Index of book reviews – fiction

Here is some of the fiction we’ve read over the years, together with a highly subjective rating. The ratings system is explained here. Some of the titles below don’t have links to reviews. Those are the ones where we liked or disliked a book but have not yet found words to describe why. (Keep visiting this page – there’s a backlog of earlier reviews that I haven’t yet had a chance to include in this list)

F = a more or less Full length review
S = a Short, mini-review – a one or two-liner

Author Title Original title / year F/S Rating
Korean literature in translation
Ahn Do-hyun The Salmon Who Dared to Leap Higher 연어, 1996 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Ahn Junghyo White Badge 하얀전쟁, 1983 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Ahn Junghyo Silver Stallion 1986 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Bae Suah Nowhere to be Found 철수, 1998 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Bae Suah A Higway with Green Apples 푸른 사과가 있는 국도, 1995 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Bae Suah A Greater Music 에세이스트의 책상, 2003 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne*
Bandi The Accusation 고발, 2014 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Chae Man-sik Peace under Heaven 태평천하, 1938 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Cheon Myeong-kwan Modern Family 고령화 가족, 2010 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Cho Chongnae How in Heaven’s Name 오 하느님 / 사람의 탈 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Choe Yun There a Petal Silently Falls 저기 소리 없이 한 점 꽃잎이 지고, 1992 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Gong Ji-young Our Happy Time 우리들의 행복한 시간, 2005 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Haïlji The Republic of Užupis 우주피스 공화국, 2009 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Han Kang Human Acts 소년이 온다, 2014 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Han Kang The Vegetarian 채식주의자, 2007 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Han Kang The White Book 흰, 2016 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne*
Han Yujoo The Impossible Fairy Tale 불가능한 동화 , 2013 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Jungeun I’ll Go On 계속해보겠습니다, 2014 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Jungeun One Hundred Shadows 百의 그림자, 2010 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sok-yong The Old Garden 오래된 정원, 2000 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sok-yong Shadow of Arms 무기의 그늘, 1985 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sok-yong The Guest 손님, 2001 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sok-yong At Dusk 해질 무렵, 2015 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sok-yong Familiar Things 낯익은 세상, 2011 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sok-yong Princess Bari 바리데기, 2007 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sun-mi The Hen who Dreamed she could Fly 마당을 나온 암탉, 2000 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sun-won The Descendants of Cain 카인의 후예, 1954 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sun-won Trees on a Slope 나무들 비탈에 서다, 1960 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hwang Sun-won Lost Souls 1940 – 1957 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Jang Eun-jin No One Writes Back 아무도 편지하지 않다, 2009 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Jeong You-jeong The Good Son 종의 기원, 2016 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Jo Kyung-ran Tongue 혀, 2007 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Jung Young-moon A Chain of Dark Tales 검은 이야기 사슬, 1998 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kang Kyong-ae From Wonso Pond 인간문제, 1934 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kang Sok-kyong The Valley Nearby 가까운 골짜기, 1989 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim In-suk The Long Road 먼 길, 1995 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim Joo-young Stingray 홍어, 1998 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim Namcheon Scenes from the Enlightenment 대하, 1939 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne*
Kim Sung-dong Mandala 만다라, 1978 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim Young-ha I have the right to destroy myself 나는 나를 파괴할 권리가 있다, 1996 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim Young-ha Your Republic is Calling You 빛의 제국, 2006 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim Young-ha I hear your voice 너의 목소리가 들려, 2012 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim Young-ha Black Flower 검은 꽃, 2003 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim Young-ha Diary of a Murderer 살인자의 기억법, 2013 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee Jung-myung The Investigation F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee Ki-ho At Least we can Apologize 사과는 잘해요, 2009 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee Seung-u The Reverse Side of Life 생의 이면, 1992 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Park Kyung-ni Curse of Kim’s Daughters 김약국의 딸들, 1962 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne*
Park Kyung-ni Land 토지, 1969 – 1994 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne*
