Chronicle of a Blood Merchant is the second book I have read by Yu Hua, and though perhaps not as moving as To Live, Chronicle shows, unequivocally, why Mr. Yu belongs to the upper echelon of China’s most celebrated contemporary writers. The story of Xu Sanguan and […]Read More
The Vegetarian by Han Kang From the book description: Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are […]Read More
Shōgun by James Clavell My rating: 5 of 5 stars Last spring, I decided to re-read Shogun by James Clavell. I was curious to see what I would think of it, as adult. As a teenager I had loved it. To my surprise, 30 years later, […]Read More
Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko My rating: 2 of 5 stars Mildly amusing, a mix of Harry Potter meets Sam Spade meets Lord of the Ring, but it reads mostly as a very banal story both in form and substance to leave any lasting memory. Originally […]Read More
(Originally published in Blogcritics.com) Seveneves would have certainly worked better as two stand-alone novels. Stephenson should have paid more attention not only to the structure, but also to the style. His writing needed to be more focused on the story and characters, than interesting facts. And yet, its many […]Read More
Article first published as Book Review: The Man Who Smiled by Henning Mankell on Blogcritics. The Man Who Smiled (Mannen som log) is the fourth instalment in Henning Mankell’s highly acclaimed Kurt Wallander series. The plot revolves around three murders and the figure of Alfred Harderberg, […]Read More
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