Death Note is a true Japanese graphic novel, which you read from back to front, right to left. I thought it would be harder to do, but it was actuallyDeath Note is a true Japanese graphic novel, which you read from back to front, right to left. I thought it would be harder to do, but it was actually pretty easy. It still doesn't make sense to me why you'd read that way, but I suppose reading front to back, left to right might not make sense to the Japanese. I don't know.
It tells the story of Light, a top notch student with amazing opportunities in front of him for his future, who finds a notebook dropped by a shinigami god of death. He can write anyone's name in the notebook and they will die. Light vows to use the book for the good of mankind, bumping off criminals and thugs to improve the world. Soon the world catches wise to the fact that there is something unusual happening and send a super duper secret agent called L to investigate. Somehow L instantly zeroes in on the fact that the person responsible is a supremely intelligent teenager with ties to the police force (Light's father is chief of police), and the game is on.
The volume ends very abruptly, which Joe tells me is due to the fact that they simply put a bunch of individual comic books into one volume and then create another. He has volume 2, which I may read eventually, we'll have to see!! I liked this better than I thought I would--it's more of a psychological thriller than a psychotic teenager, and I'd have to say I'm interested to see "who wins"--Light or L or the shinigami. I might even let Joe finish reading the series instead of making him switch to daisies and butterflies. ...more
**spoiler alert** This book scared the living heck out of me. I read the audiobook while driving around for work and so often it was just such a relie**spoiler alert** This book scared the living heck out of me. I read the audiobook while driving around for work and so often it was just such a relief to get out of the car and take a break from it. I would drive white knuckled down the highway and it was just so crazy!
The story revolves around the town of Jerusalem's Lot, a quiet and quaint Maine town where a couple of mysterious men have bought the town's creepiest house where a murder-suicide took place. At the same time, an author with a history of the same house moves into town to work on a book.
Mayhem ensues. If you can't tell from the book's cover, one of the two creepy men in the creepy house is a vampire and is out to feed on the residents of Salem's Lot, who in turn then must feed on their family and neighbors.
This book is scary as hell. I'm not big on vampires, have never read the Twilight series, have never read Dracula, any of it, and don't care to! And this book is enough vampires for the next 33 years of my life.
It's been a long time since I read a Stephen King book, probably since high school, and while the creep factor was delicious, it also reminds me why I love chick lit so much :-)...more