[Book Review] Maurice by E. M. Forster

coverTitle: Maurice
Author: E. M. Forster
Genre: Fiction, classics, romance, literary fiction, LGBT+

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Set in the world of Cambridge undergraduate life during the Edwardian era, we follow Maurice Hall, a privileged young man who is conventional in almost every way – except that he is attracted to his own sex. Gradually, Maurice experiences an emotional and sexual awakening, first through Clive, his friend at Cambridge, and later through Alec, the gamekeeper at Clive’s country estate. This novel explores the repressive attitudes of British society, as well as one man’s journey to self-discovery.

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[Book Review] The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

41rfwxn5islTitle: The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction, mystery, sci-fi

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In 1945, a young woman named Laura Chase dies under ambiguous circumstances. Several decades later, Laura’s sister Iris recalls her memories of her childhood and the events and relationships that affected her wealthy, eccentric family, including her unhappy marriage to businessman Richard Griffen. Intertwined with Iris’ story are chapters from “The Blind Assassin”, the scandalous novel that made Laura famous. In it, two illicit lovers create a science fiction story about a blind killer on a distant planet. Together, these stories gradually illuminate the secrets of the Chase family.

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[Book Review] Monsters by Emerald Fennell

25399706Title: Monsters
Author: Emerald Fennell
Genre: Fiction, horror, mystery, YA, children’s

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: In the Cornish town of Fowey, the body of a young woman is discovered in the fishing nets. She has been murdered. While the small town is in grief and shock, there is a twelve-year-old girl who is not. She loves murders and is delighted with these recent events. She starts her own investigation and is eventually joined by Miles Giffard, a twelve-year-old boy who is in Fowey on summer vacation and who has similar morbid interests. The investigation deepens, slowly revealing the town’s dark secrets and the children’s twisted humor.

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[Book Review] The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

7bf7ba53-57a4-45b7-80c8-e94bf4f2da53Title: The Edible Woman
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, contemporary, feminism

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: All Marian McAlpin wants to be is normal. However, her recent engagement to her boring but respectable boyfriend hasn’t only upset her stable routine, it has also upset her stomach. She gradually loses appetite until she literally can’t eat anything anymore. Where she feels she should be consumed with passion, Marian simply just feels consumed, and she’s soon overcome by a serious identity crisis.

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[Book Review] Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

30037751Title: Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Author: Madeleine Thien
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction, literary fiction

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Through three successive generations we experience momentous historical events of post-war China. The children of those who survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1970s became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989. In a different narrative set in present-day Vancouver, 10-year-old Marie and her mother take in a young Chinese refugee named Ai-Ming. In the years to follow, Marie tries to make sense of her complicated and fractured family history, and her quest unveils how her layered story directly relates to Ai-Ming’s. This epic saga is skillfully weaved together by music, politics, family, and loss.

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

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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] 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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