Tag: Seasons

Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata – Death Note: Black Edition Volume II| Review

Title: Death Note: Black Edition Volume II

Author: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 367

Rating 4.5/5



This is arguably the book that’s got me invested in this series, because up until this point, I kind of knew what to expect and roughly what was going to happen. As of this one, I didn’t really know what was going to happen, and that made the book much more enjoyable as a result of it.

I also like the way that the different twists and turns kept me guessing throughout, and it seems as though that’s only going to continue as the story progresses. In a way, it reminds me of Prison Break because of that, with each of these Black Edition bind-ups acting a little bit like different seasons.

Now, I don’t want to go into the story line too much because it’s the second book in a series and so it’s hard to talk about it without revealing spoilers. What I will say is that our understanding of the laws governing the death notes continues to grow here while at the same time, rules that we previously knew about and forgot come back into play.



We also get some new characters coming into play, which changes the game and stops it from feeling as though the authors are simply rehashing the same ideas. Having read the bulk of the third collection at the time of writing, I can also confirm that it sets things up nicely for that, and because this is a longer series, there’s no sense of middle book syndrome here. Just quality writing and quality illustration.

I’m relatively new to manga, and Death Note is the only series that I’ve dipped into so far, but I can safely say after the first two installments of this, I’m hooked. Of course, it helps that the story line itself is so unique, so quirky, and that I haven’t really seen anything like it elsewhere. So would I recommend this book? Of course I would, but it’s obviously not the best one to start with. They need to be read in order.



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Terry Pratchett – Wintersmith | Review

Title: Wintersmith

Author: Terry Pratchett

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 376

Rating: 8/10


Terry Pratchett - Wintersmith

Terry Pratchett – Wintersmith


Wintersmith is one of Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching novels, and so the amount of enjoyment that you get from it will largely depend upon how much you like her. Loosely speaking, the story line follows what happens after Tiffany jumps into a dance that’s as old as the seasons itself, and what happens when the spirit of winter, the Wintersmith, falls in love with her. Unfortunately, as flattering as that may be, it does lead to some complications, like the fact that there might never be another springtime.

As usual, Tiffany is in fine form and accompanied by the Nac Mac Feegle, who used to annoy me but who soon went on to become one of my favourite Discworld creations. As for me, by the time that I read Wintersmith, I’d read all of the other Tiffany Aching books, and so both Tiffany and the Wee Free Men had grown on me. That said, though, I always find it tough to rate Pratchett’s books because they’re all so good that I often find it difficult to rank one of them above another – as for Wintersmith, I’d put it in his top 30% or so, but there are easily a dozen Discworld novels that I’d recommend before this, and possibly even a couple of non-Discworld stories.

Ultimately, though, if you do decide to read this then you’re unlikely to be disappointed, and if you’re anything like me then you’ll eventually work your way through Mr. Pratchett’s entire oeuvre anyway. Like the rest of his books, this works pretty well as a standalone, as well as if you read the series in order. I can’t really fault it, but I also just can’t give it a 9 or a 10 when that would give it the same rating as something like Feet of Clay or Men At Arms. Still, if you do decide to read Wintersmith then I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, and there are a few little nuggets in it that make for great entertainment but that I don’t want to tell you about for fear of spoiling it for you. Be sure to come back and to let me know what you think!


Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett


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