However Tohko s getting bored with things so she s xperimenting with ways to attract new people to the clubEnter Chia Takeda a first year who wants the Literature Club to help her write love notes to a boy she s fallen for The boy in uestion is Shuji Kataoka apparently the dreamiest member of the archery team Konoha reluctantly agrees or accurately Tohko agrees and Konoha doesn t feel like contradicting her so he spends the next several days composing the best love note ver Unfortunately he tells Chia that it s just something he dashed out over lunch so when the note goes over well she asks him to write one very day This wouldn t be so bad if she didn t come to his class ach morning to get the note Given that she s barely pubescent this leads Konoha s classmates to speculate that he might be into lolicon particularly Nanase Kotobuki who becomes deeply antagonistic towards him This being the first volume in a series I m guessing she s going to turn tsundere soon noughEventually Konoha grows curious about Shuji so he asks a classmate from the archery club about the guy but the classmate has never heard of him Konoha and Tohko investigate and determine that there s no such person at Seijoh Academy When they confront Chia she gives them a note Shuji wrote to her a very dark disturbing letter that would send any sane woman running away in fear But not Chia Tohko recognizes several passages in the letter as being influenced by Osamu Dazai s No Longer Human which I gather is an xistential novel similar to The Stranger or Notes from UndergroundThings get ven mysterious when Chia takes Konoha to an archery practice to meet Shuji Some alumni from the team show up to watch as well and they rush to Konoha when they see him Turns out he looks xactly like an old team mate of theirs who committed suicide ten years ago Shuji Kataoka Dun dun dunThis popped up on my recommended list after I bought the Haruhi Suzumiya books The description book club weird girl magic sounded like a knock off but I decided to give it a try anyway Despite some superficial similarities the two are very different Tanigawa s series is a sprawling genre bending parody of animemanga tropes whereas Nomura plays things pretty much straight I was uite surprised by how dark the book was to me suicidal mime is a funny concept but it turns out to be a metaphor Shuji uses taken from Dazai to describe the mask he wears to hide his true sociopathic self Although when I say dark I don t want to give you the impression that this is a bleak tale about how the world is a giant crapsack Rather it s dark in the way Byron and Emily Bronte were dark a key moment near the nd involves Tohko xplaining how most of Dazai s books are actually fun and anyone who judges him on No Longer Human alone is missing the pointMy biggest disappointment with the story comes two thirds of the way through when we find out xactly what s going on and it turns out to have a rational if convoluted xplanation Such a Radcliffian twist seems out of place in a story with a Goblin who ats books Nonetheless I pushed through to the nd partly due to the fact that the book s only 180 pages and partly to see how Nomura would fill the remaining pages after the main mystery was resolved I m glad I did for after a brief lull the story picks up again with a twist that makes up for the main plot fizzling out 35 stars This was my first time reading a Light Novel and I really njoyed the reading xperience The writing in this book was really good and I njoyed how the author created the two main characters and their interactions Tohko is called a Book Girl because she literally ats books I liked how she would talk about how certain books or stories tasted depending on what they were aboutThe reason I didn t love this book was because I didn t really njoy the trajectory it took with the suicide discussion Nothing necessarily was bad about it I just didn t really njoy that plot line But I liked the characters nough that I will be continuing the series I ve read things with odd premises before but the Book Girl series is near the top of the listThe titular book girl Tohko is a literature loving and A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, eating goblin in schoolgirl form who force recruited our main character Konoha into joining the school book club to hand write her snacks If this sounds too weird to wrap your head around you re in luck If you find it intriguing and can t wait to learn you ll be disappointed Tohko and her unusualxistence are just background noise for this particular story which instead focuses on the normal well human anyway Konoha a strange reuest from a classmate to ghost write love letters and a mystery connected to the works of an particular author Fair warning despite the absurd The Shadow Reader elements and the great touches of humor sprinkled in the themes are uite heavy and this is not a happy go lucky taleI really liked the story There are a lot of interwoven layers and interesting twists and parallels The different narration techniues used really draw you inven if it s uite confusing at times There s something particularly Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies engaging about the interactions of our two leads and the tone of the story The writing has a great feel to it and wonderful turns of phrase doubly impressive for a translation As anxample the narrator had me hooked two paragraphs into the prologue when I read the line simply
