Haiku Review: The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2

Under Review James D. Jenkins and Ryan Cagle, editors. The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2. Valancourt, 2022. Genre tags: horror, world literature, short stories A tome of terrors gathered from around the world; what more lurks out there? This is the anticipated sequel to the first volume, which brought a broader range … Continue reading Haiku Review: The Valancourt Book of World Horror Stories, Volume 2

Haiku Review: Civilizations by Laurent Binet

Under Review Laurent Binet. Civilizations. Translated by Sam Taylor. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021. Genre tags: alternate history, colonization, Inca empire, early modern Europe Atahualpa charts an alternate history; Inca take the West. French writer Laurent Binet’s newest novel, Civilizations, is the rare attempt to write alternate history as it happens, meticulously, day by day. … Continue reading Haiku Review: Civilizations by Laurent Binet

Haiku Review: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey by Gordon Doherty

Under Review Gordon Doherty. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. Ace, 2018. Genre tags: historical fantasy, ancient Greece, franchise novel Why did I read this? A novel of the worst kind; play the game instead. All readers come to novels with a purpose. One of the key values of franchise novels, whether film or game adaptations or continuations … Continue reading Haiku Review: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey by Gordon Doherty

Haiku Review: The Captive by Skomantas (Tales from the Baltic 1)

Under Review Skomantas. The Captive. Translated by Mara Almenas. Tvermė, 1998. Tales from the Baltic 1. Genre tags: historical fiction, medieval, Baltic (Lithuania and Latvia), Northern Crusades A pagan prince—caught by Teutonic crusaders. Enslaved in Riga. Baltic fiction—literature from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—is not incredibly common in English translation. In fact, the Baltics have long … Continue reading Haiku Review: The Captive by Skomantas (Tales from the Baltic 1)

Haiku Review: The Blue Fox by Sjón

Under Review Sjón. The Blue Fox. Translated by Victoria Cribb. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2013. Genre tags: historical fantasy, folklore, Iceland, disability history Skuggabaldur hunts, is hunted, through the mountains. Snow falls and both die. Sjón is Iceland's best known contemporary author, widely read in English translation and celebrated for his weird, fairy-tale-esque, and often … Continue reading Haiku Review: The Blue Fox by Sjón

Haiku Review: Whisper by Chang Yu-Ko

Under Review Chang Yu-Ko. Whisper. Translated by Roddy Flagg. Honford Star, 2021. Genre tags: horror (folk horror), East Asia (Taiwan, Japan, China), history (Japanese colonization), Indigenous peoples (Bunun) Why, Minako, why? The ghosts of history kill. Horror from Taiwan. Taiwanese doctor-turned-writer Chang Yu-Ko's debut novel Whisper (trans. by Roddy Flagg and published in English by … Continue reading Haiku Review: Whisper by Chang Yu-Ko