[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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[Book Review] Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

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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] 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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[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] Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

51xhgjvwgvl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
Genre: Fiction, mystery, crime

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My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: Scarclaw Fell, 1997. The body of teenager Tom Jeffries is found at an Outward Bound center, but the discovery is eventually written off as misadventure. Twenty years later, the elusive investigate journalist Scott King conducts a series of interviews for his podcast Serial, in which he digs deeper into what happened on Scarclaw Fell back then, as well as the sinister legends surrounding the place. With each new interview he unveils a new revelation about how Tom Jeffries really died.

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[Book Review] Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

27823798Title: Rebecca
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Fiction, classics, mystery, gothic, romance

Where I got the book: I purchased this book at Norli.

My rating: ★★★★☆

Summary: While on holiday in Monte Carlo, a young woman working as a lady’s maid meets the wealthy and 20 years older widower Maxim de Winter. Their meeting leads to a sudden marriage proposal and, after their wedding and honeymoon, she goes to live with him at his beautiful country estate Manderley in Cornwall. However, the memory of Maxim’s late wife Rebecca dominates the house, the staff, the visitors, and soon also the new Mrs. de Winter. Though dead for almost a year, Rebecca’s lingering presence threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

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