Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Day #21,510

Book #342 (#41 this year): Real World(2008, Natsuo Kirino)

Since this one only took a day and a half to read, I cannot claim to dislike it. A Japanese teen decides to kill his mother by beating her over the head with a baseball bat. The story is about how the other teens react to this. This sort of thing seems to be a Japanese specialty but I'd only seen it manifested in movies before. This is the first novel that I've read with this sort of extreme storyline.
Whereas some of those movies (like "Battle Royale" which is mentioned by the teens in this movie) are pretty low grade stuff, this book is well written and the pages just go flying by.

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