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This manga fantasy about the dark side of dreaming is set in 1920s Japan at the Silver Star Tea House. Owner Mizuki Asahina is kind and gentle, but the shop's customers come to see Hiruko the Baku, an immortal, not-quite-human young man who can enter into people's nightmares and help solve the problems causing them. He takes as his fee the nightmares themselves, which are his only sustenance. In this third of nine volumes, Hiruko's help is sought by a man searching for his missing sister; a silent film narrator losing the power of speech, one syllable at a time; an heiress who's being forced into marriage; a famous writer with an awful secret; and a boy whose expression never changes. Sometimes Hiruko facilitates a happy resolution; more often, there's a macabre or sorrowful twist ending. Mashiba's artwork features attractive shojo character designs and ornately detailed settings. His dreamscapes exhibit an uncommon stylistic diversity: one is drawn in the style of a map, another features only a spiral of text. There's occasional gore, but this is accurately rated "T" for teens. Recommended for fans of Clamp's xxxHOLiC(Vol. 4, LJ7/05) and for shojo readers in search of chills.