Marjorie Liu et al.: Monstress

Liu, Marjorie and Sana Takeda (2016), Monstress, Vol. 1, Image Comics ISBN 978-1632157096 Gibson, Claire, Sloane Leong and Marian Churchland (2016), From Under Mountains, Vol. 1, Image Comics ISBN 978-1632159441 Marjorie Liu is slowly but surely growing into one of … Continue reading

Margaret Atwood et al.: Angel Catbird

Atwood, Margaret; Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain (2016), Angel Catbird, Dark Horse ISBN 978-1-50670-063-2 I wrote the first sentence of this review before reading the book. Angel Catbird arrived here this afternoon, and I immediately noted down this sentence: “This is … Continue reading

Ellen Forney: Marbles – Mania, Depression, Michelangelo + Me

Forney, Ellen (2012), Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo + Me, Robinson ISBN 978-1-4721-0689-6 You know how when you feel a bit unwell and you go on WebMD and suddenly, you feel as though you were dying of a terminal illness because … Continue reading

Line Hoven: Love Looks Away

Hoven, Line (2008), Liebe schaut weg, Reprodukt ISBN 978-3-938511-66-4 [Translated into English as Love Looks Away (2014) Blank Slate Books ISBN: 978-1-906653-18-7] The great medievalist Jacques Le Goff, in discussing memory, posits that what we call memory is really an … Continue reading

Fouad Laroui: The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers

Laroui, Fouad (2016), The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers, Deep Vellum Translated from the French by Emma Ramadan ISBN 978-1-941920-26-8 Maybe the particular quality of Fouad Laroui’s humorous fiction is best described with a phrase from his 2010 novel Une … Continue reading

Sharon Dodua Otoo: Synchronicity

Otoo, Sharon Dodua (2015), Synchronicity, Edition Assemblage With Illustrations by Sita Ngoumou ISBN 978-3-942885-95-9 Otoo, Sharon Dodua (2012), The Things I am Thinking While Smiling Politely, Edition Assemblage ISBN 978-3-942885-22-5 Is this German literature? Sharon Otoo is not a German … Continue reading

Yvonne Vera: Butterfly Burning

Vera, Yvonne (2000), Butterfly Burning, Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN 0-374-29186-1 So here is another example of me being awfully badly read. The late Yvonne Vera was a leading/important novelist from Zimbabwe, winner of multiple literary awards. And this is … Continue reading

Takashi Hiraide: The Guest Cat

Hiraide, Takashi (2014), The Guest Cat, Picador [Translated by Eric Selland] ISBN 978-1-4472-7940-2 For my birthday a year and a half ago, my sister brought me a cat, as, I suspect, a therapy animal/companion. I love cats, and my sister … Continue reading

Glyn Dillon: The Nao of Brown

Dillon, Glyn (2012), The Nao of Brown, Selfmadehero ISBN 978-1-906838-42-3 So this is some odd coincidence. Fresh on the heels of reviewing a book that is artfully crafted but does not, ultimately, feel like a success, I have just read … Continue reading

David Ebershoff: The Danish Girl

Ebershoff, David (2000), The Danish Girl, Penguin ISBN 9-780143-108399 Usually, the advantage of a novel dealing with a real life character vis-à-vis a nonfiction work, say a biography or a historical study, is the ability to gain vividness, color, excitement. … Continue reading

Valeria Luiselli: Faces in the Crowd

Luiselli, Valeria (2011), Faces in the Crowd, Granta [Translated from the Spanish by Christine MacSweeney] ISBN 978-1-84708-507-8 It’s entirely accidental that my last review of 2015 and my first review of 2016 are both of novels by Mexican authors. Both … Continue reading

Young-Ha Kim: I have the right to destroy myself

Young-Ha Kim (2007), I have the right to destroy myself, Harcourt [Translated by Chi-Young Kim] ISBN 978-0-15-603080-9 So, as you’ll notice in this review, I am so extremely under-read in Korean literature that all my frames of reference for this … Continue reading

Max Porter: Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Porter, Max (2015), Grief is the thing with feathers, Faber and Faber ISBN 978-0-571-32376-0 When you don’t have a lot of time to read for entertainment, you can get the impression that you can’t really be surprised anymore. At least … Continue reading

Nobel Prize 2015: My picks.

So originally I planned on mostly just reposting my old 2014 picks (because I, uh, picked wrong, as always), but I did end up modifying them. I mean, look, I have become very impatient with the insistence of the Academy to … Continue reading

Maryse Condé: En Attendant La Montée Des Eaux

Condé, Maryse (2010), En Attendant La Montée Des Eaux, JCLattès ISBN 978-2-7096-3321-5 So, this feels a bit odd. En Attendant La Montée Des Eaux is the first novel I have read by Maryse Condé. Condé is, incidentally, nominated for the … Continue reading

Leonardo Sciascia: To Each His Own

Sciascia, Leonardo (2000, 1966), To Each His Own, NYRB [Translated from the Italian by Adrienne Foulke] ISBN 978-0-940322-52-3 How is this for coincidence. After finishing To Each His Own, the first and (so far) only novel by the famous Italian … Continue reading

John Scalzi: Lock In

Scalzi, John (2014), Lock In, Tor ISBN 978-0-7653-8132-3 [A note: this review has somehow turned out very digressive, so here’s a quick tl,dr summary of my opinion: Lock In is an intelligent, fun, exciting science fiction novel built around a … Continue reading

Kerascoët & Vehlmann: Beautiful Darkness

Kerascoët and Vehlmann, Fabien (2009), Jolies Ténèbres, Dupuis ISBN 978-2-8001-4238-8 [English translation: Kerascoët and Vehlmann, Fabien (2014), Beautiful Darkness, Drawn & Quarterly Translated by Helge Dascher ISBN 978-1770461291] I will admit. Even though I read quite a healthy number of comic … Continue reading

