Category: Literature

Exhalation by Ted Chiang 0

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

★★★★☆ Ted Chiang’s second collection of stories, Exhalation, reads like curious thought experiments in narrative form. The stories are science-heavy (unique concepts like blue shift, multiverse theory, and entropy inform each plot), and Chiang’s...

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China Dream by Ma Jian

★★★★☆ Chinese dissident author Ma Jian’s latest novel is a scathing satire panning Xi Jinping, but it will be tough for people living under Xi’s regime to get a copy of the book. Ma’s...

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Outside Looking In by T.C. Boyle

★★★★☆ We’ve all occasionally fantasized about penetrating some ultimate inner circle, being born into the right era and the right place so that any possible “fear of missing out” is a distant nonentity. T.C....

Lanny by Max Porter 0

Lanny by Max Porter

★★★★☆ A controlled, experimental novel about local folklore and the way we communicate, Max Porter’s Lanny is an impressive follow-up to his highly-acclaimed 2016 debut Grief Is the Thing with Feathers. Set in a...

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How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee

★★☆☆☆ Singaporean author Jing-Jing Lee’s How We Disappeared portrays the gruesome horrors of war that are often misrepresented, sanitized, or omitted entirely from retrospective conversation. As innocent civilian characters persevere through deprived conditions of...

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The Ash Family by Molly Dektar

★★☆☆☆ “You can’t be a non-conformist if you don’t drink coffee,” the South Park goth kids famously told Stan during his cultural initiation. Molly Dektar’s debut novel The Ash Family invokes the same paradox...

EEG-Daša-Drndić 0

EEG by Daša Drndić

★★★★☆ Daša Drndić’s final novel EEG is a hypnotic and challenging treatise about trauma and history and the importance of painful remembrance. Originally published in 2016 (two years before her death) and translated from...