Sunday 14 May 2023

Book Review: Coin for a Dream: And Other Korean Tales by Mae Adams (Folklore/Fantasy)

Title: Coin for a Dream: And Other Korean Tales
Author: Mae Adams
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 2022
Pages: 275
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Folklore/Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Author Mae Adams' latest book is a fascinating assembly of intriguing tales full of colorful characters such as monks and shamans, kings and queens, ginseng boys, grateful ghosts and magpies, and a host of others to entertain you and experience the wonders of ancient rites and cultures of Korea. While reading it, you will hear lepers sing for their supper, watch goblins wrestle, feel a tiger's sorrow, taste snake soup, and touch a Taoist Immortal God's hand. It will take your mind on an emotional roller coaster ride from grief to joy, tears to laughter.

Adams enchants readers with conversational stories with unexpected twists and turns from her perspective as a young girl, collecting tidbits and folklore from her grandparents and her life story. The myths, legends, and folk tales also have great importance and give us moral lessons we can apply in our times.


Coin for a Dream: And Other Korean Tales is a lovely collection of Korean folktales. Many I already knew (from Korean bilingual books for language learners), but it was nice to see them freshly presented here and I enjoyed how the narrative led us from one to the next. Worth a look for anyone interested in Korean folklore and culture, this book is delightful, easy reading. It gets 4.5 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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