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Spirits of the Noh

(The Waking #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Kara Harper is finally starting to fit in at her boarding school in Japan-after all, nothing bonds you with your classmates like having an ancient demon put a curse on you. Hoping life can go back to normal now that the demon has been put to rest, Kara joins her friends Sakura and Miho in putting on a play for the Noh drama club. It's the story of the Hannya, a snake demon ...more
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Published June 7th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA (first published April 27th 2010)
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Slightly weaker than the first one in terms of the resolution, but still fascinating in its magnificent rendering of Japanese culture, its easy reading and fast pace. 3.5 stars
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pre-review: Oh My Goodness. There will be ghosts, demons and Noh plays such as Lady Aoi and Dojoji in the book! Of course I want to read!!!!!

Lady Aoi: a story about Lady Aoi, chief wife of Lord Genji from Tale of Genji, being haunted by the living spirit of Genji's jealous mistress.

Dojoji: tale of a young woman changing into an revenging giant snake after she was abandoned/rejected by a handsome monk.

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I want to like this book and I did enjoy the story to an extend, the author h
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so I had to force myself to read past the first third of this book but once I got to look past the repetitive scene-setting of Japan it was actually quite good and I admit, I got a few chills from it.

-The majority of Kara's inner circle is very likable
-It's almost scarily accurate how the author writes details of some of the girl's emotions and thoughts,
-It was very thrilling. I had to sit in a corner with a blanket when I wAs finishing this book
-The sub-plots tie in very smoothly wit
Samantha Shaffer
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, ya-books
The waking series pulls you in and it doesn't you go till the end. I read the first book in one night and found the other two a few years later. If you like Japanese folk lore this series doesn't disappoint. I literally dreamed about the demons in these books after I read them.
Book 1 : n american girl named Kara moves to Japan with her dad who gets a teaching job at the local high school. Sakura is the schools rule breaker she is morning the loss of her sister when see meets Kara and Introduces
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have given this book a 5 star rating as I did the first book as I loved it even more than the first one, and on the basis of both of these books if the last one in the trilogy is as good it will become one of my all time favourite trilogies which I will re read regularly.

In this installment of the trilogy we see that Kara is starting to fit in her Japanese boarding school although can bond a group of people like having to deal with an ancient demon cursing you. We also see Kara and her friends
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’m loving this series. Spirits of Noh is a nice addition to the first book and doesn’t just provide a bridge to the third book. It’s as good as Dreams of the Dead, and I am really looking forward to the third book now. The characters continue to develop and the plot remains intriguing. I still love the setting, and the descriptions constantly make me want to go to Japan. The only negative I have about this book is that Kara seems to have regressed a little. How she feels about h
Melissa Chung
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spirits of the Noh the sequel to 'Dreams of the Dead' was just as amazing. I can't speak too much about this book because it might spoil the first one.

This story takes place a few months later. The new semester has just started and the Art teacher Miss Aritomo has gotten the green light to put on a production for the school. Her Noh club (Noh is an ancient dance theater) has never had the opportunity to put on such a performance and the kids are very excited. The difficulty for Miss Aritomo is
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for gr. 6-12. Nice and creepy, with Japanese culture thrown in. The second in a series, following Dreams of the Dead, this was not too difficult to follow for the reader who has not read the first. The author unobtrusively catches the reader up on what s/he needs to know.

Kara is an American girl living in Japan, attending the boarding school where her father teaches (her mother passed away some time ago). She has made some close Japanese friends, including a boyfriend, and is involve
Jordan Funke
Like the first book, I loved the context of an American girl attending a Japanese boarding school. She isn't clueless or in culture shock, so you see the routines through her educated eyes. At times the plot stopped moving to insert some bit of Japanese culture, but I didn't really mind. It's definitely creepy and does a good job with relationships. I hope more people read this and books like it to expose ourselves to the mythology (and horror) of other cultures. I plan to hand sell this to my m ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
This Book is very well written, from the point where it teaches you Japanese culture from both the point of view from an american living and going to school in the society to seeing it from the point of view from someone that has grown up in that environment. If your in the mood for something with history, horror, and a tiny bit of school life then this is the book for you. Make sure that you want to read about Japanese lifestyle or you might find your self confused.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012
I like Japanese horror because bad things can happen to good people. There's never any moralizing characters into "deserving" the bad things that happen to them. Overall I liked the story. The book is short (under 300 pages) and that makes it a quick read. I enjoyed the continuing of the story and character development, but I felt something was missing. Sometimes I felt a little bored waiting on the story to pick up.
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far so good. This series differs from a lot of the paranormal YA fiction available in that it takes place in Japan (main character is an American student living in Japan) and uses Japanese culture and mythology to fuel the story. I especially enjoy the descriptions of life in a Japanese boarding school in the series, as well as the chance to learn some new words!
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
While it's not quite as good as the first one (there's some clunky prose and some heavy-handed foreshadowing) it's a perfectly serviceable read. Unless the third finally gets published, and you like sticking with a series through the end, I'd perhaps not bother with this one.
Janet Whalen
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Thomas Randall is a nom de plume of Christopher Golden. If you have read any of the Shadow Saga or perhaps the Veil Trilogy, this fact should inspire you to schnell not saunter to thy most favoured bochhoarde. Read books in order always. Great stuff!
A good, solid sequel in this series about teenagers fighting an ancient Japanese curse. Worth the read
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/Paranormal Enthusiasts
Shelves: 2011
Loved this book. It kept me turning page after page to see what would happened next.
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mike Jozic
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Not as good as the first book but a solid effort. I do hope the third installment steps it up a little, though.
Angelina Justice
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book as much as the first one. Glad to finally see the series beginning to get some notice.

Brandon C
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read! Can't wait for the final book of the Trilogy!

Thanks Thomas!
A well written and intersting story about how the supernatural might still be a part of our world. This bookseries is particularly interesting if you are facinated by and enjoy japanese culture.
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Thomas Randall is a pseudonym of Christopher Golden.

Other books in the series

The Waking (3 books)
  • Dreams of the Dead (The Waking, #1)
  • A Winter of Ghosts