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Kaiju Preservation Society – John Scalzi
Fiction / 9th August 2023

Introduction Kaiju Preservation Society is a science fiction. I saw this book being recommended on a website and decided to give it a read. Author John Scalzi is an American science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  Content Kaiju Preservation Society has a total of 28 chapters. Review Kaiju Preservation Society follows the journey of Jamie Gray to an alternate earth inhabited by kaiju. Kaiju If you watched Godzilla or Pacific Rim before, you will be familiar with Kaiju. Kaiju is a giant monster. Science Since it is a science fiction, it surely involves some sciences. However, I am just not too sure if the theories are correct or not. But anyway, this is a fiction, so who cares? At first, the story mentions that every kaiju has parasites which I thought is wrong due to their relationship with the host. Nonetheless, the author corrects it through a character and uses the term commensal relationship which I think is more accurate. So, some science parts do tally with the real world. Action The story also has quite some fighting scenes, which exceeded my expectation. Mystery The main mystery of this story is the disappearance of…

Beautiful World, Where Are You – Sally Rooney
Fiction / 6th November 2022

Introduction Beautiful World, Where Are You is a romance novel set in Ireland. I saw this book being recommended as the Best Fiction 2021 on Goodreads. Since I enjoyed reading Normal People by the same author, I decided to give it a try. Author To know more about Sally Rooney, you can refer here. This book is her third novel. Contents Beautiful World, Where Are You has 30 chapters in total. Review Beautiful World, Where Are You has 4 protagonists, 2 ladies and 2 guys. They are Alice Kelleher, Felix Brady, Eileen Lydon, and Simon Costigan. It is a story about the turning-out process, where the characters are finding their own places in the world. The story is interspersed with email exchanges between Alice and Eileen. These exchanges are depressing at the beginning and change to a brighter mood towards the end. There is an interesting theory about the collapse of civilisation, which may or may not be correct. The author briefly discusses about nostalgia impulse in the book. For me, nostalgia impulse is not necessarily correct as the past may not be better. It is just that people tend to look back to the past in a positive light….

Blood of Elves – Andrzej Sapkowski
Fiction / 17th March 2022

Introduction Blood of Elves is a fantasy novel. I know this book from The Witcher, both the game and Netflix series. This is the first book in the Witcher Saga. Author Andrzej Sapkowski is a Polish author.  He is the recipient of the David Gemmell Award and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award. Contents Blood of Elves has only 7 chapters. Review Though Blood of Elves is the first book in this series, the readers might not get part of the story if you have not read or watch or play The Witcher before. Nonetheless, as I have watched the Netflix series, so I could follow the story. Even as a standalone story, I think it is understandable but it will leave the readers with some questions. As I have high expectation for this book, I am slightly disappointed. Besides that, there are some words that I could not find the meaning such as lefrex. I hope that the next book would be better but I would not read The Time of Contempt anytime soon. Quote – Rating Interested in Blood of Elves? You may get the book from through the link below*. Print from Kinokuniya Malaysia *Disclosure: The above link is an…

Djinn City – Saad Z. Hossain
Fiction / 23rd May 2021

Introduction Djinn City is a fantasy novel. I stumbled upon this book when I was looking for a fiction to read. Author Saad Z. Hossain is a Bangladeshi author. He has written 3 books since 2015. Contents Djinn City has a total of 52 chapters, a glossary, and 2 appendices. Every chapter has a title but I am not going to list them here due to the sheer amount of words. Review Djinn City has 3 male protagonists: Indelbed, Kaikobad, and Rais. They are all from the Khan Rahman clan. There are a lot of twists in the story which I did not expect. The story involves some mystic creatures, legendary creations, and magic. Furthermore, the djinns in the book are not the conventional type that we know. The author mentions some Southeast Asian countries in the book, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. Besides that, he also includes some scientific knowledge such as anatomy, genetic, and physics. But I am not sure if everything in the book is true or not. Overall, Djinn City is a good read. It teaches the lesson of not giving up even when the going is tough. Persevere through the hardship and you might be…

Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid
Fiction / 13th February 2021

Introduction Such a Fun Age is a fiction that I saw in the shortlist of Goodreads Choice Awards 2020. It is the winner of the Debut Novel category. I wanted to take a break before continuing reading technical books. Author Kiley Reid is an American novelist who just graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. This is her first novel. Content Such a Fun Age has a total of 28 chapters which are grouped into 4 parts. Part One contains 5 chapters. There are 7 chapters in Part Two. Part Three has 8 chapters. There is a total of 8 chapters in Part Four. All chapters have no title. Review Such A Fun Age is the story of Emira Tucker, who worked as the babysitter of Briar Chamberlain. After reading the first chapter, I thought it is about racism and would be boring but it gets interesting as the story evolves. It is actually a story of self-discovery. As the story develops, I can feel the dynamic and interaction between the characters. Though Emira was lost in her life at first, she finally found her calling as the story comes to an end. I had a hard time classifying this book….

