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Real World by Natsuo Kirino
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Aug 04, 08

it was ok
bookshelves: mysteries
Read in August, 2008

I thought Natsuo Kirino's Out was a pretty interesting book. It was very detailed and justifiably creepy. Her other two books that have been translated to English just seem like lame attempts at sensationalism and cheap thrills--the characters are not particularly realistic or interesting and the plotlines ludicrous. I didn't think the translation was all that great, either (though I don't really know how true the translation really was). It's like the translator is trying really hard to be edgy and hip by including a lot of slang and colloquialisms that just don't seem genuine or appropriate.
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message 1: by Barbara (new)

Barbara If you want creepy yet worthwhile reading, try Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. That one stays with you awhile. Makes you think.

message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 1 star

Amy I am glad you hit on the translation. I wonder if that is my problem with the book. There is just something about it that kind of awkward and over done. I found the writing style to be really irritating after a while.I felt like the writer or translator was giving too much to the reader sometimes.

message 3: by Amy (new) - rated it 1 star

Amy btw I really liked Out as well.

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