Currently I'm a librarian and before that I was an archaeologist, a journalist, and definitely a bit of a world traveler. I tend to mostly read science fiction and fantasy, though I do love a good mystery and I'm a bit of a book dabbler overall. I've been doing Goodreads for awhile, but a friend thought I might enjoy this as well. Let's see, yeah?
The title story was not a bad novella at all, though I think this is one of the few times when I have to say that I enjoyed the movie (anime) more. I'd probably have liked the story much better if I hadn't seen the movie -- even though the movie is about different characters, it just goes so much deeper into the story and consequences. From what I understand, the story is supposed to be about the aunt in the movie but... basically the framework of the movie is present in the story. Just with... less.
There is a second novella included in the book called "The Stuff That Nightmares Are Made Of." It didn't really do much for me -- perhaps it was the translation? At any rate, it's the straightforward tale of a girl who hears that fears can be conquered when you figure out where they come from so she sets about quieting hers and her brother's by thinking about them and overhearing conversations.