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I planned to read these books from the 11th September to the 19th September.
I really hope to reach the goals even if I'm kinda busy 😅
1. Tokyo Zodiac Murders - I'm at his half
2. Interview with the vampire is a re-read for me ❤
3. La neve se ne frega is an italian graphic novel
I still have to start the other 4 books 😅
An interesting locked room mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie with the reasoning of a Sherlock Holmes story. The crime itself is bewildering and at times frustratingly confusing but when the solution is revealed it hit me in the same way several Agatha Christie novels did, with an “omg” and a “how did I not see that?” The “Holmes” in this story was more likeable than the narrator “Watson”, but the mystery was too intriguing for me to mind 👇🏻
A classic Japanese locked-room mystery, this is well crafted and pays homage to the Golden Age detective fiction (Think Dickson Carr, A.Christie..) Kiyoshi and his friend Kazumi are a bit like Holmes and Dr.Watson. Amidst the astrology, alchemy, longitude and latitude confusion, the mystery itself is very clever and grisly. There‘re charts, drawings of murder scenes and an interlude where the author challenges the reader to solve the puzzle. 🔽
I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want!
Continuing my TBR project:
This is one the oldest selection on my TBR list - Originally added September 19, 2015.
I‘m usually all in for a Japanese crime novel but this was just not for me — too much astrology — and nothing like the American Zodiac Killer. I don‘t know what I was expecting.
Imagine that on the table in front of you are files related to the mass murder of forty years ago. The investigation has long been at an impasse, and possible suspects died. You have an identical set of information as the private detectives who took the case. The author challenges the reader in an intellectual game and offers to find the murderer before his heroes. This is the main feature of the genre "honkaku": feel like a detective! ? #Japan
This one is a solid three stars. I definitely enjoyed it, and I really like mysteries where the reader has a chance to solve it too. There were a few things I didn‘t love - like way too much focus on the first part of the case, and it was a big exposition dump - by design - to give enough info to have the clues to solve it.
This is an OwnVoices JPN crime thriller about a guy in the mid-1930s who‘s found in a locked room dead w/a testament that explains how he‘s going to kill 7 women. Shortly afterwards the remains of 7 women are found chopped-up & dispersed all around rural Japan, all who died after the guy in the room. Flash to 40 years later & everyone‘s still baffled at how it was done & who the culprit is. But 2 random dudes are determined to solve the mystery!
Can‘t believe September is over already... here is my #Booked2018 3rd quarter wrap up! I have yet to finish the tagged for Japanese thriller, but I should finish in a couple of days! 🤗
The rest include:
Blame it on Litsy— The Kiss Quotient
Beach Read— When Katie Met Cassidy
Set in a school— Dare Me
Diverse Nonfiction— My Beloved World
LGBTQIA+ MC— Leah on the Offbeat
Visiting my moms in North Fort Myers and reading on the lanai is incredibly relaxing. Let's stress ourselves out with a really disturbing murder, shall we?
This was not at all what I was expecting, but for what it turned out to be it was pretty great! It's a murder mystery focused almost entirely on the intricate plot of the crime itself, with no political analysis and very little about the characters except as it relates to the crime. Once I understood what it was doing, I really enjoyed it!
I really enjoyed this one! The beginning was a little (ok a lot) overwhelming with the amount of information presented. But a true mystery! Now that I know how it ends I want to read it again! Very very good.
It was a good mail day! 🤓
Despite its overt homage to Conan Doyle, The Tokyo Zodiac Murders is no mere recasting of Holmes and Watson as Kiyoshi Mitarai and Kazumi Ishioka. Rather, by blending the locked-room mystery with an arcane mysticism and self-reflexive narrative, Shimada creates a unique form of logic problem.