Category: books

My Secret Mol

What I liked most about Hye-young Pyun’s City of Ash and Red were her observations on the language barrier between her protagonist and his citizens of Country C. Her nameless protagonist has come to Country C for work. He only…

Poems to sing to Wonderwall

After her story,“Stargazing,” I read all of ND Chan’s poetry to the tune of Oasis’ “Wonderwall.” “Stargazing” is my favorite story in her collection of flash fiction and poetry, Saved as Draft: Stories of Self-Discovery Through Letters & Notes. Set…

Otsuichi’s Summer Fireworks

There are several editions of these stories. I saw on Amazon more recent editions split the “Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse” and “Black Fairy Tale” stories into two separate books. The edition I read had both and a third story,…

It doesn’t have to be Greek to us

I needed something to take the weight of Arrival off my mind. Daryl Gregory’s Spoonbenders was a very effective and enjoyable salve. It’s Daryl’s clever observations about life and the poesy he wraps it in that makes Spoonbenders such potent…