Book Review: Bald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu

September 6, 2014

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Bald New World by Peter Tieryas LiuBald New World by Peter Tieryas Liu
Published by Perfect Edge Books on 30th May 2014
Pages: 214
Source: Author
Goodreads
four-stars
What if everyone in the world lost their hair?

Nick Guan and his friend Larry Chao are a pair of eccentric filmmakers who choose to explore the existential angst of their balding world through cinema. Larry is heir to one of the most lucrative wig companies in the world. Nick is a man who’s trying to make sense of the tatters of his American dream. Taking place throughout China and America, the pair set off on a series of misadventures involving North Korean spies, veterans of an African War, and digital cricket fighters. Their journey leads them to discover some of the darkest secrets behind wig-making and hair in a hairless world.

 

I am hideously behind in reading and reviewing this book, I know. Reading hasn’t really been a priority for me these past few months, but I opened this book up on my Kindle one lunchtime and here I am now writing my review. If you’re looking for a book that’s quirky, different and all kinds of bizarre, well, Bald New World is definitely for you.

Bald New World was incredibly easy for me to read and get lost in – the plot is totally different to what I’m used to, but I liked that. It made me want to read it, a feeling I hadn’t had in a long time. I found myself reading in every spare minute I had, and quickly devoured the book. I can’t really talk about the plot as it won’t make much sense to you unless you read it, but there was one scene involving the main character carrying a rock between his teeth that still makes my mouth physically hurt if I think about it now.

I loved Tieryas’ writing. I knew I would, I enjoyed it when I read Watering Heaven, so Bald New World was always going to be a winner for me. I’m kicking myself for not picking it up sooner because I honestly haven’t devoured a book in a long, long time.

Not the most descriptive review in the world, I know, but that’s partly because I can’t talk about the plot as it honestly won’t make much sense until you’re reading the book yourself, and also because my review writing skills are incredibly rusty at the moment. But if you’re looking for a totally unique book that’s a little bit out there, give this one a go. You never know, you might just find yourself hooked.

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