Kieli, Volume 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness
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Kieli, Volume 1: The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness (Kieli Novels (キーリ ライトノベル) #1)

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Kieli is a reclusive girl isolated by her ability to see ghosts. Her only friend is her "roommate," Becca, the precocious spirit of a former student still residing in Kieli's dorm. Everything in Kieli's life changes suddenly when the girls meet the handsome but distant Harvey who, like Kieli, can see ghosts. He also turns out to be one of the legendary Undying, an immortal...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Yen On (first published January 1st 2003)
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Lexie
To be clear, the manga I reviewed earlier in July (volume 1 and volume 2) covers the complete story of this first novel. The novel (like the manga) is split into smaller portions that make up the journey Kieli, the Corporal and Harvey make together.

Interestingly I found that I liked Kieli a little better because she didn't immediately gloom onto Harvey as it seems in the manga. I didn't sense her feelings about Harvey (the slight misgivings and such) in the manga as much as in the novel. Also Be...more
Niquie
I bought this book months ago when I was in my gotta-buy-every-light-novel-I-can-find phase, finally read it. I feel mixed about this.

This is a tough book to review. It's not a bad story, but for me it wasn't all that enjoyable either. I like the idea of a girl who sees ghosts traveling with a guy who can't die and a ghost radio, but that was all there was for the majority of the book. Sure there was mention of God, of how they traveled through space to get to this world ages ago, a war, and nif...more
Sean O'Hara
Kieli doesn't believe in God. Oh, she's not an atheist, mind you. She thinks God's out there somewhere, just not here -- here being a far-distant colony world that's fallen on hard times. In Kieli's reasoning, God must've gotten bored and returned to Earth while the colony ship was crossing the void.

The problem with her view is twofold -- (1) Kieli's world is controlled by a totalitarian theocracy, and (2) she's an orphan living in a church-run boarding school. However, this is a rather nebulous...more
Kelsey
I read this book after stumbling upon an article about it online. Thoroughly taken with the description of it, I immediately got it. It was the first light novel I have ever read and I probably could have finished it within a day, but paced myself so I could enjoy and pick out the small complexities. At times the language got confusing but there was something so wistful and elegant in it. The descriptions or the way it was stated would not be how I would have worded it, but then again I am a te...more
Emma
I picked this up because of the blurb on the back and the interesting front cover.
I have never read Manga, I see it at work ,flick through it think its odd but hey each to their own, but after reading this I might consider getting the Manga version of Kieli.
The story was exciting, interesting and rather intriguing, paranormal and sci-fi is close to my heart. I read it in a day because I just needed to know what happened. I liked the main chracters - the Corporal especially. The descriptions real...more
Tammu Hammu
I just read this book over last night, it was perhaps the most cutest and sweetest romance novel I've read in a long time. The story is about a girl named Kieli who finds herself living in a boarding school on her own without any family or friends. She has the ability to see ghosts, but this ability costs her the chance to make any 'living' friends. The world that this story is set upon is another world far into the future where there is hardly any living plants and the society is firmly based u...more
J.T. Whitesell
I LOVED THIS BOOK! 2010 can't come soon enough for Vol. 2. The characters are so wonderful and even though Harvey is a bit of a jerk (who doesn't love a jerk that doesn't mean to be?) you still don't want to him to disappear. The Corporal is the amusing one and not because he's possessing an old radio. Kieli is a bit whinny and overly emotional but what story can get by without one of those characters? She's got to tell us what we, as a reader, are supposed to feel.
Unfortunately, this is a book...more
Shatha
في العادة لما أقرأ رواية بعد قراءتي للمانغا أستمتع فيها بنفس المقدار أو أكثر، بس هنا فضلت نسخة المانغا على الكتاب
القصة عن بنت وحيدة بمدرسة داخلية تشوف الأشباح وتقابل جندي خالد ما يموت من مخلفات حرب قديمة والكنيسة في حملة ملاحقة لهالجنود
القصة تركز على رحلتها معه، هو بمهمة لتحقيق رغبة شبح يرافقه، وهي متخذة من واجبها المدرسي ذريعة عشان تكون معه لأنه أول شخص تقابله يشوف الأشباح

القصة ممتدة على ٩ كتب هذا أولها، متفائلة إن الكتب القادمة أفضل
Josh
I can't say what possessed me to go and buy this book on a whim, but I did. I read it in 2 days time, as it is fairly short, and enjoyed it for the most part.

My major gripes are with the translation and editing of the story. There's a lot of unnecessary repetition and a real lack of necessary detail throughout. Even so, I managed to keep a steady pace and didn't really find myself bored at any time. It's an interesting and entertaining read, but I doubt I'll be continuing the series after this.
Christopher
Kieli's a girl in ninth grade who can see and talk to ghosts. Harvey's a semi-immortal ex-super soldier on the run from a greedy theocracy. Together with a haunted radio named Corporal, they wander a far future colony world and encounter ghosts, old friends, and old enemies. It's sentimental stuff, easy to visualize as anime/manga, and decent, though dull in parts where the overarching plot advances the most. The initial ghost stories held my attention best.
Nicole Bunge
Was a good book. A bit slow in places, but I like the steampunk-ish tinges (alternate planet that got into a war and blew themselves back to the coal age)- so most of the story takes place along the train lines.

Wish I had the time/attention to track down the whole series. But not high on my already years-long reading priority list.
Miss
I'm going to enjoy this series. :) Kieli and Harvey are already giving me feelings what with the slow way trust built up between them and how Kieli questions the church and how she reacts to things in a way that makes sense for a girl who's been lonely and seeing ghosts for most of her life. The illustrations are really nice too. 4 stars
Ban
Kieli was an outstanding book, I looked forward to flipping each page to find out what happens next. It's a tale of a girl who can see ghosts, she and her new companion embark on journey in order to return a ghost back to his grave. It's a really nice story with lovible characters.
Richard
If you are into Japanese Manga this will appeal to you. It was a blending of space colony ghost story. To me this particular volume wasn't bloody or scary it was more of a drama.
Holy
I started reading this and it have me captivated but then parts had me confused. I just need to start from the beginning again. I do like this whole idea of light novels.
Nicki
I read the manga versions of these from my school library so I knew what was going to happen, but I loved it anyway. The language was so elegant and beautiful. Amazing.
Phaedra
I really enjoy this series. The setting is interesting and pretty unique, and the plot is actually engaging. It is quite fun to read.
Jessy
wow. kieli is awesome
Amber
I liked this book, but like a lot of light novels, I thought it had more potential. The pacing felt a bit disjointed at parts, but otherwise, it was a good read. Kieli was an interesting character who rose above the timid girl she started out as. I'm looking forward to picking up number 2 in the series!
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