We both read this novel at a fevered pitch, each finishing it in only several days. It's one of those novels you don't want to end. Not because it's so well written (which it is) but because of the topic and the pace of the plot. Summary: Women take over the world, chaos ensues.
This was honestly the first novel either of us has read by Salman Rushdie. Previous attempts have failed due to heavy brick like sentences. While the writing style is still the same, this novel seemed more palatable. Maybe because it has to do with the Jinn and we were in the Sahara....
If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino is one of the most unique books either of us have read. The books takes you through the strange tale of two readers who buy the newest book by Calvino only to find there's been a printing error. Throughout the tale of trying to determine what's happened to the book, Calvino weaves an intricate web of varying tales without ever completing one. It made for an interesting and entertaining read.
The Milkman in the Night by Andrey Kurkov is a tale so fantastic as to be totally realistic. Unwed mothers being used for their breast milk, sleepwalking adventures, vigilante cats, a network of pharmacists taking over Kiev and some drug smuggling and cheese making on the side. Never a dull moment with Kurkov!
It's always nice to find an author that consistently puts out work you can rely upon to challenge and to teach you new things and new ways of seeing the world. Han King is one such author.