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(古典部 [Kotenbu] #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  944 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Kalau kita menyelidikinya, mungkin akan terjadi hal-hal yang tidak baik.
Oreki Hotaro adalah pemuda hemat energi. Mottonya adalah, “Kalau tidak perlu dikerjakan, lebih baik tidak usah dikerjakan. Tapi kalau harus dikerjakan, lakukan dengan praktis.” Hanya saja, semua itu berubah saat dia terpaksa bergabung dengan Klub Sastra Klasik. Chitanda Eru—gadis dengan rasa penasaran
Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 2017 by Haru Media (first published October 31st 2001)
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is literally my favorite anime series and I loved the first book. Maybe not the best book, and with a 'fan' translation, yet I get some incredible feels when reading this. Stronger than when the mystery is solved in any of the Agatha Christie novels I've read. It could be the realistic approach instead of murder after murder. Simple and profound life events that slip by- who ever really tries to solve them? When is someone ever curious enough and when is there ever someone capable of such r ...more
One of the most original mystery novels I've read.

Hyouka takes sleuthing to high school and manages to pull off a compelling story without murder or theft; or really any crime to speak of (unless you count underage smoking). Instead, what you get is a refreshing detective story featuring a protagonist who hasn't quite become a detective yet. He's not part of a sketchy after-school detective club, not a recognized prodigy, and not enrolled in a far-fetched detective school.

Hyouka is decidedly g
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"If I don't have to do it, I won't. If I have to do it, I'll make it quick"
- Houtarou <3
Oreki Houtaro is a first-year high school student who is known to his best friend as a person who likes to save energy i. e he won't go out of his way to do unnecessary things. One day, a letter arrived from his sister asking him to join the Classic Club at the school so that the club won't get abolished and he immediately fill the form to join the club, makes his best friend, Satoshi Fukabe, shocked. We're following the story thru Houtaro's POV with a few simple unexplained occurrences that bui ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read the second book first, thanks to Ula who kindly gave it to me. Unlike the second book, the first one feels so boring. It's no wonder one of my friends DNF it.
I don't usually mind with slow pace as long as I enjoy the story. But Hyouka no 1 was almost unbearable 😂
However, Hyouka no 3 and the next are still in my wishlist. Just because no 1 felt like a torture doesn't mean I don't want to/won't read the rest of the series.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good one! In my school years I used to love detective stories with some daily life mysteries solved by amateurs, so the plot was just for me. It even reminded me of a Russian author I enjoyed a lot then and made me nostalgic. Also I'm pleasantly surprised to find out the adaptation was respectful of the book and quite detailed. It's not like the book has something more than what was covered by the adaptation plot wise, but I loved the way it was written: it's from the main character's p ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I scream
Inji Alizada
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found out about this book by watching the anime of it, enjoyed both of them. Sure they have some differences but all in all it was pretty entertaining to watch the anime and read the book. I liked how the author added in some historical facts and mixed it with fiction. Characters were great, reading about Chitanda's curiosities and how Oreki along with his other friends helped her solve them one by one was pretty fun. Recommend it :) ...more
Bimugdha Sarker
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourites cause , it really captured some characters , no, it should be written as 'few characters' who are always in the shadows of others . Japanese culture really revolves around High school , doesnt it ?? :D ..

Anyone who is reading this , I suggest you give a try to this Heart warming , Clear novel , I can assure you that you wont be dissapointed!
Nabila Sari Permata
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 日本語
The first part of the book felt confusing but I think it was just because I was reading it at the wrong times (when I was tired or otherwise distracted). The second half was definitely more engaging and enjoyable than the first, though this is a rather short book anyways.

The main plot is your basic "school club solves mysteries" type of deal, with the main mystery occurring at the halfway point. I agree with the other reviews that it was refreshing that mysteries weren't around a murder or anyth
Allison Saffel
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because the anime (also called Hyouka) is one of my absolute favorites. It combines the slice-of-life genre with the mystery genre beautifully. The prose throughout is surprisingly poetic. It's rare that I find content where I relate to so many of the side-characters or try to read further into their simple statements, but the author clearly put a lot of thought into each of their motivations and subsequent actions. (Since I over-analyze everything, this was a lot of fun.)

