[Tags] Rapid Fire Booktag

Thanks so much Rachel for tagging me! I tend to be really slow at getting around to doing these tags though (I have the same tendency with Instagram tags too haha). But these are always fun so I really appreciate it! Thanks!

Question 1: E-books or Physical Books?

I always prefer physical books, but e-books are obviously really convenient for Netgalley and for most of the review copies I receive. I don’t actually own a Kindle yet though (planning on getting one soon) so as of now I read e-books on my phone and let’s be real: it’s a pain.

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[Book Review] Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

41mlamwkznl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: Mostly Void, Partially Stars
Author: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
Genre: Fiction, podcast, script, horror, science fiction, comedy, fantasy, surrealism

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A dog park where no dogs or people are allowed, a vague, yet menacing, government agency, and a mysterious glowing cloud… Welcome to Night Vale, a desert town where bizarre (and often deadly) events are a daily occurrence, where the inhabitants are strange but friendly, and where every conspiracy theory is true. Through a local radio broadcast hosted by the somewhat omnipresent Cecil Gershwin Palmer, we are introduced to this curious small town community.

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[Book Review] Strange Medicine by Mike Russell

41oz8znpebl-_sx311_bo1204203200_Title: Strange Medicine
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

18479697Title: Oryx and Crake
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

51slfs9zmflTitle: Six Four
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

25716554Title: The Master and Margarita
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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