Behind every assassination, there is an anonymous mastermind--a plotter--working in the shadows. Plotters quietly dictate the moves of the city ...more
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Would it be awkward if I define it as "Tarantino meets David Lynch"? The whole story, characters, events are bizarre and different, but not in a bad way. There is violence, sadness, a well-painted atmosphere, solid characters. If you're into cat/mouse game type of crime novels and fancy a quirk don't give this a miss. Second Korean ...more
Reseng is careful to mainta ...more
The Plotters sit at the top of the hired killer food chain, hidden from view but pulling all the strings. We rock along with one "lowly" assassin as he changes the plans and comes under fire.
This is only my second Korean thriller and I'm hoping more come my way soon- different and quirky, both in the realistic ...more
The Guardian newspaper recently heralded Korean thriller writers as starting a new wave of translated popular fiction to succeed Scandinavian noir -https://www.theguardian.com/books/201... - and the book on which they centered their article was this: 설계자들 by 김언수 (Kim Un-su). A more literal translation of the original title would be designers or architects, but the publisher and translator have gone w ...more
‘The Plotters is what would happen if you took the best South Korean crime cinema and distilled it into words. A smart but lightning fast thriller that keeps the pressure on to the very last page.’
Brian Evenson, author of Last Days and A Collapse of Horses
‘Imagine a mash-up of Tarantino and Camus se ...more
Не защото книгата е лоша. Напротив, за литературно произведение от Южна Корея си е дори впечатляващо хубава. Феновете ще ме извинят, но точно при литературата южнокорейците никакви ги няма. Чела съм почти всичко новоизлязло на пазара от техни автори и не си спомням да е имало и една нормална книга. Може би са твърде възвишени за мен...
Но тази е хубава. Вярно, като цяло се развива не точно като трилър, ко ...more
The first story opens with Reseng sighting in on his prey, an old man who is watering flo ...more
Sadly, though, the rest of the book didn't wow me nearly as much.
I felt like this book had some ...more
The story itself reminds me of several other books in which assassins are a major presence, but here I can feel a lot of tongue in cheek as well as some really sneaky humor that is even worse than puns. That being said, I do think that the translator was kind enough to substitute English language vernacular when needed.
Bottom line: I really enjoyed readin ...more
Wenn der Killer sich nicht an die Anweisungen hält, ist er tot. Als Raeseng dem alten Mann und seinem Hund eine gewisse Gnade erweist, muss er also fürchten, selbst zum Abschuss freigegeben zu werden. Doch zunächst sind einige andere dran. In der sich ändernden Lage in Korea besteht tatsächlich die Gefahr, dass die Macht der Plotter vergeht, zu denen auch Raesengs Ziehvater Old Raccoon gehört. Wird Raeseng der Gefahr trotzen können? Mühsam ist jedenfalls sein Weg und ungewiss ist, ob er ...more
The book starts well with a great scene of the hunter and hunted sharing a last meal. Then the story slowly went a bit farcical with plotters plotting against plotters, assassins assassinating assassins and new entrants challenging the status quo.
But the guy can certainly write.
Die Plotter ist ein spannender Roman aus Südkorea.
Die ausdrucksvolle bildliche Sprache des koreanischen Autors erinnert mich weniger an die Filme von Kim Ki-Duk, die ich auch sehr schätze als an die Wucht des frühen John Woo (Bullet in the Head, Hardboiled).
Die mafiösen Kreise, die das Leben des 32jährigen Auftragskillers Raeseng bestimmen, waren immer Teil seines Lebens. Raeseng wurde als Baby in einer Mülltonne gefunden und dann von Old Raccoon adoptiert. So ...more
What a pleasant surprise! I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but what I got was a brutal, surreal, and funny thriller. It's a series of what feels like interconnected vignettes that are filled with some of the most entertaining characters I've read in a while, with a total David Lynch vibe.
And excellently translated to boot. I can't wait for more of Kim's work to be released in English.
I found the opening chapter fantastic - we join Reseng as he trails and later befriends an elderly man and his dog who he has been hired to kill. The plot then progresses to include a lot of infighting between the plotters of the title; Reseng is unsure who to trust as it seems like anyone could (literally) stab him in the back at any time. Unf ...more