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 # 12: The Vegetarian

Author: Han Kang Translator: Deborah Smith Publisher: Hogarth Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 188 Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Asian Culture, Literary Fiction Synopsis:  Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams – invasive images of blood and brutality – torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind […]

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 # 7: The Famished Road

Author: Ben Okri Publisher: Vintage Books Publishing Date: 1992 Number of Pages: 500 pages Genre: Magical Realism Synopsis Azaro is a spirit child who is born only to live for a short while before returning to the idyllic world of his spirit companions. Now he has chosen to stay in the world of the living this is his story. Background […]

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 […]