John Kwok

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 104
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (505 of 684)
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elite STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) high school, Stuyvesant High School, he has written an unpublished near future alternative history post-cyberpunk science fiction novel "Sonoran Sunrise" and is now researching another also set partly in Tu… Read more

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

My favorite authors include Sherman Alexie, Margaret Atwood, J. G. Ballard, William Gibson, Stephen Jay Gould, John Hawkes, Mark Helpr… Read more

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 104 - Total Helpful Votes: 505 of 684
The Painter: A novel by Peter Heller
The Painter: A novel by Peter Heller
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
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
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
One of the major reoccurring tropes in science fiction has been depicting lost colonies - or lost generation starships - which have been cut off from the rest of humanity. Much to his credit, Chris Beckett's "Dark Eden: A Novel" is a spectacular new addition, and one deservingly worthy of being the recipient of the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award for the Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year. On a remote sunless world, the descendants of survivors of an unexpected landing, treat as myth, Family lore about having crossed the "Starry Swirl" in a vast "boat" - the starship Defiant - from a remote, distant world, Earth, dreaming that one day another "boat" will… Read more