Fiction, First Looks

First Look: Aunty Lee’s Delights

51e4kECjJOL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_“This delectable and witty mystery introduces Rosie “Aunty” Lee, feisty widow, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home cooking restaurant.”

I’ve never really been one for mysteries, and especially not mystery series. But then again, I realized sometime last year, I’ve never really tried to read any of this type of book before. Enter Aunty Lee, which I’ve heard is a series that is both a great mystery, and heartwarming and charming. Seems a great place to get started on this genre.

First Looks, Long Fiction

First Look: Ink

ink-cover-1000 “What happens when rhetoric about immigrants escalates to an institutionalized population control system? The near-future, dark speculative novel INK opens as a biometric tattoo is approved for use to mark temporary workers, permanent residents and citizens with recent immigration history – collectively known as inks.”

Ink made it onto my reading list prior to election day, and was then taken off, and was then put back on again after election day. I haven’t found much about Vourvoulias or this book, but the description- xenophobia coupled with magical realism and science fiction elements- seems just so potentially meaningful in 2017.

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First Look: MoxyLand

3491640“A frighteningly persuasive, high-tech fable, this novel follows the lives of four narrators living in an alternative futuristic Cape Town, South Africa. …This story crackles with bold and infectious ideas, connecting a ruthless corporate-apartheid government with video games, biotech attack dogs, slippery online identities, a township soccer school, shocking cell phones, addictive branding, and genetically modified art.”

That descriptor pretty much covers why I want to read this book. Beukes has been on my radar as a South African woman who has won a Arthur C Clarke Award, and I’ve seen Moxyland recommended by a few excellent people on the internet.