Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book Girl -- No, This Isn't an Biography

“This is why you have to watch your back around book girls. Their minds are full of literature without any concept of reality, so if you take your eyes off of them, there’s no telling what mischief they’ll get into.” ~ Mizuki Nomura, from Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime.

Tohko is a Japanese goblin girl who eats books and solves mysteries. The narrator is her reluctant accomplice, Konoha, who writes stories for her to devour and somehow ends up involved in the mysteries. I’m pluralizing mysteries here because this is a series of books, starting with the Suicidal Mime and continuing with Book Girl and the Famished Spirit and then Book Girl and the Captive Fool. Each book encompasses one mystery, which delves into the darker side of high school life and love. There are some wonderful lighthearted moments, however, usually brought on by Konoha teasing Tohko by writing something strange for her to eat.

The illustrations are done manga-style by Miho Takeoka and they add a nice touch. But mostly, I love the way Tohko describes the books she eats – for example, The Great Gatsby tastes like caviar and champagne at a party. It makes me stop and wonder how I the books I read might taste, if I could eat the story itself, not just the paper it’s written on. How would your favorite book taste?

~ Book Ninja

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