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    Kathie's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Nov 23, 2018

    Rounded up from 3.5. City of Ash & Red is the first translated book I’ve read this year and had me all over the spectrum emotionally, mostly in the anxious and disturbed realm. There are certainly nods to Kafka, but the tale itself is a unique blend of dystopian surrealism that is both...

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    Pile By the Bed's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Nov 16, 2018

    There are so many interesting novels coming out of Korea at the moment – challenging established tropes across a range of genres. Just this year there has been the psychothriller The Good Son, the anti-hero crime drama The Plotters and Toward Dusk, another masterpiece of introspection and...

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    Cheyanne Lepka's Reviews : City of Ash and Red

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    Oct 28, 2018

    This is the type of book that left me sitting there going, what the hell did I just read? And don't get me wrong, that's my favourite kind of book. Even days after finishing, I’m thinking about the book and seriously considering rereading it. It’s an interesting combination of dystopian and...

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    SarahKat's Reviews : The Hole

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    Feb 6, 2018

    The Hole was only the second book by a Korean author I read, the first being The Vegetarian. Perhaps it's a coincidence, but both of these books seemed to have similar themes (plants being almost revered and (view spoiler)) along with a shared eerie vibe... 

     

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    Paul's Reviews : The Hole

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    Dec 6, 2017

    This novel started as a short story in the New Yorker which I found so compelling that I had to find out what happened next. While the entire book is worthwhile, with the story expanded out to 200 pages it loses some of the economy and suspense that were coiled up in that original story......

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    Laurie's Reviews : The Hole

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    Nov 15, 2017

    It is fairly impossible to determine exactly what is so disturbing in a story that is a nightmare situation. Any of us would be horrified to wake up and discover we are in a hospital, paralyzed, and unable to speak. Oghi is in this situation and his only remaining family is his mother-in-law....

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    FIVE WOMEN TO WATCH IN 2019

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    Nov 27, 2018
    As the year draws to an end, one of our traditions here at Crime Fiction Lover is to make predictions about which women authors will be the rising stars in the months to come. This is not a comprehensive list, but it’s an opportunity to explore some crime writers who have not yet been extensively...
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    The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun (Translated by Sora Kim-Russell) #BookReview

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    Nov 11, 2018

    The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun (translated by Sora Kim-Russell) is all about an impending doom gradually and stealthily creeping up from behind you. It was a great read but where I felt like I needed to run out of the room to freedom!

    Ohgi wakes up after being a coma. Which is all good but...

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    Jaymee's Reviews : The Hole

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    Oct 16, 2017

    A perfect little horror story.

    A lot of Asian novels feel 'clunky,' mostly because of my Western-trained reading. Some people blame the translation, but I know it's really because the literature I read has always had that Western style/template. This book is another fine example of going...

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    Nancy Oakes's Reviews : The Hole

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    May 31, 2018

    This book was recently nominated for the Shirley Jackson award, but I'd read the author's short story "Caring for Plants" in the New Yorker last year, which actually led to me buying the novel. It's a frightening tale, told solely through the point of view of the victim of a car accident (Oghi...

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