dusted my dark wool in white and pretended I was a my dark wool in white powder and pretended I was a sheep too I will admit it gets wordy specially when Tohko starts rambling about books So if overly detailed descriptions test your patience this might not be your cup of tea While I can understand disappointment that Tohko is not the central focus and thus the promotional description is a bit misleading it didn t bother me I njoyed this as it was and there s room for about Tohko later in the series There s The Power Of A Choice enough strangeness here between the unusual mythology being built the lack of focus on that same mythology and the dense interconnected plot threads that Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime is tough to generally recommend But the writing is uite strong and if you can deal with it s uirks it is certainly worth a try Personally I will be continuing with Tohko and Konoha s adventures. Th getting published at anarly age So day in and day out Konoha scribbles away to satisfy Tohko's appetite But when one day another student comes knocking on the literary club door to seek advice on writing love letters will Tohko discover a new kind of delicacy to whet her voracious appetit. Because it s there Inspiring words when used by George Mallory describing his reasons for attempting to climb Mount Everest less so when used to xplain why I read this book Basically I d finished the other book I had with me I was facing a long bus ride home from work and we d just cleaned out all the ARCs xcept for this one which had arrived that very day And hey it was a Japanese fantasy there could be far worse bookreader matchesAnd better ones This was about as silly as you d imagine I liked the idea of the book demon an ordinary seeming high school girl who actually subsists off books and the bits of literary meta were fun But the actual plot which involved a mystery and past generations of students and suicide and other weirdness was pretty dull I have forgotten most of it Still it got me through that bus ride Mallory had less luck with Everest as I recall Japanese translated YA novels are so much different compared to American YA novels the thought process and insights are completely different and distinctive Because of that I m usually blown away whenever I read a translated Japanese novel just because the style and tone is so unusual that it s a refreshing change from what I normally readBook Girl and the Suicidal Mime completely floored me Maybe it s because the last few books that I ve read were contemporaries or other fluffy comedies reading this book with it s dark tones and absorbing mystery completely caught me off guard In the beginning I had thought that the book would be a simple lighthearted fantasy when I bought it online so I didn t really have any xpectations when I started the book I was just looking for a short interesting readI am happy to say that I got my wish The book was very absorbing and short nough that there wasn t any The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right extras to bore me in between mainvents because Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling everything was important to the plot the characters were uniue and complex in their own ways thending was good and I m happy to find out that this is a series because there was no way that the book could Monsieur Pain end just like that with all of these little changes with the characters going on throughout the novelAlso what immediately sucked me in the book and had me hookedver since was in the beginning right before the prologue It s goes like this Mine has been a life of shameI m like the one black sheep born into a pure white flock Unable to njoy the things my peers njoyed unable to grieve the things they grieved unable to at the things they ate being born an ignoble black sheep I didn t understand the things my friends found pleasant such as love kindness and sympathy I simply dusted my dark wool in white powder and pretended I was a white sheep tooI m still wearing my mask still acting in this farce Konoha is a boy with a fake personality and a troubled past Tohko is a girl who can only taste literature Together these two strange characters make up the ntirety of Seijoh Academy s literature club nested in a tiny room bursting with books Konoha s veryday xistence is basically devoted to writing improv stories for his greedy book munching upperclassman Tohko Until one day Tohko decides that Konoha s stories aren t nough so she sets up a mailbox in the schoolyard promising to grant a person s true love if they leave a note in the mailbox So one afternoon a young girl stumbles in and asks for them to grant her true love and Konoha gets forced into ghostwriting her love letters to a guy named Shoji Until he finds out that Shoji is dead And so begins the story of Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime This is one of my personal favorite books At first I thought that Konha s personality was just another sort of Gary Stu plot thing to make the reader pity him but he seems a