The on
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novel
Well, this is not a light novel but I would categorize it as one since its easier to think of it that way. I watched the series some years ago, and wanted to read the source material since I really liked it. I will probably catch up with this quickly and I am going to wait for years until a conclusion but oh well, its not the first time to happen. About the story: in the first half of the book I thought I will give it only 3 stars but the mystery about Eru's uncle and the real meaning of Hyouka ...more
Nguyen Manh tung
This book is brilliant, by hiding some minor details, the author had weaved a very good detective novel without using the murder cliche that you can see in almost every mystery, dectective genre. Furthermore, how the main character, Oreki Hotarou, express his lifestyle, his thought through this novel is just so fascinating, from a half-hearted man he constantly changed into a much more devoted person, especially when he solved the 'Hyouka' case. To sum it up, I recommended this book to people, w ...more
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Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, english
3.5 🌟 Although the big topic of this series is the mystery, I don't think that's the main point of it at all. It's about the characters, how they interact with each other and their, relatively simple, high school lives. That's what Hyouka is about for me, and I love it. It has a very light feeling to it, like it's not one of those intense reads, but you're still waiting for bedtime to arrive and read some more. It's an engaging read. It can also get philosophical at times - something I'll always ...more
Okuta Otherside
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoy this book! Actually I never watch the Hyouka anime before so I don't know anything about what kind story that I'll read in this book.
At first, I was interested with this book because of the cover, it's pretty! And when I saw the sinopsis, I got more interested since it's about mystery.
I thought it'll be mystery about murder or something, but turn out the mysteries inside this first novel of Hyouka is about mysteries that we can find around 4 main characters, in their school.
I love Ore
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, light-novel
Quite realistic, with just the right amount of quirk for the characters to stand out a bit. Can't say the first novel is quite there yet; the members of the Classics club are still little more than archetypes starting to get fleshed out, but they're certainly entertaining enough.

I kept meaning to watch the KyoAni anime but I guess I read the light novel instead? And it's perfect for KyoAni I think, in the same way that K-On was. It's cute and chill and good for some light reading.

Actually a mys
Linh Hoàng
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually would give this book a 4.5 if I can. I watched the anime first, so I thought that I had known what to expect from its original novel but I was wrong. The feeling of watching the anime and reading the book weren't close to each other at all. Each gave me a different vibe. In the anime, what I focused on was the characters's emotion development while reading the book, I really hooked on the story telling more which to me is enjoyable and like Chitanda, I was curious. I've already bought ...more
Fitria Y
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Weird novel, but good coming-of-age book. It is supposed to be a mystery novel? But the mystery cases are so simple, still they are supposed to make the protagonist look 'mind-blowing' smart. Ha, ha. Go figure. Anyway, they are perfect, believable cases for high schoolers. He ain't Conan. :P
"Kalau tidak perlu dikerjakan, lebih baik tidak usah dikerjakan. Tapi, kalau harus dikerjakan, lakukan dengan praktis."
Yass, lets be friend Oreki-chan. Lets create an art club, a club that practices the art o
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really seem to have a liking for mystery stories lately. All of a sudden, I decided to rewatch the anime based on this light novel series and loved it so much, I went on to search for an English translation of this book. I'm really glad to say that the anime followed the original story closely!

But since what I managed to find online (I downloaded an epub version) doesn't seem to be official, there is an uncertainty of the accuracy of what was translated. Still, I enjoyed it immensely. Oreki i
Akif Alkin
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
While I watched the anime adaptation before reading this book I still had a great time. The characters are enjoyable and the way they interact with each other. Some people say the mystery part of Hyouka is not that amusing, I would say they are as good for me, because my love for mystery fiction is big. A bit of warning though, the pacing is rather slow, but I enjoyed it even more this way.
P.S. Sorry for the butchered review. It's my first time reviewing a book and came up on the spot as I was t
Adiza Pramesti Indirasari
I love it!! I watched the anime before and it's really my cup of tea. The last case was a bit slow and boring but I'm blown away with Oreki's deduction and the way he pointed out the details, such a great job- especially for someone who wants to keep his energy reserved. In the anime he seemed like a care-free person but he actually isn't. He deserves that rose-colored days with three of his peers! ...more
Widya Rahardja
This is one of the best series I've ever read. I came to love Oreki Houtarou and Chitanda Eru, as well as Fukube Satoshi and Ibara Mayaka thanks to this series

I love the name behind "Hyouka". It's a scream from someone who was unheard back then, a scream that he couldn't let out because of many things

Loving the first series so much. Hope will love the second series as well
May Fisher-Guest
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of the most difficult books I've read in Japanese so far. The first chapter was so easy to read and the last few chapters were fairly easy as well, but everything in the middle was fairly tough to read.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but I'd certainly like to reread and revisit this in a year or so.
adinda widya
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven’t even watched the anime or read the comics but this is a good start. I will definitely going to watch the anime ASAP.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan-novel
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Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Light and good read. Beyond my expectation. Glad to know I have it after more than half a month break. Ice cream.
Natalia Nazeem Ahmed
A sweet story about a high school trio that solved a school mystery
Compelling but light hearted, so it was a breezy read
8.5/10 would recommend
Kuro Keima
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the book that change my perspective of life.......
Nguyen Le
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fresh and relaxed. Reminding of high school time and club activities.
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