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The Fiend with Twenty Faces Paperback – Mar 15 2012

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Classic mystery, intrigue and humor April 19 2012
By Ellie Mae - Published on
Format: Paperback
Japanese mystery/thriller genre. Appropriate for all age groups, youth to adult. Delightful fast read that is hard to put down. Written as if author is personally telling you the story. Full of mystery, drama, peril with touch of humor in between the lines. Good role models, builds vocabulary in younger age set. Set in magical 1930's Tokyo complete with fun to pronounce Japanese names and places. Thoroughly enjoyed story, style, prose. Hope to read 2nd book in this series ASAP!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Fiend With Twenty Faces April 19 2012
By Judith Ernst - Published on
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This is an entertaining and fun mystery for teens and adults. The author brings the Intrepid Reader right into the story with his comments to the reader. It was hard to wait to see what happened next. Some translated books are hard to read and follow. This one is smoothly done and very easy to get involved in. This author has written more books in this series. I hope we can see #2 translated very soon!
Good story, misleading illustrations Feb. 11 2015
By MN - Published on
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I'm Japanese and I used to read this Fiend of Twenty Faces series over and over again when I was a kid. (Zen's comment is right - This story was originally written for kids, mostly Grade 3-7 kids.) I am so excited to find this translation, for just recently I read this story to my kids in Japanese and my bilingual daughter wanted to re-read it in English. I like this translation, which precisely follows the original story. However, I do not like the illustrations.... First, as I understand it, the Fiend with Twenty Faces is a sort of gentleman who does not like violence -- he never kills or injures anyone. He is a young handsome man, who is super-smart. So he should not be depicted as an apparently vicious villain like the man on the cover page. Second, in one illustration in which a boy named Kobayashi is supposed to disguise himself as a statue of buddha, he doesn't look like a Buddha at all. Third, in the story Kobayashi is depicted as a cute smart boy who looks like a pretty chipmunk, but he doesn't look that cute in those illustrations. . . Fourth, the cover page may suggest that this book is a Manga, but it's originally a classical juvenile chapter book. I sincerely wish that its revised version will come with new illustrations.
Classic Stories, Subpar Illustrations Feb. 14 2015
By outgribing - Published on
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It's great to see this piece of classic children's detective literature published in English. Be aware that it's very much aimed at kids: the story itself almost teaches kids how to read and think through detective fiction, so it would be especially good for young readers (no serious violence, death, or gore). My main complaint is about the illustrations. They're not at all as good as they should be.
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Lacklustre Sept. 16 2013
By Zen - Published on
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I am normally a fan of detective/crime novels, thus when there were rave reviews on the works of Edogawa Rampo I was intrigued by it and felt compelled to read at least one novel. So this is the one I picked to read but I felt that compared to the other novels like Sherlock Holmes, the mysteries are more trivial and easy to deduce and the props that the boy detective has is just a way out of a pinch which the writer has written himself into.

As a whole I won't recommend it to adults who like detective novels (Sherlock Holmes is still way better). It might appeal to younger readers.