Book Review # 14: After Dark

Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Jay Rubin Publisher: Vintage Books Publishing Date: April 2008 Number of Pages: 244 Genre: Contemporary, Surrealism, Speculative Fiction Synopsis:  “A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.” Background I was introduced to the wonderful world of Haruki Murakami […]

Book Review # 11: The Knife of Never Letting Go (Book I of Walking Chaos Trilogy)

Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Walker Books Publishing Date: 2008 Number of Pages: 479 Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Contemporary Synopsis: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then, just one month away from the birthday that will make […]

Book Review # 6: Stones from the River

Author: Ursula Hegi Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction Publishing Date: 1994 Number of Pages: 525 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: Trudi Montag is a Zwerg – a dwarf – short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually, she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share – from her mother who flees […]

Book Review # 5: The Book of Daniel

Author: E.L. Doctorow Publisher: Modern Library Publishing Date: September 1983 Number of Pages: 303 pages Genre: Historical Synopsis As Cold War hysteria inflames America, FBI agents knock on the Bronx apartment door of a Communist man and his wife. After a highly controversial trial, the couple go to the electric chair for treason despite worldwide […]

2017 First Quarter Book Haul (Second Part)

  Asian Works Last year, I began exploring Asian literature more by delving into contemporary Asian works, mainly that of Japanese authors like Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Gail Tuskiyama. I’ve also read some of the older Japanese works by Lady Murasaki and Yasunari Kawabata. This year, I still intend to continue this trend and read […]