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Goth

(GOTH リストカット事件)

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Morino is the strangest girl in schoolhow could she not be, given her obsession with brutal murders? And there are plenty of murders to grow obsessed with, as the town in which she lives is a magnet for serial killers. She and her schoolmate will go to any length to investigate the murders, even putting their own bodies on the line. And they dont want to stop the killers ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Haikasoru (first published July 2002)
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Valerie
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you both simultaneously love and hate something? Such is my reaction to Goth. The prose is great, the narrative interesting...but this book is creepy. Effing creepy. And, to be fair, I know it says "A Novel of Horror" right on the cover, but really, it's published by Tokyopop. How bad could it possibly be?

Oh, silly, naive past me.

The thing that makes this book so page-turningly horrific is not a focus on fantasy, like many genre-specific Japanese stories that American audiences are familiar
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Janie C.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two high school students are obsessed with serial killers and their victims.  Both the male and the female teenagers are uncomfortable amongst normal people.  The girl, Morino, is completely unable to relate to anyone but the boy.  The boy, who remains nameless throughout most of the book, lacks emotions, yet is able to feign interest in those around him and provide suitable responses to everyday communications.

Examining cases of different serial killings in their area brings the pair closer to
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Ming Wei
Very good, investingating murders for a different reason, to learn! Not quite Sherlock Holmes, but a fresh take on investing, really enjoyed it, very impressed, will look to read more books from the author, could not fault anyaspect of it, a very enjoyable book, high level of writing style and editorial.
Sean O'Hara
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, j-lit, pulp, j-horror
I'm not normally a fan of the Agatha Christie school of detective fiction; I cannot stand mysteries that blithely disregard Knox's Decalogue through narrative cheats. I'm an adherent to the Chandler and Hammett school that says the author must play fair with the audience.

And yet I have to admit that Otsuichi's Goth is a brilliant mystery novel, despite cheats all over the place. This is more than just an unreliable narrator -- the story is written in first person, but the point-of-view will
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Rachel Bea
This collection of short stories is incredibly disturbing. All the stories center on an unnamed narrator and his friend, Morino, who both share an obsession with murder and death. The stories somewhat tie into each other and they're all a bit bizarre and definitely grotesque. There are also neat twists and reveals, so not only is the horror element here but also mystery. The writing/translation is fantastic. I made my way through the collection in an afternoon because I simply couldn't put it ...more
Alyssa Janine Busia
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disturbingly dark and blood-curdling.

This is the first time Ive read a Japanese book, and this was recommended to me by one of my friends. I am always fascinated by stories that talk about the darker side of humanity. I hadnt found a book like this before because most of it was just lame horror-trying-to-be-creepy story and thats the reason why I stopped reading some horrors for a while.

Goth is told from the point-of-view of one of the main characters his name wasnt revealed from the start, but
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Lottie Eve
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stories that are twisted and depict the darker side of humans have always simultaneously disturbed and fascinated me. I find it interesting to read about how sociopaths, psychopaths, and the like think. So, when I began reading Goth, I was absolutely captivated.

Otsuichi didn't flinch at all when he wrote this dark, twisted tale of mystery and murder. The killers he created are dangerous, unstable, and, at times, ruthless. Goth's atmosphere is dark and foreboding. The two leads are very
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Zak
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, dark-strange
From Wiki: GOTH (ゴス Gosu) is a Japanese horror novel written by Otsuichi about two high school students fascinated by murder. The novel won the Honkaku Mystery Award in 2003. It was adapted into a manga by Kendi Oiwa.

