Month: January 2017

Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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This book was a lot to handle. I walked in knowing little about this book so when it landed at my door I had something to forward to. The book is Trigger Warning for marital Rape, Force feeding, corporal punishment, self hrm, animal cruelty, suicide attempt and so much more.

The writing is powerful, Kang does is a wordsmith and masterfully picks each word. This book is intense but at times it was a lot to handle, even still I couldn’t not put it down.

I feel like this might be the strangest novella I’ve read in a long time. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Had this book been written by anyone else other than Kang it probbaly wouldn’t have made sense, Kang knew how to tell this story of a rollercoaster and I’m not sure I can give much about the plot without spoiling it for everyone. I believe you everyone should experience this novella!

 

Book review: Beast by Brie Spangler

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I was sent a copy of BEAST from Brie Spangler herself. I am forever grateful that I was able to get my hands on this book. I remember stumbling upon this book one day on one of those “Goodreads most anticipated” and I read the review and Signal boosted the mess out of this book on my then tumblr account.  I mean it read as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, of course I would want this book. ( Confess: I’ve never seen Beauty and the beast the movie, but I love the concept.)

I knew walking into this book, that the main character was trans, but I wasn’t sure how the book was going to maneuver around that topic. Surprisingly it did it,( to my opinion and take my interpretation of the trans experience with a grain of salt cause i’m a cis blk gay person.) really well.

The main character, Jamie does deal with transphobia and transmisogyny, along with other darker elements of the story that really make you feel for Jamie, which is good. Humanizing a main character and not making their oppression seem like the only dimensional aspect of them is boring, this book is not.

The story is told through the perspective of Dylan (Beast) who ends up in a self haring program after falling off the roof and breaking his leg, he meets Jamie then things happen. We poke a lot of fun at Manic-Pixie dream girl troupes and Jamie runs a close line of being a manic-pixie herself as she exist it seems at time to be the person to help him through his own cognitive dissonance and understanding of the politics surrounding gender and sexuality. he is after all a teenage boy.

The book is both parts light-hearted and also dark, it is honest and represents people honestly. I enjoyed reading it and I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars.