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John Kwok

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 91
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (489 of 659)
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elite STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) high school, Stuyvesant High School, he has written an unpublished near future alternative history post-cyberpunk science fiction novel "Sonoran Sunrise" and is now researching another also set partly in Tu… Read more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: 91 - Total Helpful Votes: 489 of 659
Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw
Chinese-British writer Tash Aws Five Star Billionaire is really more a fascinating fictional portrait of modern Shanghai replete with all of its contradictions - a thriving megalopolis which yearns to hold onto its Chinese and Western European past, as it becomes a dynamic economic and cultural beacon of hope and success to countless scores of people across the globe  than it is a novel focused solely on a few protagonists. Here Aw renders Shanghai as both the stage and the key character in his vast, sprawling, novel that introduces us to four different people whose fates become intertwined and, indeed, orchestrated by the shadowy figure of Walter Chao, the Five Star Billionaire… Read more
Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore
Bark: Stories by Lorrie Moore
Among the most acclaimed writers of mainstream literary fiction of her generation, Lorrie Moores latest, Bark: Stories, may be remembered as one of the finest short story collections published this year. These are eight compellingly readable tales about relations between the sexes, with Moore demonstrating that she is both a memorable storyteller and prose stylist. Departing, the first story, chronicles an older mans efforts in winning the heart of a divorced pediatrician with an adorable tenth grader of a son. It is followed by The Juniper Tree, a surreal remembrance of a friend who dies, but returns for one last meeting at home with her close circle of female friends. In Paper… Read more
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
For those who think speculative fiction can be written well by those who have degrees from notable MFA writing programs and have secured grants to write at notable literary retreats like Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, but lack some familiarity with speculative fiction, fellow Brunonian Alena Graedon's "The Word Exchange" will be hailed as a great instant literary classic, a brilliant exploration of the power of words and how their meanings - or lack thereof - can transform the lives of people living sometime in the not too distant future in an alternate history New York City that is both recognizable, and yet, different from our own. However, it is yet another literary debut by a writer… Read more