Lot Real To Me real to me most sob story characters because he still has a bit of naivety that makes him seem like a real person in the sense that he doesn t really realize that he s hurting people unlike most Mary Sue types I mean he tries not to burden his family but he can t seem to realize what other people really think of him Tohko is one of my all time favorite female characters because she perfectly balances comedic and rash When I started this book and read about Tohko my first thought was Oh great not another girl with ultra long hair no chest which is normally the focal point of these character types and a huge go Not again because I thought she was going to be a type Well I was wrong on that one Sure she has all of the ualities that those character types have but she also has another side to her She is Patrick the Wolf Boy, Volume 1 extremely perceptive always speaks her mind and has intelligence that greatly surpasses her age Both these characters really come to life in Mizuki Nomura s fantastic writing style which uses poetic words and a steady rhythm to set the pace and mood Even the side characters are written with painstaking detail I would say that the fabulous artwork is just the cherry on top With a pretty demure manga style and lots of shadowing and heavy lashes it s a treat to look at The plot is a bit predictable but stillnjoyable and it is modeled after Osamu Dazai s No Longer Human which becomes a prominent feature in this first installment of Mizuki Nomura s Book Girl saga This is truly a very dark but still lighthearted read and it sticks with you months after you ve read it If I were I would liken this book to a dark chocolate Ghiradelli suare filled with salted caramel wonder what this book would taste like if Tohko were to take a biteAt first I thought it was like a strawberry cake with the white cake whipped cream frosting and strawberries on top Book Girl starts out like a comedy rather light and fluffy Even with the somewhat dark opening I thought it was a case of Rom Com Snafu with a jaded character Once you figure out the reasoning for the interspersed passages of No Longer Human however this story takes a morbid twistI couldn t put this book down I didn This is one of those
Books That I Struggle that I struggle form an opinion onParts of it I njoyed while others I just stared at it wondering why I was reading this bookThis book is one of those clubs that get involved with things book You know the thing that happens in a lot of animesThe main duo was alright Konoha had. For self styled book girl third year high school student Tohko Amano being the head of the literary club is than just an xtracurricular activity with minor perks It's her bread and butter literally Tohko is actually a literature gobbling demon and instead of the less palatable option of water. ,
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Some intrigue with him and he was an alright POV Tohko is the mysterious girl that follows the beat of her own drum A very common anime character trope Only she s a book Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, eating goblinYeahSometimes I would get bogged down by the scenes of those two together Some of thevents were very farfetched like the scene where they go get information from a girl named Maki Which involved Tohko stripping A lot of Il morto di Maigret eye rolling on my part thereAs for the mystery itself that is the main core of the book Injoyed it I really didI m a huge fan of mysteries in general and although it isn t Kindaichi Case Files level it was still somethingIt kept me intrigued nough to keep reading at leastIt also featured sociopathic characters which as someone in psychology that stuff interests meI feel like my thoughts are so disjointed in this review but honestly that s how I felt while reading it I just kept shifting back and forth from liking it to disliking it and back again I guess if you watch nough anime and whatnot you might njoy this bookOh That reminds me This is actually written very well A lot of LNs have an odd feel to them in terms of writing style but this was smooth and asy to read Apparently this was the only one that was translated though Very sad about that as I feel like I would get a better opinion if I read the second book in the seriesAlso this book featured a lot of comments about Osamu Dazai Which I Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition enjoyed a lot since I kept thinking about this characterThis book also made me feel like I had to check out Dazai s works now Thank you Tohka Where to begin I have often found that Japanese light novels translated to