John Kwok

Top Reviewer Ranking: 99
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (523 of 706)
Location: New York, NY USA
In My Own Words:
John Kwok is a freelance writer, book doctor and photographer. A prize-winning student of the writer Frank McCourt at New York City's elite STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) high school, Stuyvesant High School, he has written an unpublished near future alternative history post-cyberpunk science fiction novel "Sonoran Sunrise" and is now researching another also set partly in Tu… Read more

In my spare time I enjoy visiting art galleries and museums, and attending concerts, primarily of classical music.

My favorite authors include J. G. Ballard, Pat Cadigan, William Gibson, Stephen Jay Gould, Lev Grossman, Nick Harkaway, John Hawkes,… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 99 - Total Helpful Votes: 523 of 706
The Magician's Land: A Novel by Lev Grossman
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
With the debut of "The Magicians", Lev Grossman introduced readers to a new form of heroic epic fantasy, one in which the rules of magic existed with ample realism; a heroic epic fantasy novel that had more in common with Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy than anything written by the likes of Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, or J. K. Rowling, especially when Grossman's "Magician" novels have been dubbed "Harry Potter for adults". "The Magician's Land" is the most "adult" of the "Magician" novels, and yet, one which will dazzle readers with more feats of magic and heroic fantasy quests, than in the prior "Magician" novels. One of the greatest - I would say even guilty -… Read more
The Painter: A novel by Peter Heller
The Painter: A novel by Peter Heller
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Peter Heller follows up his brilliant debut novel "The Dog Stars" with "The Painter", which firmly establishes him as one of the most important writers writing about the contemporary West in fiction. In naming his protagonist Jim Stegner, Heller is probably paying homage to the late Wallace Stegner, often viewed as the "Dean of Western Writers", whose former students include the likes of Larry McMurtry and Edward Abbey, among others. Heller offers us a psychologically intense fictional portrait of Stegner, an extremely gifted, largely self-taught, painter who is represented by a noted Santa Fe, New Mexico art dealer. In a literary style that owes much to McMurtry and… Read more
Shadow World by Chris Impey
Shadow World by Chris Impey
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Astronomer and science writer Chris Impeys Shadow World should be viewed more as a collection of seven short stories, rather than a novel, that tie together the life-long journeys made by McEvoy, a compellingly curious Scot, who literally wanders all over the globe. Journeys which he can barely remember, but are recorded in ample detail in the diary he keeps over a span of twenty years. Hes a compelling protagonist in each of the seven chapters, often trying to win  and then to lose  the affection of a woman. We meet a fugitive Navajo shaman in the almost pristine wilderness of the Arizona desert, listen to classical music at New York Citys Lincoln Center, search for a long-lost… Read more