Author Archives: g.r.del

About g.r.del

reading, writing and the rest.

The Three Body Problem

This Hugo-award winner is utterly absorbing science fiction set against the final insanities of the Cultural Revolution and modern China. Secret projects in China’s isolated countryside, theoretical physicists gone rogue and video games all combine to make this powerful first-contact … Continue reading

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Asian Lit Bingo

  If you haven’t seen the #Asian Lit Bingo on Twitter, the general idea is this: Sadly I’m far too behind on EVERYTHING to participate–but I do have suggestions: And though I’m aware May is nearly over,these great books are … Continue reading

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The Pocket Guide to Being an Indian Girl

Indian girls only make the front page of the Dudley News if they’ve landed a role in an Indian flick, had a forced marriage or run away. I had apparently done the last. In retrospect, the era when I came … Continue reading

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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give has deservedly gathered a bundle of stunning reviews.  Thomas begins with a story every teenager can relate to: a party where things get out of hand. The cause of this (a fight which leads to gunshots being … Continue reading

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Out of Heart

  Out of Heart is a story about Adam, whose family home is an unhappy place of silence and secrets. Yasmin, his Mum, has escaped from an abusive relationship, his sister Farah doesn’t speak any more and Adam himself doodles … Continue reading

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Bird by Crystal Chan

Covers are tricky. And though the UK (Tamarind) cover is perfectly beautiful and not one that screams ‘kid’s book! (if you care about that, obviously I don’t) it’s a little…boring? The French cover (middle) is my favourite, the German cover … Continue reading

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

A gorgeous fantasy quest, rich in Chinese folklore and told in simple, evocative language. Minli’s poor mother and father toil in the shadow of a barren mountain all day, her mother especially bemoaning their fate. Minli becomes determined to reverse their bad … Continue reading

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