Sad and gloomy just like any other Yoshimoto's books, these two novellas can be finished very quickly. I really enjoyed the first story, Hardboiled, but the second one, Hard Luck, falls a bit short for me. I think the story doesn't flow too well, the same formula is repeated in the endings of each chapter. I keep expecting a twist somewhere in the plot or the relationships of the characters, but it didn't happen. Props for Hardboiled though, it offers a lot of surprises up to the bittersweet end.