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

Title: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Author: Death Note: Black Edition Volume VI

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 426

Rating 4/5



I’m almost at the end now, and I’m pleased to report that it’s picked back up a little bit and I enjoyed this one more than the last. It’s still not quite as good as it was when it first started out, but it’s still good enough and it’s definitely worth reading, especially if you’ve made it this far.

I think part of the reason that I enjoyed this was that you could tell that we were getting near the end game and so the stakes felt a little higher. The authors have also shown by this point that they don’t mind killing major characters when it serves the story, which leaves you as the reader feeling like pretty much anything could happen.

Other than that, I’m not too sure what else I can say that I haven’t said in previous reviews. As always, the artwork is gorgeous, so big props to Takeshi Obata for that. Tsugumi Ohba does a great job with the story, too. He’s clearly a master storyteller, and it’s impressive how much he manages to convey through just dialogue and the image briefs that he gives to his illustrator.



If you’re thinking about reading Death Note, I’d definitely recommend picking up the Black Edition books. They’re not super expensive (I think I paid around £30 for all six of them), and they’re beautiful little artefacts in their own right. They’ll look great on your shelves, but they also look great in your hands and the quality of the print is good enough to highlight all of the details from the original comics.

The only thing that I will say is that when I first started reading the series, I didn’t know who I wanted to win because I liked both sides. Now, though, I don’t know who I want to win because I don’t really care for either side, which is probably a bad sign. I’m just not as invested in the series as I was when I first started out, and I can’t tell whether that’s because of the story or just that I’m flagging.



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Oli Jacobs – Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s | Review

Title: Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s

Author: Oli Jacobs

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 248

Rating: 4*/5


Oli Jacobs - Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s

Oli Jacobs – Filmic Cuts V: Suplex Sounds of the 70s


This book was a lot of fun, and there are a lot of reasons to recommend it – the quality of the writing, the quality of the paper, and the fact that this is one of those rare indie books that’s printed as a hardback.

Here, in the fifth collection of author Oli Jacobs’ short stories, we’re treated to a half dozen or so cracking little short stories that span a number of a different genres, with my favourites including an account of what happened during an expedition to another world and a gripping piece about The Game.

The Game is a televised game of Russian Roulette in which participants volunteer to play, knowing they’ll either win £1 million every day for the rest of the year, or be carried out on a stretcher with a bullet through their skull. This piece was interesting because it was written using short sentences – which were snappy and to the point (like a bullet) – and descriptions of the characters, such as The Guy, The Housewife and The Thrillseeker, instead of actual names.

Overall, it was an impressive read, and while I thought the actual layout could have been improved, it’s on a par with some other books by mainstream authors. I preferred this book over Stephen King’s Just After Sunset, for example.


Oli Jacobs

Oli Jacobs


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