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The version I read actually comprises six short stories and a bonus novelette. All feature the same two protagonists. There is a bit of magic realism involved (explained in the afterword), as the female
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Rebecca McNutt
Goth does have some good moments here and there, but for the most part it was like reading a really sloppy anime fanfiction or watching a perverted snuff reel. I've seen countless slasher films and horror films and read a number of horror and true-crime novels, but in Goth there was no end to its graphic killing and murder and it almost felt like exploitation. Aside from that the writing wasn't very good regardless of its subject; it was filled with choppy sentences and grammatical errors ...more
Scott
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Goth is a collection of stories revolving around a pair of teen-aged sociopaths. Morino and her classmate have no discernible emotions and a fascination with death and violent crime, and investigate it whenever such an incident comes their way. But they have no interest in stopping the criminals, nor assisting law enforcement. They do so only to sate their own curiosity.

I probably don't need to mention at this point that the protagonists (if you could call them that) are not a likeable duo, but
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Michelle
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, bought-own
This is one of the most clever little horror novels I have read. Loved every dark and disturbing minute of it.

5 brilliant stars!!!!
Jocelyn
Re-Read : November 2018
Morino never failed to creeped me out eventhough I know what's coming! So, I'm upping my ratings and giving it an additional star because I loved it!

Goth definitely made it as one of my best reads this year! This book delivered the creepiness factor at it's best! It's an astounding, engaging but otherwise disturbing read.
It was made up of seven short stories, (including the bonus one which features Morino's souvenir photo) each one more twisted, more sinister and
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
... hmm. Interesting.

I dunno, this just really wasn't particularly memorable and I didn't enjoy the storytelling format very much, or the characters, or the plot, or... well, any of it... ummm... why did I give this 3 stars, again?
Jim Dooley
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, if you are looking for a horror novel, this one is the real deal. I'm quite the fan of Clive Barker, but this one may just be the most unnerving and disturbing horror book I've ever read. (You've been warned.)

GOTH is a collection of short stories that put the reader directly into the mind of a murderer in each one. The descriptions of the committed acts are not graphic, so you won't find Stephen King depictions of disembowelments. However, the psychological horror is very intense. It may
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DeAnna Knippling
Two teens investigate crimes in a city haunted by serial killers.

This is one of those books with a lot of flaws that skill knocks it out of the park. The style is kind of immature; the author was 23 when he wrote these stories. But the characters (however improbable) are solid, the settings are creepy, and the plot twists are MAGNIFICENT.

Recommend for fans of horror, and for mystery/suspense fans who don't mind going a little over the top on unrealistic situations. There's an explanation for
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Katherine (DarlingBibliophile)
2.5 stars

Goth is a collection of short horror stories that tie together, but at the same time don't. They can be read out of order, but I wouldn't advise it because there are teeny tiny details that will slip.

I feel really harsh giving 2.5 stars, but I really didn't quite enjoy reading this. I loved the idea of it, and I loved the content of the stories that were told. On the other hand, I hated the narrative. I hated how it was written and the voice. It was boring. The writing was too simple
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Regina
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-library
I am still not sure how I feel about this book. It was definitely unusual with a lovely twist but the changes in narrative would catch me so that I would have to go back and reread to remove the confusion.

Definitely a lovely dark read from the main POV of a teenage sociopath with his obsession of killers and death.
Guts
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't as chuunibyou as I thought it would be at first, but there's still that shounen manga feeling with the way the two main characters interact. Some of the story is a bit cliche and predictable and some just doesn't quite make sense. But then it's horror genre so some are just done for the sake of the genre and I don't think that's a bad thing. I like it and enjoy it more than I thought I would after finishing the first chapter.
Angelina Moretti
3 1/2 stars. This the second Asian literature book Ive read and my first book with unlikeable characters. It was a unique experience for me and most of the stories had some kind of twist to them. Every one of them was interesting. I dont think Ive ever read from the perspective of a murderer before so this was also a first. The novel is very dark and the author does great work with that. Sometimes I got confused with who was speaking since there were various perspectives but I cant really figure ...more
Dez Nemec
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: asian-horror, horror, 2019
Two sociopath high school students see the dysfunction in each other and become friends. They are both fascinated with murder, and apparently they live somewhere that serial killers run rampant.

