Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami: A Stunning Work of Surrealistic Fiction that Centres on the Chaos of Longing & Lost-Identities – Book Review

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami is an own-voices Japanese surrealism fiction novel about a young woman named Sumire and her long-time best friend who is only ever revealed as “K.” They have an intimate, unfiltered sort of friendship where they like to have discourse on an array of topics including rather personal events and experiences as well as simple, harmless banter on the mundane.

9 #OwnVoices Novels by Japanese Women for New Readers of the Genre

Since I receive a lot of questions from people about Japanese literature and how best to begin reading from it, I thought it would be neat to share recommendations that are perfect for an array of readers, whether the preference is for mysteries to contemporaries and even magical realism and fantasy. All of these books are translated fiction that is authored by women, who are some of my favourite writers from the modern age.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata: A Brilliantly Disturbing Yet Revelatory Work of Literary Fiction – Book Review

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata is an own-voices Japanese fiction novel by acclaimed author of Convenience Store Woman. The story follows a young lady named Natsuki who as a child was an outcast in the eyes of her parents and sister, and whose only friend was a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut. Piyyut explained to her that he was a visitor from a far away planet named Popinpobopia on a very special quest to help Natsuki save Earth.

Super Duper Library Haul: Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Own-Voices Non-fiction Japanese

Since I’ve been mostly in a fantasy and nonfiction reading mood lately, almost all of the books that I put on hold are from these respective genres. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel a tad bit overwhelmed by how many library books I now have in my possession. Even so, I’m really ecstatic to read these titles. It’s been so damn long since my bibliophilic impulses have been this strong.

Library Loot #17: Sci-Fi Comics & Japanese Thrillers

I’m so excited to share my library haul today, y’all! Each of these books totally swept me away with their premises and I’m looking forward to reading through them in May! The comics are something that I plan on devouring before going out of town this weekend. They just look too damn goo to sit…