Desire

Title: Desire: Vintage Minis Writer: Haruki Murakami (translated by Jay Rubin, Ted Goossen and Philip Gabriel Publishing House: Vintage Classics Date of Publication: June 8th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ”Which is to say that wrong choices can produce right results, and vice versa. I myself have adopted the position that, in fact, we never choose anything at all. Things happen….

Wailing Ghosts

Title: Wailing Ghosts Writer: Pu Songling Publishing House: Penguin Classics Date of Publication: February 26th 2015 (first published 1740) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I can make the seasons go backwards, and turn the order of nature upside down.’’ Pu Songling’s best known work is a collection of haunting stories with the title Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio. I chose to…

The White Book

Title: The White Book    (original title: 흰) Writer: Han Kang Publishing House: Granta Books Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 (first published May 25th 2016) Rating: 5 stars ‘’I hold nothing dear. Not the place where I live, not the door I pass through every day, not even, damn it, my life.’’’ In the beautiful, mysterious world of…

Village of Stone

Title: Village of Stone (original title: 我心中的石头镇 ) Writer: Xiaolu Guo Publishing House: Vintage Date of Publication: January 31st 2012  (first published January 1st 2003) Rating: 5 stars ‘’But the Village of Stone- that tiny corner of the sea that, on a map of China, appears as nothing more than a deep blue stain, with no air or shipping routes to…

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Title: Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Writer: Various edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe Publishing House: HarperCollins Date of Publication: September 1st 2018 Rating: 4 stars ‘’Scorn the witch. Fear the witch. Burn the witch.’’ If we substitute the word ‘’witch’’ with the word ‘’woman’’, we will be able to understand the reasons and…

Chinese Ghost Stories

Title: Chinese Ghost Stories: Curious Tales of the Supernatural Writer: Lafcadio Hearn Publishing House: Tuttle Publishing Date of Publication:  September 10th 2011 (first published 1887) Rating:  4 stars “You will ask me who she was-beautiful Xue Tao…Gor thousands of years and even longer, the trees have been whispering over her stony bed. And the syllables of her name reach…

Christmas Dinner

Title: Χριστουγεννιάτικο Δέιπνο Writer: Various Publishing House: Νάρκισσος Date of Publication: November 2012 Rating: 5 stars ‘’…Paris with the snow falling. Paris with the big charcoal braziers outside the cafes, glowing red. At the cafe tables, men huddled, their coat collars turned up, while they finger glasses of grog Americain and the newsboys shout the evening papers. The buses rumble…

The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals

Title:The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals Writer: Aaron Mahnke Publishing House: Del Rey Date of Publication: May 29th 2018 Rating: 1 star ‘’ “I was born with the Devil in me’’, he wrote. “I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing. I was born with…

Christmas Stories

Title: Χριστουγεννιάτικες ιστορίες Writer: Hans Christian Andersen, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bowen, Vladimir Nabokov, John Updike, Michel Tournier edited by Κατερίνα Σχινά Publishing House: Ερατώ Date of Publication: November 2001 Rating: 5 stars ‘’One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant…

Vom Schicksal Das sich Wendet (Märchen von Freiheit und Glück)

Τitle: Vom Schicksal Das sich Wendet (Märchen von Freiheit und Glück) Writer: Otto Betz Publishing House: Kösel Date of Publication: 1987 Rating: 5 stars *All quotes and titles translated by me. Taken from the Greek edition.* ‘’Is the course of our fate irreversibly defined from the very start? Can we do nothing to fight against blind destiny, or are…

The Snow and The Sun (La Nieve y la Sol)

  Title: The Snow and The Sun Writer: Antonio Frasconi Publishing House: Dover Publications Date of Publication: 17 Oct 2018 (first published June 28th 1961) Rating: 5 stars ‘’Snow that hurts my feet Why are you so bad? I am not bad; The Sun is bad That melts me.’’ Progressive poems have long been a vital part in the tradition of…

Literary Witches

Title: Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers Writer: Taisia Kitaiskaia, illustrated by Katy Horan and forwarded by Pam Grossman Publishing House: Seal Press Date of Publication: October 10th 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Why would we dare call someone a Literary Witch? Because all artists are magicians, and Witches wield a special magic. Witches and women writers alike dwell…

Days of the Dead

Title: Days of the Dead Writer: Kersten Hamilton Publishing House: Skyhorse Publishing Date of Publication: September 11th 2018 Rating: 5 stars *Any political comments will be deleted immediately.* ‘’Magic flows through Epoch, New Mexico. It seeps from the bones of Puerta de la Luna, a village that was hundreds of years old before the United States invaded Mexico and took…

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Title: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Writer: Edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman Publishing House: Greenwillow Books Date of Publication: June 26th 2018 Rating: 2 stars This is a collection I couldn’t wait to start. When I was about eight years old, my grandma bought me a volume of Asian Folk Tales and thus, she opened a window to…

Achilles

Title: Achilles Writer: Elizabeth Cook Publishing House: Picador Date of Publication: February 9th 2002 Rating: 5 stars ”We honoured you like a god while you were alive. No one could match you. Now that you’re dead we still speak of you as one who will never be surpassed.” Achilles. A name loaded with myths and History, a man who became…

Black Cats and Evil Eyes

Title: Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions Writer: Chloe Rhodes Publishing House: Michael O’ Mara Books Date of Publication: September 1st 2012 Rating: 1 star ‘’No matter how certainly we know that the spirits of the damned aren’t lurking under ladders hoping that we might sneeze at just the right moment for them to take…

Italian Folk Magic

Title: Italian Folk Magic Writer: Mary-Grace Fahrun Publishing House: Weiser Books Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’A buon intenditore poche parole.’’ (‘’Few words are needed when speaking to a good listener.’’) This review is bound to be one of the most personal I’ve ever had the pleasure to write. You see, my late grandmother was…

Miss Subways

Title:Miss Subways Writer: David Duchovny Publishing House: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Date of Publication: May 1st 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Because ye old gods are not dead. They walk among us still, with their pagan ideas and habits, waiting for reanimation. They are lonely. They are bored. And very, very pissed off.’’ Well, this is a difficult task, writing…

In Search of Lost Books

Title: In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes Writer: Giorgio van Straten Publishing House: Pushkin Press Date of Publication: November 2nd 2017 Rating: 5 stars ‘’Could it be the void itself which fascinates us, since it’s possible to fill it with the notion that what is missing might be something crucial, perfect, incomparable?’’ One…

Bygone Badass Broads:52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World

Title: Bygone Badass Broads Writer: Mackenzi Lee (illustrations by Petra Ericsson) Publishing House: Abrams Image Date of Publication: February 27th 2018 Rating: 5 stars ‘’They span time, the globe, socioeconomic situations, sexual and gender identities, and races. They are queens, scientists, athletes, politicians, spies, warriors, peacemakers, criminals and scoundrels. They are trendsetters, barrier breakers, innovators, and rebels.’’ Outstanding, brilliantly beautiful…