Keram's Book Report

Notes & Reflections on Books n Stuff I Have Experienced

Obscure and Esoteric and Well-Written Books You Might Enjoy

I wanted to find books like Gore Vidal’s “Creation,” gifted to me by my erudite father, Roberto Calasso’s “Ka” about the origins of Hindu deities, or Umberto Eco’s mind-bending and esoteric “Foucault’s Pendulum.”

My journey brought me here:

  1. The Ghost Bride by Yangzee Choo: A historical paranormal novel set in 1890s colonial Malacca and the Chinese world of the dead.
  2. “Damned” by Chuck Palahniuk: A dark, hilarious, and brilliant novel about a thirteen-year-old girl who wakes up in hell.
  3. “Journey to the West” by We Cheng’en: A classic Chinese mythological novel. It is a mythological novel full of obstacles and monsters, with a mixture of whimsy, Daoist teachings, and slapstick humor.
  4. “The Investiture of the Gods” by Xu Zhonglin: A 16th-century Chinese novel and one of the major vernacular Chinese works in the gods-and-demons (shenmo) genre.
  5. “The Wasp Factory” by Iain Banks: A gothic horror story of a Scottish teenager with a penchant for sadistic violence.
  6. “The Incarnations” by Susan Barker: A novel about a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate.
  7. “The Vorrh” by B. Catling: A fantasy novel that explores the human colonisation of the fictional African forest of the Vorrh.
  8. “The Daughters” by Adrienne Celt: A novel about the deep bond between mothers and daughters, and the destructive strain of jealousy and competition.

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