“Searching for unicors in publishers’ catalogs“, indeed. A useful list by Electric Literature‘s R.O. Kwon. Titles that caught Mod Clo’s attention: Human Acts by Han Kang Han Kang’s Booker Prize International-winning The Vegetarian, depicting a woman’s ferocious struggle with her family, was one of the most celebrated, and unnerving, books of 2016. Her new… Read More Linked article: “34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year”
I was gonna tell you “YAY! An Italian NOT FAIL cover!”… but then I checked, and they simply didn’t try. The Italian publisher used the same cover as the original English edition. Which: progress? But also: shows a few things, huh… Italian cover designs are so behind still. Sigh. But really! This is an amazing… Read More COVER WIN! “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street”
Title: Diaspora Author: Greg Egan Dumped by: Captain Clo Verdict: opinionated, debatable 1 star. Moving on to better places. Sometimes, a book just doesn’t click for you. It’s one of those cases when you have to honestly say “it’s not you, it’s me” and just dump the book. Life is too short to force yourself… Read More Dumped: “Diaspora” by Greg Egan
Title: Every Heart A Doorway (novelette, 2016 winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novella) Author: Seanan McGuire Review by: Captain Clo Verdict: imaginative worldbuilding, unimaginative plot, stilted writing in random places. I’ve first hear about this book around the time it was nominated for the Nebula Award, since the book also features an asexual… Read More REVIEW: “Every Heart A Doorway”, or: What if all possible fantasylands existed, and you could travel to them? (hint: you’re going to die)
What. Is. This? That’s what passed through my mind when I saw this Italian translation in a bookshop. Talk about cheap ripoff! I love the original covers of the Grisha Trilogy. They set the mood of the story: they use dark colours (definitely fitting for the story…), they evoke the different amplifiers Alina uses (in… Read More Cover Fail: The Italian Translation Of Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow And Bone”
Title: Rivers Of London & Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant/Rivers of London series, book 1&2) Author: Ben Aaronovitch Review by: Captain Clo Verdict: enjoyable, slightly bland, with a side serving of salt. I’m reviewing these two together because I’ve read them one after the other, and I think they’re overall pretty similar. I was interested… Read More REVIEW: “Rivers of London” & “Moon Over Soho”, or: so you’re a London nerd?
When the tagline of a book is “the female protagonist wakes up one day with a penis in place of her big toe”, do publishers just tear out their hair when the time comes to create a cover? Also: Italian Cover Fail. As you can see, the American publisher (Kodansha USA) decided for a tasteful… Read More The Covers File: “The Apprenticeship Of Big Toe P” around the world
So today, I was browsing the Italian Kobo site, since they have a promotion going on awarded books. A lot them were translation from English, which I avoid, so I looked for anything that wasn’t originally written in English. I was intrigued by the cover of La Voce del Padrone (English title: His Master’s… Read More Synopsis fail: if you despise sci-fi, why are you writing about sci-fi?
Title: The Apprenticeship Of Big Toe P Author: Rieko Matsuura Review by: Captain Clo Verdict: surreal, definitely different, wtf-inducing, a must. 4 stars Trigger warning for: rape, sexual abuse The set-up of this book is simply amazing. A normal, average, straight (but not for long…) woman wakes up one day to find that her big… Read More REVIEW: “The Apprenticeship Of Big Toe P”, or: Who knew you could write about the sexcapades of a woman with a penis in place of a big toe so elegantly?