[Book Review] Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

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Author: Mike Russell
Genre: Fiction, short stories, surrealism

Where I got the book: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: A young woman develops her skills as a mime artist to invisible perfection. A brilliant Professor’s CT-scan reveals something disturbing. A girl finds that the talking head of a fish is protruding from her right shoulder. In eight short stories, this collection pulls at your imagination and explores the unusual, the strange, and the surreal.

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[Book Review] Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

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Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, speculative fiction, dystopian, science fiction

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: In the future, biogenetic engineering run by multinational corporations has taken over the world. A man previously known as Jimmy grew up in a privileged gated community. He’d spend his leisure time with his brilliant friend Crake, playing online games and watching underground videos. Years later, after the global catastrophe, Jimmy lives in a tree and goes by the name of Snowman. The voice of Oryx, the woman he once loved, continues to haunt him. The children of Crake, the primitive but perfect creatures following him, are his responsibility. Through Snowman’s fragmented recollections of the past we learn about the fall of humanity.

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[Book Review] Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

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Author: Hideo Yokoyama
Genre: Fiction, crime, thriller

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: The 1989 kidnapping of seven-year-old Amamiya Shoko ended in tragedy. The failed investigation became known as Six Four and remained unsolved for the next 14 years. In 2002, renewed efforts are made to solve the Six Four-case. Former detective and now police press director Yoshinobu Mikami confronts an anomaly in the case. While he finds himself caught in a power struggle between the conflicting demands of bureaucrats, detectives, and journalists, Mikami’s own investigation uncovers more than he’d dared to imagine. Soon, a new case slowly unfolds.

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[Book Review] Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem

24659165Title: Victim Without a Face*
Author: Stefan Ahnhem
Genre: Fiction, crime, thriller, Nordic Noir

Where I got the book: This book was gifted to me and I’m reviewing this on my own initiative.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary: Criminal investigator Fabian Risk has left Stockholm in order to start fresh in his hometown of Helsingborg. It doesn’t take long before he is asked to help investigate the brutal murder of Jörgen Pålsson, one of Risk’s former classmates. Soon however, more mutilated bodies of his old classmates are found and the killer must be caught before the entire class is murdered – and before Risk himself becomes a victim.

* I read the Norwegian translation of this book under the title “Offer Uten Ansikt”.

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[Book Review] The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

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Author: Mikhail Bulgakov
Genre: Fiction, classics, satire, magical realism

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Book Depository.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: One summer afternoon in 1930s Moscow, the Devil enters the city with his infernal entourage. They wreak havoc by targeting the literary elite and its corrupt trade union. Meanwhile, in a parallel story set in ancient Jerusalem, we follow Pontius Pilate’s trial and execution of Yeshua Ha-Nozri. Together, these two distinct but interwoven storylines present a satire of Soviet society.

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[TBR] Plan to read in June 2017

Happy June, everyone! So May came and went at record speed and I guess it’s time to put together a TBR for this month. This is maybe the smallest pile that I’ve posted so far but I do want a manageable start and a couple of books are also e-books. Plus, I’ll probably be adding to the list as I go along.

My June TBR:

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[ARC Review] The Last Kid Left by Rosecrans Baldwin

51f9eic3bhl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Last Kid Left
Author: Rosecrans Baldwin
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, crime

Publisher: MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: June 6th, 2017

Where I got the book: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Summary (modified from Goodreads): Nineteen-year-old Nick Toussaint Jr. is driving drunk through New Jersey on his way to Mexico, with the dead bodies of Toussaint’s doctor and his wife in the backseat. When Nick crashes the car, police chief Martin Krug becomes involved in the case. Despite an easy murder confession from Nick, something doesn’t quite add up for the soon-to-be retired Krug. Nick is extradited to his hometown of Claymore, New Hampshire, where the local scandal rocks the residents. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Emily Portis, rallies behind her boyfriend. This story charts the evolution of their relationship and of Emily’s own coming-of-age in the face of tragedy and justice.

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