5.0 out of 5 stars
Queen of Mystery, Dec 6 2003
I am a HUGE FAN of Kirino Natsuo!! I always thought that it was really sad that I could not share her books with my friends who cannot read Japanese. But hey, here is her book in English! Bravo! Her descriptions of characters and backgrounds are incredibly real and vivid since they are most of the times inspired by the real people on the real problems of Japanese society. Her analysis over those problematic situations is always deep and critical so that it often shocks you by revealing the painful reality and the drama underneath our everyday life. In her books, reality does not byte, but stabs. So, if you are ready to be shocked and stabbed by the undeniable reality, I would recommend her books to you, but if not, you'd better stay away from them because you'll see what you don't want to see. Anyways, I love her books. "Gyokuran" is actually my favorite book. Hopefully, that one will be translated and brought to American fans soon, too.