Thumbs up for The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Literature.
The unnamed narrator, as he tells us in the first pages, can see two sides to all things. A hard trick to pull off for an author, but it flies. The narrator is a Communist (the story begins just before the fall of Saigon) though he to all appearances works doggedly on behalf of the Southern Vietnamese government-in-exile.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi. Fantasy.
A writer, his wife, and his imaginary girlfriend. Delightful. I have no idea how the sub-stories fit together in this book, which may be because I am not smart enough, or it may be because the author chose to leave it undefined. It felt as if she was playing happily in her sandbox, and I enjoyed playing along.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho. Fantasy.
This is a hard book to review. Sometimes a book that could have been great, but falls short, is more frustrating than a book that aspires to be merely good, and succeeds. The premise is thus: Zacharias Wythe, a freed slave adopted by an Englishman in an alternate Regency era, has become (against everyone’s preference) the Sorcerer Royale.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle. Fantasy.
The perfect book to read when I was home sick. Only after reading it I did I discover that it was marketed as a children’s book. That explains the lack of sex and swearing. It does seem a trifle long and leisurely for a kid’s book, but that was my opinion when I thought it was an adult book, too.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Maestra by L. S. Hilton. Suspense.
This book gets some terrible reviews and I can see why. There is something in here for almost everyone to hate. Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: yes, there are sex scenes, and they’re cringeworthy. (Is that what bad girls are calling their genitalia these days? Pass.) But they are short, so let’s move on.… >> Read more