English can be much of a love them or hate them sort of thing They are meant for a younger crowdual to young adult novels and culturally speaking Japanese high schoolers are in a different league then their American counter parts So when reading a light novel series set in a Japanese high school a lot of readers are unable to understand the significance of something as small as being seen talking with a younger classmate or seating next to a certain someoneSuicidal Mime is a novel filled with despair and secrets Konoha is a withdrawn false sort of guy He pastes a fake smile on his face tries to keep people placated and inwardly is disgusted by his behavior He wasn t always like this but a tragic love in middle school coupled with a nervous breakdown from instant and intense celebrity has made him hard and brittle He doesn t want the sort of responsibility that comes with loving someone or being loved He keeps his relationships as shallow as possibleTohko who other than her strange appetites is as normal as anyone Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom else is just as secretive and complex Outwardly she is bubbly and bossy pushing Konoha to keep writing her stories to devour and constantly hungry but briefly you can see some truer feelings The despair she feels over Konoha s continued isolation and withdrawal herfforts to help others the loneliness she feels Her urgent need to help Chia Takeda at first seems ntirely selfish but over the course of the novel little remarks she makes or looks on her face reveal she has a deeper agendaOne of the central themes of the book is a Japanese writer s work called No Longer Human The author Osamu Dazai led an infamous life much of which is detailed in Suicidal Mime No Longer Human is semi autobiographical and said to be his suicide note to the world Its a dark bitter memoir of one man s intense desire to connect with the world
butcan t no matter what He pretends at being human and feels ashamed of that Two of the in the novel truly identify with the protagonist of No Longer Human feeling cut off from the world and separate because they don t understandcan t no matter what he pretends att no matter what He pretends at human and feels ashamed of that Two of the
Or Because They Feel Immense Guilt Overbecause they feel immense guilt over being as motional as their peers This isn t necessarily a happy book or a light read Suicide love betrayal jealousy death redemption this novel covers some hefty topics The translation by Yen Press is xcellent it reads very smoothly I can t attest to some of the pop culture references strewn throughout the novel if they were changed to match American references or not but those aren t a problem regardless The biggest cultural reference that western readers may not get is Osamu Dazai and Tohko talks about him at length at one point As a sidenote I agree with Tohko s assessment that you shouldn t read No Longer Human if you are feeling any amount of depression or despair ven translated the novel is powerful and provoking I prefer his short story collection ntitled Blue Bamboo Japanese Tales of Fantasy available translated into English as part of Kodansha s Japan s Modern Writer s series I thought when I ordered this that it was a manga but it is actually a novel with some illustrated pages It would have worked better as a comic because many scenes were ridiculous in a way that can be glossed over in a visual format but come across as absolutely stupid and pointless in writing we heard a thud and someone fell into the roomA girl was splayed on the floor her skirt flipped up in her fall xposing her bear print underwear for all to see as she reached out a hand she brushed against one of the towers of books which immediately collapsed on top of her and she dove to the ground againWaughBang Okay that passage would still be stupid and unfunny in an illustration but it seems to happen uite a lot in manga so I assume there is an audience It was very odd to me to have these cartoony scenes interspersed with ongoing sexual harassment and body shaming one girl is made fun of repeatedly for being flat chested ven by a guy for whom she is undressing and a darker plotline about student suicideThe only aspect I liked was that the author clearly does love books and sounded genuinely xcited when talking about The Snow Goose or No Longer Human Konoha Inoue is a high school sopho with a dark secret Tohko Amano is a book scarfing goblin Together they fight crimeNo that s not right Together they make up the Purely Sexual entirety of the Seijoh Academy s literature club Club activities consist almostxclusively of Konoha writing stories for Tohko to consume great literature is yummy but printed works just aren t as fresh as a handwritten story. Soaked bread she opts to munch on torn out pages from all kinds of stories But for Tohko the real delicacies are handwritten stories And to satisfy her gourmet tastes she's mployed aka browbeaten one Konoha Inoue an underclassman who has retreated from writing novels after his xperiences wi.