Ellan Read

sometimes witty book reviews

Brothers

By the description of the fake-hymen merchant I was happy to be rid of the brothers grim of Li and Song.

July 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Song of Everlasting Sorrow

Like much literature written still in the mid-1990s, the female character is subjected to the whims of various male protagonists and comes to a violent and unnecessary end. I was stunned to discover the author of Song of Everlasting Sorrow was a woman.

July 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rickshaw

Xiangzi is a remarkable lead character destined for tragic poverty, and the host of side-characters are also similarly tragic and garish. My favourite character, however, is the city of Beijing itself.

June 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Outlaws of the Marsh

I found this text both swashbucklingly compelling and conversely utterly uninteresting.

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Fifth Season

Its writers like N. K. Jemisin that remind you that the world didn’t stop writing when a bunch of old white people up and died in the late nineteenth century.

December 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Farewell Party

You can sacrificially burn the book after you’ve finished. But I personally am going to file it under ‘resources for outlining how straight men come to their privileged conclusions’.

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Trespasser

The Dublin slang alone is enough to keep you reading. Jaysus. Bollix. Banjaxed. Gobshite. Bleeding shitehawk: poetry to the profane ear.

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

AUDIO BOOK: Metamorphosis

This. This is what I present to you as the 100th post on this blog. Does it mean something? Has this whole indulgence in literary naval gazing been as tedious for you as a day in the life Gregor Samsa? I hope not.

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Basicall, half of the epic is Gilgamesh missing his mate Enkidu and going on long adventures to prove his devotion to the bromance (*cough* romance *cough*). To prove his eternal love to Enky he goes looking for the secret to eternal life. No, that’s not a cliche. Because this epic literally did it first.

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Scarlet Letter

‘A squirrel, from the lofty depths of his domestic tree, chattered either in anger or merriment … so he chattered at the child, and flung down a nut upon her head.’

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

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