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

AuthorTitleOriginal title / yearF/SRating
Korean literature in translation
Ahn Do-hyunThe Salmon Who Dared to Leap Higher연어, 1996Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Ahn JunghyoWhite Badge하얀전쟁, 1983Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Ahn JunghyoSilver Stallion1986Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Bae SuahA Higway with Green Apples푸른 사과가 있는 국도, 1995score-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Bae SuahNowhere to be Found철수, 1998score-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Bae SuahA Greater Music에세이스트의 책상, 2003Sscore-2score-0score-0score-0score-0*
Bae SuahUntold Night and Day알려지지 않은 밤과 하루, 2013Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
BandiThe Accusation고발, 2014Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Chae Man-sikPeace under Heaven태평천하, 1938Sscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Cheon Myeong-kwanModern Family고령화 가족, 2010Fscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Cheon Un-yeongThe Catcher in the Loft생강, 2010Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Cho ChongnaeHow in Heaven’s Name오 하느님 / 사람의 탈Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Cho Nam-jooKim Jiyoung, Born 198282년생 김지영, 2016Fscore-2score-2score-1score-0score-0
Choe YunThere a Petal Silently Falls저기 소리 없이 한 점 꽃잎이 지고, 1992Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Gong Ji-youngOur Happy Time우리들의 행복한 시간, 2005Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Ha Seong-nanFlowers of Mold곰팡이꽃, 1999Sscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
HaïljiThe Republic of Užupis우주피스 공화국, 2009Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Han KangThe Vegetarian 채식주의자, 2007Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Han KangHuman Acts소년이 온다, 2014Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Han KangThe White Book흰, 2016Sscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0*
Han YujooThe Impossible Fairy Tale불가능한 동화 , 2013Fscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Hwang JungeunI’ll Go On계속해보겠습니다, 2014Fscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Hwang JungeunOne Hundred Shadows百의 그림자, 2010Fscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Hwang Sok-yongShadow of Arms무기의 그늘, 1985score-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Hwang Sok-yongThe Old Garden오래된 정원, 2000Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Hwang Sok-yongThe Guest손님, 2001Sscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Hwang Sok-yongPrincess Bari바리데기, 2007Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Hwang Sok-yongFamiliar Things낯익은 세상, 2011score-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Hwang Sok-yongAt Dusk해질 무렵, 2015Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Hwang Sun-miThe Hen who Dreamed she could Fly마당을 나온 암탉, 2000Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Hwang Sun-wonThe Descendants of Cain카인의 후예, 1954Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Hwang Sun-wonTrees on a Slope나무들 비탈에 서다, 1960Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Hwang Sun-wonLost Souls1940 – 1957Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Hyun Ki-youngSun-i Samch’on순이삼촌, 1978Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Hyun Kil-unDead Silence and other stories of the Jeju Massacre1980sFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Jang Eun-jinNo One Writes Back아무도 편지하지 않다, 2009Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Jang Jung-ilWhen Adam Opens His Eyes아담이 눈뜰 때, 1990Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Jeon SungtaeWolves늑대, 2009Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Jeong You-jeongSeven Years of Darkness7년의 밤, 2011Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Jeong You-jeongThe Good Son종의 기원, 2016Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Jo Kyung-ranTongue혀, 2007Sscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Jung Young-moonA Chain of Dark Tales검은 이야기 사슬, 1998Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Kang Kyong-aeFrom Wonso Pond인간문제, 1934Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Kang Sok-kyongThe Valley Nearby가까운 골짜기, 1989Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Kim In-sukThe Long Road먼 길, 1995Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Kim Joo-youngStingray홍어, 1998Fscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Kim NamcheonScenes from the Enlightenment대하, 1939Fscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0*
Kim SagwaMina미나, 2008Fscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Kim Sagwab, Book, and Me나b책, 2011Fscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Kim Sung-dongMandala만다라, 1978Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Kim Un-suThe Plotters설계자들, 2010Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Kim Young-ha I have the right to destroy myself나는 나를 파괴할 권리가 있다, 1996Sscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Kim Young-haBlack Flower검은 꽃, 2003Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Kim Young-haYour Republic is Calling You빛의 제국, 2006Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Kim Young-haI hear your voice너의 목소리가 들려, 2012score-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Kim Young-haDiary of a Murderer살인자의 기억법, 2013Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Lee Ji-minMarilyn and Me나와마릴린, 2009Fscore-2score-0score-0score-0score-0
Lee Jung-myungThe InvestigationFscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Lee Jung-myungThe Boy who Escaped Paradise천국의 소년, 2013Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Lee Ki-hoAt Least we can Apologize사과는 잘해요, 2009Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Lee Seung-uThe Reverse Side of Life생의 이면, 1992Sscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Oh Jung-heeThe Bird새, 2003Sscore-2score-1score-0score-0score-0
