I’m assuming this has a lot of American references that only super intelligent or perceptive people will get….or americans will get. As for me I don’t understand why this was said to be a “beautiful and haunting tale”.
I was tagged by the lovely Anushka over at Going Through Books to do what looks like a chilled out and fun tag! Here we go!
REUNION OF FAMILY
Name A Book with Family Goals
I’m going to have to steal her answer and say The Weasley family. I cannot imagine a safer space to be in and with my family being so……wide apart (in different parts of the world) I miss having huge family time. Moreover, Molly is just such awesomeness.
Everyone has heard of, or atleast seen one of Sarah Andersen’s doodles. It’s been shared across every social media platform available and unless you’ve lived under a rock, you would have seen, read, maybe even saved one of these. I didn’t have the pleasure of reading Adulthood Is A Myth so the second I saw this was available to read on Netgalley, I scrambled to read it immediately. In fact I dropped everything else I had and started reading this. And it did not disappoint.
This review is very very late. In fact I’ve reviewed so many books that I read after this that I cannot believe I forgot to write this review. So, here I am, writing this review using whatever I have left in my memory of this. Do forgive me if this is a rather bare bones sort of review. It’s been a while since I read this.
The Vegetarian is divided into three parts, each from the point of view of one person who is associated with the main character, Yeong Hye. Her Husband, Her brother in law and her long suffering sister. Yeong Hye is a regular Korean wife who sort of works from home. Her husband, who “settled” for her because she was as plain looking as he is, is perfectly pleased with the way they conduct their daily lives. They don’t have children, but that doesn’t matter since their lives are running perfectly smoothly anyway.
January was a great reading month for me, if not by quality then definitely quantity. I read a total of 18 books which is aesome because my reading goal for the year is 100 books. Of course, a few of them were graphic novels but they do count as a books so, here we go! (In reverse order)
The Castoffs Volume 1 : It’s Mage against the Machine! Magic vs technology in Roar’s newest graphic novel. When three apprentice mages are sent to help a neighboring guild, they reignite a decades-old war with a robot army that has destroyed the world.
My Rating : 3/5 stars
Review coming soon.
Fast Women Neon Lights is a collection of eighteen short stories from different authors, set in the 80s. It is described as neon noir and I have absolutely no clue what that means but I was on a Short Story kick, still am, so I excitedly requested this. I must admit, I had really high hopes when I started off but it quickly went down and when I finished I was mostly feeling “Meh”.
Almost all the stories have a “this time, it was different” or “this was his/her shot” kind of theme running through it. Yes, it is crime inspired but I was hoping for a little variety but most of them felt like they were running into each other and after a while it all started to blur and got too predictable. This isn’t necessarily the authors’ fault, more the person who put the anthology together.
The Girl In 6E is apparently an erotic thriller! This is the first of its kind for me. And I didn’t even know erotic thrillers existed! Now, if you’ve followed me for a while of if you know me you’ll know I hate erotica. It’s just not for me, even remotely so I was worried that this might not be interesting but it was so well done that I didn’t even notice the bits that were supposed to be erotica! Phew! On to the review!!!
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Let’s take a moment to admire that gorgeous cover, shall we!
Done. Now to the review.
These circuses that sweep through the landscape is the first book by author Tejaswini Apte-Rahm. She has contributed to another book but I’m not too sure about that. For a debut collection this was rather impressive with each story standing out from the other and none of them feeling like twins. Believe it or not this is rather rare in short story collections so this is probably going to be one of my favourite books of 2017.
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor is a story about a girl called Binti who’s leaving her home, running away, for the first time to attend a prestigious university where she is the first of her kind to be accepted. Her people seem to be “primitive” and controlling with separate rules for girls and beliefs that prevent their progress. (I use the word primitive here because while this may be normal now I assume this is centuries into the future and I would like to hope that there aren’t rules just for women to base their marriageability on by that time.) Not to mention her people are viewed as savages by the Khoush inhabiting the place she’s going to.