Life in the literary club has settled into a predictable - if unusual - routine. Junior member Konoha Inoue dutifully writes short stories for his club president, Tohko Amano, who subsequently shreds them and devours each morsel like the book-eating goblin she is. When the club begins receiving cryptic messages, though, routine goes out the window as Tohko sets out to find the culprit with Konoha in tow! When their investigation suggests that a tormented spirit might be stalking the school halls, matters quickly take an ominous turn. Is it possible that ghosts really exist, or is there something even more disturbing at play? But if there is room in the world for a literature-consuming goblin, then, really, how unlikely is a famished spirit?
About the Author
Author Mizuki Nomura is best known for her light novel series, BOOK GIRL, which has been adapted into multiple manga franchises and was transformed into an animated film in 2010 by Production I.G. She currently resides in Japan.
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A strange thing about this book: while I was reading it, I found it very compelling and interesting, but afterward, I couldn't really pick out what made it an enjoyable read.As a sequel to Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime, Book Girl and the Famished Spirit continues the theme of a work of literature playing out in the reality of Konoha and Tohko, with the mystery aspect of trying to figure out the story and bring it to a happy end. The book also continues exploring Konoha's past as he comes up against it in relation to the plot, and more details about both him and Tohko come to light.The work of literature used for Famished Spirit is Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Although I knew that it was the base for the plot, because Nomura changed the names and details just a bit, I found it difficult to see the parallels between the books until well into the story, which I appreciated because it kept everything fresh and horrible. (Wuthering Heights is a gothic horror, after all.)I enjoyed the first book, and I enjoyed this one as well. I'm also looking forward to the third book in the series. I like the way Nomura wove the plots together, including how the really interesting parts — about the book goblin Tohko and about what happened to Konoha in middle school — are only alluded to, with bits and pieces trickling out, because of course Konoha already knows it all and is the narrator.Finally, as I referred to above, Famished Spirit has a horror aspect to it, because of the Wuthering Heights plot. It's a psychological, emotional horror that I felt strongly. It definitely showed creativity, that a plot I knew well enough to be mostly used to the horrible aspect was tweaked enough to get that feeling again.