Grey Magic by JT Lawrence: An enchanting read about a modern-day witch

  Book Review: Grey Magic by JT Lawrence Device: ePub Location: On the KTX from Seoul to Daegu; in bed the whole of Sunday; on the express bus to Gangneung for Christmas Rating: Enchanting   I started reading JT Lawrence’s latest novel Grey Magic on the KTX train from Seoul to Daegu. I had just […]

Two reviews: The Texture of Shadows and We Are Not Such Things

Book Review: The Texture of Shadows: A Novel by Mandla Langa Publisher: Picador Africa Device: Paperback Location: In bed Rating: Revolutionary   Book Review: We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Leun Publisher: Jonathan Ball Device: Kobo Location: In bed Rating: Unsettling   Today I’m reviewing two books side by side because I […]

Review on an airplane: On reading (and loving) The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga

Book Review: The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga Device: Kobo Location: Flight KE 697 aboard Korean Air and KE 698 return. Rating: Saving grace   It’s taken me longer now to write about The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga than the six and a half hours it took me to devour it. How to write about this […]

Book review: Rusty Bell by Nthikeng Mohlele

  Book Review: Rusty Bell by Nthikeng Mohlele Device: Paperback Location: At home, in one weekend Rating: A book with an “Oh!” moment   “I wrestled with life and lost.” What I like most about Rusty Bell by Nthikeng Mohlele is the way it’s set up. At first you meet the protagonist and you think, […]

Book review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

  Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel Device: Paperback Location: On the bus and subway downtown; it was also present when I lost my wallet (if not the cause) Rating: Mind-bending   My only regret is that it’s taken me this long to read anything by Haruki Murakami. […]

Love letter to a dive bar – The Alibi Club by Jaco van Schalkwyk

  Book Review: The Alibi Club by Jaco van Schalkwyk Device: Hardcover Location: One Saturday, in my bed in Daegu, South Korea Rating: Google an appropriate synonym for mindfuckingly beautiful   In 1998, a young South African makes his way to New York in pursuit of what Toast Coetzer calls “the Afrikaans American Dream”. Nearly […]

Magical realism meets historical fiction: Baudolino by Umberto Eco

  Book Review: Baudolino by Umberto Eco Device: Paperback Location: On the KTX from Daegu to Seoul and back (twice); Bus 405 to the gynaecologist’s office Rating: Transcendental   When I was a student at Rhodes University I was often daunted by the idea of reading Umberto Eco. The great Italian writer, who died this […]