The Vegetarian Review

The Vegetarian: A Novel - Han Kang

The Vegetarian is my first real disappointment of 2016. Too bad, too, because it was going so well.

Here we have a story that starts off creepy and interesting. Then, about 60 pages in, it slams face-first into a tree and, like Sonny Bono, never recovers. (Too soon?) The first third of the book (the novel is broken up into three 60-page sections) is told in first-person past tense. The second part switches to third-person past tense, and while still an interesting part of the story, caused the narrative to come to a grinding halt while we have to get to know a whole other person only to relive entire sections of the first sixty pages. And then, finally, in the third part, the author swings into third-person present tense and completely shits the bed. We’re forced to get to know someone else that doesn’t matter and relive certain aspects of both the first and second parts.

This is a novella stretched into a 188-page novel. Supposedly it is an allegorical study of present-day Korea, but I cannot comment on the accuracy of that statement. All I know is, I was onboard until the author started switching POVs and tenses and repeating shit ad nauseum, as if this were the novelization of Vantage Point. Anyone remember that movie? The non-crazy Quaid brother plays a secret service officer, or some shit? The entire story is only about 15 minutes long, but it’s told from the perspectives of like eight motherfuckers? Oh well. It’s an all right movie. Better than this book, at any rate.

Holy kitten nipples, where the fuck was I?

Oh yeah. Shit book. Well, that’s not fair. It’s not a completely shit book. The first 60 pages are rad. The next sixty pages are okay. The last 60 are pointless and boring. Overall, a very unbalanced read. Had I paid for this one instead of getting a review copy from Crown Publishing in exchange for the review you are currently reading, I probably would’ve been pissed.

In summation: Allegorical or not, this book failed on certain levels for me. The last time I saw something go this bad this quickly was when we found out Jared from Subway was forcing underage boys to eat his footlong. Not recommended.

Final Judgment: I wanna like you, but you’re you, and I don’t like you.

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NEW RELEASE – MARGINS

Now Available!

 

Click on the cover image for Amazon.com. Scroll past the cover image for international links.

 

Share if you see fit. Thank you for your support. 

 

E.

 

Have you ever truly loved a book?

One day, while perusing the stacks of her favorite used bookstore, Jaime comes across a book by an author whom she’s never heard of. After an awkward encounter, she rushes home with A RENDEZVOUS WITH RICHARD in tow.

It’s in the margins that Jaime finds and falls for the mysterious Joe. Because A RENDEZVOUS WITH RICHARD isn’t a normal book. And MARGINS isn’t your average love story.

 

 

 

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MARGINS

MARGINS should be ready for upload by tomorrow or the next day. I’m really proud of this one.

 

Synopsis:

 

Have you ever truly loved a book?

 

Jamie loves to read. She lives alone, and her only friend, or more accurately, only known acquaintance, is Ms. Marsh, the owner of Jaime’s favorite bookstore, Secondhand Books.

 

One day, while perusing the stacks, Jaime comes across a book by an author whom she’s never heard of. After an awkward encounter, she rushes home with A RENDEZVOUS WITH RICHARD in tow.

 

It’s in the margins that Jaime finds and falls for the mysterious Joe. Because A RENDEZVOUS WITH RICHARD isn’t a normal book. And MARGINS isn’t your average love story.

 

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NEW RELEASE – "COME"

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to a man I call Geyser. He’s nasty and offensive and darkly comedic. His story is now live on Amazon. Click on the cover for Amazon US. International links are listed under the cover image.

 

This is an odd story about an odd man…

When Geyser’s dying sister beckons him to her death bed, he has no other choice but to come.

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal for MARGINS! … and an Update on 2016

Hello Everybody

 

Last year I mentioned that I would have a free story up every month this year that you could choose whether or not and how much to pay for it. That idea has fallen through. My sincerest apologies. That being said, it doesn’t mean these stories are not coming out every month. Here’s a little update on what is happening with my work in 2016 and beyond.

 

The publishing world is a mercurial market. To keep my head above water, I have to adapt and change with growing trends and what sells. Luckily, I love telling stories, no matter the genre, which I hope to prove to you over the next 12 months. Yes, I’m primarily known as a horror writer, and my horror novels and stories will continue to come, but I’m branching out. In some cases WAY out. 

 

I should have a short story/novella release every month this year. Each one in a genre I haven’t published in before. Whatever sells the best will get the majority of my attention in 2017. Yes, even romance. Even though the Romance title I have coming out is somewhat different than your everyday love story, I feel I’ve maintained the staples of that genre. Everything published this year (aside from my horror novel release) will be $.99. Some will be just under 20 pages, and others will be more than 60 pages. All of them will be in a different style and genre. 

 

I’ve already taken up too much of your time, so I will end with this. “Come”, the first story of the year, comes out in three days (January 26). It is a darkly comedic piece of literary fiction. Directly on the heels of that one will be my take on a love story, which is entitled “Margins”. It is a longer short story (cover reveal below), and it should be out the week before Valentine’s Day. 

 

Thank you for your support and patience while I deal these growing pains. 

 

*hugs and high fives*

 

E.

 

Oh, and here’s the cover reveal I promised. 

 

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So, Anyway… Review

So, Anyway… Review

So Anyway - jacket image - photo credit Andy Gotts-Celebrity Pictures

I read one biography a year, and usually that bio comes from someone I grew up enjoying. I love insights into my favorite celebrities lives, and this one did not disappoint. While I felt some sections were overwritten and others slightly boring considering who wrote this, I enjoyed the experience.
Recommended for fans of John Cleese.

Many thanks to Crown Publishing for the review copy.