Park Min-gyu Pavane for a Dead Princess 죽은 왕녀를 위한 파반느, 2009 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Park Wan-suh Who Ate Up All The Shinga? 그 많던 싱아는 누가 다 먹었을까?, 1992 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Park Wan-suh Lonesome You 너무도 쓸쓸한 당신, 1998 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Pyun Hye-young The Hole 홀, 2016 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Pyun Hye-young Evening Proposal 저녁의 구애, 2011 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Shin Kyung-sook The Girl who Wrote Loneliness 외딴방, 1995 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Shin Kyung-sook I’ll be right there 어디선가 나를 찾는 전화벨이 울리고, 2010 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Shin Kyung-sook Please Look After Mother 엄마를 부탁해, 2008 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Song Sokze The Amusing Life 재미나는 인생, 1997 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yi Chong-jun Your Paradise 당신들의 천국, 1976 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yi Chong-jun The Abject | The Wounded 벌레 이야기, 1985 | 병신과 머저리, 1966 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yi Chong-jun Seopyeonje, the Southerners’ Songs 1976 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yi Chong-jun The Prophet and other stories 1968 – 1985 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yi Kwang-su The Soil 흙, 1932-3 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yi Kwang-su The Heartless / Mujeong 무정 / 無情, 1917- SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yi Mun-yol The Poet 시인, 1992 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yi Mun-yol Our Twisted Hero 우리들의 일그러진 영웅, 1987 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Short story anthologies
Fulton (tr) Waxen Wings (2011) 1936 – 2006 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Fulton (tr) The Future of Silence (2016) 1974 – 2013 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Chung Chong-wha (ed) Modern Korean Literature — An Anthology (1995) 1908 – 1965 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Pre-modern fiction
Heo Kyun (attr) The Story of Hong Gildong (2018) F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Virtuous Women – three classic Korean novels (1974) (Chunhyang, Queen Inyhon, Nine Cloud Dream) S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Literature in English
Bracht, Mary Lynn White Chrysanthemum 2018 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Buck, Pearl Living Reed 1963 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung Dictée 1982 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Chang, Leonard Fade to Clear 2004 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Chang, Leonard Fruit ‘n’ Food 1996 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Church, James Inspector O series 2006 – 2016 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Hong, Y Euny Kept 2006 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Johnson, Adam The Orphan Master’s Son 2012 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kaiser, Robert A Project Yellow Sky 2006 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim, Crystal Hana If You Leave Me 2018 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim, Eugenia Kinship of Secrets 2018 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim, Eugenia The Calligrapher’s Daughter 2010 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim, Hyejin Jia – a novel of North Korea 2007 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim, Richard E The Martyred 1964 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kwon, R.O. The Incendiaries 2018 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne*
Lee, Julayne Not My White Savior 2018 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee, Krys Drifting House 2012 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee, Krys How I Became a North Korean 2016 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee, Min Jin Pachinko 2017 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee, Min Jin Free Food for Millionaires 2007 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Lee, Young-im Forgotten Reflections 2017 S SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Limón, Martin Sergeants Sueño & Bascom series 1992 – present F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
McMillan, Ron Yin Yang Tattoo 2010 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Michell, Hannah The Defections 2014 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Phillips, Jayne Anne Lark and Termite 2009 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Watkins, Yoko Kawashima So Far from the Bamboo Grove 1986 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Literature in other languages
Yu Miri Tokyo Ueno Station JR上野駅公園口, 2014 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Kim Sok-pom The Curious Tale of Mandogi’s Ghost 万徳幽霊奇譚, 1970 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Yuasa Katsuei Two Japanese Colonial Novels 1934-5 F SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne
Le Clezio, JMG Bitna Bitna, sous le ciel de Séoul, 2017 SterneSterneSterneSterneSterne

* Indicates that I gave up on this book. Maybe if I had got to the end I would rate it higher, but life’s too short to battle through when you’re not enjoying what you’re reading.