An Artist Of The Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro 
year: 2012 | pages: 241 | rating: 4.5/5

I was very pleased with Kazuo Ishiguro's book, which is mostly a character study of an old retired artist who reminiscent over his past life. The story is so well written that although the old man does cover different topics, you never feel disconnected. In fact I couldn't help but turning those pages, trying to understand where all of his stories would lead. And Ishiguro did a wonderful job with the imagery and applying the art of classical Japanese literature. This was a very enjoyable quick read


The Seven Moments in Storytelling That Really Matter by Christian Blake
year: 2012 | pages: 76 | rating: 3.5/5

This guide to better storytelling is full of tips that any aspiring writer would find useful. I thought it was a good read, that did not drag on an on, turning around the main points but rather, went straight to the points; that is of addressing each of the seven moments in a clear manner, supported by concrete examples in forms of short story excerpts and or flash fictions meant to illustrate the author's points. I do think this book would be more enjoyable in a print form rather than the ebook. Nevertheless, it is a good guide to have.

The Korean Word For Butterfly by James Zerndt
year: 2013 | pages: 330 | rating: 5/5

What drew me first to this book was its unusual title. I am a sucker for Asian lifestyle and Asian related tales. I liked  the fact that the story was broken into different alternating point of views from three different characters: Billie, Moon and Yun-ji. The story is told beautifully through the use of unique imagery. I really enjoyed Zerndt's refreshing writing style, which enabled me to bond with each character and understand their personal struggles and battles. All the characters of this book fight a silent battle, while trying to reconcile their cultural differences (American vs. Korean). They all are so human that it is hard to not relate to them, and forgive them for their mishaps. I think James Zerndt did a wonderful job with this book, leaving the reader with the possibility to imagine the aftermath of each character's experience at the end of this novel. I also appreciated how the author skillfully reconciled both cultures and brought to life Korea through the use of native language and details pertaining to the country.
Seven Patients by Atul Kumar
year: 2012 | pages: 258 | rating: 2/5

I was very excited to read this medical thriller, but quickly found myself disappointed by its content. The author focused too much on regurgitation medical jargon rather than telling the story in a way the reader can relate and easily follow. I didn't have problem understanding what was said but not everyone is versed in medical terminology. I think it is sad that the author focused less on telling the story and engaging his readers.


The Heartbreak cafe by Melissa Hill
year: 2011 | pages: 375 | rating: 2/5

The Heartbreak cafe seemed like a promising book until I find myself overwhelmed and at times lost and annoyed by the myriad of characters thrown my way. I love reading stories with different characters, but when there are too many main characters and eventually you don't know who is who, and then I think there is a problem. I feel like the author wanted to give life to the story by underlining the importance of the Heartbreak cafe in each of the character's lives, but all she succeeded in doing was distract me from the ultimate story of the said cafe. After finishing the book I can say that I have not connected with any of the characters nor have I rooted for any of them. I felt more like I had watched a soap opera and in the end didn't gain anything from the plot.

(inspired by The Private Life Of A Girl)

4 comments

  1. This was so nice to find. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, Colette! Thanks for reading! Jamie

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  2. Oh you are very welcome! Thank you for writing such a great piece! Looking forward to read more of your work!

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