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4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,152 ratings  ·  249 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
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
Tokio Myers
If you like creepy Japaneses high school stories with characters that are pretty messed up and a main character is so naive at times you wonder how they survive the rest of the book? Then you'd like Another, but be warned Another is good, really good but it's slow, really slow at first. Nothing happens until page 151. Literally nothing, the main character is in a new school with kids that act weird and that's it until page 151. Then all hell breaks lose.

So if you're a reader who's all about act
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my second read of this story (first time was the novel, second time was the manga). The two versions are slightly different, but both SO good! I don't know actually know which one I like better!!!

A story like this is so hard to review, as it would be a crime to tell you any details about the book before you read it. It's one of those stories you should go into completely blind and just let it sweep you up. It's definitely a horror story, but not in a classical sense. Things start out jus
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Another is a horror manga about a haunted high school class. The classroom isn't haunted this time but the actual grade and class assignment. It's got a curse on it! Students dread being placed in this class but no one knows how to stop the deaths.

The students and faculty follow several weird superstitions in order to protect themselves and others from dying under sudden and mysterious circumstances. The lore dictates that they need to pretend like a student doesn't exist in order to allow for t
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars.

Another is a book I went into knowing the ending.

I saw the anime version a few years back when it came out. I liked it but I was meh about it at the same time. I was curious to how the book was though compared to the anime so that is why I read it in earnest.

Knowing the ending though...knocks some fun out of it.

Another relies on the mystery. What is happening in Class 3? Why do certain people not exist?

Why are there deaths?

Who is the causality?

Going on knowing the answer, means yo
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God! This has been so creepy since the start. Ok, the start is frustrating. You have this kid starting last year of High School at a new school with a mystery, but NO ONE will actually tell him what is it, and when they are about too, he gets distracted and goes away. Frustrating to no end!
When they finally explain you what's going on (around halfway to the book) things start to get far more interesting... And also creepier.
I was so sure it was ghost story... Well, not exactly. At least,
Lizzy Lessard
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
I was 100% ready to easily give this book 4/5 until the last like... 15(?) pages. Given that this is a mystery, there are several reveals/twists near the end, and one rather major one is just.... so dumb??? Like... the dumbest??? Wholly unsatisfying as well, due to the way it was done. I still want to read the manga adaptation and watch the anime, especially bc I’d like to see how certain aspects of the story are handled in those formats. But I really might have to dock a star just because of th ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Avery TheLibrariansDaughter
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Look, they go to the beach.


And they dance.



Just kidding, everyone dies.

<3 Avery, The Librarian's Daughter <3
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I personally LOVED this book. I think its perfect for anyone who is a fan of Supernatural Thrillers.
Because it is translated into English, it maybe a little hard to follow at first, but trust me, you'll get the hang of it.
Yukito Ayatsuji's style of writing makes it very easy to follow and imagine what is going on. He sets the eerie, mysterious vibe perfectly. And the ending! The twist was the best part!
Definitely would recommend!
Stuti Rai
Apr 11, 2013 marked it as to-read
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.
Katie Arnold
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
N.A. Fedorak
Jun 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Dull and repetitive. The main character has multiple interactions with other characters that literally look like the author just copied and pasted the interactions/chapters into each other and swapped a couple of paragraphs around.
Mar 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
To read, if they translate it to English :s
Ibrahim Mousa
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-novels, novels
This is a masterpiece!
I don't mind deleting my memory so that I get to have the experience of reading it for the first time again.
Jessica Strider
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pros: tense, makes you second guess what’s going on, fascinating characters

Cons: repetition, some gore

Fifteen year old Koichi Sakakibara moves in with his grandparents at the beginning of his third year of middle school. A collapsed lung keeps him from attending the first week of class and he finds things… odd when he does start school. Everyone seems tense and there’s a girl who sits at the back that no one seems to acknowledge is there. He slowly learns of the third-year Class 3 curse, a pheno
Halima Zakhir
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Classic horror and gore story. Gotta love the way the events unfold with so much of suspense. Anime isn't so great since they change the story a little. ...more
Sab Cornelius
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it <--- I do book blogging on the side, so posted my full review here. [Site is currently A WIP]
- 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
Kavish Krishy Joyram
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Another" is that kind of work that has several of the most different adaptations, so you probably already heard of the anime, the manga or the live action.
Here I'll talk a little bit about the work that originated all these different versions of the story: the original novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji.

The story starts with a series of events leading our main character to be transferred to a school in the countryside. Because of some complications he had to start the classes a month after their
Sci-Fi & Scary
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Gracie liked this a bit better than I did. I had had ‘Another’ for a while, and had actually read part of it and then walked away from it. I can’t say I would have picked it up again if it wasn’t for her poking me about it. What she said about the formal tone making some people feel detached from the characters is exactly right. That’s how I felt the whole way through.

I haven’t read manga and I don’t watch anime, so I have no familiarity with Japanese tone/style apart from the occasional America
Shannon Luchies
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First, let me just saw I am so glad I was wrong about this book! I read the plot on the back-cover jacket and it didn't seem like my type of book. I don't typically like creepy thrillers but I had to read it for a YA Lit class to I had no choice. I couldn't put the book down. The book is a super easy read, has plenty of plot twists, and found the Japanese culture very interesting. I'm looking forward to reading this in manga form. I highly recommend this if you are looking a easy read of fun thr ...more
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The only reason I am giving this 4 is because I saw the anime before I read this manga. The anime is definitely more graphic as it has more details as to how the final chapter pans out. But it definitely worth a read.
For those of you still skeptical its like the movie "Final Destination" mixed with the ingenuity and complexity of Japanese horror story telling.
RATING: 4 stars.

The fact that I knew how it would end due to having watched the anime didn't really diminish my enjoyment.

Really liked the book, although I tought Koichi sounded a bit too old for his age.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
[This is an old review I'm just now adding to Goodreads.]

This book was adapted into an anime, which I've already seen and reviewed. It's been a while since I last saw the anime, but I think it was a fairly faithful adaptation, with the only differences I can recall being a trip to the beach that was entirely invented for the anime and slight differences in the way some students died at the end.

This book is set in 1998 and begins with Koichi in the hospital, recovering after one of his lungs spon
Jessie (Zombie_likes_cake)
When my book club chose this, I was excited besides having never heard of it. I have a very poor track record with J-Horror and am eager to find one to love and I thought maybe it is this one. But no, this ain't it.

Going through reviews here, it seems the vast majority experiences the anime adaptation first and comes to the novel already with a lot of love and appreciation for the genre. I guess, in that sense the book had a bad stand with me from the beginning on. What I am trying to say is th
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