2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

The Vegetarian

After a series of nightmares, Yeong-hye becomes convinced to stop eating meat. Her unconventional and subversive choice throws the people around her into chaos, forcing her to take her personal choice into more extreme and frightening forms of rebellion. This modern South-Korean novel explores Yeong-hye's choice through the eyes of her husband, her brother-in-law, and her sister to… Continue reading The Vegetarian

Fiction, First Looks

First Look: Aunty Lee’s Delights

"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… Continue reading First Look: Aunty Lee’s Delights

First Looks, Long Fiction

First Look: Ink

 "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… Continue reading First Look: Ink

2017 Reviews, Short Fiction

Revenge | Eleven Dark Tales

These eleven short stories by Yoko Ogawa reveal the morbidity and horror in the everyday. I had never read Ogawa or much Japanese literature; what stood out was the precision and restraint of Ogawa's writing (or rather, the translation). She does not use gratuitous or even particularly evocative language to build the tension in each… Continue reading Revenge | Eleven Dark Tales