[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] 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

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] Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

29983711Title: Pachinko
Author: Min Jin Lee
Genre: Fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: Beginning in the early 1900s and spanning several decades, we follow one Korean family through multiple generations. Sunja, abandoned by her wealthy yakuza lover and unhappily pregnant with his child, is saved when a young Korean minister passing through on his way to Japan offers to marry her. He is a sickly man but gentle and understanding, and she decides to go with him to Osaka. Sunja’s decision is what sets off the saga of a family struggling to survive and prosper in a foreign land.

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[Book Review] The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

41x3q5g6x2l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Author: Ken Liu
Genre: Fiction, short stories, science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, historical fiction

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A boy helps a hunted creature from Chinese folklore to adapt to a steampunk future. A mother expresses her love for her son by creating origami animals, which she magically brings to life. A couple offers people a chance to travel back in time to explore one of the hidden atrocities of the Second World War, but their invention has widespread consequences. This collection of fifteen short stories and novellas explores our technological advances and the individual’s assimilation into society.

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[Book Review] The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

51mw5yfmqxl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Title: The Handmaid’s Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction, classics, speculative fiction, dystopian

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In the not so distant future, the former America has become the oppressive Republic of Gilead. Before Gilead, Offred led a normal, happy life together with her husband, her daughter, and her job – and she even still had her own name. Now, in an age of declining births, she is a Handmaid, a woman who is only valued because she is fertile. She has been stripped of her rights, her identity, and her body, and is only there to provide a child for her Commander and his infertile wife. If she fails to give birth or dissents in any way, she will be shipped off to the Colonies, a wasteland permeated by radioactive toxins, or hanged at the Wall.

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[Book Review] Human Acts by Han Kang

41h05bsiz7l-_sx339_bo1204203200_Title: Human Acts
Author: Han Kang
Genre: Fiction, historical fiction

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: In May 1980, a violent student uprising takes place in Gwangju, South Korea, and in the midst of it all, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of his murder, as well as the story of the uprising, is told through different viewpoints in a series of interconnected chapters. Through the voices of Dong-ho’s best friend, an editor facing censorship, a prisoner, a factory worker, and Dong-Ho’s own grieving mother, we learn about the reverberations of violence, the crushing reality of oppression, and the unrelenting hope that resides in humanity.

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