Normal People – Sally Rooney
Fiction / 12th August 2020

Introduction Normal People is a romance novel set in Ireland. I stumbled upon this book in a Goodreads newsletter and decided to give it a read. Furthermore, I also want to relax my mind after the taxing reading of Expected Returns. Author Sally Rooney is an Irish author and screenwriter. She started her writing career with Conversations with Friends in 2017. Currently, she has only produced these two novels. Contents Normal People has 18 chapters. The chapters have no proper titles, only the amount of time passed since the previous chapter. It starts in January 2011 and ends in February 2015. Review The protagonists in this book are Connell Waldron and Marianne Sheridan. They are from Carricklea, Ireland. The story mainly unfolds in Carricklea and Dublin. Marianne is from a well-off family. Her parents are both solicitors but her father has passed away. Connell is from a single-parent household. His mother works as a part-time cleaner in Marianne’s house. The story is mainly about the transitioning from teenager to adulthood. The two protagonists are searching for their identities in the world and trying to be normal people. The story follows chronological order but there are some flashbacks in between. These…

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins
Fiction / 22nd June 2020

Introduction The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the prequel to The Hunger Games series. Since I have read and liked The Hunger Games, I decided to read this book by the same author. Author Suzanne Collins is an American television writer and author. Her works include Underland Chronicles series, The Hunger Games Trilogy, Year of the Jungle, and When Charlie McButton Lost Power. Content The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes contains 30 chapters which are divided into 3 parts. There is an epilogue at the end of the novel. Part I is The Mentor. The second part is The Prize. Part III is The Peacekeeper. Each part consists of 10 chapters. Review The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the story of Coriolanus Snow aka President Snow in The Hunger Games Trilogy before he became the President of Panem. Panem was what remained of North America. The main event of the story was the Tenth Hunger Games. A lot of things were introduced for the first time in this event such as the mentor system, the interview of tributes, the release of mutts into the arena, the sending of gifts to the tributes in the arena, and the betting….

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides
Fiction / 3rd May 2020

Introduction The Silent Patient is a mystery novel. I know it from Goodreads Choice Awards 2019. This book is the winner of the Mystery & Thriller category. Author Alex Michaelides is a screenwriter and an author. His productions include The Devil You Know and The Con Is On. This book is his debut novel. Content The author organizes this book into 5 parts. There is a prologue at the beginning. Part One contains 10 chapters. There are 34 chapters in Part Two. Part Three has just 1 chapter. There is a total of 21 chapters in Part Four. Part Five consists of 3 chapters. The chapters have no title except for those that are named Alicia Berenson’s Diary. These chapters contain the entries in her diary. Review The Silent Patient revolves around a homicide case. Alicia Berenson was found guilty of murdering her husband but she remained silent since the death of her husband and was incarcerated in a psychiatric facility. The protagonist is Theo Faber, a psychotherapist and is the narrator of this story. We experience the plot from his point of view. Theo wanted to get Alicia to talk about what happened and managed to get into the…

Recursion – Blake Crouch
Fiction / 12th April 2020

Introduction Recursion is a novel about memory or time travel. This book is the best book in the Science Fiction category of Goodreads Choice Awards 2019. Author Blake Crouch is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is best known for his Wayward Pines Trilogy which was adapted into a television series. He has written more than a dozen novels and created a television show known as Good Behavior. Content Recursion is divided into 5 books with an epilogue at the end. The books has no title. Review The main characters in Recursion are Barry Sutton and Helena Smith. The story revolves on a chair created by Helena that is able to let the user to go back in time and change the reality. Helena spends the first part of her life trying to build the chair and the rest of her life trying to destroy it. It is a big twist, right? You would have to read the book to find out the reason. In the book, there is an anomaly known as the False Memory Syndrome (FMS). The author did a great job describing the syndrome and its effects. One notable part of the book is that the nuclear…

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals about Death – Caitlin Doughty
Fiction / 1st April 2020

Introduction Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is a book about death, specifically answering some distinctive questions about death and related issues. This book is selected as the best book in the Science & Technology category of Goodreads Choice Awards 2019. Author Caitlin Doughty is a mortician by profession. A mortician is an undertaker, so she deals with funeral. She is also an author, blogger and YouTube personality. She owns Clarity Funerals and Cremation of Los Angeles in California, United States. Contents Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? contains a total of 38 chapters. Each chapter corresponds to a question. All the questions in the book were asked by young children. Review Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is a book by the author to promote death positivity. It encourages people to speak openly about death, dying, and corpses. By giving answers to the questions in the book, the author aims to make learning about death fun. There are some really interesting questions in this book such as Can someone donate blood after they die? and Did mummies stink when they were wrapped? The answers are extensively researched and not based on personal opinion or experience per se. Lots of…