The Monkey KingAuthor:
17/50The Monkey King
was recommended to me by one of my professors but ultimately wasn't to my taste. A Macanese (Portuguese/Chinese from Macau) man marries into a Chinese family in Hong Kong and must learn to live with his in-laws. Hilarity ensues. I really wanted to like it (because of both the recommendation and the setting), but I just wasn't that into it.Title:
The Girl Who Played GoAuthor:
Beautiful, if tragic, story. I'd been on the lookout for this book for years (I don't buy much online) and was sooooo happy to come across it during a trip to SF a few months back. Alternating chapters follow a teenage girl and a Japanese soldier during the Japanese occupation of Manchuria prior to WWII. Short chapters and poetic prose (originally published in French, I read the English translation) make it a breeze of a read. I got a little bit of a Lust, Caution
vibe at times, probably because of the time period and revolutionary bits, and maybe also because I watched Lust, Caution
around the same time I bought this book.Title:
My Name Is MemoryAuthor:
The author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
takes on a (mildly) paranormal romance featuring a boy who remembers all of his past lives, and the love of his life(s), who doesn't. The angsty romance factor (namely the angsty male romantic lead) did not bother me as much as I expected, so kudos to Brashares for that. I'm still of the opinion that Brashares peaked at the second Sisterhood book, but I liked this much better than her other non-Sisterhood book, The Last Summer (of you and me)
Brashares revisits the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, set ten years after the fourth Sisterhood book. While I like the idea of seeing what the girls are like as adults, they certainly don't feel ten years older than the last time we saw them. In terms of maturity, I really didn't see that much difference. But I must say, when it comes to writing emotion, Brashares really knows how to pack a punch (which is why I rank the second book as the best in the series, and her best work, period). An emotionally rough thing happens fairly early in the book and becomes the core of the rest of the book as both characters and readers try to make sense of it. Basically I was heartbroken and wanted to cry the whole time.Title:
Welcome to BordertownAuthor:
edited by Holly Black and Ellen KushnerPages:
I am in love with the new Bordertown anthology, which revolves around the premise that the way to the Border has reopened after being closed off for 13 years – for those in the World. For those in Bordertown, only 13 days have passed. Am I in love with every single story in it? No, but I am in love with many of them, and I love those stories enough to give it the 5/5 rating. The eponymous opening story by Ellen Kushner and Terri Windling won me over completely. Do I wish my favorite B-town character, Orient, had more than a 2-page cameo in Will Shetterly's Wolfboy-centric story? Yes, but I'll take what I can get, and at least there was a whole Wolfboy story amidst the newer fare. A great collection featuring the creme de la creme of urban fantasy writing.Title:
Paper Bullets: A Fictional AutobiographyAuthor:
Multiracial identity, as well as racial politics, sexual politics, and the place where the two meet. More of a series of thoughts and episodes than a cohesive story with a clear ending, but I certainly found it fascinating.
22 / 50 books. 44% done!
Also had two rereads (maybe more, can't recall), bringing the reread tally up to nine (at least).