As I research my historical fiction books and read more and more about Joseon Korean history, I become more and more fascinated! There is so much to learn, and this book is a wonderful place to start! I LOVED this book. Such a fascinating and eye-opening overview of Joseon. … More BOOK THOUGHTS: Letters from Korean History 3: Joseon – from founding to later years by Eunbong Park
I absolutely adored this book, I just gobbled it up. This historical fiction novel charts the changes in one Korean man’s life from the early 1940s (occupation era Korea) through the civil war and into the murky (and terrifying) political landscape aftermath. Wow, what a read, I learned so much! … More BOOK THOUGHTS: The Great Homecoming by Anna Kim
I was lucky enough a while back to be wandering around an art gallery, and find an incredible exhibition on the age of the samurai within Japan. I was fascinated to see real pieces of art, armour, pottery and sword pieces from Japan’s tumultuous history. And I took lots of photos, so though I might share them here, as I found the whole experience really interesting 🙂 … More TRAVEL DIARY: Samurai history at an art gallery
Poke a stick into your ear (it’s fine! it didn’t even hit anything important! don’t even worry about it!) and go completely crazy, before being usurped by a doppleganger who is in love with your wife, because this week on the show Lee Evie is ranting about the 2019 Korean historical drama THE CROWNED CLOWN. Starring Yeo Jin-gu as both the stick-poking mad king of Joseon and his clownish look-alike, as well as the always beautiful Lee Se-young as his very confused queen, this is both a wonderful sageuk filled with secret identities and plot twists, as well as an ethically confusing conundrum. Well, at least that was the case for Lee Evie, listen to her ranty waffle to find out why! … More Kdrama Podcast 62: THE CROWNED CLOWN overview
I was lucky enough to visit Korea a few years ago, and these are pictures I took while wandering around the main palace in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung. I LOVED it, it was stunningly beautiful and with so many small details to focus on. … More TRAVEL DIARY: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Korea
Get drunk, solve some crimes and then become the king of Joseon, because this week on the show Lee Evie is discussing her feelings around the 2019 Korean historical drama HAECHI. Starring Jung Il-woo (who basically carries this entire show on his shoulders … wow!) and Go Ara, as well as a whole heap of stellar side character performances, this story is based on the true history of Prince Yeoning, a Korean prince born to a lowly court maid. This show is fast-paced, filled with edge of your seat plots and twisty conspiracies, and also features a wonderful performance from Jung Moon-Sung as a despot power craving prince. Lee Evie throughly enjoyed this wonderful sageuk! … More Kdrama Podcast 59: Historical drama time with HAECHI!
Also known as the Jingbirok, this first person account of the Imjin War was written as a record of the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598) and all the things that went wrong for the Korean government and military throughout the conflict. Of course it also documents some incredible wins too (for instance, Admiral Yi and his incredible heroic story) but on the whole, the purpose of the book was to present mistakes for what they were, in the hopes that they would not repeat in the future. … More Book Review: THE JINGBIROK / BOOK OF CORRECTIONS by Yu Songnyong
Love the idea of the whole world being destroyed by zombies? Well great, because this week Lee Evie is discussing the thrilling second season of the big-budget production 2020 Kdrama KINGDOM, starring Joo Ji-Hoon and Bae-Doona (among a slew of recognisable faces!). This season is exciting, bad-arse, fast-paced and quite short, complete at only six episodes. It’s got action, horror, death, political plotting and super fast scary zombies! Everything a person needs. 🙂 … More Kdrama Podcast 41: KINGDOM season 2 overview
Lee Evie’s latest Korean historical fiction novel A SONG FOR LONELY WOLVES is being unleashed upon the world this week, so she is here to talk about the Korean history, as well as the Korean drama (DAMO) and movies (THE WAILING and THE DUELIST) that inspired her to write this historical detective story, set in Joseon Korea in 1590. … More Kdrama Podcast: A SONG FOR LONELY WOLVES, historical fiction inspired by Kdrama and Korean movies!
Grab a smallpox vaccine and a romance novel, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is discussing the decidedly feminist 2019 Kdrama ROOKIE HISTORIAN GOO HAE-RYUNG, starring the charming Shin Se-Kyung and very sweet Cha Eun-Woo. This drama turns stereotypical gender roles upside down and inside out, featuring a lonely prince locked away in his castle and the modern intelligent woman who is going to save him (and herself. And the whole of history). … More Kdrama Podcast: ROOKIE HISTORIAN GOO HAE-RYUNG overview