Books are linear. We read them from cover to cover, in which we indulge ourselves in the narrative exactly as the author has devised. A book, after all, is unknown territory until the author leads you by the hand, revealing essential elements at the author’s whim.
I’ve written a novel about a young Chinese restaurant owner whose business is about to get demolished by a gargantuan development company. In order to relate to the actual story, the reader must understand underlying tendencies, Chinese traditions and cultural schisms. I’m bridging all these necessary elements in a natural form. My book is layered, like an onion: at the centre lies the novel; and around it, in coherent contextual layers, I wrote articles which are in my opinion necessary for understanding Chinese culture and the events in my novel.
The reader is free to skip to the novel, or cherrypick the articles. I encourage the reader to explore the Fish Castle.