Paek Nam NyongFriend1988Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Park Kyung-niCurse of Kim’s Daughters김약국의 딸들, 1962Sscore-2score-0score-0score-0score-0*
Park Kyung-niLand토지, 1969 – 1994Sscore-2score-1score-0score-0score-0*
Park Min-gyuPavane for a Dead Princess죽은 왕녀를 위한 파반느, 2009Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Park Wan-suhWho Ate Up All The Shinga?그 많던 싱아는 누가 다 먹었을까?, 1992Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Park Wan-suhLonesome You너무도 쓸쓸한 당신, 1998Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Pyun Hye-youngEvening Proposal저녁의 구애, 2011Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Pyun Hye-youngThe Hole홀, 2016Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Pyun Hye-youngCity of Ash and Red재와 빨강, 2010Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Pyun Hye-youngLaw of Lines선의 법칙, 2015Fscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Shin Kyung-sookThe Girl who Wrote Loneliness외딴방, 1995Fscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Shin Kyung-sookPlease Look After Mother엄마를 부탁해, 2008Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Shin Kyung-sookI’ll be right there어디선가 나를 찾는 전화벨이 울리고, 2010Fscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Song SokzeThe Amusing Life재미나는 인생, 1997Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Yi Chong-junYour Paradise당신들의 천국, 1976Sscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Yi Chong-junThe Abject | The Wounded벌레 이야기, 1985 | 병신과 머저리, 1966score-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Yi Chong-junSeopyeonje, the Southerners’ Songs1976score-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Yi Chong-junThe Prophet and other stories1968 – 1985score-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Yi In-hwaEverlasting Empire영원한 제국, 1993Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Yi Kwang-suThe Soil흙, 1932-3Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Yi Kwang-suThe Heartless / Mujeong무정 / 無情, 1917-score-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Yi Mun-yolOur Twisted Hero우리들의 일그러진 영웅, 1987Fscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Yi Mun-yolThe Poet시인, 1992Sscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Yun Ko-eunThe Disaster Tourist밤의 여행자들, 2013Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Short story anthologies
Fulton (tr)Waxen Wings (2011)1936 – 2006Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Fulton (tr)The Future of Silence (2016)1974 – 2013Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Chung Chong-wha (ed)Modern Korean Literature — An Anthology (1995)1908 – 1965Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Pre-modern fiction
Heo Kyun (attr)The Story of Hong Gildong (2018)Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Virtuous Women – three classic Korean novels (1974) (Chunhyang, Queen Inyhon, Nine Cloud Dream)Sscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
The Tale of Cho UngSscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Literature in English
Bracht, Mary LynnWhite Chrysanthemum2018Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Buck, PearlLiving Reed1963Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Cha, Theresa Hak KyungDictée1982Fscore-1score-0score-0score-0score-0
Chang, LeonardFruit ‘n’ Food1996Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Chang, LeonardFade to Clear2004Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Church, JamesInspector O series2006 – 2016Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Hong, Y EunyKept2006Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Johnson, AdamThe Orphan Master’s Son2012Fscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0
Kaiser, Robert AProject Yellow Sky2006Fscore-1score-0score-0score-0score-0
Kim, Crystal HanaIf You Leave Me2018Sscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Kim, EugeniaKinship of Secrets2018Sscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Kim, EugeniaThe Calligrapher’s Daughter2010Fscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Kim, HyejinJia – a novel of North Korea2007Sscore-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Kim, Richard EThe Martyred1964Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Kwon, R.O.The Incendiaries2018Sscore-2score-2score-0score-0score-0*
Lee, JulayneNot My White Savior2018Sscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Lee, KrysDrifting House2012score-2score-2score-2score-2score-2
Lee, KrysHow I Became a North Korean2016score-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Lee, Min JinPachinko2017Sscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
Lee, Min JinFree Food for Millionaires2007Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Lee, Young-imForgotten Reflections2017Sscore-2score-2score-1score-0score-0
Limón, MartinSergeants Sueño & Bascom series1992 – presentFscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-0
McMillan, RonYin Yang Tattoo2010Fscore-2score-2score-1score-0score-0
Michell, HannahThe Defections2014Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Phillips, Jayne AnneLark and Termite2009Fscore-1score-0score-0score-0score-0
Watkins, Yoko KawashimaSo Far from the Bamboo Grove1986Fscore-2score-2score-2score-1score-0
Literature in other languages
Yu MiriTokyo Ueno StationJR上野駅公園口, 2014score-2score-2score-2score-0score-0
Kim Sok-pomThe Curious Tale of Mandogi’s Ghost万徳幽霊奇譚, 1970Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Yuasa KatsueiTwo Japanese Colonial Novels1934-5Fscore-2score-2score-2score-2score-1
Le Clezio, JMGBitnaBitna, sous le ciel de Séoul, 2017score-2score-2score-2score-2score-0

* 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.