Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Part parable, part thriller, part cautionary tale, “The Vegetarian” is the crushing story of a family who seem both unwilling and unable to address the worsening mental illness of one of their own: a young woman name Yeong-hye, whose dream one night not only turns her against eating meat, it kick starts an extremely violent battle against everyone she knows for her mind, her body and her soul.

Told in three acts, from three very different perspectives: Yeong-hye’s awful husband, her pervy artist brother-in-law, and her miserable put-upon sister, the author explores the explosive relationship between inner-world passions and outer-world limitations — that strike-slip fault where the submission, subversion and expression of personal choices must meet and account for personal responsibility and familial and societal obligation.

Dark, disturbing, provocative, bloody, violent, intense, and sometimes even beautiful, “The Vegetarian” was a fast and excellent read — surprisingly meaty for its 192 pages. Hard to put down, especially in the first section. Four stars and a bit more.

I read it on my iPhone with the Kindle App, and there weren’t any formatting, typos or other issues. Definitely worth the money.

Get The Vegetarian by Han Kang at Amazon.

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Frank Mundo 2016 Best of the Net Anthology Nominee

Honored that my poem “Aubade” has been nominated for the 2016 Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology. Thank you to Marie C Lecrivain, editor-publisher of poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles.

poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles’ nominees for 2016 Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology.


1) G Murray Thomas -“A Personal History Of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Spoken Word


1) Carol Schwalberg – “Knock-Out

2) Lynne Bronstein -“A Present For the Teacher


1) Gwyndyn Alexander – “Poet in Atlantis

2) Deborah Edler Brown – “Taller Than the Moon

3) Frank Mundo – “Aubade

4) Angel Uriel Perales – “Minuet of the Burning Fields

5) Ben Trigg – “Shoes

6) Viola Weinberg Spencer -“Salvadore Dali Takes His Anteater For a Walk


Congrats to the nominees.

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Carolyn See, California Literary Legend, Dies at 82

You know that one teacher that changed your life, that one teacher that made you see a better version of yourself was actually possible and attainable?

That was Carolyn See for me. She was my teacher, my friend and mentor. I am a better writer and a better human being for having known her and learned from her and worked with her.

I just can’t say enough how much she changed my life for the better. She was the best!!! I’ll never forget her. I’ll never forget what I learned from her.

RIP Carolyn See, my friend and mentor. I love you, and I miss you!!!

To learn more about Carolyn See and her amazing body of work, here’s the announcement in the LA Times today.

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New Poem Published Today at Angel City Review

My new poem, “Waste of Shame,” a sestina I wrote for my brother, was published today in the latest issue of Angel City Review –> This magazine focuses on Los Angeles writers, established and new.

Check it out if you have a minute.

Other poetry contributors:
Janice Lee and Michael Duplessis
Emily Fernandez
Nelson Alburquenque
James Cushing
Alyssa Crow
Oktavi Allison
Mike Sonksen
Marcus Clayton
Sarah Thursday
Luivette Resto
AJ Urquidi
Kirk Sever
Jesse Bliss
Maja Trochimczyk

There are also short stories and non-fiction work in the magazine — a lot of great stuff for whatever you’re looking for.

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Midway Upon the Journey of My Life by Frank Mundo

Autumn Sky Poetry Daily

Midway Upon the Journey of My Life
a villanelle

Although my life is only halfway through,
And age, with stealing steps, has shown its claws,
There’s still a lot of dying left to do.

Friends and family, those I look up to,
So many lost to universal laws,
Although my life is only halfway through.

Since life’s spent waiting, wasting in the queue
And no one can escape death’s dropping jaws
There’s still a lot of dying left to do.

Each year I outlive someone else I knew,
While more get dipped in blue and wrapped in gauze
Although my life is only halfway through.

If Time’s a bloody nightmare coming true,
And growing old’s a bloodbath without pause
There’s still a lot of dying left to do.

Another year, another dropping shoe,
Reminds me that I need to live because,
Although my life is only halfway through,
There’s still…

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Different by Frank Mundo is FREE this Weekend

You read it right. My book Different is free this Saturday through Monday, March 25-27 on Kindle. Check it out.

If you choose to read it, please share your review on GR and Amazon. Love it or hate it, I appreciate your time and your opinion.

Here’s the link:

Different is an illustrated novella for adults. It’s in the Urban Fantasy or Contemporary Fantasy genres. There are six reviews on GR, and four on Amazon:

Summary: If you like those “peculiar” children Tim Burton is about to make famous, you might like Different.

One morning 12-year-old Gregory Gourde wakes up in his bed with an impossible new feature: his head has become a watermelon. We follow Gregory down a rabbit hole of sorts to a new world and an audacious exploration of what it really means to be different in this dark yet humorous nod to Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” and Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.

The illustrations in Different are woodcut-style black-and-white drawings (after the famous Alice in Wonderland art) by Keith Draws, who also illustrated my other book, The Brubury Tales (Illustrated Edition) and the cover of my short-story collection, Gary, the Four-Eyed Fairy (who, incidentally, makes an appearance in Different).

*Adult language and content. Not for children under 13 or 14.

I hope you enjoy Different.

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Classical Carousel Reviews The Brubury Tales

I am honored and so grateful for the amazing reviews and responses to my book The Brubury Tales that continue to come in.

Just today, an in-depth book review of The Brubury Tales was posted at Classical Carousel, an exceptional literary blog that reviews classic books by dead authors almost exclusively. But, because the site was already taking on  Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, The Brubury Tales (my homage to Chaucer’s amazing work) was chosen to be included in a side-by-side reading challenge of old and new! That decision alone was a huge honor and an awesome reminder to me of how lucky I am to keep finding an audience for such an unusual book — based on a work that means so very much to me.

You can read the full review of The Brubury Tales here.

And please be sure to check out the full reviews of The Canterbury Tales as well, and all the many Classical Carousel reviews of some of the best books by some of the best dead writers ever.

The Brubury Tales is available in paperback and ebook formats at Amazon.


The Brubury Tales is an ambitious homage to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It takes Chaucer’s story and frame to Los Angeles just after the riots, where seven security guards on the graveyard shift swap tales in a hilarious storytelling competition for Christmas vacation time.


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