This was interesting, but not great.
Niquie
3.5

I read the manga adaptation of Goth years ago and enjoyed it so much I reread it. So when I heard it was based on a novel I was pretty excited. After all the manga was interesting, but there were things in the story I wanted clarified and I was pretty sure the novel would do that. Unfortunately I feel like my reading the manga took away from my enjoyment of the novel as some twists were spoiled for me, luckily the author didnt just rely on tricking the reader so even spoiled I was able to
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April
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
"There are two kinds of humans: those who kill, and those that are killed."

And with these words, we enter the world of GOTH: a twisted, sordid account of two youths amidst a flurry of gruesome murders.

Between varying accounts and narrations, namely that of an unknown high school student whose motives are never made quite clear, GOTH takes the reader on a trek through the wastelands of human consciousness. We meet truly horrendous individuals, including, arguably, both of the narrators, and
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Aria
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.

A collection of short stories following two Japanese students who have share a morbid obsession/fascination with killers and acts of violence,  Goth by Otsuichi isn't my first foray into the Japanese horror genre but it's certainly one of the best I've read that's not originally a graphic novel.

"We were cruel, reptilian high school kids."

Each short story involves a boy who views himself as 'non-human', and Morino, a girl who's human but
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Reading Bifrost
Goth is book with six short horror stories; Goth, Wrist-Cut, Dog, Memory/Twins, Grave, and Voice. The stories are connected by two high school students that have a fondness for serial killers and occasionally get way too close to the killers.

The main character can be compared to a young Dexter, if youve seen the show. He has a very calm detachment to emotions, but is interested in how and why the serial killers work in each story.

Morino is a self-inserted side-kick to our main character. She
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Varshasri
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would give 3.5/5 or may be 4/5
Its hard to rate this book. The progress in the creepiness was evident. I believe the author got mature in his writing. The last few stories were more creepy than the first few. I thought Morino would be the central character, but as it turns out she is more human than Itsuki and this is a bit misleading.
As it says GOTH, it is justified, but it is not graphic in its crime scenes. Also, there are few things missing. I wanted to know badly about the way the girl in
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Rhoddi
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
In the mood for something dark or something twisted? Want to delve into the minds of human monsters whom we call serial killers? Than step on up and take a bite out of this book because you are going to love it.

In a methodical, yet very readable writing style, Otsuichi works his magic and brings this gruesome world to life. I really enjoyed the multiple viewpoints from the different narrators, and all the twists this led to. Plus, Otsuichi doesn't hide from violence or the dark natures of these
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Nila
2.5 stars :/

I had high hopes for this book I really did but it fell flat for me. I didn't see it was a collection of short stories but I was fine with that because the plot sounded promising. I mean it was, don't get me wrong. I love how the author didn't just tell a story about the killers, instead he talked about their motives and background and really developed their character. It was real precise, I like that. I also loved how dark the stories were. The only thing that made me lose interest
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Lia
Everything about this book is strange. The arrangement/ sequence is strange: stories not in chronological order, insert two afterwords by the author in the middle, to be followed by another long bonus story.

The stories themselves are also strange Im glad I read the authors commentary, it makes more sense to see these characters conceptualized as non-human otherworldly creatures (haha how goth) than a town full of odd, cold, unemotional, psychopathic, compulsive killers killing random
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Tran
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I like this better than Zoo even though I don't get the ending. Try to re-read it several times and look for an answer on Reddit but so far I haven't got a satisfactory explanation. And it's weird as it seems that everyone understands the ending perfectly.
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Otsuichi (乙一, Otsuichi?), also known as Eiichi Nakata and Asako Yamashiro, is the pen-name of Hirotaka Adachi (安達 寛高), born 1978.

He is a Japanese writer, mostly of horror short stories. He made his debut with Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse while still in high school.

Major works include the novel Goth, which was made into a manga, and the short story collection Zoo, which was made into a movie.
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