Book Review: Tintin and the Picaros by Hergé #1976Club

This is my first pick for the #1976Club hosted by Karen at Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings and Simon at Stuck in a Book. Politics and Conspiracy are at the heart of the twenty-third Tintin adventure (also the last one to be completed by Hergé), Tintin and the Picaros, which takes us to a fictional South American…

Book Review: The Goldsmith and the Master Thief by Tonke Dragt

My thanks to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. A few years ago, I chanced upon the Dutch film version of The Letter for the King by children’s author, Tonke Dragt (with subtitles) and soon after found the English translation of the book on NetGalley, both of which I ended…

Book Review: Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura

My thanks to Ruth Richardson and Doubleday/Random House UK for a review copy of this one via NetGalley. This was in some ways a strange read, rather hard to classify and yet one I ended up enjoying very much. Our story opens with Kokoro Anzai, a teen who has just started junior high but who…

Book Review: The Glory of Patan by K.M. Munshi

The Glory of Patan is the first of a historical fiction trilogy, set in Patan during the reign of Siddharaj Jaisingh, of the Chaulukya or Solanki dynasty in 11th–12th Century Gujarat. The series was written in Gujarati the 1910’s—this first one being published in 1916, and the translation I read is a recent one by…

Book Review: The Great Passage by Shion Miura #JapaneseLitChallenge13

The Great Passage is a Japanese book first published in 2011 and translated in English in 2017 by Juliet Winters Carpenter. The dictionary department of Gembu Books is undertaking a new mammoth dictionary project, The Great Passage—but the one capable full-time employee, Kohei Araki (whose interest in words was piqued at a young age) is…

Book Review: 82년생 김지영/Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo #NetGalley #KimJiyoungBorn1982

My thanks to Simon and Schuster UK and NetGalley for a review copy of this one. Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982 is a 2016 Korean novel, now translated into English (besides other languages). This hard-hitting novel has sold over a million copies, and was also adapted into a film that released in October this year. The…

Book Review: Arnica, the Duck Princess by Ervin Lázár

My thanks to NetGalley and Steerforth Press/Pushkin Press for a digital review copy of this book. This is an English translation of a Hungarian classic children’s tale, first published in 1981 and now being printed by Pushkin Press. The translator is Anna Bentley and the book has been illustrated by Jacueline Molnár. King Tirunt lives…

Book Review: The Forest of Wool and Steel by Natsu Miyashita

My thanks to NetGalley and RandomHouse UK for a review copy of the book. This is a Japanese novel translated into English by Philip Gabriel (who has also translated Murakami). The Forest of Wool and Steel tells us the story of a young man Tomura. As a high school student, Tomura was deputed one day…

Book Review: Prithvi Vallabh by K.M. Munshi

There’s this Hindi TV show called Prithvi Vallabh running currently, and when I saw the adverts initially (still haven’t seen the actual programme), it looked interesting and on looking it up further I found that there was a book by the same name in Gujarati, based on the same historical characters. What made me more…

Book Review: Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

I first heard about The Letter for the King when I happened to watch bits of the film version (Dutch with subtitles) on TV some time ago, and when I noticed the book on NetGalley, of course I couldn’t resist putting in a request. My thanks to Pushkin Children’s Books and NetGalley for a review…