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In ‘He Who Drowned the World,’ a story of suffering and desire toils

Burning with the desire to become the next emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang — ex-monk, visionary, leader — gathers her army to take on the Great Yuan and claim the throne for herself. But there are...

Themes of found family and identity collide in promising new space opera

Ocean’s Godori, a stunning debut novel by Elaine U. Cho, begins with brief, curious peeks into the world of its sci-fi setting, told across the perspectives of several central characters. There’s Teo, second son...

Dive into a tale of espionage, faux marriage in Chloe Gong’s ‘Foul Lady Fortune’

Foul Lady Fortune begins with an assassination on a train ride. Rosalind Liang — codename Fortune — spends her days as an assassin undertaking dangerous missions on the regular. With her strange ability to...

In ‘Gunk Baby,’ a store owner grapples with the melancholia of modern work

24-year-old Leen is determined to run a successful business. She’s not alone in her desire in Par Mars, the unnerving setting of Jamie Marina Lau’s Gunk Baby. The novel mainly takes place at the...

Wading through the tides of time in Jinwoo Chong’s debut novel “Flux”

Flux, a stunning debut novel by Jinwoo Chong, is all about the feeling of being disoriented. It starts with a bit of a misleading marketing premise. At the center of its story is 28-year-old...

A world of mystery and hyper-productivity awaits in “The Sleepless”

If you never had to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?  This is the central question at the core of Victor Manibo’s novel The Sleepless. In this sci-fi thriller, a minority of...

Short stories explore life, relationships, and the search for happiness

I find that authors of short story collections are able to really elevate their work when they can resolve the innate challenge of curating them: Often, they’re too fragmented, and leave the reader’s mind...

Navigating life’s limbo in Amy Zhang’s “The Cartographers”

  Can you truly convince yourself that what you’re experiencing day-to-day is real, and that you haven’t, by any chance, stepped into the afterlife? In “The Cartographers,” Amy Zhang explores this question and what it means...

Fighting Destiny with Martial Arts in Wesley Chu’s “The Art of Prophecy”

“Chosen one” stories have gotten a little old. The promise of them is clear: wish fulfillment. Readers get to step into the shoes of someone else and see them rise up from the bottom to...

In Godslayers, two lovers pursue a brighter future for all

“Godslayers” tells its epic in grand strokes. As the sequel to Zoe Hana Mikuta’s 2021 breakout hit “Gearbreakers,” “Godslayers” by and large keeps the momentum going. Like the first novel, it manages to be several...