I think part of it is that I already saw the anime before diving into the novel. Because of this, I already knew what to expect. The anime was probably scarier than the novel, too, since you get more on screen gruesome death in the anime than the novel.

So in essence, this series is a horror mystery. I don't want to say too much because it will spoil the fun. I do want to say that the description is somewhat misleading. Yes, lo
Lizzy Lessard
Another was originally written in Japanese and it's obvious that this version is a translation. There are riddles that lack the natural flow of language, since I'm sure that there are some words/meanings in Japanese that don't exist in English. I felt as if I was reading a water-down version of a masterpiece. That said, this must be one of the creepiest novels I have ever read. It has the aura of an old-school Hitchcock psychological horror blended with a modern Japanese horror such as Runju, wh ...more
3.5 stars

I've seen the anime already so knew the story already. But still, I enjoyed this story.

The writing style is very simple and easy to read. It seems like it was an actual 15 year old writing, no distespect to the author though. It read exactly like it should.

Definitely worth a read if you fancy a horror story with an interesting twist.
Katie Arnold
Simply astounding! Definitely did not see the ending coming, but it was still very satisfying and so well written. I knew it was going to be good from the very introduction, Another did not disappoint. I can't wait to read the rest of Ayatsuji's work.
Mar 13, 2012 Vesmé marked it as to-read
To read, if they translate it to English :s
Shannon J.
Another is sort of a japanese supernatural mystery. No spoilers, but the main character moves to a new school, where strange things are going on and no one will explain what it going on.

Then people start dying....

I liked the book, and in my opinion it's pretty well written. My one complaint, which often occurs with translated books, is that it's very... dry, stylistically. It's also pretty low on description.

Also, having seen the anime first, I think the climax actually works better in the anim
Red Thomas
Another, my first foray into the works of Ayatsuji Yukito, is a superb thriller; a tense page-turner; a horrifying mystery. I had a hard time setting it down. While it is more of a psychological thriller, there is certainly no paucity of gore.
Originally released in individual chapters, each including refreshers of the plot, the book feels similar to a monthly manga. Like many manga series, the chapters of Another were collected and released by Yen Press in the US as a single volume called a ta
I grabbed this galley because I was really intrigued by the cover image. I later learned (incorrectly) that this was a novel based on a manga, which in turn spawned an anime. I was very curious about the concept, wondering how such a visual format could be translated into a novel. I'm a very visual reader and also a fan of anime and manga, so I was easily able to visualize the characters and setting. Unfortunately, that wasn't good enough to make this book interesting to me. Lost in translation ...more
for my summer reading i read a book/manga called Another, by Yukito Ayatsuji. About this book, it contains a lot of gore scene in which it only surrounds the main character, The main character is a boy who just returned to his home town (where things can be false ), where his uncles live and where everything is related to a ghost who makes people insane and cause “accidents” that kill others who knows about the “extra one”. Once The boy named Sakakibara transfer, he meets a classmate whose name ...more
Nhược Phong
Lúc này là 03:27 ngày 25 tháng 06 năm 2015.
Những nỗ lực cuối cùng để kết thúc cuốn sách kinh dị (mà có kinh dị quái đâu, hơi lạnh gáy chút thôi) để có thể yên tâm chào đón chuyến đi của mùa hè.
Giống như khi xem xong anime Another, cảm xúc bây giờ là "Sao cái kết hạnh phúc quá vậy?".
Kèm theo đó là một thôi thúc muốn thực hiện cuộc gọi lúc nửa đêm với Thanh Thảo. Lý do là "Sao cô bảo thằng Koichi làm chuyện đó?". Nhưng thôi, tha cho cô, tui cần đi ngủ để mai đi biển.
Thú thực cho đến giờ phút này m
Young adult de horror, sin sustos ni sorpresas.
K. Lynn Adams
'Another' is a very good novel, cut into two parts (at least, that's how I purchased it.) It has spawned a manga adaptation, an anime, and a live action film. After reading it, I can understand why.

Although I feel that there was a lot lost in the translation from the original Japanese to English, it was still a well written novel. It is told in the first person, and the thoughts of the main character act very much like a living person's thoughts would act--thinking and over thinking things unti
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
So I guess they decided to translate it to English.

It's one netgalley.

I hope they accept my request. I really want to rad the novel, especially since I haven't finished either the manga or the anime.
Very slow, dragged out read. More talk than horror. Think the major reason for the glacier pacing was due to the story pushing one theory on the readers for so long & so hard only to abandon it & go, "jk this is what's actually happening."
Surprisingly the anime was better because not only was the pacing better but you actually gave a small fuck about characters that died (the novel generally gave a paragraph on who the person was, usually after they've died. Kinda hard to feel emotional
Lee Guanda
Really awkward pacing, as the author lets you on something then abruptly cuts it short (due to it previously being a serialized story), can get really frustrating to read as a result; huge cast of characters that end up rather underutilized; the supernatural aspects of the story are rather hard to believe and can appear deus-ex-machina-ish; there are very little clues dropped which leads to the mystery being really hard to solve unless you've watched the anime adaptation beforehand; chapters bei ...more
- This is more a mystery than a horror story. While people die, there is never a real sense of urgency or presence of say a creepy girl with long hair coming out of a TV to kill them. The curse is less of a grudge and more of a phenomenon that just happens.

