BOOK REVIEW— How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee Published by Oneworld Publications Publication date: 06 February 2020 Jing-Jing Lee’s debut novel, How We Disappeared, is so accomplished that it’s difficult to believe it’s a debut at all. It is beautiful, harrowing, the writing exquisite—elegant, but not flowery, poised, but not stilted. Set in Singapore, the story weavesContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW— How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee”

BOOK REVIEW — The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung Published by Little, Brown UK Publication date: 07 November 2019 To say The Tenth Muse is a triumph would be an understatement. The writing is eloquent, poised, and fresh, all without feeling that it’s trying too hard to be anything. It draws you into the world of mathematics withContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW — The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung”

BOOK REVIEW — Body Tourists by Jane Rogers

Body Tourists by Jane Rogers Published by Sceptre, An Imprint of Hodder & Stoughton, An Hachette UK company Publication date: 14 November, 2019 Conceptually, Body Tourists intrigued me from the beginning. Though the core idea, the transplantation of consciousness, has been explored in fiction before, the blurb promised a modern take that would not shyContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW — Body Tourists by Jane Rogers”

BOOK REVIEW — The Dutch House

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication date 24 September 2019 Ann Patchett has a way of bringing characters to life, constructing them bit by bit inside your mind. In the Dutch House she does this with such thoroughness that at times the book is almost too poignant. It is a taleContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW — The Dutch House”

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW — An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma, Narrated by Chukwukdi Iwuji

I read Chigozie Obioma’s debut, The Fishermen and was impressed. Now this, his sophomore novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, secures his place in my mind as one of those rare authors, the kind that can conceive a complex narrative, write it with precision and eloquence, and make it seem like magic. So many people canContinue reading “AUDIOBOOK REVIEW — An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma, Narrated by Chukwukdi Iwuji”

BOOK REVIEW – A Single Source by Peter Hanington

A Single Source by Peter Hanington Published by Two Roads Books Publication date: 02 May 2019 Peter Hanington’s debut novel, A Dying Breed, made it on to my shortlist of recommendations last year. It was a clever, well-written political thriller that reminded me of the best of John le Carré, but I found, with itsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW – A Single Source by Peter Hanington”

BOOK REVIEW — The Zeno Effect by Andrew Tudor

The Zeno Effect by Andrew Tudor Published by Matador Publication date: 14 January 2019 As a fan of intelligent speculative fiction in general (*more on that later) including well-written apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic fiction, I was happy to be provided with a copy of The Zeno Effect for review via NetGalley. My expectations weren’t high after looking atContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW — The Zeno Effect by Andrew Tudor”

BOOK REVIEW – If This Goes On (anthology), edited by Cat Rambo

This anthology of 30 science fiction stories is a self-proclaimed rally cry to Americans to stand up against their current administration’s ethics and policies. Though it never mentions Donald Trump by name, it does reference ‘45’, as in the 45th president of the United States, and it is glaringly obvious that the editor feels TrumpContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW – If This Goes On (anthology), edited by Cat Rambo”

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – The Wall by John Lanchester

Set in the not too distant future, The Wall takes place in a dystopian version of the UK where the populace is conscripted into service on the The National Coastal Defence Structure, colloquially known as ‘The Wall’. It takes current-day issues—climate change, immigration/asylum, nationalism—and presents them to us through a protagonist whose world is justContinue reading “AUDIOBOOK REVIEW – The Wall by John Lanchester”

BOOK REVIEW – Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami In hindsight this seems like a meandering tale that beautifully takes its own time, but while reading it, I was pulled along and I couldn’t put it down; I finished it in one sitting. It draws you in and, in the way of the best books, makes youContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW – Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami”