Out There:Stories

Title: Out There: Stories Writer: Kate Folk Publishing House: Random House Date of Publication:  March 29th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’By night our bones dissolve into our blood like sugar in tea. We sleep in anti-gravity pods with slick outer shells and vinyl interiors, our limbs held by Velcro straps, our torsos bound by cuirasses…

Life Ceremony

Title: Life Ceremony Writer: Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Publishing House:Grove Press Date of Publication: July 5th 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A hundred years later, what would our bodies be used for? Would we be chair legs or sweaters or clock hands? Would we be used for a longer time after our deaths…

Our Wives Under the Sea

Title: Our Wives Under the Sea Writer: Julia Armfield Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: March 3rd 2022 Rating: 5 stars ‘’The deep sea is a haunted house: a place in which things that ought not to exist move about in the darkness. Unstill, is the word Leah uses, tilting her head to the side…

Burntcoat

Title: Burntcoat Writer: Sarah Hall Publishing House: Faber and Faber Ltd Date of Publication: October 7th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Those who tell stories survive.’’ ‘’Is it possible to be saved, like Scheherazade seducing the enemy with tales? Do stories make sense in a disordered world?’’ A tragic change inflicts the most important person in…

Love and Other Thought Experiments

Title: Love and Other Thought Experiments Writer: Sophie Ward Publishing House: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group Date of Publication: September 28th 2021 (first published February 6th 2020) Rating: 5 stars ‘’There is the physical knowledge of another person but can there be an understanding of what it is like to have their experience?’’ Eliza and Rachel…

Earthlings

Title: Earthlings (original title: 地球星人) Writer: Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Publishing House: Granta Date of Publication: September 29th 2020 (first published August 31st 2018) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Magical powers. I have to summon my magical powers. The power of darkness, the power of wind – any magical power will do, but I…

This One Sky Day

Title: This One Sky Day Writer: Leone Ross Publishing House: Faber & Faber Date of Publication: April 15th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’When people die alone, without proper burial rites, the carcass wandered for years, rudderless, rotting and shrinking. They had all seen these ghosts, rebuilding their bodies with bits of rubbish, hanging on, half-maddened….

Dreaming in Quantum and Other Stories

Title: Dreaming in Quantum and Other Stories Writer: Lynda Clark Publishing House: Fairlight Books Date of Publication: November 1st 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’In winter, there’s nothing. Maybe a lone dog walker skirting the edges, but usually just the crows in the yew trees above, cawing threats at the wood pigeons. Silence, punctuated by those…

Untold Night and Day

Title: Untold Night and Day (original title: 알려지지 않은 밤과 하루) Writer: Bae Suah (translated by Deborah Smith) Publishing House: Jonathan Cape Date of Publication: January 30th 2020 (first published April 20th 2013) Rating: 5 stars ‘’By the time the heatwave came to an end, nothing remained of the people but ash. They became fused…

Redder Days

Title: Redder Days Writer: Sue Rainsford Publishing House: Doubleday Date of Publication:March 11th 2021 Rating: 5 stars ‘’In short, there was nothing to do but accept it. Let our fears and beliefs settle around it.       Red wind, red sun, red hurricane.      That’s when we start running.     But block your ears and stuff your mouth,    When…

A Luminous Republic

Title: A Luminous Republic (original title: República luminosa) Writer: Andrés Barba (translated bu Lisa Dillman) Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: June 4th 2020 (first published November 29th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’When I’m asked about the thirty-two children who lost their lives in San Cristóbal, my reaction varies depending on the age of…

Salt Slow

Title: Salt Slow Writer: Julia Armfield Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: May 30th 2019 Rating: 5 stars ‘’At night, I fall asleep in shreddings and tatterings, my dreams shot through with shouts of violence, bitter notches like bad beads on a rosary. In the still-dark of early morning, I wake to wonder at my face in the wardrobe…

The Doll’s Alphabet

Τitle: The Doll’s Alphabet Writer: Camilla Grudova Publishing House: Coffee House Press Date of Publication: October 17th 2017 (first published February 14th 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’A woman discovered that a bunch of her jewels had faces carved into them, someone else a gargoyle tattoo on their back, and a car was found with three stone kings sitting inside.’’ I…

The Disappeared

Title: The Disappeared Writer: Amy Lord Publishing House: Unbound Digital Date of Publication: May 2nd 2019 Rating: 2 stars ‘’They didn’t want us to remember, to get ideas outside of their control.’’ Books are a threat. Books have always been a threat in totalitarian states. The Nazis and the Communists loathe the very existence of book because they signify knowledge…

Madame Zero

Title: Madame Zero Writer: Sarah Hall Publishing House: Faber & Faber Date of Publication: July 4th 2017 Rating: 4 stars ‘’The morning is clear, a few high clouds banking on the horizon. Dawn has come and gone, but it still feels fresh and damp and clean. You cycle through the hospital grounds, past the crematorium and across a small…

Suspended Heart

Title: Suspended Heart Writer: Heather Fowler Publishing House: Pink Narcissus Press Date of Publication: May 15th 2019 (originally published December 17th 2010) Rating: 3 stars If you follow my reviews, you’ll know that Magical Realism is a great love of mine, especially when combined with Literary Fiction.Short Stories collections are on the rise and justifiably so. The ambiguous closures and…

Mars

Title: Mars: Stories Writer: Asja Bakić (translated by Jennifer Zoble) Publishing House: The Feminist Press at CUNY Date of Publication: March 19th 2019 (first published 2015) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Death is typically a European film. The scenes are evocative, the atmosphere and characters charged. But in my case, death took a different form.’’ When you start reading a book and…

Fox

Title: Fox Writer: Dubravka Ugrešić (tr. by Ellen Elias-Bursać and  David Williams Publishing House: Open Letter Date of Publication: April 17th 2018 (first published June 2017) Rating: 5 stars ‘’We are all footnotes, many of us will never have the chance to be read, all of us in an unrelenting and desperate struggle for our lives, for the life of…

The World According to Anna

Title:The World According to Anna Writer: Jostein Gaarder (translated by Don Bartlett) Publishing House: Weidenfeld & Nicolson Date of Publication: November 12th 2015 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Do you know what I want? Shall I tell you? I want a million plants and animals to come back from extinction. No more, no less, Nona. I want to drink clean water…

Aller Tage Abend (The End of Days)

Title: Aller Tage Abend (The End of Days) Writer: Jenny Erpenbeck (translated by Susan Bernofsky) Publishing House: Knaus / New Directions Date of Publication: November 11th 2014 (first published August 20th 2012) Rating: 5 stars ‘’The Lord gave and the Lord took away, her grandmother said to her at the edge of the grave. But that wasn’t right, because the…