Out, By Natsuo Kirino

Not a book for the faint of heart, Out is Japanese author, Kirino’s, first novel translated into English. It is, however, as equally interesting and insightful as it is macabre and grisly. Interesting in that it provides a soapbox for Kirino’s sentiments about Japanese society and the role of women within it, and grisly in... Continue Reading →

Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator by Jill Baguchinski / The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox

So I recently read both these books, and they have a lot in common - stereotypical high school situations with some light bullying, self-consciously “outsider” girl investigators who mock the jocks and cheerleaders, and of course, ghostly interference. However, our heroine in Spookygirl talks to ghosts, while the ones in The Dead Girl Detective Agency... Continue Reading →

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