Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman

IMG_4326This book is so uncharacteristically unique: it’s a collection of dreams as the title suggests. Time is the central character, and it comes disguised in as many forms & interpretations that can be conceived, or rather, that Einstein can imagine. And throughout, it has this surreal, dreamlike, hallucinatory quality to it. I wasn’t completely onboard at the start, but the more I read, the more fascinating it became.

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Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke

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Realist Short Stories, Cultural : Mixed

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author of Afro-Carribean descent, and her collection, Foreign Soil, confronts the different forms of cultural divide. Her stories tackle really important themes of race & identity, the feeling of being alienated, displacement & longing, and in the process shedding light on the darker crevices that divide people.

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A magical, imaginative stroke of pure genius

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Category: Magical Realism, Fantasy, Short stories
Rating: 4/5
Author: Kij Johnson
I read most of this collection back in May, and finished the last 2 stories in June. Kij Johnson interweaves fantastical elements like talking animals, aliens and spaceships, journeys of discovery and transformation, Japanese myth, stories within stories, some of which are common tropes in contemporary fantasy/sci fi.
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The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Rating: 4/5
Cultural: Nigeria
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda is an author, I knew I’d admire from the first book I pick up. I started with her short story collection as I felt like reading something that I could flit in and out of, and I really enjoyed it.

Her stories touch on such diverse & important topics including race, culture, feminism, what it really Continue reading