- There is a lot of withholding critical information. Due to that the first few chapters Koichi doesn't know what's going on, and the pacing of the story is a bit slow. Things pickup when information starts to be reveled, but there is a lot o
So, this was my first real dive into anything of the horror variety. I don't really like the feeling of being scared, so I really don't know what possessed me to try it out. All that aside, I did enjoy the read.

I picked up the book after watching the anime, so I wasn't really affected by the 'scary' scenes as much, though I was thoroughly creeped out by the same scenes in the anime since they get pretty graphic in comparison to the book. And oddly enough, that makes me enjoy the climax of the an
This book was just spooky enough and just mysterious enough to give me the heebie jeebies when reading it alone in the dark. The mystery part of it really carries the reader along. I was surprised it was cataloged as an adult fiction book since the setting is middle school with middle school students as the primary characters, but once I got into it I understood why. It was refreshing to read a book that wasn't a YA novel in Western culture that still had teens as the main characters without it ...more
Nhi Nguyễn
Chời ơi, sao cái gì kinh dị bí ẩn của Nhật Bản cũng đều ghê rợn, đáng sợ, cực kỳ lôi cuốn và hay ơi là hay thế này!!! ^^ Đúng là những gì đáng sợ, bí ẩn, dị thường nhất đều xuất phát từ nước Nhật và thuộc về người Nhật mà :D

“Another” là một cuốn tiểu thuyết ngắn (thuộc dạng light novel) nhưng gói gọn trong nó là cả 3 đề tài luôn được xem là nổi bật và đặc trưng cho văn học/điện ảnh Nhật Bản: tâm linh, kinh dị, học đường. Câu chuyện xoay quanh lời nguyền – hay nói đúng hơn là một hiện tượng kỳ bí
Kim Dyer
Please note that this review is based on the collected edition. The breakdown of my rating is therefore as follows:
Volume 1 - 2 out of 5
Volume 2 - 4 out of 5

First, a few general words of warning. Although many deaths in this novel occur off page, there are a couple of pretty gruesome scenes. Also, this book seems to be a pretty direct translation and so references some aspects of Japanese culture that a Western reader may not be familiar with. As this book has no glossary, be prepared for the fa
Nguyễn Minh Nhân
Truyên ban đâu đoc kha châm va bưc minh vơi ban nhân vât chinh, mây tinh tiêt bi ân cư bi cho lâp lưng ma không đi đên cung, đoc cang vê sau thi mơi biêt đo la dung y cua tac gia, nên lai thây truyên kha hay va phuc ông vi năm ro tâm ly cua ngươi đoc, cung mang đăc trưng cua văn hoc Nhât cac tinh tiêt diên ra kha châm nhưng logic va nêu đoan đâu đoc thây con tôn đong nhiêu thăc măc thi đoan sau moi khuc măc đêu đươc giai đap hêt, ca tưng lơi noi, hanh đông cua cac nhân vât đêu đươc giai thich hơ ...more
Kate Farron
So, I heard the anime is supposed to be brilliant and horrific, so I hought it read the book first, as you do. It's 'horror' but it's not the gory horror I was expecting, it was more suspenseful. It wasn't as creepy as I thought it would be, which was quite a disappointment, but that doesn't mean it's not a good book. It is, the concept is intriguing, the idea fascinating.

The writing style is pretty cool too. Obviously parts are lost in translation, but it's an easy to read style. The main prota
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D.M. Dutcher
This is a conditional review based on seeing the anime first. You can add a star or two if you haven't.

Rather than describe the plot, I'm just going to say that if you've seen the first half of the anime, you've already read this book. There's very little different between the two, with only a few minor changes and extra scenes. For some reason Rei the parakeet is named Ray, and (view spoiler) The main character's history is explained slig
Alex McGilvery
Another is a bit ghost story, a bit horror and a bit teen coming of age fiction. Sakakibara is a transfer student into the North Yomi School. He’s placed in Class 3 and is quickly caught up in a mystery about Class 3 and curse that is a little more than the usual mysteries associated with any school. He is fascinated with Mei Misaki who may or may not exist.

I found that Another got off to a slow start. Sakakibara’s pneumothorax is an essential part of the plot, but I wondered when the story was
Nguyen Trong
It is neither a fast-paced horror nor it is gory. Many of my friends complained to me about the slow pace which many found boring. Yet, to me the book set the atmosphere very well, you will be drawn into the world of the book. It made me had the same eerie feeling when I read The Ring a long time ago. I gave it 4 stars since sometime I felt the author drag on some parts of the novel. Nevertheless, the novel set the tone very well.
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