The Vegetarian by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith) – #BookReview

Synopsis of The Vegetarian (by Han Kang): In The Vegetarian (by Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith), Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life before the nightmares began. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed,… Continue reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang (translated by Deborah Smith) – #BookReview

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun (Translated by Sora Kim-Russell) #BookReview

Synopsis of The Hole (by Hye-Young Pyun): A Bestseller in Korea, a Psychological Thriller about Loneliness and the Dark Truths We Try to Bury In this tense, gripping novel by a rising star of Korean literature, Ogi has woken from a coma after causing a devastating car accident that took his wife’s life and left… Continue reading The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun (Translated by Sora Kim-Russell) #BookReview

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – #BookReview

Synopsis of The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Series): This is the way the world ends. Again. Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze… Continue reading The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin – #BookReview

The Good Son Book Review – #YouJeongJeong

Synopsis of The Good Son: In The Good Son, The Talented Mr. Ripley meets The Bad Seed in this breathless, chilling psychological thriller by the bestselling novelist known as “Korea’s Stephen King”. You Jeong Jeong is the master of creating thriller novels in Korea. Who can you trust if you can’t trust yourself? Early one morning, twenty-six-year-old Yu-jin… Continue reading The Good Son Book Review – #YouJeongJeong

The Impossible Fairytale by Han Yujoo – #BookReview

Synopsis of The Impossible Fairytale: The Impossible Fairytale tells the story of the nameless ‘Child’, who struggles to make a mark on the world, and her classmate Mia, whose spoiled life is everything the Child’s is not. At school, adults are nearly invisible, and the society the children create on their own is marked by… Continue reading The Impossible Fairytale by Han Yujoo – #BookReview

The Gapcai Effect by W.S. Jenkins – #BookReview

Synopsis of The Gapcai Effect: In The Gapcai Effect, Space scientist Toba Antanari, of the interstellar civilization GAPCAI, has always had an obsession with reaching another star that supports humanoid life. After discovering the planet Earth when streaming data begins to return from probes that tracked the life of every human since the year 1637, he… Continue reading The Gapcai Effect by W.S. Jenkins – #BookReview

George Orwell’s 1984 Big Brother: Your Burning Questions Answered

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What is the meaning of ‘Big Brother Is Watching You’ in George Orwell’s Book 1984? George Orwell’s 1984 Big Brother is a formidable figure. George Orwell wrote the sentence “Big Brother is watching you” in his novel 1984 (Nineteen Eighty Four). It comes up on the first page and third paragraph of the book. However… Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984 Big Brother: Your Burning Questions Answered

Pachinko Machine – what does Pachinko mean? #MinJinLee

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What exactly is a Pachinko Machine in Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko?  In Min Jin Lee’s latest book, there is a very interesting metaphor being used in the title. Her book is called Pachinko and describes Korean immigrants experiences and lives in Japan. But wait, you say – what exactly is a Pachinko machine? Add what does… Continue reading Pachinko Machine – what does Pachinko mean? #MinJinLee

The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim – #BookPreview #KoreanLit #HistoricalFiction

The Kinship of Secrets is Eugenia Kim’s second novel, which Min Jin Lee called “…a gorgeous achievement”. The Kinship of Secrets is inspired by a true story (based on Eugenia Kim’s own family history). Kim’s first novel The Calligrapher’s Daughter was also based on her grandmother’s own childhood. It is a story of two sisters:… Continue reading The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim – #BookPreview #KoreanLit #HistoricalFiction