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Goth by [Otsuichi]
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Length: 240 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Morino is the strangest girl in school—how 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 don’t want to stop the killers—Morino and her friend simply want to understand them.

This new Haikasoru edition features the previously untranslated bonus novelette, “Morino's Souvenir Photo.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2139 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Haikasoru (18 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0113AK2NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,054 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A few interesting ideas and threads here, but in the end, for me, it all became rather repetitive. I found sections of the language rather slack and lazy - though whether this was the author's doing or the translator's, I cannot say. Having read 'Zoo', I was prepared to give Otsuichi another chance, but I think I won't be reading any more of his works - there are just too many Japanese writers around I enjoy more.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite author!! 4 May 2017
By S. Rockwell - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading quite a few Japanese authors recently. They're all good in their own way - but Otsuichi is one of the best writers I've ever come across in my life. I've read "Zoo" and "Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse" as well - "Black Fairy Tale" (included in "Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse") is one of the best things I've ever read. But "Goth" - omg, I wanted to read it again the minute I finished it!! And the addition of a short story (using one of the main characters from the novel) at the end was like icing on the perfect cake. My ONLY problem with Otsuichi is that his other books aren't yet available in English - I want to read everything this man writes. He's my new favorite author - and it would take an amazing writer to knock him out of that position.

I'm an old dog, so new tricks are difficult for me - but if I could, I would learn to read Japanese JUST to read the rest of Otsuichi's books!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a good scary read. 25 January 2017
By Shannon L. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a odd, strange short book, but I found it interesting. It is about a boy and a girl who love, love serial killers, their victims, the graphic details how they kill their victims, and the devastation that is left behind. These two teenagers are, lets say serial killers in training. And that is what this book is about. Them chasing serial killers around Japan. Lots of creepiness, some gore, some horror, not short on scary. The author does well on character building, this boy and girl are truly unlikeable, I don't think either one of them have any redeemable features. The book is set up in an interesting way, like short stories, but all having the characters in common. It was a good scary read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3/4 of a great book. Nearly unreadable at the end 21 January 2016
By Kevin Jearly, The Movie - Published on Amazon.com
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The author has really strong prose, and character development was effective. Initially, the story was intriguing and very well told. But as it went on, the need to suspend disbelief was overwhelmed.

The ending caps off my disappointment. Disjointed, incongruous and non-sensical -- like the author had no idea of how to end it. He invents a new character, and voila! The end.

EDIT: after reading the postscript, I think it's unfair to rate this book a 2 star, so I'm adding another. Hell, maybe within the genre, it's better than that. Still, the ending was a mess. Turns out it was never really written as a organic, whole novel, but was originally printed in installments in a magazine. Also, the author states that though he never explicitly shared this in the piece, the entire realm the story takes place was not meant to be interpreted as this earthy place where we reside. That helps a bit with the implausibility that everyone mentioned in the book turns out to be a murder or a victim.

OK, 3 stars. Still recommend it, despite these flaws in the novel. The author's prose is just that good, and his perspective and voice is enchanting. Were the plot lines cleaner, it's easily a 4 star.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 24 May 2017
By Nick B - Published on Amazon.com
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Very much feels like a young-adult mystery series. A bit darker than most, but still. I had expected something a bit more mature, and a singular story. Despite that, I enjoyed it for what it was.
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read the afterward 16 October 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing group of short stories that create an overarching story. Just don't read the afterword because it gives away too much information, and there's a story after the afterword. When you are done, then read the afterword.

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