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The Orphan Master’s Son

A Powerful Tale of Survival and Life in North Korea, By Adam Johnson

“But people do things to survive, and then after they survive, they can’t live with what they’ve done.” So, this is going to be a little lengthy, especially because I ended up reading up a fair amount on North Korea after I finished the book. I’ll split it into parts though to make it a […]

My Name Is Red

A Philosophical Art Mystery, By Orhan Pamuk

Huh. I liked this book in theory. My Name is Red reads like a philosophical mystery, except it’s only about art philosophy. It’s a story about a murder among a group of miniaturists (which are basically artists), and it is set in the Ottoman Empire. The book itself was originally written in Turkish. The idea […]

The Poisonwood Bible

A Well-Written Story of A Missionary Family in the Congo, By Barbara Kingsolver

I promised, like three years ago, to Jessie that I would read something by Barbara Kingsolver, who she says is one of her favorite writers. So, true to my (procrastinating) word, I finally got around to and finished The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver earlier today. I’ve been trying to mix it up in my […]

A Conspiracy of Paper

Not A Lot Of Substance But A Faced-Paced Historical Mystery, By David Liss

I finished A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss a while ago and still haven’t been able to decide whether or not I liked it. It’s basically about the prelude to the first financial bubble in London, which is where the stock markets first began to develop back in the early 18th century. As a […]

The Historian

A Gothic Adventure through European History, By Elizabeth Kostova

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, was longer than I thought it would be (the pages are thin). Luckily, it was also very enjoyable. I finished it a couple days ago, but I finally have time to come up with a quick review now. The primary thread through the story is a young woman who discovers […]