Author: R.F. Kuang

Book Review : BABEL

Book Review : BABEL

  Babel, or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution (or Babel for short), is very much the novel that R.F. Kuang was born to write. Compiling her background as a translator, a student at Oxford, and her own studies on diaspora, as well as her plethora of personal experiences, Babel is an important work that doesn’t shy away from the subjects of colonialism, racism, […]

Posted May 13, 2022 in Book Reviews, Fantasy
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Book Review : The Burning God

Book Review : The Burning God

I’m not going to lie, The Burning God took me weeks to read—longer than any other novel this year. I had so much trouble making any progress through this novel, despite liking its predecessors, The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic. But I am so glad I made it through The Burning God, despite being bored by Rin’s usual poor decision-making and countless military battles because I freaking loved the […]

Posted December 14, 2020 in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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Book Review : The Dragon Republic

Book Review : The Dragon Republic

I enjoyed The Poppy War so much that I immediately started reading The Dragon Republic as soon as I finished the first novel in the trilogy. Though The Dragon Republic was a worthy follow-up, I found that it just didn’t resonate with me the way the first novel did. While all of the characters are developed and flawed, I found that I couldn’t care much for any of them, and […]

Posted December 7, 2020 in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
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Book Review : The Poppy War

Book Review : The Poppy War

After multiple disappointing reads in a row, The Poppy War was what I needed to turn my streak around! I loved the main character, the serious themes and moral gray areas, as well as world-building that’s inspired by the historical backdrop of 20th century China. Most of all, I reveled in the lore of the novel, complete with the summoning of chaotic and destructive gods.   “You’re a war orphan. […]

Posted August 31, 2020 in Book Reviews, Fantasy
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