Monday, May 3, 2010

Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime by Mizuke Nomura

I came about reading this book in a strange way.  A student in one of my after school classes said he had a book for me to read and that I needed to write a review of it and give it back to him.  I read the book and then learned that his mother, who works at a coffee/book shop was given the book to read and gave it to her son to read and he didn't think he would like it so he gave it to me to read.  If you followed all of that then maybe you can get through my review.

From the back of the book:
"The Book Girl Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "deavouring a good book".  In this fun, charming fantasy novel series about the wonders of the written word.

For Touko Amano, a third-year high school student and self styled book girl, being the head of the literary club is more than just an extra curricular activity.  It's her bread and butter....literally!  Touko is actually a literature gobbling demon, who can be found at all hours of the day munching on torn out pages from all kinds of books.  But for Touko, the real delicacies are hand written stoeries.  To satisfy her gourmet tastes, she's employed (rather borwbeaten) one Konoha Inoue who scribbles away each day after school to satisfy Touko's appetite.  But when another student comes knocking on the literary club door for advice on writing love letters, will touko discover a new kind of delicacy?"

My response to the book:
This was my first Japanese story and at first I was a little confused. Somewhere about the half-way point I decided the book was pretty good.
We are led to believe that Konoha despises writing because he sees himself as fake.  So I kept wondering why he kept writing.  When Touko Tells Chia Takeda that Konoha will write love letters for her he goes along with the plan instead of standing up for himself.  The farther you got into the book the more it reminded me of nesting dolls with one mystery inside another mystery.  This is a book I enjoyed once I got used to the  writing style.  Would I purchase this book for myself?  Probably not.  It is not a genre I really care for.  And CC if you are reading this review, I hope it gives you enough information to decide whether you want to read it for yourself or not.

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