Book Review: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” by Zen Cho (Four Stars)

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Book Review: “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” by Zen Cho

(Four Stars)

“You get used to being a failure. It was too early to tell her that.”

Excellent. Based on Korean mythology, Cho draws the reader into the mind of an aspiring imugi. Aspiring to be what? That’s the story.

“You couldn’t study something for 3,000 years without becoming interested in it for its own sake.”

Sparse description augmented by the protagonist’s musings and dialogue with humans. Well done.

“Couldn’t take it. Not now, not after … I’m not brave enough to fail again.” “I know.”

(2019 Best Novelette Hugo Award Finalist, published by B&N SFF Originals)

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