[Book Review] The Dark Dark: Stories by Samantha Hunt

51mqci7w7hl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Title: The Dark Dark: Stories
Author: Samantha Hunt
Genre: Fiction, short stories, literary fiction, magical realism, surrealism, horror

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A woman may or may not be turning into a deer at night. An FBI agent develops a humanoid robot for a suicide mission and falls in love with it. Two strangers become intimate and suddenly find themselves responsible for the resurrection of a dog. This collection of ten dark, captivating, and mind-bending short stories blends the literary and the surreal.

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[Book Review] The Accusation by Bandi

30358510Title: The Accusation
Author: Bandi
Genre: Fiction, short stories, political

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

My rating: ★★★★★

Summary: A man’s life is ruined because of a mistake his father did years ago. A privileged mother is under scrutiny because her toddler is terrified of a Karl Marx portrait. A man is denied a travel permit and sneaks onto a train, desperate to see his dying mother. This collection of seven short stories portrays daily life under the North Korean regime, set during the period of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il’s dictatorship.

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[Book Review] The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

17181679Title: The Elephant Vanishes
Author: Haruki Murakami
Genre: Fiction, short stories, contemporary, magical realism

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A woman has not slept for 17 days and soon finds herself passing the time in a state of semi-consciousness. A factory worker makes a pact with a dwarf in order to win the heart of a beautiful girl. A man’s favorite elephant vanishes into thin air and his whole life is subtly thrown out of balance. This is a collection of 17 short stories that deal with the experience of loss, confusion, and loneliness in a slightly surreal world.

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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] 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] Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King

51nroab4ydl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Title: Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Fiction, short stories, horror, supernatural

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

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: A solitary human finger pokes out of the drain in a bathroom sink. Famous dead musicians inhabit a seemingly idyllic small town. A London suburb is crawling with monsters. This collection is a multi-layered nightmare world consisting of 24 short stories.

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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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