I totally don’t doubt that there are good books for middle schoolers, it’s just that in the overwhelming majority of Japanese books I read for that age group you inevitably get to the “moralizing moments” because the author feels they need to teach the young readers something. And… that’s so… ugh… I’m sorry but I don’t need that any more.
I already found the title to be such a dead giveaway that I did not even look further
Oh, thanks for your classification! That helps a ton.
ebooks typically have previews (立ち読み) so if the book is unrated and you’re unsure, or you just want to scope out the writing style, please make use of it! Keep in mind that a good deal of books are entered at 30 by default and some of the books with only one or two ratings can have pretty unstable ratings.
As with last time, you will have 5 votes in this poll, and any books to receive no votes will go in the Nomination Graveyard They can be renominated, but please wait at least two voting cycles before reintroducing them.
As a quick reminder, the schedule is as follows:
January 9th - voting opens
January 16th - voting closes and winner announced
January 30th - first weekly thread for the chosen book is opened!
Sorry for being pedantic, but I was looking at the nominations a little more carefully in order to vote, and was surprised that a genre novel won the Akutagawa prize. It turns out it didn’t. It won the Ayukawa Tetsuya Award instead, which is awarded to unpublished mystery novels.
I actually removed my vote for two of those at the last minute, because it was the only one, and it felt wrong to save my own nominations when no one else was interested. If I start reading any of them I’ll let you know.
Meanwhile, I’ll probably sit the current pick out, so have fun everyone!
A new science & museum mystery. In the first book in the series, wandering mathematician Towada Tadahito and journalist Aiko Mutsu visit the huge and bizarre mansion of mad genius architect Todoroki Yoh, who is in search of The Book of God. The geniuses invited with the two, from all walks of life, are visited by incident and mystery one after another. A masterpiece of authentic mystery, the first novel in the “Do” series, winner of the Mephistopheles Prize for The Secret Room, The House, and The Mephistopheles Award!
Content warnings if known
None that I know of.
I’d seen some favourable reviews of it here and there and had vaguely had it in my wish list for ages. The idea of blending science, architecture and mystery is attractive, if implemented well. Strange buildings in Japanese mystery fiction are abundant for some reason but here we also get physics and mathematics to play with. (The book is currently on sale on Bookwalker at the very attractive price of 99 yen till February 9 if anyone’s interested.)