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Finding George Orwell in Burma – Emma Larkin

  Intro: I really loved this book. And I know I loved it because reading negative reviews of it genuinely upset me, I was offended on Ms Larkin’s behalf ahah. Finding George Orwell in Burma by Emma Larkin is making me consider dabbling in more nonfiction. Part of the...

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – An updated Rebecca?

“The walls speak to me. They tell me secrets. Don’t listen to them, press your hands against your ears, Noemí. There are ghosts. They’re real. You’ll see them eventually.” Keywords: Stifling  Suffocating Invasive  Damp ( don’t ask ) Gaslighting Moldy but in a kinda boring way where you just...

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa – A Short Story Collection that unsettles

  Long after I had realised that my son would not be coming back, I kept the strawberry shortcake we were meant to have eaten together. I passed my days watching it rot. First, the cream turned brown and separated from the fat staining the cellophane wrapper. Then the...

Apple & Knife by Intan Paramaditha: The bloody tampon demons

  Yellow and blue But how Yin Yin longed for her plunge . Sweetie saw everything, from the sweet little girl’s eyes to her heart-shaped lips. Yin Yin was so lonely there, reduced to a flawless display, a source of pride. She didn’t want to be a showpiece; she...

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

not the height of cover design gotta say Essentially this is a dystopian YA trilogy. A disease that only affects children has killed off the majority of the underage population and left the survivors with one of five different powers that are classified into colours according to how dangerous...

Confessions of a Yakuza – Junichi Saga: End of an Era

I’m not usually one for nonfiction. Even if it is something as exciting as a Yakuza Biography. I think because it closes the gap between real life and the world of literature much more directly compared to fiction, aaaaand I like the gap. But this read has got me...

Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah: Blurring in Seoul

Untold Night and day by Bae Suah book cover Taboo is an even more primal fantasy than religion. It is also said that the fearful awe evoked by the place was long ago reduced, paradoxically, to a means of increasing pleasure, rather than the fear that was its origin...