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Gods of Want: Stories by K-Ming Chang

chicana99's review

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adventurous dark funny inspiring mysterious relaxing slow-paced

5.0

Surreal spinning earnest stories that play with ancestors, deities, spirituality, morbidity and day-to-day life all at once. & In such a way! Flinching, unflinching, banal, romantic and magical and feels true. Also, it made me realise I need to read more queer lit. Loved this read.

mmnasc's review

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4.0

I really loved the uncanny valley, almost synesthetic qualities of this narrative style, but unfortunately I heard the audiobook and the reading itself almost made me want to give it 3 stars. I’ll have to re-visit and read it to myself to be able to properly absorb the beauty of the writing. The audiobook is really distracting and doesn’t match the tone of the stories at all.

jackalop3's review against another edition

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challenging dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

readingintheether's review

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4.0

3.5 rounded up

charltonreads's review against another edition

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challenging dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

suselina's review

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challenging dark emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

saralouise6125's review

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adventurous challenging emotional funny reflective sad medium-paced

4.75

micki138's review

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challenging dark emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

keiyi's review

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emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

The language was so visceral I had to put down the book to breathe in a few parts. It might be a bit intense for plot heavy readers as it’s more feeling and imagery based, but I love how Chang’s unique stories were crafted so meticulously through mythologising everyday material, which turns it into something surreal and bigger than ourselves. My favourite story is definitely “Nuwa”. The book is a wonderful collection of explorations into the feminine, queer girlhood, and the brokenness of families/ generational trauma one carries throughout their life.

victoriathuyvi's review

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4.0

A book of wonderfully crafted stories and evocative writing. However, I couldn't stomach the poetic descriptions to describe crass bodily fluids/actions that were ten too many and grabbed attention even more than the actual story.