[Book Review] The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe

412buuetmqyl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Title: The Woman in the Dunes
Author: Kōbō Abe
Genre: Fiction, classics, contemporary, existentialism, surrealism

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

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: After journeying out to a remote beach town to study bugs, school teacher and amateur entomologist Jumpei Niki misses his last bus home. The local villagers offer him lodgings at the bottom of a vast sand pit that can only be reached by rope ladder. However, when he tries to leave the next morning it appears the locals plan to keep him captive. His only company is the strange young widow who also lives in the pit, and together they are expected to shovel back the ever-advancing sand that threatens to destroy the village.

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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] Areh by Jeffrey Kinsey

41wc1sa8kolTitle: Areh
Author: Jeffrey Kinsey
Illustrators: Amelia Dregiewicz, Mia Bergeron
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, science fiction, metaphysical

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

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: The Purpose, an ancient but cruel religion, consider children with deformities to be reborn Gods and Goddesses. They are worshipped during ceremonies but in their normal day-to-day lives the children are ridiculed, often by the same people who bow before them. The lines between gods and freaks are blurred as we follow six friends in search of their own identity.

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[Book Review] The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

51l28haoodl-_sx319_bo1204203200_Title: The Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Genre: Fiction, YA, fantasy, dystopian

Where I got the book: I borrowed this book from a friend.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: Young Kelsea Raleigh has been raised in hiding after the death of Queen Elyssa, her mother. On her 19th birthday, the Queen’s Guard arrives to escort her back to the royal Keep so she can take her rightful place as the new Queen of the Tearling. But becoming a queen is not without its dangers. There is great evil in the heart of the Tearling. Many are plotting to destroy Kelsea, no one can truly be trusted, and in the neighboring nation of Mortmesme, the cunning and powerful Red Queen threatens. Kelsea has never been more uncertain in her ability to rule, but this is her kingdom now and she is the only one who can save it.

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[ARC Review] Void Star by Zachary Mason

51t1pescipl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Title: Void Star
Author: Zachary Mason
Genre: Fiction, science fiction, dystopian

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release date: April 11th, 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): In the not-so-distant future, the seas have risen, the central latitudes are emptying, and in San Francisco weapons drones patrol the skies. Irina has an artificial memory that gives her perfect recall and lets her act as a medium between her various employers and their AIs. Now, she has unwillingly discovered a secret belonging to one of her employers. Kern is one of the many refugees living in the drone-built favelas on the city’s periphery, where he trains in the martial arts and scrapes by as a thief and an enforcer. Now, he’s on the run after robbing the wrong mark. Thales is the mathematically inclined scion of a Brazilian political clan, and he has fled to L.A. after the attack that left him crippled. Now, a mysterious stranger demands to know how much he can remember. None are safe as their journeys are pushed together by subtle, unseen forces.

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[Poetry Review] Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

419qslukzrl-_sx321_bo1204203200_Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Genre: Prose poetry

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

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: A poetry collection that deals with trauma, abuse, loss, healing, and femininity. It’s split into four chapters – the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing – where each chapter serves a different purpose.

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[Book Review] After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

41jdookhyml-_sx322_bo1204203200_Title: After the Quake
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Fiction, short stories, magical realism, contemporary

Where I got the book: I purchased this book through Bokkilden.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary: Satsuki fears her hatred towards one man might have caused a natural disaster. Four-year old Sala has nightmares about the Earthquake Man, who is trying to stuff her inside a little box. Katagiri returns to his apartment to find a giant frog on a mission to save Tokyo from a massive burrowing worm. This collection of six short stories are all written in response to the catastrophic 1995 Kobe earthquake.

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