W. Paul Anderson: Hunger’s Brides

Anderson, W. Paul (2005), Hunger’s Brides, Carroll & Graf. ISBN 9780786715411 Everyone knows Randall Jarrell’s definition of a novel (“…a prose narrative of some length that has something wrong with it…”), which he wrote in his extraordinary review of Christina … Continue reading

Katherine Addison: The Goblin Emperor

[given that my computer is still out of order, the other texts from my HD are still on hold. I’ve written small pieces here and there. This is one of them.] Addison, Katherine (2015), The Goblin Emperor, Tor ISBN 978-0-7653-6568-2 … Continue reading

Gila Lustiger: Die Schuld der Anderen

Lustiger, Gila (2015), Die Schuld der Anderen, Berlin-Verlag ISBN 978-3-8270-12227-2 Have you ever read a book and wished its author was a better prose writer? By which I don’t mean, have you ever read a bad book and wished you’d … Continue reading

Emily Perkins: Novel about my Wife

Perkins, Emily (2008), Novel About My Wife, Bloomsbury ISBN 978-0-7475-8422-3 Sometimes I am glad I persevere in reading a book that starts off awfully somehow. Novel About My Wife is one of those cases. New Zealand author Emily Perkins completely inhabits … Continue reading

Patrick Modiano: La place de l’étoile

Modiano, Patrick (1968, édition revue et corrigée 1995), La place de l’étoile, Gallimard. ISBN 978-2-07-036698-9 After Patrick Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature this year, French friends of mine expressed their satisfaction on Facebook. Finally! A readable and popular … Continue reading

Jason Aaron: Scalped

Aaron, Jason; R.M. Guera et al (2007), Indian Country, Vertigo ISBN 1-4012-1317-0 Aaron, Jason; R.M. Guera et al (2008),Casino Boogie, Vertigo ISBN 1401216544 Aaron, Jason; R.M. Guera et al. (2008), Dead Mothers, Vertigo ISBN 1401219195 Aaron, Jason; R.M. Guera et … Continue reading

Jen Williams: The Copper Promise

Williams, Jen (2014), The Copper Promise, Headline ISBN 978-1-4722-1112-5 Wiebe, Kurts J.; Roc Upchurch, Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery, Image Comics ISBN 9-781607-069454 So through the years I have reviewed quite a few fantasy novels on this blog, but I … Continue reading

Ned Vizzini: It’s Kind of a Funny Story

Vizzini, Ned (2006), It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Hyperion/Miramax ISBN 978-0-7868-5196-6 So as a matter of fact I tend to read quite a few novels written in the genre commonly referred to as “Young Adult” (YA), but I don’t … Continue reading

Ilija Trojanow: The Lamentations of Zeno

Trojanow, Ilija (2011), EisTau, Hanser ISBN 9783446237575 [translated into English by Phillip Boehm as Trojanow, Ilija (2016), The Lamentations of Zeno, Verso Books ISBN 9781784782191] A special subcategory of the writers who write great books and then leave their readers hanging … Continue reading

Lawrence Norfolk: John Saturnall’s Feast

Norfolk, Lawrence (2012), John Saturnall’s Feast, Grove Press ISBN 978-0-8021-2088-5 So I guess we all have these writers – writers whose every book we read as soon as possible and whose future books we wait for, refresh amazon pages for, … Continue reading

China Miéville: Dial H

Miéville, China; Mateus Santolouco, Riccardo Burchielli et al. (2013), Dial H: Into You, DC Comics ISBN 9-781401-237752 Wood, Dave; Jim Mooney et al. (2010), Showcase Presents: Dial H for Hero, DC Comics ISBN 978-1-4012-2648-0 Pfeifer, Will; Kano et al. (2003), H-E-R-O: … Continue reading

Laurent Binet: HHhH

Laurent Binet (2010), HHhH, Livre de Poche ISBN 978-2-253-15734-2 [English translation: Laurent Binet (2012). HHhH. Farrar, Straus and Giroux Translated by Sam Taylor ISBN 978-0374169916 Georges Didi-Huberman (2011), Écorces, Editions de Minuit ISBN 9782707322203 Listen, I don’t think it’s just … Continue reading

William Attaway: Blood on the Forge

Attaway, William. Blood on the Forge, NYRB ISBN 9781590171349 Blood on the Forge, originally published in 1941, is an interesting read. Its author, African-American novelist William Attaway, is perhaps best know today as co-writer of Harry Belafonte’s “Bananaboat Song“. His … Continue reading

Taiyo Matsumoto: Tekkonkinkreet

Matsumoto, Taiyo (2007), Tekkonkinkreet, Viz Media [translated into English by Lillian Olsen] ISBN 978-1-4215-1867-1 Taiyo Matsumoto’s graphic novel Tekkonkinkreet, originally published in 1994 as 鉄コン筋クリート in three volumes (after having been published in small increments from 1993 to 1994), is … Continue reading

Die Begriffe Wianbu und Chŏngsindae (Guest Post by Azatoth)

Soh, C. Sarah (2008), The Comfort Women. Sexual Violence and Postcolonial Memory in Korea and Japan, University of Chicago Press ISBN 978-0-226-76777-2 Als das Schicksal ehemaliger Prostituierter in japanischen Militärbordellen zu Zeiten des Zweiten Weltkriegs erstmals das Interesse der breiten … Continue reading

Ngugi wa Thiong’o: Weep not, Child

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (1972), Weep not, Child, Heinemann ISBN 0-435-90007-2 Frantz Fanon once wrote that “decolonization is always a violent phenomenon.” And in the work of acclaimed Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o this relationship between the historical process and the … Continue reading